UNCW Falls In Final Second To Bearcats
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Jake Keegan's second goal of the contest, coming with one second left in regulation, proved to be the difference as Binghamton dropped UNCW, 3-2, at the UNCW Soccer Stadium in the final game of the UNCW/Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Sunday.
The Bearcats upped their record to 3-4 and finished second in the tournament behind champion Saint Mary's (Calif.), who blanked Appalachian State in the day's first game, 2-0. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their ledger drop to 2-4-1 and finished fourth in the tournament. Appalachian State finished third.
After UNCW drew even in the 83rd minute on freshman Colin Bonner's second goal of the game, BU made a final push in the waning seconds. Ben Nicholson collected a loose ball in the middle of the offensive third and fired a shot from 30 yards out that struck the cross bar. An unmarked Keegan collected the rebound and tucked his shot inside the right post from 10 yards out for the winner.
Keegan was honored as the Most Outstanding Performer on offense as he pushed his goal total to seven on the season with his two strikes and added an assist.
BU opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Steven Celeste was on the finishing end of a pair of slick passes from Keegan and Tommy Moon, who were both credited with assists. Moon sent a cross from the right side to Keegan, who directed his pass to an open Celeste on the left side 18 yards out.
Bonner answered for the Seahawks in the 40th minute with his first collegiate goal. The Fulton, Md., product used every bit of his 6-4 frame to head home a deep throw in from the right side from Andrew Barber.
Keegan restored BU's lead, 2-1, in the 56th minute when his shot from 30 yards out eluded UNCW goalkeeper Brandon Bolen, who made two saves on the game.
Bonner struck again to draw UNCW even in the 83rd minute. After forcing an errant pass back to the BU goalkeeper, Bonner took a touch past the charging Stefano Frantelizzi and knocked home his second goal of the match.
Frantelizzi posted three saves on the afternoon, including a point-blank save on Bonner midway through the second half.
UNCW outshot the Bearcats, 12-6, while both sides had four corner kicks.
The Seahawks return to action on Sept. 22, when they visit George Mason in their Colonial Athletic Association opener.
Tournament champion Saint Mary's edged Appalachian State, 2-0, in the opening match on Sunday. Justin Howard scored what would be the eventual game-winner in the 21st minute. SMC added an own goal in the 81st minute to round out the scoring. Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Andre Rawls of SMC, made two saves in producing his second clean sheet of the tournament.
Saint Mary's: Trevor Nyquist, Jose Cabeza, Bobby Connor, Andre Rawls. Binghamton: Jake Keegan, Trey Jasenski, Robbie Hughes. Appalachian State: Patrick Harrow, Lee Williams. UNCW: Michael Parrish, Jamie Dell.
Final Standings: Saint Mary's, Binghamton, App. State, UNCW. (Binghamton finished with 0 goal differential while App. State was -1)
Offensive MVP: Jake Keegan, BU
Defensive MVP: Andre Rawls, Saint Mary's