BUFFALO, NY - It was a game of missed chances and bad luck for the men's soccer team Friday night at UB Stadium, where the Binghamton Bearcats handed the Bulls its first loss of the season with a 2-0 win.
In a game similar to the St. Bonaventure match from Tuesday, the game's first half was largely uneventful, aside from a pair of tough saves from senior goalie Jon Viscosi. After halftime adjustments were made, the two teams came out firing in the second half but it would be the visitors that would strike first.
Bearcat forward Jake Keegan brought the ball up the right wing and cut toward goal, drawing Viscosi's attention long enough to draw him from the net. He then curl a cross across the goal mouth to a wide-open Austin Hughes, who headed home the game's first goal in the 51st minute despite a diving effort from Viscosi.
Binghamton would score the clinching goal late on a counter attack in the 88th minute on a goal from Keegan that came on a pass the Bulls defense thought would draw the offsides flag. In a stroke of bad luck, the goal would stand, putting salt in the wound of a UB offense that had an equally contentious goal by Marek Albert called back thanks to an offsides call earlier in the game.
The Bulls would not lack scoring opportunities though, and had quality chances to score throughout the second half. A well-placed header from Lukas Fedler was played perfectly by Binghamton goalie Logan Calvey in the 66th minute, and less than a minute later Calvey would turn away an even better opportunity off a shot by Maksym Kowal.
For the game, the Bulls took 13 shots and put five on goal, while Binghamton attempted 14 and also put five on frame.
There will be a quick turnaround for the Bulls before another tough match on Sunday. The team will welcome in Siena for a 3:30 pm match in what is sure to be a competitive tilt. Last season, the Bulls held off the Saints despite playing a man down on the road, and came away with a 2-1 win.