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BU men’s soccer loses 2-1 to Adelphi in closing seconds

Panthers net winning goal with 33 seconds left in regulation

September 24, 2011


BU men’s soccer loses 2-1 to Adelphi in closing seconds

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior back Mauricio Mora scored with 33 seconds left in regulation, leading Adelphi (2-4-0) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (3-5-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Homecoming crowd of 2,433 fans represents the third-largest attendance in the five-year history of the facility.

With time winding down in regulation, Mora split through the Bearcat defense and from the top-right corner of the penalty box, he drilled a diagonal shot into the lower-left corner of the net. It was his first goal of the season.

Mora’s heroics capped off a game that started slow but ended with a furious final 10 minutes. The Panthers outshot Binghamton 3-2 in the opening half and scored the lone goal when junior forward James Diana headed in a shot from close range in the 23rd minute. Junior midfielder Steven Rivera was credited with the assist.

Adelphi threatened to pad the lead early in the second half but sophomore goalkeeper Chris Hayen made three clutch saves during that span. From that moment, the Bearcats seized the momentum and made several attempts to tie the game. Freshman goalkeeper Christopher Herrera, however, stopped four shots in the first 35 minutes of the second half, keeping the Bearcats off the board.

Binghatmon finally deadlocked the game when senior back Jerome Robinson headed home a cross from junior forward Jake Keegan in the 82nd minute of the game. It was Robinson’s first career goal and Keegan’s team-high third assist of the season.

“I thought were weren’t really going after them in the first half,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We played our hearts out in moments tonight but were were not consistent. We created more chances in the second half but the last goal could have been prevented with a little bit more positioning and a lot more determination.”

Adlephi outshot Binghamton 13-11 for the game. Hayen and Herrera each finished with five saves.

Binghamton returns to action on Wednesday at Syracuse at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Keegan now leads the Bearcats in goals (four), assists (three) and total points (11) ... Saturday’s game was televised regionally by Time Warner Sports, marking the fifth time the Binghamton men’s soccer program has had a game aired live from the Bearcats Sports Complex ... Mora’s goal marks the latest goal ever scored in regulation during a men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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