Immediate Release: November 10, 2004
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men's soccer roars past Albany 3-1, advances to title game
will defend America East crown on Sunday at Boston
N.Y.-- Binghamton's all-stars came to play on Wednesday, leading
the third-seeded men's soccer team to a come-from-behind 3-1
win over host Albany (12-5-2) in the America East semifinals.
Binghamton (11-2-7) now advances to the America East championship
game for the second straight year, where the Bearcats will look
to defend their 2003 conference title and return to the NCAA
tournament. Binghamton will now head to Boston for Sunday's 1
p.m. championship game against the top-seeded Terriers.
Junior defender Graham
Munro (Inverness, Scotland), the conference defender of the
year, and senior striker Charles
Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario), the league's striker of the year,
scored goals in a 88-second span of the second half, rallying
the Bearcats past the second-seeded Great Danes, who had opened
the scoring in the 30th minute.
central midfielder Danilo
(Sao Paulo, Brazil), another first team all-conference player,
assisted on Munro's goal and displayed his usual high-level game.
"Today was a fanstatic soccer game," head coach Paul
Marco said. "Stef (Gonet) and our back four played great
- and Danilo was unbelievable. "Our first goal was a great
goal and the celebration after it was just as good. We didn't
let up from there."
Trailing 1-0, sophomore midfielder Bryan
Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) took a pass from classmate Joey
Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) and knotted the score at the
43:15 mark. It was his eighth goal of the season and allowed
the Bearcats to enter halftime deadlocked at 1-1.
5:17 into the second half, Munro took a touch from Danilo on
a free kick, and sent a screened shot past Albany's keeper to
give the Bearcats the lead. Then just 1:28 later, Darkwah dribbled
past a collection of Great Dane defenders before planting his
league-leading 12th goal into the back of the net.
was more than enough for junior keeper Stef
Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland) and BU's back line, which limited
Albany to seven shots for the game. Gonet was called on to make
Albany had allowed just seven goals all season long (2nd in nation)
and never more than two in a game ... The Bearcats scored twice
on the Great Danes in a 3-2 loss just one week earlier ... Binghamton
ranked 31st in the country in goals per game (2.05) entering
the contest ... Comparing results against the two possible championship
game opponents, the Bearcats toppled Stony Brook at home on October
16, 4-0 - three weeks after losing at Boston 2-0.