For Immediate Release: October 24, 2004
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Nationally-ranked men's soccer defeats Maine 3-0, clinches berth in America East Conference Tournament

Box score

ORONO, Maine--Senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario) recorded his second two-goal game of the season and senior back Michael Austin (Oneonta, N.Y.) had a career-high two assists, leading nationally-ranked Binghamton (10-1-5, 4-1-2 AE) to a 3-0 win at Maine (4-6-3, 1-4-2 AE) in an America East Conference men's soccer game on Sunday afternoon. With the win. the Bearcats move into sole possession of second place in the 10-team conference and have locked up their second consecutive tournament berth.

Binghamton has now won three consecutive games and has outscored its opponents 10-1 during that span. The Bearcats are also undefeated in its last six contests, having gone 4-0-2 during that span.

"Our guys played very well today," head coach Paul Marco said. "Things have really been coming together the last couple of weeks."

Darkwah now has 11 goals this season, the most recorded by a Binghamton player since Doug Dillman scored 18 times during the 1999 season. During the past three games, he has netted three goals and tallied two assists.

Austin set up Darkwah with the first goal of the game in the 26th minute to give Binghamton a 1-0 advantage. It marked the first time in three meetings that the Bearcats have scored a goal against the Black Bears.

Midway through the second half, Binghamton put the game out of reach with two goals in a span of six minutes. In the 62nd minute, junior back Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland) recorded his second goal in the past three games courtesy of a direct free kick. Austin and Darkwah struck again in the 68th minute, stretching the lead to 3-0.

Junior goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland) made three saves to record his third solo shutout of the season.

Binghamton outshot the Black Bears 19-8.

The Bearcats return home to face Vermont on Saturday at noon.

NOTES: Darkwah tied his career high of two goals, which was set against Marist on Sept. 1, 2004 ... Binghamton entered the game ranked No. 24 in the NSCAA/adidas weekly poll.

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