For Immediate Release: September 7, 2005
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No. 20 Binghamton men's soccer defeats St. Joseph's 5-1 in home opener
Bearcats net four second-half goals in a span of 14:02

Box score

CONWAY, S.C.-- Sophomore back Matt Narode (Glenmont, N.Y.) and senior back Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland) each scored twice, leading No. 20 Binghamton (2-0-1) to a 5-1 win over St. Jospeh's (0-2-0) in its first home game of the season. The five goals is the most the Bearcats have scored in a game since defeating Niagara 5-0 on Sept. 18, 2004.

Narode's two goals represents his career high while Munro netted a pair of goals for the second time in his career. He also scored twice against Stony Brook on Oct. 23, 2002.

After taking a 1-0 lead into the half, Binghamton reeled off four goals in a span of 14:02 in the second half. Narode had one of his goals and Munro scored both of his goals during that span.

"We were sluggish in the first half," head coach Paul Marco said. "It was good to get our offense going in the second half. We served up a lot of good balls in front of the net."

Narode headed in a shot by junior midfielder Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.) at the 24:12 mark of the game. Senior back Danilo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was also credited with an assist. Binghamton outshot the visiting Hawks 10-1 in the first half.

Junior forward Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) made it 2-0 when he scored off a rebound at 54:16. St. Joseph's, however, answered back when sophomore back Jim Slover scored on an indirect kick at 56:47.

Narode struck again when he headed in a long cross from freshman midfielder Cody Germain (Glenmont, N.Y.) at the 60:57 mark. The Bearcats' final two goals came off of indentical free kicks by freshman back Barry Neville (Glasgow, Scotland) that were headed in by Munro. The first score came at 64:45 and the second one came at 68:18.

Binghamton outshot St. Joseph's 18-7 for the game.

This weekend, the Bearcats head to the St. Bonaventure Tournament, where they will face Duqquesne on Saturday at noon and the host school on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

NOTE: The Bearcats entered the game ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 Weekly Poll.

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