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For Immediate Release: September 9, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Men's soccer wins Pittsburgh Invitational Tournament with 1-0 win over host Panthers

Box Score

PITTSBURGH, Pa.- Junior back Darren McAllister (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) scored his first goal of the season in the 13th minute, leading Binghamton (4-0-0) to a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh (0-3-1) in the final round of the Pittsburgh Invitational Tournament. With the victory, the Bearcats are off to their best start since 1987. In addition, they have shut out their first four opponents for the first time since that same season two decades ago. Furthermore, the Bearcats have won back-to-back in-season tournaments for the first time since 2004.

McAllister's goal was set up by junior back Justin Leskow (Endicott, N.Y.), who got the ball off a Panther turnover. He then fed the ball to McAllister who fired it home at the 13:40 mark, giving the Bearcats a lead they would never relinquish. Leskow now has a team-best two assists this year.

"It's fantastic to be 4-0 right now," head coach Paul Marco said. "Our defense was outstanding and offensively we improved from last week."

Binghamton outshot Pittsburgh 4-3 as a rain-soaked field kept the scoring chances to a minimum. Sophomore goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) made three saves in registering his 12th career solo shutout.

Stenta, senior backs Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) and J.P. Ahoua (New York City, N.Y.) and junior back Liam Carson (Broxburn, Scotland) were named to the all-tournament team. There was no MVP selected.

Up next for the Bearcats is a 4 p.m. game at Bucknell on Tuesday. The Bison, who have gone 1-0-1 agains the Bearcats the past two season, are 0-1-2 so far this season. Their one loss, however, came against then No. 14 Northwestern back on Sept. 2.

"Bucknell is a very deep team and this is going to be a great challenge for us," Marco said. "Our key players are going to have to keep their composure and play a smart game for us."

NOTE: Binghamton has won all four of its games by the same score, a feat that has never previously occured in school history.

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