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Bearcats clinch playoff spot with win over UMBC

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Graduate student forward Pascal Trappe and freshman midfielder Harrison Weilbacher each scored a goal, powering Binghamton (8-5-2, 3-1-1 AE) to a 2-1 win over UMBC (7-5-3, 1-2-2 AE) in an America East men's soccer game before a Family Weekend and Senior Day crowd of 1,073 fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The victory clinched the Bearcats a berth in the conference tournament for the 13th time in 14 seasons and kept them tied for first place in the America East.

After 61 minutes of scoreless action, Trappe converted a penalty kick. It was set up by freshman midfielder Nikkos Psarras, who drew a foul inside of the box. For Trappe, it was his team-best fourth goal of the season.

Psarras also set up Weilbacher's goal in the 78th minute when he passed him the ball at the edge of the box. Weilbacher than smashed the ball into the net for his first collegiate goal.

The Retrievers, however, drew a foul in the Bearcat box in the 88th minute. Michael Scott then converted the penalty kick for his third goal of the season, trimming the Binghatmon lead to 2-1.

Binghamton was able to play out the last two minutes to secure the victory.

"We are very pleased with the win over a very good UMBC team," head coach Paul Marco said. "I thought we played well enough in the first half to get a goal but I was really happy that we came back in the second half and finished out the match."

Junior goalkeeper Robert Moewes made eight saves. In the past two games he has posted 17 saves. Other than the UMBC penalty kick, he has not allowed a goal in the last 243 minutes of play.

Up next for Binghamton is a Friday night game at Stony Brook starting at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Before the match, Trappe, Moewes, Bret Celeste and Tucker Sandercock were honored during the annual Senior Day ceremony.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
(Video: BU Athletics)