Men's Soccer Wins First America East Title With 4-2 Victory Over Binghamton in PK's

Men's Soccer celebrates first America East Championship
 
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Nov. 12, 2005

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook captured the first America East Men's Soccer Championship in school history as the Seawolves earned a 4-2 victory over Binghamton in penalty kicks in front of 1,053 fans on Saturday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The game was recorded as a 1-1 draw, with the Seawolves earning the program's first berth in the NCAA College Cup after winning in penalties.

"That win was the culmination of a dream," said second year head coach Cesar Markovic. "I'm so proud of our team. We didn't play our best game and Binghamton took our rhythm away, but we kept fighting. Binghamton was incredible defensively, but it was just in the cards for us tonight."

EJ Xikis turns away Binghamton's fourth shot in penalty kicks


The victory by Stony Brook (12-4-4) marks the eighth-straight different team to win the America East Championship. The Seawolves will learn their destination for the NCAA Tournament on Monday, November 14 as the men's soccer selection announcement will air live on ESPNews (4-4:30 p.m.).

Both teams converted on their first two pk's bringing up Binghamton's (12-4-5) Kyle Antos, who fired a shot over the middle of the crossbar to keep the round tied at two-all. Erion Qoku was up next for SB, and he cooly sent a shot into the upper left corner to make it 3-2 Stony Brook. Ibrahim Yusif followed for the Bearcats, sending a shot towards the right corner, but Stony Brook goalkeeper EJ Xikis made a diving stop to his left to keep SB up 3-2. All the Seawolves needed was one more goal to seal the victory, and Chris Scarpati came through, hitting the upper left corner to give Stony Brook its first America East title.

Binghamton struck first just over 20 minutes into the contest as Adam Chavez took a free kick from 40 yards out on the right side, finding Kyle Antos who headed the ball into the far right corner from 12 yards out to make it 1-0.

The Bearcats took that lead into the half and continued to control play for the majority of the way after the goal. They had the chance to go up 2-0 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation as Peter Sgueglia fed Cody Germain, who's shot found the back of the net, but the goal was called back for offsides.

The Seawolves finally picked up their play with time running out in regulation, breaking through in the 87th minute. Michael Palacio sent the ball into the box and found Chris Megaloudis, who shot it into the far right corner from 10 yards out to knot the game at a goal apiece and send the match into extra time.

Xikis (7-3-2) finished with four saves in goal for the Seawolves, while Binghamton's Ryan Bertoni turned away three shots in the loss.

Senior Douglas Narvaez was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer and was joined on the All-Championship Team by Stony Brook teammates Rob Fucci, Megaloudis and Palacio. Binghamton's Danilo and Joey Neilson and Graham Munro were also named to the tournament squad.


2005 America East Champions