Immediate Release: Sept. 1, 2004
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No. 22 Binghamton men's soccer team defeats Marist 3-2 in season opener
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.--Senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario/Bathulst Heights) scored two goals and added an assist, leading No. 22 Binghamton (1-0) to a 3-2 win at Marist (0-1) in the season-opening game for both squads. In the process, the Bearcats avenged their 2-1 loss to the Red Foxes last Sept. 20. It also marked the first time that Binghamton has won their opening game since defeating Bloomsburg 3-2 to start the 1999 season.
Dating back to last season, Binghamton has now has gone 7-0-5 in its last 12 regular season games. The defeat to Marist last season remains the last regular season setback that the Bearcats have suffered.
"We got the win tonight on the road against a very good team," head coach Paul Marco said. "We weren't as consistent as we wanted to be tonight. We were pretty good but we weren't great. Marist is going to have a good year. They were tough to play."
At first, it looked as if the Bearcats would have little trouble with Marist as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half. Darkwah scored once and sophomore midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse) added the other goal. Senior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland/Buckie Community) assisted on Darkwah's goal.
In the second half, however, Marist pulled to within 2-1 at the 51:20 mark. Exactly two minutes later, Darkwah scored an unassisted goal to stretch the lead to 3-1. The Red Foxes hung tough and converted a free kick at 72:10 to cut the lead to 3-2. Binghamton, however, held on for the win.
The Bearcats travel to Buffalo on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game against Canisius. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
NOTE: Darkwah's two goals ties his career high. He also scored twice against Niagara on Sept. 24, 2003.
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