FC Buffalo Dominant, but Win by One

Brett Larocque makes a move around a GBFC defender in the first half.

Brett Larocque makes a move around a GBFC defender in the first half.

FC Buffalo had a strong afternoon, defeating non-divisional opponent Greater Binghamton FC by a score of 1-0.  However the score is not reflective of the percentage of play FC Buffalo had.  They were led by Brett Larocque at forward who played the game with a staggering amount of energy, pressing the pace and not going hard after every 50-50 ball in the offensive zone.  It was apparent Binghamton was tired of chasing after him when the right back took a poor yellow card in the 28th minute by charging Larocque off the ball.  The resulting free kick was one of several set pieces that Buffalo had early, although it would take until the 37th minute for Buffalo to find the net.  After an extended possession, Conner Willings, pressing from his defensive position flicked on a through ball in the center of the box.  Laroque, running on, hit the bouncing ball out of the air over the Binghamton keeper, who seemed to slide a little early.  However, despite a 13-1 advantage in scoring opportunities in the first half, Buffalo could not score again.

Brian Knapp takes a shot at 85', but can't find the back of the net.

Brian Knapp takes a shot at 85', but can't find the back of the net.

The second half was somewhat more even, though Buffalo still had the advantage in possession.  Good opportunities with open shots came at 58’, 66’, and 85’ but everything seemed to go over the bar or right at the Binghamton keeper.  On the other side of the ball, Binghamton had quality opportunities as well.  They put a header on net in the 52nd minute that was saved by keeper Cameron Hogg.  Hogg also made a critical diving save at 75’ after a defensive breakdown.  Each chance certainly served as a reminder to the team and the crowd that despite so many Buffalo chances, Binghamton still only need one goal to pull even.  Fortunately for Buffalo, it was not to be and they would hold on for the win.

FC Buffalo’s next game is at home this Friday at 7 o’clock versus Lansing United who is one point ahead of Buffalo in the division standings.  With a win, Buffalo can pass Lansing and perhaps improve their seeding in the critical final games of the season.  With playoff implication, it is certain to be a hard fought game both ways.