soccer is top-ranked defensive team on the NCAA Division I level
The NCAA has come out with its men's soccer statistics and as of November 3, Binghamton is the top defensive team on the Division I level. As a team, the Bearcats are ranked number one in the nation with 0.36 goals allowed per game and 0.78 shutouts per game. The Bearcats are also the only team on the NCAA Division I level not to have allowed a goal in the first half of any game this season.
Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/Trinity) currently ranks second in the nation among Division I teams with an 0.362 goals against average (GAA), which trails only Zach Wells of UCLA (0.340 GAA).
In addition to Gonet, the backline of seniors Pat Skinner (Conklin, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley), junior Ross Campbell (Aberdeenshire, Scotland/Westhill) and sophomores Darius Ravangard (Utica, N.Y./ New Hartford) and Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland/ Invergordon) has been largely responsible for the team's defensive accomplishments. At central meidfield, sophomore Danilo (Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Interlagos School) has also played a pivotal role in the team's success.
"To be ranked first in two defensive categories ahead of the defending national champion and number one team in the nation (UCLA) is great for our team and our university," head coach Paul Marco said. "Our backline goes out every game and overachieves. Whatever they can't stop, Stefan will stop. Danilo has been our unsung hero this season and has done a lot for us defensively. He'll cover between five and six miles a game."
Heading into the America East Conference Tournament, Binghamton has a 10-2-6 record as has already broken the school records for shutouts in a season (14), most consecutive shutouts (seven, which is a current streak) and the most shutouts by a goalkeeper (Gonet has 14.0).
Currently, Binghamton is on an 11-game unbeaten streak, having gone 6-0-5 in the process. It is their longest unbeaten run since going 12-0-0 during the 1989 season.
Binghamton hosts the winner of Wednesday's Maine-Hartford first round game in the America East Conference semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Link to NCAA Soccer Statistics
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