Immediate Release: November 11, 2006
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Binghamton men's soccer falls 2-1 to Harvard in NCAA Tournament first round game
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Freshman forward Andre Akpan netted the game-winning goal with 11:01 remaining in regulation, leading Harvard (14-4-0) to a 2-1 win over visiting Binghamton (9-7-5) in a NCAA Tournament first round matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats, who were making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament (on the Division I level), led 1-0 at the half but could not hold back a Crimson attack that led the nation in goals per game this season.
"I'm disappointed with the outcome of the game but I thought our guys played well against a very tough opponent," head coach Paul Marco said. "(Harvard's) special guys came through in the end. It's a disappointing end to the season but I am very proud of our senior class and all that they have accomplished. I wish them the very best."
Binghamton played fantastic soccer, Harvard head coach John Kerr said. They shut down our weapons in the first half, played great soccer and created opportunities for themselves. We knew once we got ourselves back after halftime, we needed to calm down and play our style of soccer and stick to what we have done all season long.
Sophomore back Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland) scored an unassisted goal 19:36 into the game as Binghamton outshot Harvard 7-5 through the first 45 minutes. Michael Fucito, however, tied the game at the 57:51 mark, setting the stage for Akpan's winning blast just over 20 minutes later.
Harvard outshot Binghamton 14-10 for the game, including 9-3 in the decisive second half.
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