Catamounts clinch

Vermont’s senior class experienced something in their last regular season game that no other UVM men’s soccer players have seen since 1989. Seniors Justin Geibel, Panos Georgiadis, Tyler Hasman, Loren Hill and Roger Scully helped the Cats break through against Boston University, winning 1-0 in overtime; their first win against the Terriers in their last 20 meetings. The victory, coupled with the 2-0 win over conference-leader Binghamton on Wednesday, catapults the Cats from sixth position this time last week to second, entering the playoffs.Saturday’s winning goal, by junior Lee Stephane Kouadio, came 5:26 seconds into the first sudden death overtime period after a miscue by the BU defense, which resulted in a Vermont corner kick.Geibel whipped the cross into the box where it deflected off a BU player before falling to Hasman, whose attempted bicycle kick was blocked. The loose ball landed at Kouadio’s feet, which he slotted past the goalie.”I told them as we were going into the overtime that its that time of year that guys step up and be special for us,” head coach Jesse Cormier said. “And we needed certain guys to do that.”Lee stepped in and scored the goal for us and to be honest Lee has been doing that for a few years,” he said. “He’s got those star qualities and they came out today.”Vermont almost went up early in the first half on a cross from Geibel that sailed over the Terrier defenders and found junior Jordan Crasilneck for a diving header at the far post.His shot was deflected by BU goalie Hrafn Davidson and then swept off the line by senior defender Derek Puerta.In the playoffs, the Cats will face the winner of the game be?tween #3 BU vs. #6 University of New Hampshire Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Centennial Field.”A lot of teams feel that BU or Binghamton is the best team in the conference,” Cormier said. “And our thing is our guys have something to say about that.”We have knocked off number one and number two now and we knew from the beginning of the season that we are one of the best teams,” he said. “And today we proved it.”The Catamounts defense has held its last five opponents scoreless; recording wins in the last three consecutive games.On Wednesday the Catamounts jumped out to quick lead on two goals in the first 12:05 minutes of the game.UVM gained the advantage when Crasilneck twisted a shot around Binghamton goalie Jason Stenta from 15 yards out 3:45 in to the game. The goal was Crasilneck’s first of the year and gave the Catamounts the early lead they have lacked all season.The second and final goal of the game came less than 10 minutes later at the 32:55 mark when Hasman sent a pass to sophomore T.J. Gore just inside the box. Gore pushed the ball into the bottom-right corner of the net, putting the Cats in control and leaving the rest to the defense.”Our defense has been consistent all year, from the guys in the back to the front,” Cormier said. “To hold [Binghamton] to five shots all game is really impressive.”The Cats end the regular season with a 7-9-2 record overall but a 4-2-2 record in America East.(Additional reporting by Jason Bushey)