Binghamton Rallies Past Army, 2-1

Michael Kim

Michael Kim

Sept. 3, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Steven Celeste scored with just over one minute to play in the second half to lift visiting Binghamton to a 2-1 victory over Army in a non-league men's soccer match Monday evening at Clinton Field.

The Bearcats (2-2-0) overcame an early 1-0 deficit with goals in the 23rd and 89th minutes. Logan Calvey made four saves in the BU net en route to his second career victory.

The Black Knights (2-2-0) took an early 1-0 advantage when senior midfielder Michael Kim scored less than two minutes into the contest. Army outshot Binghamton 17-13 and held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. The Black Knights were unable to take advantage of their opportunities, however, as Calvey kept them off the scoreboard over the game's final 88 minutes.

Kim gave Army a 1-0 lead at the 1:35 mark of the first half when he scored off a rebound. Freshman defender Cameron Niccum's initial shot was blocked by the Binghamton defense, but Kim corralled the loose ball in the box and blasted it into the gaping net for his first marker of the season.

Binghamton fought back and netted the equalizer midway through the first half when Jake Keegan and Robbie Hughes worked a nifty give-and-go play. Keegan passed the ball to Hughes on the left side of the box and ran into the middle the penalty area where he received a return pass from Hughes and beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt from point-blank range.

Army enjoyed a 10-6 edge in shots in the opening half, while Binghamton held a 4-3 margin in corner kicks.

The second half was a back and forth affair with both teams generating scoring chances. Just when the game appeared to be heading for overtime, Celeste scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 to play. Keegan ignited the play by dribbling the ball down the left side of the field and into the box. He then moved a pass over to Tommy Moon, who found Celeste for the tally.

Kim and senior midfielder Josh Koeppe paced the Army offense with three shots apiece. Keegan led the way for Binghamton, ripping a game-high five shots.

Army will be idle until Saturday, Sept. 8, when the Black Knights travel to Louisville, Ky., to face nationally-ranked Louisville at 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army falls to 0-1-0 all-time versus Binghamton ... the Black Knights wore their traditional white home uniforms for tonight's contest ... Binghamton's two goals were the first two markers allowed by Army at home this season ... the Black Knights' home shutout streak ended at 202 minutes, 36 seconds ... Cameron Niccum picked up his first career assist and point ... Michael Kim's goal was his career fourth.

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