Immediate Release: October 20, 2004
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Men's soccer defeats UMBC 3-1, extends unbeaten streak to four games
VESTAL, N.Y.--Senior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland) scored a career-high two goals and added an assist, leading Binghamton (9-1-5, 3-1-2 AE) to a 3-1 win over UMBC (6-5-2, 2-4-0 AE) in anAmerica East Conference men's soccer game on Wednesday afternoon at a muddy West Gym Field. With the victory, the Bearcats have now gone 3-0-1 over their last four games and have outscored their opponents 9-2 during that stretch.
"I thought both teams handled the field conditions extremely well," head coach Paul Marco said. "We are very excited to get three points against a very good opponent. Our forwards were special today and the back line and goalkeeper played good."
Also playing a significant role in the victory was senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Ontario) who tallied a career-high two assists. In his last four games, he has three goals and two assists.
Bruce help to set up the first goal of the game, which was scored by redshirt sophomore midfielder Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.) at 27:36. He one touched a free kick by freshman midfielder Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) toward Antos, who was stationed right in front of the net. Antos slid the ball home for his third goal of the season.
Just under seven minutes later, it was Bruce's turn to find the back of the net. Darkwah dribbled the ball off a Binghamton corner kick and lobbed it toward the goal. Bruce headed the ball into the net at 34:15 to give the Bearcats a 2-0 advantage. It was his second goal of the season.
UMBC fought back in the second half as junior forward Powell Cucchiella converted a cross from sophomore midfielder Bobby Woods at 68:12. It was his third goal of the season.
The Bearcats responded with an insurance goal by Bruce at 83:57. He converted a cross from Darkwah to give Binghamton a 3-1 cushion.
Binghamton outshot UMBC 23-9.
The Bearcats travel to Maine on Sunday to face a Black Bear team they have yet to defeat since joining the America East Conference in 2002. Last season, the two squads played to a 0-0 tie at West Gym Field on Oct. 25.
NOTES: Bruce's five points also represents his career-high and is just one point off the Bearcats' season-high of six points, which Chavez recorded against Niagara on Sept. 18 ... dating back to Sept. 27, 2003, Binghamton has gone 6-0-6 in its last 12 home games ... Darkwah leads Binghamton with nine goals, five assists and 23 points. Chavez also has a team-high five assists this season.
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