Immediate Release: September 18, 2004
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Nationally-ranked Binghamton defeats Oneonta, remains undefeated at 6-0-3
Bearcats have not lost in their last 20 regular-season games
ONEONTA, N.Y.-- Sophomore midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) scored a goal and had an assist, leading nationally-ranked Binghamton (6-0-3) to a 2-1 win at Oneonta (3-4-0) in men's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Bearcats are now unbeaten in their last 20 regular-season games, having gone 12-0-8 during that span. Binghamton is currently ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
"Our guys were ready for this game," head coach Paul Marco said. "This is a good rivalry because the schools are close and Scott (assistant coach Scott Craig) played and graduated from there. We got two great goals. Oneonta was up for the challenge today but we were able to control play during the game."
Arnault scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 14:53 when he took a pass from senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Onatrio) inside the box and fired it into the lower-right corner of the net. Oneonta drew even at 27:08 when a shot by Chris Spence bounced off a Binghamton defender and into the net. Just before the half, however, Arnault set up sophomore forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) who blasted a shot into the lower-right corner of the goal to put Binghamton ahead to stay.
The second half remained scoreless despite Binghamton outshooting Oneonta 7-2. The Bearcats had a 15-5 shot advantage for the game.
Binghamton travels to Boston on Saturday for its first America East Conference game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
"We have three days to prepare for this game," Marco said. "Boston will be hungry. They have taken on some great teams so far this season. It should be a very good game and the Bearcats will be ready."
NOTE: The NSCAA/adidas poll for the week of Sept. 21 has the Bearcats moving up two spots to No. 20. Binghamton fell out of the College Soccer News Top 30 poll but still received votes.
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