Release: September 4, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
men's soccer storms back to defeat Houston Baptist 4-1
score four times in the final 18 minutes of regulation
MORGANTOWN, W.V. --Sophomore forward Luke
Halberg finished with a goal and a career-high two assists
and junior forward Jake
Keegan added a goal and an assist, powering Binghamton (2-1-0)
to a 4-1 win over Houston Baptist (0-3-0) in the final round
of the Nike/West Virginia Men's Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon
at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Bearcats were down 1-0 through
70 minutes of play, but exploded for four goals over the final
20 minutes of action.
Sunday's match marked the highest-scoring game for the Bearcats
since they defeated Niagara 4-2 on Sept. 29, 2010. In addition,
Keegan scored for the third game in a row, something no Bearcat
player has done since Charles Darkwah (Oct. 9-20, 2004).
"I thought Houston Baptist came out great to start the game,"
Paul Marco said. "We had seen them play twice and thought
they were a good side but today, they played as good as we had
seen them. We had to make some adjustments in the second half
today. We were not playing as well as a collective unit during
the first half but in the second half, I thought the guys really
Halberg began the Bearcats' late-game assault in the 73rd minute,
when he fired a cross to senior midfielder Ryan
Walter, who headed the ball into the net. Five minutes later,
Halberg found Keegan, who went on to beat the goalkeeper in a
one-on-one situation that put the Bearcats ahead to stay.
At the 85:58 mark it was Halberg's turn to score a goal, when
he finished off a cross from Keegan. Freshman back Ben
Nicholson was also credited with an assist.
Just 1:18 later, sophomore forward Marts
Reid-Warden iced the game when he one timed a pass from freshman
Sandercock inside the far post. The 1:18 time differential
between the final two Binghamton goals represents the team's
quickest two-goal outburst since scoring twice in just 36 seconds
against Maine on Oct. 20, 2007.
Binghamton outshot Houston Baptist 19-10 for the game. After
surrendering a goal to Fransisco Diaz at the 10:07 mark, the
Bearcat backline of senior Jerome
Robinson, junior Austin
Hughes, sophomores Tommy
Klim and Kevin
Bunce as well as freshman Jamie
Forbes limited the Huskies to just three shots on goal the
rest of the way. Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony
Sokalski made his first start of the year and recorded a
pair of saves.
Up next for the Bearcats is a match at nationally-ranked Ohio
State next Sunday at noon. The Buckeyes are currently ranked
No. 20 by College Soccer News and No. 23 by the NSCAA.
When the two squads last met on Sept. 10, 2010, then seventh-ranked
Ohio State beat Binghamton 1-0 on a first-half penalty kick.
NOTES: Keegan, Halberg and junior forward Adam
Whitehead were named to the Nike/West Virginia Classic All-Tournament
Team. Keegan leads the Bearcats with three goals and a pair of
assists so far this season ... the four points recorded
by Halberg ties his career high, which he set against Penn State
on Sept. 12, 2010. Keegan's three-points also ties his career
high, which he set against Boston on Oct. 16, 2009 and tied against
Bucknell last Friday ... the four second-half goals represents
Binghamton's highest total in a half since it scored five times
against Philadelphia in the first half on Sept. 27, 2003.