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Men’s soccer defeats New Hampshire 2-1 in overtime

Keegan nets game winner in the 96th minute

September 27, 2012


Men’s soccer defeats New Hampshire 2-1 in overtime

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior forward Jake Keegan scored with 3:48 left in the first sudden-death overtime period, lifting Binghamton 5-5-0, 1-0-0 AE) to a 2-1 victory over New Hampshire (4-4-2, 0-1-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win marks the second straight triumph for the Bearcats, who have now won four of their last six conference openers.

Keegan’s goal was set up by junior back Robbie Hughes, who fired a diagonal pass from just outside the box. Keegan was stationed at the far post and he one-timed the ball into the net for his ninth goal of the season.

“I thought tonight was a terrific college game,” head coach Paul Marco said. “There were three really great goals tonight. We took our lumps towards the end of the first half but at halftime, I thought our guys come out strong and we were on top of the game. Then to end it the way we did was great.”

Keegan now has a career-high nine goals and 21 points this season. He has the highest goal total by a Binghamton player since Cameron Keith banged in nine goals during the 2008 season. Only Keith (10 goals in 2007) and Charles Darkwah (12 in 2004) have scored more goals in a season during the program’s 11-year NCAA Division I era.

Binghamton looked to be in complete control of the match early on. Senior midfielder Adam Whitehead converted a penalty kick in the eight minute, which was called for when the Wildcats had a hand ball inside the box. The Bearcats fired three more shots in the opening 20 minutes but came up empty.

In the final 30 minutes of the first half, New Hampshire become the aggressor. Robert Palumbo took advantage of the momentum swing by tying the game in the 26th minute on a blast from the top of the box. Charlie Roche was credited with the assist.

After the break, Binghamton controlled play in the second half. Keegan nearly scored in 82nd minute but his diagonal shot just missed the net. Fortunately, he would need only 14 minutes to make up for the near miss.

Binghamton outshot New Hampshire 14-9 for the game. After the first half, the Bearcats held an 8-3 shot advantage.

Freshman goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made four saves to record his third win of the season.

Binghamton heads to Albany next Saturday for a 1 p.m. match

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