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Men’s soccer comes up short against Hartford in 1-0 loss

Hawks score in eighth minute, withstand furious Binghamton rally

October 19, 2012

Men’s soccer comes up short against Hartford in 1-0 loss

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Anthony Santaga finished off a corner kick in the eighth minute, leading Hartford (7-7-1, 1-3-1 AE) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (6-8-0, 2-3-0) in an America East Conference men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game concluded the Bearcats’ season-high three-game home stand.

The first time the Hawks were given a corner kick, they made the most of their early chance. James Stamopoulos fired a cross that was initially headed by Simon Turesson. Awaiting the free ball, behind the Bearcat defense, was Santaga, who fired the ball into the net for his seventh goal of the season

Both teams had excellent chances to score during the remainder of the first half. Binghamton had a goal called back in the 18th minute due to an offside call. In the 39th minute, Javonni Simms of Hartford took advantage of a Binghamton and had a wide-open net. He fired high, however, and the halftime score remained 1-0.

After being outshot 9-3 in the first half, Binghamton held a 10-4 shot advantage in the final 45 minutes of play . The difference, however, was Hartford goalkeeper Viltsu Tuumi, who made nine saves to record the shutout. He made a pair of kick saves during the match and two clutch saves within the final three minutes of regulation.

Binghamton plays at Boston University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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