defeat New Hampshire 2-0 in regular season finale, earn at least
No. 3 seed in America East Conference Tournament
N.Y.--Freshman midfielder Joey Nielson (Boothwyn, Pa./ Strath
Haven) and freshman forward Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y./
Cicero-North Syracuse) each netted their fourth goal of the
season, leading Binghamton (10-2-6, 4-1-4 AE) to a 2-0 win at
New Hampshire (8-9-0, 3-6-0 AE) in the final regular men's soccer
regular season game of the year. With the victory, Binghamton
has clinched at least the third seed in the upcoming America
East Conference Tournament. Should Hartford defeat or tie Boston
tonight, the Bearcats would earn the No. 2 seed as well as the
accompanying first-round bye.
Bearcats have gone 6-0-5 during the past 11 games, marking their
longest unbeaten run since going 12-0-0 during a 12-game stretch
in the 1989 season. In addition, Binghamton extended its school
record with its 14th shutout of the season. In the process, the
Bearcats finish the regular season as the only team in the nation
not to allow a first-half goal. Binghamton has not allowed a
goal in its past seven games, breaking the school record of six
consecutive shutouts to start the 1987 season.
"This was a very good game today," head coach Paul
Marco said. "We had to go deep into our bench because it
was so competitive but our guys really came through today."
Neilson opened up the scoring at the 39:45 mark when he headed
in a corner kick taken by Arnault. Neilson then returned the
favor by assisting on Arnault's goal at the 83:55 mark of the
game. Freshman back Greg Picciano (Malvern, N.Y./ Chaminade)
was also credited with an assist on the second goal.
The host Wildcats outshot Binghamton by an 13-9 margin, including
by an 6-3 deficit in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Stefan
Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/Trinity), however, recorded
five saves in posting his 14th shutout of the season. That extends
his single season school record.
NOTES: Binghamton finished the regular season having gone
5-0-3 in road games this season. In its only neutral site game
of the season, the Bearcats defeated Mt. St. Mary's 2-0 on August
31 in a game that was played at Monmouth.