Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton men’s soccer team (3-8-5, 1-1-3 AE) made history as it played seventh-ranked UMBC (12-1-2, 3-0-2 AE) to a 0-0 tie in an America East men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Saturday night. The match marked the first time in five attempts that Binghamton has gained at least a point against an opponent that was nationally ranked in the top 10. The Retrievers entered the match ranked seventh in the NSCAA Top 25 poll, No. 10 in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll and fifth in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
“We had great spirit and emotion tonight against a very good team,” head coach Paul Marco said. “I thought our attitude tonight was quite good. I am very pleased with tonight’s performance.”
The Retrievers posted a 16-5 shot advantage but sophomore goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made five saves to preserve the shutout. Two of those saves came in the second overtime. For the season, Frantellizzi now has six solo shutouts.
In its 12-year NCAA Division I era, Binghamton has played top-ranked Maryland in 2006, the Terps again when they were ranked fourth in 2008, seventh-ranked St. Louis in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and seventh-ranked Ohio State in 2010.
In addition, the Bearcats have four victories against nationally-ranked Division I teams, the last of which was a 1-0 win over No. 26 Lafayette on Sept. 17, 2010. Its highest-ranked victory came against No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson by a 1-0 score in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Binghamton heads to New Hampshire next Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)