VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton goalkeeper Stefan Gonet, after converting on his own chance, made a diving save on Logan Lee's (Racine, Wis.) penalty kick, giving the Bearcats a shootout victory over the Wildcats and eliminating UNH from the 2004 America East Men's Soccer Tournament.
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the third-seeded Bearcats and sixth-seeded Wildcats entered the best-of-five penalty kick shootout to determine who would advance to the semifinals. Binghamton drew first blood, as Graham Munro hit his attempt to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
After Tyler Jackson's (Amherst, N.H.) shot was saved and Pedro Braz (East Providence, R.I.) hit the post with his attempt, Eric Masi (York, Maine) converted his penalty kick attempt to tie the shootout at one. After Binghamton went back on top, 2-1, Geoff Sanford (Johnson City, N.Y.) put his attempt into the net to bring UNH back into a tie.
UNH goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) could not stop the Bearcats' final attempt, as Gonet single-handedly advanced Binghamton (10-2-7) to Wednesday's semifinal match against Albany. Levey did earn his sixth shutout of the season, tying Steve Baccari for the school's single-season shutout record.
New Hampshire finishes the 2004 season with a 5-6-7 record, setting the school record for most ties in a season along the way.