November 3, 2012
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Stony Brook men rally from late two-goal deficit to win America East semifinal in OT
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Faced with a two-goal deficit with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Stony Brook men staged a furious comeback to tie the game before junior Will Casey connected for the game-winning goal in the 100th minute to lead the Seawolves to a 5-4 win over Binghamton in the America East quarterfinals at LaValle Stadium on Saturday.
No. 3 seeded Stony Brook (11-5-1) advanced to play No. 2 seed UMBC in Baltimore Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"Give the guys credit; it says a lot about their character to come back from down two goals with less than 20 minutes to play," Stony Brook coach Ryan Anatol said. "We're excited to move on in this tournament and play again next week."
In the 10th minute, senior Antonio Crespi (North Babylon, N.Y.) sends a pass into the box towards freshman Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary), who one-timed the pass over to senior Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.). Abreu had an open look at the net and got the ball past the Binghamton goalkeeper far post from about three yards.
Five minutes later, Binghamton answered as Adam Whitehead boomed a kick from 32 yards on the far side of the field that gained a boost from the wind and found its way into the top near side corner of the net, unplayable by senior goalkeeper Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) for a 1-1 tie.
In the 27th minute, a loose ball misplayed by a Binghamton defender ended up near Fritz, who collected the ball and wipes a hard swinging shot a yard outside the box, that got past the goalkeeper mid-far post for a 2-1 Stony Brook lead.
In the 38th minute, the Bearcats again played the long ball. Trey Jasenski took a long shot from 25 yards that smacked the crossbar, but the ball came straight down and narrowly got past the line for a goal for a 2-2 deadlock.
At exactly the 48-minute mark, Binghamton's Whitehead made a simple pass to Jake Keegan on the near side of the field, and Keegan found himself open for a blast shot. He swung and nailed the far corner of the net from 24 yards for a 3-2 advantage.
In the 62nd minute, Keegan chipped the ball into the box, but to the near side of the goal, over to Whitehead, who crossed toward the net to find Steven Celeste for a header and a 4-2 lead.
In the 74th minute, senior Kyle Schlesinger (Selden, N.Y.) had a free kick, and his cross attempt made its way deep into the box, where senior Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) was waiting to make a point-blank kick past the goalkeeper to bring the Seawolves within a goal at 4-3.
With 44.5 seconds remaining in regulation, Schlesinger passed the ball into the box, where a scrum ensued. Abreu got a touch, and passed to Fritz, who had an open look and buried the equalizer.
With 52.2 seconds left in the first extratime, Stony Brook scored the golden goal. Fernandes had a free kick on the near side of the field. He crossed into the penalty area. The loose ball found its way to Casey (Setauket, N.Y.) on the far side of the box, and he knocked in the ball on an open net.
DC: Roy Miller (own goal) 61
NY: Bill Hamid (own goal) 65
NY: Connor Lade (caution) 23
DC: Andy Najar (caution) 71
DC: Andy Najar (second caution, ejection) 71
NY: Heath Pearce (caution) 75
New York Red Bulls Luis Robles (GK), Connor Lade, Markus Holgersson, Rafa Marquez (Roy Miller 46), Heath Pearce, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Teemu Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Sebastien Le Toux (Kenny Cooper 80), Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Bill Gaudette (GK), Tyler Ruthven, Stephen Keel, Digao, Jan Gunnar Solli
D.C. United Bill Hamid (GK), Andy Najar, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb, Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Branko Boskovic (Lewis Neal 69), Marcelo Saragosa, Chris Pontius, Lionard Pajoy
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis (GK), Emiliano Dudar, Robbie Russell, Raphael Augusto, Maicon Santos, Hamdi Salihi
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referees Assistants: Craig Lowry, Adam Wienckowski
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez