Five women’s soccer players earn America East honors

Five women’s soccer players earn America East honors

VESTAL, N.Y. – After earning the program’s fourth postseason berth in the last five years, Binghamton women’s soccer was well represented in the America East season awards. The conference released their all-conference teams Friday afternoon and BU garnered five honors – four all-conference and one all-rookie selection.

Named Second Team All-Conference were midfielders Olivia McKnight and Victoria McKnight, defender Nicole Scudero and forward Maya Anand. In addition, forward Peyton Gilmore was selected to the All-Rookie Team. The four all-conference selections was second-most among member schools, behind only regular-season champion Vermont (5).

“Our program is very proud of Nicole, Olivia, Peyton, Maya and Victoria for their well-earned success and recognition,” head coach Neel Bhattacharjee said. “Each of them had a terrific individual season and contributed overall to our team’s performances. Congratulations to these student-athletes and all their teammates as we now ready ourselves for the upcoming postseason.”

Junior midfielder Olivia McKnight and senior back Nicole Scudero were each honored for the second time in their careers. Last spring, McKnight was selected to the first team. Scudero repeated as a second team selection. In her second collegiate season, Victoria McKnight earned her first all-conference honor after making the All-Rookie Team last spring. Junior forward Maya Anand was chosen for the first time after a breakout 2021 season. 

The McKnight sisters anchored a BU midfield that controlled possession and created dangerous attack opportunities all fall. Olivia compiled four goals and 10 points in 14 games. Victoria led the team with four assists – a total that is tied for most in the conference. Scudero was a mainstay at central back for a Bearcats defense that totalled seven shutouts and kept opponents to less than a goal per game (0.78). It was the second-rated defense in the America East. Scudero also pushed forward on set pieces and added a pair of goals, including a game-winner. Anand racked up six goals and 15 points in 17 games. She is tied for second in the league in game-winning goals (4) and is fourth in total goals and fifth in points. Gilmore began her collegiate career with a strong campaign that included two goals – both game winners – and 54 minutes per game of work up top.  

The Bearcats are prepping for Sunday’s tournament quarterfinal game at Albany. Fifth-seeded BU will face fourth-seeded UAlbany at 3 p.m. at Bob Ford Field.  

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