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For Immediate Release: November 12, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton men's soccer advances to sixth straight America East title game with 1-0 win at Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y.-- Junior forward Cameron Keith scored 1:13 into the second sudden-death overtime period, leading Binghamton (12-5-3) to a 1-0 win over Albany (12-4-3) in an America East semifinal game on Wednesday afternoon at the Albany Varsity Field. With the win, the Bearcats will head to Boston on Saturday to face the Terriers for the conference championship. Boston beat Vermont 2-1 in the other semifinal game.

Binghamton becomes the first team in the 20-year history of the America East to advance to six consecutive conference championship games. The previous record was set by Boston from 1993-97. The Bearcats won the title game in 2003 and 2006.

"It's fantastic to get to six straight championship games." head coach Paul Marco said. "This year's seniors wanted to keep the program at the level it has been at the last five years. Today's win did just that and we are looking forward to Saturday's game."

After 101 minutes off scoreless action, senior midfielder Cody Germain fed the ball to Keith, who was stationed at the left post. Albany goalkeeper Steward Ceus charged out of the goal but was unable to stop the pass. Keith was subsequently left wide open and fired the ball into the net.

Keith now has two goals and two assists so far this posteason. He also has a team-high nine goals and 21 points for the season. Furthermore, Keith has 19 career goals, which ties the program's Division I record set by Charles Darkwah (2002-04).

Germain, meanwhile, has a goal and an assist in the two playoffs games this season. In eight career America East Tournament games, Germain has three goals and a pair of assists.

Junior goalkeeper Jason Stenta made four saves and recorded his 31st career shutout.

NOTES: Binghamton and Boston also met in the 2004 finals. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie before the host Terriers won the decisive penalty kick shootout 5-3 ... earlier this season, Binghamton lost 2-0 at Boston on Oct. 11 ... the America East Conference will offer live streaming video of the championship game. The link for the live video is:

http://www.americaeast.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=14000

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