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Bu men’s soccer wins 3-1 at Bucknell in season opener

Keegan and Whitehead each finish with a goal and an assist

August 26, 2011

Bu men’s soccer wins 3-1 at Bucknell in season opener

Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa.—Junior forwards Jake Keegan and Adam Whitehead each scored a goal and added an assist, powering Binghamton (1-0-0) to a 3-1 win over Bucknell (0-1-0) in a non-conference game at Emmitt Field on Friday evening. The victory marks the second time in the past three seasons that the Bearcats have won their first game of the year.

“Tonight was a great response to all of our preseason training,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We started the match well, we were well-prepared and brought great energy into the win. I thought the collective midfield group was outstanding and the back four improved throughout the match.”

Keegan assisted on sophomore midfielder Tommy Moon’s goal just 1:18 into the game. An initial shot from Keegan hit the post but went right to Moon who fired the ball into the net. It marked the second-fastest goal scored by Binghamton during its 10-year Division I era, trailing only Kyle Manscuk’s goal against Lafayette on Sept. 17, 2010 just 1:14 into the match.

The host Bison got even when Luke Joyner headed in a long throw in by Alli Mayowa in the 33rd minute. With just 33 seconds left before the half, however, a 45-yard free kick by Whitehead snuck just inside the left post, giving the Bearcats a 2-1 lead at the break.

In the 64th minute, the tandem of Keegan and Whitehead gave Binghamton an insurance goal. Whitehead delivered a pass to Keegan who fired home a 16-yard blast. It was Keegan’s 11th career goal.

Bucknell outshot Binghamton 17-11 for the match but sophomore goalkeeper Chris Hayen made four saves in the winning effort.

Up next for the Bearcats is the Save Face/ West Virginia Classic Sept. 2-4. Binghamton starts off the event with a 7:30 p.m. match on Sept 2.

NOTES: Keegan’s three-point night ties his career high, which he set against Boston University on Oct. 16, 2009. Keegan 11 career goals ties Stephen Bruce (2002-04) for seventh place in Binghamton’s Division I era ... Whitehead’s three-point effort represents his career high. He now has three career game-winning goals.

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