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BU Men’s Soccer sends out seniors with 5-1 victory over conference-leading Boston
Bearcats record highest offensive output in a game since 2007
October 30, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Junior forward Jake Keegan finished with two goals and an assist, powering Binghamton (5-10-2, 1-5-2 AE) to a 5-1 win over Boston University (9-8-0, 5-2-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Sunday morning at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Although the Bearcats will miss the conference playoffs for the first time since 2002, they prevented the Terriers from clinching their third America East regular season title in the past four seasons by recording their highest-scoring game since a 5-0 win over Maine on Oct. 20, 2007.
“Today is a bittersweet day,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We have been playing very well over the past month but the goals weren’t coming for us. Today they did. It is a good note to go out on.”
Keegan’s five-point performance represents his career high. It also marks the first multiple-goal game of his career and the first turned in by a Binghamton player since current sophomore forward Luke Halberg had a pair of goals against Penn State on Sept. 12, 2010.
Junior forward Adam Whitehead had a goal and two assists, matching his career high which he set against Houston Baptist on Sept. 4. Whitehead now has three career games in which he has notched two assists.
Senior Ryan Walter ended his prolific career by scoring his second goal in as many games. Also scoring a goal in the final game of his career was senior back Jerome Robinson. Before the match against Boston, Walter, Robinson and fellow senior Santigui Tounkara as well as with Adam Santiago were honored in a pre-game ceremony for the program’s players who will graduate in the spring.
Whitehead started the Bearcat attack when he took a corner in the fourth minute of the match. After a brief scuffle in front of the goal, Keegan shot the ball in the net. In the 18th minute, Walter got a loose ball 20 yards from the goal. He wasted no time, immediately smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Boston appeared to get back in the game when Kelvin Madzongue converted a free kick from just outside the box in the 21st minute. Whitehead and Keegan, however, answered in the 37th minute on a free kick. Whitehead’s 30 yard blast hit the goal post but the rebound came right to a wide-open Keegan who scored into an empty net.
Keegan repaid Whitehead in the 55th minute when he headed an attempted Terrier clear at midfield. His header went directly to Whitehead who sailed in on a breakaway and scored his second goal of the season.
Robinson, meanwhile, finished the scoring in the 71st minute when he chipped in a pass from freshman midfielder Tucker Sandercock.
Binghamton outshout Boston 12-8 for the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Hayen made three saves in the first 76 minutes of play. Santiago played the final 14 minutes of the game.
NOTES: Keegan finished the season leading the team in goals (seven), assists (five) and points (19). He now has a 17 goals for his career, which ties him for third place in the program’s 10-year Division I era with Graham Munro (2002-05). Charles Darkwah (2002-04) and Cameron Keith (2007-08) are tied for first in Binghamton’s Division I era with 19 goals ... Binghamton returns 10 of its 11 starters next season as well as 19 of its 23 letterwinners.