Immediate Release: November 3, 2004
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Men's soccer blows two-goal lead, loses 3-2 to Albany in regular-season finale
Bearcats lose chance to secure first-round bye in America East Championship, will host first-round game on Saturday as No. 3 seed
ALBANY, N.Y.-- With a chance to secure a first-round bye in the upcoming America East Conference Tournament, the Binghamton men's soccer team (10-2-6, 4-2-3 AE) couldn't have picked a worse time to let a two-goal lead evaporate. Host Albany (12-3-2, 6-2-1 AE) scored twice in the final six minutes of the first half and then got the game-winner with 15:43 remaining in regulation to clinch a 3-2 win and the presitigious No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
The Great Danes have a first-round bye while the Bearcats drop to the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 New Hampshire on Saturday at 1 p.m.
"Give Albany credit. They played well," head coach Paul Marco said. "Still, we were undisciplined and careless at times today. We lost our composure and we have to get better before we play again on Saturday."
Despite being outshot 9-4 in the first half, Binghamton looked to be in great shape in the early going. Sophomore forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) netted a pair of goals in a span of 3:05 to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. His first score, which was an empty-net goal, was assisted by senior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland) at 29:16. Neilson's second goal, which finished off a cross, came at 32:21 and was assisted by Bruce and freshman midfielder Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.). He now has four goals this season.
At 39:01, Albany got back into the game as Peter Squeglia finished off a cross from Stephen Hall to trim the deficit to 2-1. The turning point of the game, however, came with just four seconds remaining in the first half when Hall headed in a pass from Rodrigo Marion to deadlock the game at 2-2. Vadi Ivanyushchenko was also credited with the assist.
Ivanyushchenko was also involved in the game-winning goal, which came at 74:17. He passed the ball to Nicos Savva who converted a bicycle kick into the net to put Albany ahead for good. Ousmane Toure was also credited with an assist.
The Great Danes outshot the Bearcats 7-5 in the second half and 16-9 for the game.
NOTE: The last time Binghamton lost a game after leading by two goals was against Philadelphia University on Oct. 13, 2001. The Bearcats lost that game 3-2 in overtime ... Neilson's two goals represents his career-high in a game ... Bruce's two assists is his career high.
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