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Bearcats outlast Peacocks 3-2

Binghamton (3-1-0) rode three first-half goals and held on for a 3-2 win over St. Peter’s (1-3-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Wednesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The victory gives the Bearcats their first three-game winning streak since 2009.

The three goals, which were scored by senior midfielder Tucker Sandercock, freshman midfielder Conrad Nowowiejski and freshman back Florian Orth, represent the Bearcats’ highest-scoring output since a 5-1 win over Stony Brook on Nov. 1, 2014.

“I thought our guys played terrific in the first half,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We actually started off the match slower than normal but we made some great plays later on.”

Sandercock’s goal, which came in the 10th minute, was set up on a long pass from junior forward Logan Roberts. He then got by St. Peter’s goalkeeper Jamie Cleland and placed the ball into the net.

Nowowiejski took a pass from senior back Bret Celeste and headed the ball off the crossbar. The ball then deflected into the net in the 20th minute.

Orth, meanwhile, had just substituted into the game when he scored in the 34th minute. He and freshman midfielder Kristian Piippo, who was credited with the assist, capitalized on a two-on-one breakaway.

St. Peter’s got a goal back when Luke Fairlamb scored on a free kick in the 47thminute. Ezequiel Cei converted another free kick in the 70th minute, trimming the deficit to 3-2. It was his team-high third goal of the season.

“At the half, we talked about not letting up but St. Peter’s played great,” Marco said. “We let them back in the game and committed some fouls that we shouldn’t have but overall, we are delighted to get the win at home.”

Dating back to Oct. 4 of last season, Binghamton has gone 5-2-1 in its last eight home games. The one tie was the eventual shootout victory over Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals.

Binghamton travels to Marist for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday.

NOTES: The Bearcat win streak in 2009 was from Sept. 20-27 … Sandercock and Piippo each have a goal and an assist in the past two games. Roberts has tallied an assist in each of the last two games.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)