Immediate Release: November 4, 2006
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Binghamton men's soccer defeats Vermont 1-0, wins America East Conference title
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore back Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland) converted a penalty kick with 58 seconds left in the first sudden-death overtime period, leading top-seeded Binghamton (9-6-5) to a 1-0 win over second-seeded Vermont (9-6-4) in the America East Conference championship game on Saturday at West Gym Field. The victory gives the Bearcats their first conference title since 2003 as well as their first-ever sweep of both the America East regular season and tournament championships.
With the win, the Bearcats earn their second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Binghamton just missed out on the NCAA Tournament the past two years after earning runner-up finishes in the America East Championship.
"I am just so proud of our guys right now, head coach Paul Marco said. "Everybody was committed to what our task was today. I am especially happy for our captain (senior midfielder) Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.) who was out injured the last time we won the (conference) championship."
The decisive kick was drawn when senior midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) was taken down inside the penalty box with 58 seconds left in the first sudden-death overtime period. Neville, who was named the America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, drilled the ball past Vermont goalkeeper Roger Scully to end the game.
Binghamton outshout Vermont 14-7 for the game, including 9-1 in the second half.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Chenango Valley, N.Y.) made a pair of saves to record his seventh solo shutout of the season.
In addition to Neville and Stenta, sophomore midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.) and senior forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) were named to the America East All-Tournament Team.
Binghamton now awaits the NCAA Tournament selection show, which will be aired on ESPN News between 4-5 p.m. on Monday.
NOTES: In its last trip to the NCAA Tournament (2003), Binghamton upset then No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in the opening round before losing its second-round contest at No. 7 St. Louis, 1-0 in overtime.
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