Immediate Release: November 22, 2003
Contact: David O'Brian
stuns Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in NCAA First Round Game
Bearcats move on to face St. Louis on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
N.Y. -A season that has already exceeded all expectations got
even better for the Binghamton men's soccer team (12-2-7), as
it upset No. 13 Fairleigh Dickinson (14-5-1) 1-0 in a first round
NCAA Tournament game on Saturday afternoon in Teaneck, N.J. The
Bearcats, who are making their first-ever Division I Tournament
appearance, will now travel to face St. Louis in the second round
on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"This was a fantastic effort by our whole team," head
coach Paul Marco said. "Our defense played very well and
it's great to move on in the tournament."
The game was scoreless until the 82nd minute when freshman midfielder
Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa./ Strath Haven) netted an unassisted
goal. He dribbled the ball from the side of the net, got around
two defenders and fired it home for one of the biggest goals
in school history. The goal was particularly sweet for Neilson,
who had another goal called offsides early in the second half.
"I worked really hard to get that second goal," Neilson
said. "It was tough having that first goal disallowed. This
is an amazing victory for our team."
Down 1-0, the host Knights wouldn't quit, forcing Binghamton
sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Renfrewshire. Scotland/
Trinity) to make a big save with two minutes remaining. Gonet
had three saves on the day and recorded his 16th shutout of the
Fairleigh Dickinson outshot Binghamton 13-7.
NOTES: Binghamton has now gone unbeaten in its last 14
games, having gone 8-0-6 during that stretch ... the win was
Binghamton's first ever win over a ranked Division I opponent.