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Men's soccer falls to Northeastern 5-0 in season finale
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BOSTON, Mass. -- The Binghamton University Bearcats (6-11-1, 2-6-0) concluded their 2002 season with a 5-0 loss to the Northeastern Huskies (9-7-2, 6-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at Parsons Field. The Huskies finish the season in first place and take the #1 seed into next weekend's conference tournament.

Northeastern blew the game open with four first-half goals against the Bearcats. Senior Nate Houghton and freshman Jay Betley had two goals apiece, while junior Athanasios Kirkopoulos recorded three assists. Julian Daniels added an unassisted goal for Northeastern. The Huskies outshot Binghamton 15-5 in what proved to be a very physical affair. Sophomores Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland/Buckie Community) and Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario/Bathulst Heights) each had two shots for the Bearcats.

"Northeastern scored three goals on their first four shots," said BU head coach Paul Marco. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with those early goals."

The Huskies opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Houghton headed in a ball off a free kick by Kirkopoulos. Just four minutes later, Houghton struck again, taking a lead pass from Oumar Thiam and finding the net. At the 33:43 mark, Betley got his first goal of the game, taking a pass from Kirkopoulos and beating the Bearcat keeper. Daniels had an unassisted goal with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, and Betley closed the scoring with his second goal, a header off a free kick from Kirkopoulos in the 66th minute.

Binghamton finishes the season with a 6-11-1 record, including a 2-6 conference mark in their first America East campaign.

"A lot of our guys wish we were still playing, and that's not a bad mindset to have at the end of the season," Marco said, referencing BU not being among the top four conference teams that qualify for the postseason conference tournament. "Unfortunately for our four seniors, there won't be any more games, but they taught a valuable lesson to the rest of the team in going out there and not wasting a single game."
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