The home opener for the Greater Binghamton FC Thunder started under perfect conditions, considering the unseasonable cool the area has experienced. Young and old came out to welcome the cross-state rivals, Syracuse FC. The Thunder started out looking promising with a near-miss shot on goal in the opening few minutes. The next 25 minutes were an even banter of ball distribution between the teams. Until the 28th minute when Adam Nichols dribbled around several players and found the back of the net for the Thunder.
A few minutes later Binghamton committed a foul in the penalty box, Binghamton goalkeeper Corey Swartout had an incredible save of a beautifully placed shot. In the 37th minute Syracuse FC answered back with a quick cross. A Syracuse striker perfectly placed the ball in the top 90 of the Binghamton goal to even things up before the half.
Early in the second half, the strong momentum Thunder had started to wane. From there, fast breaks by SFC and a series of mistakes by the Thunder led to a slew of goals. When the dust settled, the Thunder were left with their first loss at 7-1. In all, Syracuse had 19 shots on goal compared to Binghamton’s six shots.
Coach Al Mydlinkski will certainly have some kinks to work out, but this early in the season there is only room to go up.
Contributor: Greater Binghamton FC Thunder
Photo Credit: Chuck Neil