For the fourth year
in a row, the Men's Soccer Daily Update will capture the stories
and the moments which go beyond the game notes and box scores.
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The crowd at last night's
Binghamton-Syracuse game was announced at 678 fans. For the Bearcat
coaches and players, however, it was a special group of 15 fans
that made the match feel as if it were being held at the Bearcats
Sports Complex. The BU Soccer Hooligans ventured up I-81 last
night to witness the 2-1 Binghamton win.
While the current Bearcats
are heading up I-81 for tonight's game at Syracuse, it's time
to take one more look at what the 25 alums that made the trip
back to campus this past weekend.
Well, the 2,433 fans
who showed up for the Homecoming game between Binghamton and
Adelphi got their money's worth. It was a game that started out
slowly but thanks to a furious final 10 minutes, left both teams
and the near-sellout crowd emotionally spent. Although it was
not a win, one could make the case that Saturday's game was yet
another in the growing list of memorable Homecoming games at
the Bearcat Sports Complex.
Homecoming Weekend Begins
session saw the first BU men's soccer alum return to campus.
Matt Ryan, who graduated last spring, made an appearance
on the sidelines. He had a job interview in New Jersey earlier
in the day and rather than return home to the Washington D.C.
area, he decided to continue up to campus.
With over 25 alums
making their way into Binghamton this weekend, we figured today
was the best day to go over list of the most memorable Homecoming
Games at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Since 2007, the Bearcats
have gone 3-0-1 on Homecoming Weekend and have averaged 2,291
fans. Only four games to choose from, so consider this a Top
Binghamton Tournament Wrap
Okay, how many of you
(besides the Bearcat players) thought the game was heading into
overtime yesterday? Thanks to Ryan Walter's late-game heroics,
the Binghamton was able to defeat Rider 1-0 in regulation on
Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With that thought
in mind, here is our weekend wrap up.
Top 5 List: Home Openers
Friday night marks
the Bearcats' 11th home opener in their Division I era and the
fifth at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With that in mind, here
are the top five home openers we have witnessed during that span.
It's been quite a year
for junior forward Jake Keegan. After scoring 16 goals
in 16 games for Westchester Flames of the PDL over the summer,
he has four goals and 10 points through the first four games
this season. In the latest NCAA stats, he ranks fifth on the
Division I level with 1.00 goals per game and seventh with 2.50
points per contest.
Just for Kicks
Last Tuesday, sophomore
midfielder Tommy Moon took part in one of the more usual
media interviews any BU men's soccer player has ever done. He
was invited back to Maine-Endwell High School, from where he
graduated in 2010, to take part in a football field goal kicking
contest against YNN Sports Reporter Chris Whalen. The event was
the first in a series called, "The Whalen Challenge"
that YNN intends on making into a regular part of its sports
Ten Years Later
Today marks the 10-year
anniversary of the most emotional game I have ever covered for
the Binghamton men's soccer program. It was a game in which the
crowd was quieter than it had ever been and the players were
competing with heavy hearts. It was game that was supposed to
have been played the previous day, but of course, that did not
Pardon the Interruption
This past Wednesday
started out as a normal work day for me. I had just gotten to
my desk, made a few calls and was ready to write a recap of Tommy
Moon's visit back to Maine Endwell high school for a YNN special
feature for that day's Daily Update. A call from my family at
home changed all of that.
Top 5 List: Offensive Outbursts
Sunday's game against
Houston Baptist featured one of the more prolific scoring outburst
in Binghamton's Division I history. In the spirit of ESPN, here
are the top five Bearcat games in which at least four goals were
scored. The games are ranked according to the impact each of
them had upon the team's season.
Nike/West Virgnia Classic
If quick starts was
the theme of the Bearcats' first two games, it was a strong finish
that powered them to a win against Houston Baptist on Sunday.
After averaging 2.0 goals in its first two games, Binghamton
was kept off the scoreboard until the 73rd minute on Sunday.
The rest of the game, however, featured four goals. We talked
to two of the primary contributors during their bus ride home
Patience is a Virtue
Defense has been trademark
of the Binghamton men's soccer program, especially since Paul
Marco arrived as the head coach in 2002. This year, the job of
protecting the goal falls to a group of five players who have
patiently waited their turn to come on the field. Each of them
redshirted or did not play in their first season with the program.
Since they have come on the field, however, they have made their
impact on the program clear.