VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman forward Adam Whitehead scored 4:30 into the first sudden-death overtime period, lifting Binghamton (6-4-1, 1-0-0 AE) to a 2-1 win over Albany (0-9-2, 0-2-0 AE) in an America East men's soccer game on Wednesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win is the Bearcats' fourth in their last six games.
Whitehead's game winner was set up by Kyle Kucharski, who took a free kick from just outside the box. Instead of aiming towards the goal, Kucharski passed the ball to Whitehead at the top of the box and the first-year player fired the ball into the net to seal the win. It was his first collegiate goal.
Less than two minutes before Whitehead's game winner, however, Albany had a chance to finish the game when it was awarded a penalty kick. Senior goalkeeper Jason Stenta, however, dove to make the save and keep the Bearcats alive. It was Stenta's second save on a penalty kick this season.
Albany broke open a scoreless tie in the 68th when Konner McNamara got a rebound in from close range and drilled it into the net. In the 71st minute, however, the Bearcats got the equalizer when redshirt freshman Matt Kristek scored his first collegiate goal. Sophomore forward Santigui Tounkara and sophomore midfielder Ryan Walter were credited with the assists.
Binghamton outshot Albany 17-14 for the game.
The Bearcats head to Stony Brook for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday