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Men’s soccer unable to hold lead, loses 3-2 to unbeaten Hofstra

Keegan scores pair of goals, has now scored five times this season

September 7, 2012

Men’s soccer unable to hold lead, loses 3-2 to unbeaten Hofstra

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Tyler Botte netted a pair of goals, including the game winner, leading unbeaten Hofstra to a 3-2, come-from-behind win over Binghamton in a non-conference men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Friday night. The loss snaps the Bearcats’ two-game winning streak.

Botte, who opened the scoring by finishing off a corner kick in the 28th minute, was stationed in front of the goal with the score tied 2-2 in the 64th minute. He got behind the defense and received a pass from Herbert Biste. Botte then slid the ball past Binghamton goalkeeper Logan Calvey with the final goal of the game.

Botte’s heroics overshadowed the performance of senior forward Jake Keegan, who also finished the game with a pair of goals. Just 1:15 after Botte’s first goal, Keegan took a long pass from senior midfielder Adam Whitehead and one-timed a shot into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

It took only 33 seconds for Keegan to break the tie. Junior forward Marts Reid-Warden, who had subbed into the game after Keegan’s first goal, got by the defense and fired a shot towards the goal. Keegan was there for the tip in.

The 33-second span represents the fastest two-goal spurt by the Bearcats during their 12-year Division I era. The previous mark was 36 seconds, in a game against Maine on Oct. 20, 2007.

Keegan now has five goals and 12 total points through five games this season. In the past three games alone, he has four goals and three assists.

In the remaining 15 minutes of the first half, Binghamton has several chances to blow the game open, but were unable to widen the lead. Those missed opportunities proved costly in the 50th minute, when Joseph Holland tied the game at 2-2 with a blast from outside the box. That set the stage for Botte’s game winner 14 minutes later.

“I thought we responded quite well in the first half,” head coach Paul Marco said. “In the second half, I thought we gave them a little bit too much room and a little bit more time and space. Hofstra is a very good team that will pick you apart when you give them opportunities like that.”

Binghamton held a 14-10 shot advantage for the game.

Calvey finished with three saves, as did Hofstra goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini.

Chris Griebsch was credited with assists on the first two Hofstra goals.

NOTES: Whitehead now leads the Bearcats with three assists ... in five games so far this season, Binghamton has averaged 1.60 goals per game

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