Immediate Release: October 19, 2006
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford (7-8-2, 5-0-2 AE) scored twice in the game's final 22 minutes and remained unbeaten in America East play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Binghamton (7-8-2, 4-4 AE) Thursday night from Al-Marzook Field. With the defeat, the Bearcats are relegated to a number three, four or five seed for the upcoming conference tournament, and will open play in the quarterfinals.
Hartford opened the scoring as a result of a free kick in the 68th minute and then with Binghamton pushing forward for an equalizer, the Hawks added an insurance goal in the 81st minute. The two shots were the only ones the Hawks could muster on goal against the Bearcats defense. Binghamton accumulated 14 shots.
Binghamton had its best chance to score with 19 minutes remaining. Junior midfielder Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.) ripped a 25-yard free kick off the crossbar and Hartford cleared the rebound.
"We played great and I'm proud of our effort," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "I thought we took the match to Hartford and did everything but score. We wouldn't mind seeing them again in the tournament."
The Bearcats will play a first-round game on October 27 at the site of the top seed, which will either be Boston University or Hartford, depending on the outcome of their head-to-head matchup on Saturday. The regular season champion will host the first round and the semifinals, which are slated for October 29.
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