Immediate Release: November 1, 2006
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men's soccer uses shootout to advance to America East Conference
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Top-ranked Binghamton (8-6-5) won the decisive
shootout 6-5 over No. 5 Boston (10-4-5) in an America East Conference
semifinal game on Wednesday afternoon at West Gym Field. Before
the climactic round of penalty kicks, the Bearcats and Terriers
played to a 1-1, double-overtime draw. By coming through in the
shootout, however, Binghamton advances to its fourth consecutive
America East championship game and will host No. 2 Vermont on
Saturday at 1 p.m.
Binghamton is just the second men's soccer team to have advanced
to four straight America East finals. The Terriers, ironically,
went to five straight championship games from 1993-97.
"We were very confident going into the shootout but so was
Boston," head coach Paul Marco said. "I thought we
underperformed in the first half against a very good team but
it was great that we were able to tie it up and send it into
each team converted its first five attempts in the shootout,
freshman midfielder Kyle Kucharski (Maine, N.Y.) put Binghamton
ahead 6-5. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Binghamton,
N.Y.) then made a leaping save on sophomore back Paul Mignoga's
attempts tipping it over the crossbar to seal the game.
Things appeared grim for the Bearcats, as they trailed 1-0 with
under 13 left in regulation. Senior forward Joey Nielson (Boothwyn,
Pa.), however, netted the game-tying goal off of a cross
from sophomore midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.)
at the 78:04 mark.
Boston took an early 1-0 lead as sophomore forward Petur Sigurdsson
netted his team-high eighth goal of the year at the 22:11 mark.
He took a cross behind the defense from sophomore forward Jin
Oh and buried the ball into the lower left corner of the net.
Binghamton held a 10-9 advantage in shots, including an 8-4 edge
in the second half. Boston, however, outshot the Bearcats 2-0
in each of the two sudden-death overtime sessions.
NOTES: Vermont defeats New Hampshire 1-0 in the other
America East semifinal ... the Bearcats ae now 4-2 all-time in
America East Conference Tournament shootouts ... Binghamton and
Boston have gone to a shootout in each of the last three America
East Conference Tournaments.