Immediate Release: November 6, 2004
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Gonet leads Binghamton to America East Semifinals
Junior goalkeeper nets winning goal in shootout and makes winning save as Bearcats survive 0-0 draw against New Hampshire
VESTAL, N.Y.--Normally, junior goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland) is called upon solely to make saves for the Binghamton men's soccer team. On Saturday, however, he was needed to come through with both the winning goal and the winning stop as the Bearcats (10-2-7) won the decisive shootout against New Hampshire (5-6-7) in an America East Conference first-round game at West Gym Field. The two squads were tied 0-0 after two overtimes before Binghamton won the decisive shootout round 3-2. The Bearcats advance to face Albany on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on the road.
Binghamton and New Hampshire were tied 2-2 in the shootout as Gonet began the fifth and final frame as the Bearcats' last shooter. He fired the ball in the lower middle section of the goal, setting the stage for the Wildcats last shot, which was taken by Logan Lee. The shot by Lee was stopped by Gonet as Binghamton came away with the win.
Junior back Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland) began the shootout by converting his shot. Gonet then stopped Tyler Jackson's attempt to end the first round. New Hampshire gaolkeeper Brian Levey matched Gonet by stopping senior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland) attempt to start the second round. The Bearcats retained their 1-0 advantage when Pedro Braz hit the right post on his attempt.
Levey came through again for the Wildcats, stopping a shot by Ryan Pierce (Cobleskill, N.Y.) to end the third round. Eric Masi then proceeded to tie the shootout at 1-1 through three rounds as he drilled a shot into the lower-left corner of the net. The Bearcats went back on top as senior back Mike Austin (Oneonta, N.Y.) found the lower-right hand section of the goal. Geoff Sanford deadlock the shootout at 2-2 with a bullet through the middle of the goal. That set the stage for Gonet's heroics.
Both teams got off to a sluggish start in the first half, managing just four shots each in a scoreless 45 minutes. The Bearcats appeared ready to take control of the game in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats 9-1. Binghamton, however, could not get on the scoreboard.
After a scoreless first overtime, with just one shot on goal (by Binghamton), New Hampshire went for the kill, outshooting the Bearcats 4-0. Like the host team, however, the Wildcats couldn't come through either and the game went to the shootout.
PLEASE NOTE: The final score of the game is recorded as a 0-0 tie.
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