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Bu men’s soccer storms back to defeat Houston Baptist 4-1

Bearcats score four times in the final 18 minutes of regulation

September 4, 2011

Bu men’s soccer storms back to defeat Houston Baptist 4-1

Box Score

MORGANTOWN, W.V.—Sophomore forward Luke Halberg finished with a goal and a career-high two assists and junior forward Jake Keegan added a goal and an assist, powering Binghamton (2-1-0) to a 4-1 win over Houston Baptist (0-3-0) in the final round of the Nike/West Virginia Men’s Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Bearcats were down 1-0 through 70 minutes of play, but exploded for four goals over the final 20 minutes of action.

Sunday’s match marked the highest-scoring game for the Bearcats since they defeated Niagara 4-2 on Sept. 29, 2010. In addition, Keegan scored for the third game in a row, something no Bearcat player has done since Charles Darkwah (Oct. 9-20, 2004).

“I thought Houston Baptist came out great to start the game,” Paul Marco said. “We had seen them play twice and thought they were a good side but today, they played as good as we had seen them. We had to make some adjustments in the second half today. We were not playing as well as a collective unit during the first half but in the second half, I thought the guys really responded well.”

Halberg began the Bearcats’ late-game assault in the 73rd minute, when he fired a cross to senior midfielder Ryan Walter, who headed the ball into the net. Five minutes later, Halberg found Keegan, who went on to beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation that put the Bearcats ahead to stay.

At the 85:58 mark it was Halberg’s turn to score a goal, when he finished off a cross from Keegan. Freshman back Ben Nicholson was also credited with an assist.

Just 1:18 later, sophomore forward Marts Reid-Warden iced the game when he one timed a pass from freshman midfielder Tucker Sandercock inside the far post. The 1:18 time differential between the final two Binghamton goals represents the team’s quickest two-goal outburst since scoring twice in just 36 seconds against Maine on Oct. 20, 2007.

Binghamton outshot Houston Baptist 19-10 for the game. After surrendering a goal to Fransisco Diaz at the 10:07 mark, the Bearcat backline of senior Jerome Robinson, junior Austin Hughes, sophomores Tommy Klim and Kevin Bunce as well as freshman Jamie Forbes limited the Huskies to just three shots on goal the rest of the way. Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski made his first start of the year and recorded a pair of saves.

Up next for the Bearcats is a match at nationally-ranked Ohio State next Sunday at noon. The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 20 by College Soccer News and No. 23 by the NSCAA. When the two squads last met on Sept. 10, 2010, then seventh-ranked Ohio State beat Binghamton 1-0 on a first-half penalty kick.

NOTES: Keegan, Halberg and junior forward Adam Whitehead were named to the Nike/West Virginia Classic All-Tournament Team. Keegan leads the Bearcats with three goals and a pair of assists so far this season ... the four points recorded by Halberg ties his career high, which he set against Penn State on Sept. 12, 2010. Keegan’s three-points also ties his career high, which he set against Boston on Oct. 16, 2009 and tied against Bucknell last Friday ... the four second-half goals represents Binghamton’s highest total in a half since it scored five times against Philadelphia in the first half on Sept. 27, 2003.

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