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Men’s soccer blanks Adelphi 3-0
Hughes nets two goals as Marco records 100th win at Binghamton
September 22, 2012Tweet
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Junior back Robbie Hughes scored twice, leading Binghamton (4-5-0) to a 3-0 win at Adelphi (1-7-0) on Saturday night at Motamed Field. With the win, the Bearcats head into conference play next weekend having won four consecutive road games.
The victory also marked the 100th win for head coach Paul Marco, who has been the Bearcats head coach since 2002. With a record at Binghamton of 100-70-36, he just the second coach in the 62-year history of the men’s soccer program to reach the century mark in wins. Tim Schum compiled a 259-126-43 record from 1963-92.
“I thought our guys were really able to let go of the Cornell match,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We trained very well on Friday so I thought we were going to be quite good tonight. But what was really great is that the guys were back out on the field on Thursday, so they were really able to move on.”
Against Adelphi, senior forward Jake Keegan got Binghamton on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when he fired a shot from the top of the box into the net. Sophomore forward Steven Celeste was credited with the assist.
Keegan now has a career-high eight goals and 19 points so far this season. He scored seven goals in 2009 and 2011 and tallied 17 points in his junior campaign. Currently, he has 25 career goals.
Hughes made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when his shot found the top right corner of the net. He then iced the game by heading in a corner kick by senior midfielder Adam Whitehead in the 68th minute.
Adelphi ended the game with a 12-11 shot advantage. In goal, however, freshman Stefano Frantellizzi and senior Chris Hayen combined for the shutout. Hayen, who returned to action after sustaining an injury against Colgate back on August 24, made a pair of saves.
“It was great to get Chris back in there,” Marco said. “He did well for his first time back and will certainly be an option next week.”
The Bearcats open up America East Conference play next Saturday when they host New Hampshire at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Whitehead now has a team-best four assists this season