When the Binghamton Bearcats men's soccer team plays at Columbia tonight it may seem more like a home game for Coach Paul Marco and his squad.  A large group of "Hooligans"  and alumni are gathering before the 7 PM match and plan on being ready to cheer the Bearcats on to victory.

The "Hooligans" got their name for being loud, raucous and exuberant in cheering Binghamton men's soccer teams on to victory in past seasons when they were students at BU.  Their love and enthusiasm for Bearcats' soccer brings them together now as proud alumni and there are expected to be dozens of them at Columbia tonight.

Coming into tonight's match-up the Bearcats are 3-7-4 overall and 1-1-2 in America East play.  Columbia's Lions are 5-4-2 overall and 0-2-1 in Ivy League competition.  This is the first time the two teams have met on the soccer field.  Defense has been the name of the game for both teams.  Columbia has posted four shutouts so far while the Bearcats have five shutouts to their credit.  For Binghamton the five shutouts are the highest toal since 2009.

Binghamton is unbeaten in three consecutive games...playing to a 0-0 deadlock at Hartford on Saturday.  Columbia lost its last game 2-1 at Princeton on Saturday.  BU will return home this Saturday evening a 6 to host America East rival and nationally-ranked UMBC.  The Retrievers are ranked in the top-ten in the country in three different polls.