Immediate Release: November 5, 2005
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Binghamton men's soccer advances to America East semifinals after shootout win over Boston
VESTAL, N.Y..-- One year after suffering a heartbreaking shootout loss to Boston in the America East Conference finals, the Binghamton men's soccer team turned the tables on the defending champions with a shootout win in the quarterfinal round of the America East Conference Tournament on Saturday at West Gym Field. The two teams played to a 1-1, double-overtime draw before the Bearcats won the decisive penalty kick round 5-3.
Binghamton now travels to UMBC in the America East Conference semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The difference in the penalty kick round came in the bottom of the second round, with Binghamton up 2-1. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Bertoni (Owego, N.Y.) stopped Zach Bauer's shot to give the Bearcats an edge they would not relinquish through the rest of the shootout. After four rounds, Binghamton held a 4-3 advantage when junior forward Peter Sgueglia (Schenectady, N.Y.) converted the clinching kick.
"This was one of the best college soccer games I've seen," head coach Paul Marco said. "They came at us and we came at them. Ryan's save in the shootout was fantastic."
In regulation, Binghamton drew first blood 24:01 into the first half when junior forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) netted his fourth goal of the year. He got by the defense and shot the ball in the net from five feet out. Sophomore back Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) were credited with assists.
Boston, however, finally got the equalizer with 10:47 left in regulation when Ronald Erlichman also got by the defense and fired a shot from five yards out into the lower-left corner of the net. Sedrick Chin was credited with an assist.
Binghamton outshot Binghamton 10-8 for the game.
PENALTY KICK ROUND
Binghamton #4 Graham Munro kick is good
Boston U. #19 Sedrick Chin kick is good
Binghamton #11 Barry Neville kick is good
Boston U. #11 Zach Bauer kick is no good (save Bertoni).
Binghamton #7 Kyle Antos kick is good
Boston U. #13 Roland Erlichman kick is good
Binghamton #6 Ryan Peirce kick is good
Boston U. #4 Neil Hlavaty kick is good
Binghamton #10 Peter Squeglia kick is good
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