For Immediate Release: September 18, 2009
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Binghamton men's soccer loses 2-1 in overtime to Gonzaga

Game stats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Nick Love scored just 1:29 into the first sudden-death overtime period, leading Gonzaga (4-1-2) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (2-3-0) in the opening day of the Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utilities Invitational on Friday evening. The weekend tournament is being hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Love's goal capped a Gonzaga assault in the opening moments of overtime. He fired a shot wide of the goal 1:01 into the period. Just seconds later, however, he put a rebound into the net for his first goal of the season.

Binghamton had rallied to 1-1 the game at 1-1 in the 65th minute on Yusuf Yusuf's first goal of the season. The junior back beat the Gonzaga goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

The Bearcats were trailing for the majority of the game due to a similar Gonzaga attack in the early stages of the game. The Zags hit the crossbar just 2:03 into the match. Ben Funkhouser, however, headed in a rebound just 17 seconds later. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Gonzaga outshot Binghamton 24-14 for the game and had the only three shots in sudden-death overtime. Senior goalkeeper Jason Stenta tied his career high with 10 saves in the losing effort.

"I thought overall we made progress tonight," head coach Paul Marco said. "But that progress was hindered by the hiccup in overtime. I thought (sophomore midfielder) Ryan Walter and (junior midfielder) Scott Zobre both played with a lot of energy out there tonight."

Binghamton faces UC-Davis on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST in their second and final game at the Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utilities Invitational.

NOTE: Friday's game marked the first time that the Bearcats have played in the Mountain Time Zone in their nine-year NCAA Division I history ... Binghamton's last overtime loss was a 2-1 setback at Hartford on Oct. 13, 2007 ... Stenta also recorded 10 saves against Cornell on Sept. 5, 2009 and against Maryland on Sept. 30, 2008 ... Yusuf's now has two career goals. His other score came against Duquesne on Sept. 15, 2007.

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