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Men’s soccer beats UNC-Wilmington 3-2 with last-second goal at Hilton Gardens Inn Classic

Keegan named tournament's Offensive MVP after finishing with two goals and an assist

September 16, 2012

Men’s soccer beats UNC-Wilmington 3-2 with last-second goal at Hilton Gardens Inn Classic

Box Score

WILMINGTON, N.C – Senior forward Jake Keegan scored the game-winning goal with one second left in regulation, leading Binghamton (3-4-0) to a wild 3-2 win over UNC-Wilmington (2-4-1) in the final round of the Hilton Gardens Inn Classic on Sunday afternoon. The victory over the host Seahawks gives the Bearcats a split in the two-game weekend tournament.

Keegan, who was named the MVP of the Hilton Gardens Inn Classic, finished the game with two goals and an assist. That ties his career high of five total points, which he set against Boston University on Oct. 30, 2011. He already has matched his career highs of seven goals and 17 total points so far this season.

With time running out in regulation, Keegan found himself in the right place at the right time. Sophomore midfielder Ben Nicholson fired a shot that hit the crossbar. Keegan, however, collected the rebound and fired it into the net. It marked the latest in regulation that the Bearcats have scored a game-winning goal during its 12-year NCAA Division I era.

“I thought our guys played very well today,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We were determined to win the game before it went into overtime. Jake played fantastic and he has a knack for creating goals like the one that won us the game.”

Sophomore forward Steven Celeste opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he finished off a cross from Keegan and junior forward Tommy Moon. It marked his second goal in the past three games.

Colin Bonner, who also finished the game with a pair of goals, tied the game in the 40th minute when he headed in a throw in from Andrew Barber.  Keegan, however, put Binghamton in the lead with a 30-yard blast in the 55th minute. Moon was again credited with the assist, marking his first career multiple-assist game.

Bonner struck again in the 82nd minute when he stole a pass that was attempted to be passed back to the goalkeeper. He then finished off the breakaway and tied the game at 2-2.
UNC-Wilmington finished the game with a 12-6 shot advantage. Each team, however, finished with five shots on goal. Freshman Stefano Frantellizzi made his second straight start in goal and finished with three saves.

Joining Keegan on the all-tournament team were junior back Robbie Hughes and senior back Trey Jasenski. Binghamton finished second to St. Mary’s, whom it did not face during the weekend. Appalachian State defeated the Bearcats 1-0 on Friday.

Binghamton returns home to face Cornell on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The three goals scored by the Bearcats represents their highest output in a game this season ... through seven games, Binghamton has scored 11 times and is averaging 1.57 goals per game. Keegan has been involved in 10 of them ... Moon is the first Binghamton player to record two assists in a game since Adam Whitehead against Boston University on Oct. 30. 2011.

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