For Immediate Release: November 1, 2006
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Binghamton men's soccer uses shootout to advance to America East Conference finals

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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 overtime."

After 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.

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