For Immediate Release: September 18, 2004
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Nationally-ranked Binghamton defeats Niagara 5-0, remains undefeated at 5-0-3

Box score

NIAGARA, N.Y.-- Freshman midfielder Adam Chavez (Endicott,N.Y.) and senior back Mike Austin (Oneonta, N.Y.) each scored a career-high two goals, leading nationally-ranked Binghamton (5-0-3) to a 5-0 win over host Niagara (0-6) in men's soccer action on Saturday. With the win, the Bearcats are now unbeaten in their last 19 regular-season games, having gone 11-0-8 during that span. Binghamton is currently ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 30 by College Soccer News.

"Our team responded well to Wednesday's game (a 2-2 against Siena)," head coach Paul Marco said. "We were able to build a big lead and were able to rest some guys at the end of the game. This was a strong performance."

Austin got the first of his two goals at the 13:23 mark on a one-time shot from 10 yards out. Chavez and sophomore forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) were credited with assists.

Up 1-0 at the break, Binghamton went on a tear in the first part of the second half. Chavez got things started at 46:20 on a low shot that got past Niagara goalkeeper Eric Sullivan. Neilson picked up his second assist of the game.

At the 53:12 mark, Chavez scored again with Austin and sophomore Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.) getting the assists. Sophomore midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) then scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from Chavez at 55:37. Exactly 22 seconds later, Austin finished the scoring on an unassisted goal.

Junior Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland) and redshirt sophomore Phil Grommet (Teaneck, N.J.) each made two saves to share the shutout. Binghamton outshot Niagara 21-11, including 11-4 in the second half.

Binghamton travels to Oneonta on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for its final non-conference game of the season.

"Oneonta is a young and talented team," Marco said. "They are dangerous but we'll be ready to play them."

NOTE: The five goals is the most scored by the Bearcats since a 6-0 win over Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2003 ... the Bearcats' current 19-game regular-season unbeaten streak is the longest among any team ranked in either the NSCAA/adidas poll or the College Soccer News poll ... ... Chavez now has two goals and four assists in his last four games ... Arnault is now tied with senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Onatrio) for the team lead in goals.

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