Oct. 24, 2012
Box Score | M. White's Postgame Comments
BOSTON - After recognizing seniors Michael Bustamante and Max White, the Boston University men's soccer team used a 27th-minute goal and five saves to defeat Binghamton, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Nickerson Field.
Competing in its final home game as a member of the America East, the Terriers improve to 6-7-4 and 3-1-2 in league play, while the Bearcats drop to 6-9-0 (2-4-0).
BU took the lead for good when redshirt-freshman Mac McGuire fired a point blank shot into the net after receiving the ball from junior Anthony Ciccone, who dribbled into the box from the left side. With the goal, McGuire posted his fifth goal of the season, helping Ciccone tally a team-high eighth assist.
Both squads played free and open, pushing the ball up while looking for opportunities. The Bearcats had their first good chance in the sixth minute when Adam Whitehead fired a shot from 30 yards out that nailed the crossbar. BU came back with a corner kick and sophomore Dominique Badji pressuring the backline with a blocked shot near the top of the box.
After McGuire's goal, Thomson recorded saves at 28:20 and 29:48 to help BU enter the locker room with a 1-0 lead. In the 69th minute, the Terriers tried to grab their second goal, but Binghamton stopped attempts from both Ciccone and Bustamante. The senior midfielder took the rebound and fired another shot that Chris Hayen saved to end the flurry.
Entering the contest with nine goals, Jake Keegan was neutralized throughout, finishing with only two shot attempts. His lone attempt on goal came at 88:51, creating Binghamton's fifth and final corner kick with one minute remaining. The kick was low though, and BU easily cleared it to earn the program's sixth shutout of the season.
Both Ciccone and Bustamante finished with four shot attempts to lead the Terriers, while Whitehead had five for the Bearcats. Hayen posted six saves to keep the game close. The teams were even in shots (13-13) with BU owning a 6-5 edge in corners.
With Vermont (14 pts.) and Stony Brook (12 pts.) both winning tonight and scheduled to face each other on Saturday, the Terriers (11 pts.) are out of the running for the regular season title.
BU will conclude the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 27) at New Hampshire with action slated to begin at 7 p.m.