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Bearcats Soccer Home-Opener a Late Tear-Jerker

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Josh Plimpton scored 4:27 into the first sudden-death overtime period, leading Iona (1-0-1) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (0-2-0) in a non-conference men's soccer game on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game marked the Bearcats' 2018 home opener.

Plimpton's winning shot, which came from close range, was set up by Malcolm Moreno, who fired a cross from the left side of the box. It was Plimpton's first goal of the season.

The match, which was played with temperatures in the high 80s at kickoff, featured 33 fouls and eight yellow cards. Binghamton, however, went down a man in the 85th minute when senior back Kevin Flesch collected his second yellow card of the match.

"Iona is a very good team and that second yellow card (on Flesch) was difficult to overcome," head coach Paul Marco said. "When you give good players some time and space, that makes them a little bit better."

Following a quiet first half with few scoring chances, play opened up in the second 45 minutes of regulation. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Shutler made a huge save on Killiam Colombie's shot in the 68th minute. Three minutes later, however, the Bearcats missed a wide open cross and the game remained scoreless.

Shutler finished the game with eight saves. Five of them came in the second half.

"I thought Chris was fantastic tonight for us," Marco said. "He really saved us a couple of times during the match."

Iona held a 15-8 shot advantage during the game.

Binghamton hosts Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Entering tonight's match, the Bearcats had won their previous three home openers … after allowing three goals in the first 13 minutes against Drexel on Friday, Shutler has only allowed one goal in the ensuing 174 minutes of play.

Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics Department