tie Vermont 0-0, clinch spot in America East Tournament
N.Y.--The Binghamton men's soccer team (9-2-6, 3-1-4 AE) extended
its unbeaten streak to 10 games by battling Vermont (4-8-5, 3-3-2
AE) to a 0-0 deadlock in an America East Conference soccer game
in Burlington on Thursday morning. With the tie, Binghamton officially
clinches a spot in the America East Conference Tournament for
the first time in its history.
Binghamton can finish anywhere from second to sixth in the conference,
depending on the outcome of Saturday's five games. Should Binghamton
win its regular season finale at New Hampshire on Saturday, it
would clinch the second spot, as well the accompanying first-round
bye, if Hartford beats Boston and Albany beats Northeastern.
The first round of the tournament starts next Wednesday.
"This was a good game today," head coach Paul Marco
said. "We played well in the first half, let up in the second
half but came back strong in the overtime periods. It's good
to be in the tournament but we have to go up to New Hampshire
finish out the season strong."
Bearcats have gone 5-0-5 during the past 10 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 13th shutout of the season.
The host Catamounts outshot Binghamton by an 18-10 margin, including
by an 11-2 deficit in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Stefan
Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/Langbank), however, recorded
four saves in posting his 13th shutout of the season. That extends
his single season school record.
NOTE: Including today's game at Vermont, Binghamton is
the lone team on the NCAA Division I level not to have allowed
a goal in the first half of a game this season.