Syracuse FC defeated Greater Binghamton FC 4-0 at OCC’s Lazer Stadium last night following a hat trick from striker Jake Kohlbrenner and a penalty kick from Nate Bourdeau. It was SFC’s first home win of the season, much deserved after several close one- and two-goal losses.
After stormy forecasts threatened to delay the match, the first half started fast for Syracuse FC and its attackers. Bourdeau had a chance that was flagged offside, and Kohlbrenner had a shot blocked. Syracuse FC was flagged offside four times in the opening ten minutes.
Right at the 10-minute mark, Syracuse FC opened the scoring through Kohlbrenner. A poor clearance by Greater Binghamton goalkeeper Cory Swarthout gave the striker an open net, and he made his way to grab the opening goal of the game.
Syracuse goalkeeper Josh Mahr made his season debut, distributing the ball well during the first half. He made a nice save in the 22nd minute when the Binghamton attack brought one close off the corner. Adam Blackwell, Milan Jakovljevic, John-Austin Ricks, and Pat Strauss rounded out the Syracuse defense for the match.
Kohlbrenner had a goal disallowed in the 25th minute for offside, and other chances were cleared away by the Binghamton defense.
The second half started very similarly to the first, and it was all Syracuse. SFC midfielder Joe Falcone helped keep the ball moving toward the Binghamton net. Eventually, SFC grabbed its second goal through Kohlbrenner in the 52nd minute to double the lead.
Abdi Maalo subbed in for Lukas Rubio in the 62nd minute, and SFC’s next chance came seven minutes later when midfielder Jake Keller was taken down by Swarthout as he
tried to go around him. Up stepped Kohlbrenner for the penalty, and calmly slotted home the ball in the bottom right corner for a hat trick, bringing the score to 3-0.
A second penalty was awarded to Syracuse FC after midfielder Sam Daniel was tackled in box. Bourdeau came up to spot and scored in the 75th minute to make it a 4-0 game.
A final SFC substitution came in the 86th minute, when Djimon Johnson came in for Blackwell. The match ended at 90 minutes, with a final score of Syracuse FC 4, Greater Binghamton FC Thunder 0.
Syracuse FC has a three-game away stand beginning Sunday, June 17 versus the Rochester Lancers. Their next home game is Wednesday, June 27 versus Fort Pitt Regiment at OCC’s Lazer Stadium.
Matchday tickets are available at the box office beginning one hour prior to every home game (at 6:00 pm) or purchase your tickets in advance at www.syracusefcshop.net/match-tickets/ and receive an online discount.
Contributor: Syracuse FC
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