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Men’s soccer wins 1-0 At Albany, improves to 2-0 in AE play

Hughes heads in corner kick in 44th minute

October 5, 2012

Men’s soccer wins 1-0 At Albany, improves to 2-0 in AE play

Box Score

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senior back Austin Hughes scored in the 44th minute, leading Binghamton (6-5-0, 2-0-0 AE) to a 1-0 win over Albany (2-9-0, 0-2-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Plumeri Sports Complex. The victory gives the Bearcats their first three-game winning streak since 2009 as well as their first 2-0-0 start in conference play since 2007.

In addition to its fast conference start, Binghamton has now won five consecutive road games, its best such streak since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001. Furthermore, the Bearcats are now over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009.

“I thought our guys were up to the challenge tonight.” head coach Paul Marco said. “It was a good competitive match between two longtime rivals. We are happy with the win.”

With just under two minutes left in the first half, senior midfielder Adam Whitehead fired a corner kick into the box. Hughes finished off the play with a header into the net. It was his second goal of the season.

Whitehead now has a team-high five assists this season. It represents the highest single-season total by a Binghamton player since Kyle Kucharski finished the 2009 campaign with six assists.

Hughes’ goal was the highlight of a quiet first half, in which Binghamton held a 3-1 shot advantage.  While the second half was scoreless, scoring chances significantly increased.

In the end, the Bearcats finished with a 9-5 advantage in shots.

Freshman goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made one save in recording the first solo shutout of his career. He shared a shutout with junior Chris Hayen two weeks ago in a 3-0 win at Adelphi.

Binghamton returns home to face defending conference champion Stony Brook on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Whitehead has 15 career assists, which is the highest total recorded by a Binghamton player during its NCAA Division I era … three of Whitehead’s assists this season have come off of corner kicks.

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