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Men's soccer explodes for three second-half goals, beats Niagara 3-0

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VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior midfielder Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario) scored twice, leading Binghamton (5-2-1) to a 3-0 win over Niagara (0-5-1) in men's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at West Gym Field. With the win, the Bearcats record their sixth shutout of the season and are remain off to their best start since 1993.

The three goals is the most Binghamton has scored in a game since its 3-1 win over Stony Brook on Oct. 23, 2002. In addition, Darkwah is the first Bearcat to score two goals in a game since Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland/ Invergordon) netted two in that same game against Stony Brook.

"After our loss to Marist on Saturday, we talked about the importance of finishing off a game," head coach Paul Marco said. "We got two late goals today and were really pleased with how we came back from that loss on Saturday."

After a scoreless first half, Darkwah started the scoring in the 66th minute as he took a pass from freshman forward Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y./ Cicero-North Syracuse) right in front of the net to put Binghamton ahead 1-0. Freshman midfielder Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa./ Strath Haven) was also credited with an assist.

Arnault set up the second Binghamton goal when he passed off the ball to freshman forward Dan Blank (Levittown, N.Y./ Division Avenue) about 30 yards to from the goal. Blank then drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net in the 75th minute to make the score 2-0.

Darkwah, who now has three goals in the last two games, finished up the scoring when he took a pass from freshman midfielder Mark Deemer (Oneonta, N.Y./ Oneonta) five yards in front of the net. He then fired it past Niagara goalkeeper Dan O'Shea in the 87th minute.

In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/ Trinity) made two saves in posting his sixth solo shutout of the season.

For the game, Binghamton outshot Niagara 19-7.

Binghamton hosts Philadelphia on Saturday at 1 p.m

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