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Men’s Soccer Charges Past Buffalo In 2-0 Road Victory
Keegan nets a goal and assist, Calvey earns first shutout
August 31, 2012Tweet
BUFFALO, NY—The Binghamton men’s soccer team picked up their first victory of the season in impressive fashion Friday evening with a 2-0 victory over Buffalo (1-1-1) from UB Stadium. Senior defender Austin Hughes’ header in the 50th minute proved to be the game-winner as the Bearcats improved to 1-2-0 on the year.
The Bearcats held on late in the second half as Buffalo threatened with a pair of shots going just wide of the left post with under 10 minutes left to play. With the Bulls keeping the offensive pressure up, the Bearcats were able to capitalize on the counter attack. Senior midfielder Adam Whitehead sent a through ball to Jake Keegan who fought off a defender and toe poked a ball past the goalkeeper for some solid breathing room in the 87th minute and the 2-0 victory. Keegan, who also assisted on Binghamton’s first goal, now moves into a first place tie for most goals in Division I program history with 19.
“This was a great hard fought win from our guys tonight,” head coach Paul Marco said afterwards. “We came into halftime a bit frustrated with how things were going and I thought they responded well in the following 45 minutes. Its nice to see them implement our game plan, and as you can see by the result, two terrific goals and a strong win against a good opponent in Buffalo.”
In the first half, Binghamton controlled tempo and kept possession that threatened the Bulls’ back line. Early on shots from Pascal Trappe and Whitehead induced a pair of saves from Buffalo’s keeper Jonathan Viscosi. Around the 30th minute, junior back Kevin Bunce corralled a loose ball and fired just over the bar from 30-plus yards out. At half, despite holding a 7-4 shot advantage and good possession, the score remained tied at zero.
The Bearcats came out in the second half with a sense of urgency, testing the UB keeper right of the gate with a shot just high from Ben Nicholson. Just minutes later, Binghamton would pull ahead, in great part due to solid build up and a great cross from Keegan on the right flank that found the aforementioned Hughes, who would head the cross into the back of the net from the far post. For Hughes, this marks his second goal as a member of BU, with his first tally coming back in 2010.
Before Keegan’s goal put the visiting squad ahead for good, freshman goalkeeper and Vestal native Logan Calvey kept the shutout alive by making four second-half saves and five total for his first collegiate victory.
Whitehead, who now has a pair of assists on the season, boosts his career assist total to 12, which is just one behind a Division I school record set by Adam Chavez.
As for Keegan, his second score of the year and 19th of his storied career ties him with Charles Darkwah and Cameron Keith for most all-time in a Binghamton uniform. His point total climbs to 48, which is also atop the Binghamton charts.
“Jake now joins a class of some of the best strikers we’ve ever had at Binghamton alongside Charles and Cameron,” Marco said. “It’s a great accomplishment for a kid who deserves a lot of credit on how consistent he’s been and how hard he’s willing to work.”
Binghamton doesn’t get much of a break as they hit the road once again, this time a visit to West Point to take on Army this upcoming Monday. This will be the first matchup between both programs. Army currently stands at 2-1 this season after a 3-0 victory this evening over Iona.