Immediate Release: August 27, 2006
Contact:Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
soccer falls to defending national champion, No. 1 Maryland,
return to action Tuesday evening at Colgate
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- For 45 minutes Sunday evening at Ludwig Field
in front of a crowd of 3,486, it looked as if the Binghamton
men's soccer team might have a chance to pull off the improbable.
However, after going toe-to-toe with defending national champion
Maryland during a hard-fought scoreless first half of play, the
Bearcats' fortune would run short as the nation's top squad struck
for three second-half goals to capture a 3-0 victory.
"I am proud of the way we came out. I thought we were aggressive
and assertive," head coach Paul Marco said. "After
the red card, we played even more aggressively and stepped up
our intensity. Give them credit for coming out strong in the
Binghamton was forced to play a man down after sophomore back
Liam Carson (Broxburn, Scotland) was sent off in the 17th
minute for commiting a foul on Maryland forward Jason Herrick.
Still, the Bearcat men took the fight to their illustrious opponents,
playing a Terps program that has made four consecutive College
Cups (Final Fours) and in the past four years has won more games
than any team in the country to a scoreless first half.
"Binghamton came out and played very well and even better
after they went a man down," said Maryland head coach Sasho
Cirovski. "Paul is doing a very good job with that program."
The tide, however, would turn in the second half for an undermanned
BU squad. The Terps burst out of the gate and never looked back,
as sophomore Rich Costanzo broke the deadlock just 30 seconds
into the second frame, hammering home teammate Stephen King's
rebound to register the match's first tally.
The defending champions continued to turn up the pressure on
the Bearcats' backline and just ten minutes later in the 56th
minute it paid off, as senior midfielder A.J. Godbolt added an
unassisted strike to give Maryland a two-goal cushion. The Terps
would add a third goal at the 66:33 mark to create the final
After an even first half, the Terps outshot BU 19-2 over the
final 45 minutes.
In goal, junior Ryan Bertoni (Owego, N.Y.), facing one
of the most potent offenses in the nation, posted five saves
for Binghamton, while Chris Seitz turned away one Bearcat effort
for the Terps.
Binghamton men's soccer team will be back in action on Tuesday
evening as the Bearcats travel to Hamilton, N.Y. where they will
take on Colgate Univeristy.
Notes: Tonight's contest marked only the second time any
Binghamton team has taken on the reigning national champions
since making the transition to the Division-I level. The men's
basketball team faced Syracuse on Dec. 13, 2003, the season after
the Orangemen won their first ever NCAA title...Back in 1978,
during its Division III tenure, the Binghamton soccer team program
took on another reigning DI national champion as they dropped
a 1-0 decision vs. Hartwick College. Hartwick had won the Division
I National Championship in 1977...Tonight also marked the men's
soccer program's first time facing an ACC squad.