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Men’s Soccer Continues Spring Season

Bearcats go 1-1 at Manchester Cup, head to U-Penn this weekend

April 9, 2012

Men’s Soccer Continues Spring Season

ROCK HILL, S.C.—The Binghamton men’s soccer team is in the midst of its spring season, having split a pair of games at the Manchester Cup last weekend and heading down to James Madision this weekend. The Bearcats lost 2-0 to South Carolina in the opening game last weekend but bounced back to record a 1-0 win over East Tennessee State.

The Gamecocks struck early for a pair of goals but Binghamton but the Bearcats came back to create a handful of scoring chances of their own in the opening 45 minutes. The second half was evenly played between the two squads.

For the Bearcats, the match against South Carolina marks its first of the spring against a squad that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

“Our guys competed well for the most part,” head coach Paul Marco. “We made a few mistakes that led to goals and that’s disappointing however I think these little details are easily solved and with a little more concentration and competitive intelligence on our part we will be better for the second match. I was pleased how we possessed the ball and looked to create opportunities from pieces we have been focused on in training.”

Against East Tennessee State, rising senior Jake Keegan scored early in the second half as the Bearcats notched their first win of the spring. Rising junior goalkeeper Chris Hayen preserved the shutout with a penalty kick save late in regulation.

Like the Gamecocks, East Tennessee State entered the match with impressive credentials. The Buccaneers won the Atlantic 10 title in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, East Tennessee State was 10-7-4 and was the runner up in its conference.

“This was a long trip for us but certainly worth it,” Marco said after the match against East Tennessee State. “Today we played two quality teams and we improved throughout the day. East Tennessee State was a pretty athletic and quick team. I thought we did a good job of staying compact and connected to each other. We moved the ball well throughout the field and our backs were very competitive. Chris Hayen responded very well in the second game. He made a few great saves, including the penatly kick. I’m looking forward to getting the guys back on the training field and working hard after a week off for spring break.”

Binghamton was originally scheduled to compete at James Madison this coming weekend but will instead travel to-Penn for matches against Drexel and the host Quakers. In 2010, Penn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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