Immediate Release: November 9, 2005
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Binghamton men's soccer advances to America East finals with 4-1 win at UMBC
Bearcats head to Stony Brook on Saturday at 7 p.m. for title game
BALTIMORE, MD.-- Junior forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) scored a goal and added an assist and junior forward Peter Sgueglia (Schenectady, N.Y.) had three assists, leading third-seeded Binghamton (12-4-4) to a 4-1 win at second-seeded UMBC (9-7-3) in an America East Conference semifinal game on Wednesday night at UMBC Stadium. The win marks the third consecutive season that the Bearcats have advanced to the conference championship game. It also avenged a 1-0 double-overtime setback against UMBC on Oct. 5.
Binghamton's opponent in the finals will be top-seeded Stony Brook, who advanced to the finals with a 2-1 overtime win over Albany. The Seawolves will host the Bearcats on Saturday at 7 p.m.
"We played a fantastic game tonight," head coach Paul Marco said. "We came out early and set the tone in the game and we were able to finish up very strong. This was one of the best games we have played this year."
The Bearcats are just the third team in America East Conference history to advance to three consecutive tournament finals. Boston went five times in a row (1993-97) and Northeastern went to the 2001-03 title games. The conference tournament started in 1989.
In the past four games, Neilson has scored three goals and added an assist. He has scored in two straight contests and now ranks second on the team with five goals. Sgueglia has a goal and three assists in the past three games.
Neilson set up Binghamton's first goal of the night when he got the ball off a failed clear by UMBC in their defensive end. He then fired a pass to sophomore forward Matt Narode (Glenmont, N.Y.) who scored just 5:29 into the game. It was his team-high seventh goal of the season.
At the 34:42 mark, Neilson took matters into his own hands, firing a shot from 12 yards out into the net to make the score 2-0. The assist was credited to Sgueglia.
In the second half, UMBC wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Powell Cucchiella shot the ball from three yards out just 57 seconds after play was started. David Feazell was credited with the assist.
With time running out in the second half, the Bearcats iced the game with two goals in the final 1:09. First, freshman midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.) took a cross from Sgueglia and shot the ball in from six yards out. That made the score 3-1 at the 88:51 mark. Then, with just 25 seconds left, freshman back Barry Neville (Glasgow, Scotland) scored an empty-net goal from 40 yards out. Sgueglia was credited with the assist.
NOTES: Binghamton's last two appearances in the America East finals have been decided in a penalty kick shootout. Binghamton tied Northeastern 1-1 in 2003 but won the penalty kick shootout 3-2. Last season, however, the Bearcats tied Boston 2-2 but lost the shootout 5-3 ... the four goals represents the Bearcats highest total in an America East Tournament game.
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