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Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of September 16)

Tracking the Bearcats throughout the 2014 Season

September 16, 2014


Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of September 16)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Will Return Tomorrow

Today’s planned feature article will have to wait a day…still have some interviews to finish up.

Same time tomorrow.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Reaching Out

Less than 24 hours after the men’s soccer team played Cornell, the Bearcats Complex was once again filled with action. The men’s team was back on the field, but this time, the players were taking part in the Chevy Clinic.

“This is the second year that we have offered the clinic,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We had over 100 youth players from the community. I thought it was a terrific event and that our guys did a great job.”

For a few hours, the players got to interact with all of the youth soccer players. Some of the kids had been playing soccer their whole lives while others were new to the game.

“An event like this puts things in perspective,” Marco said. “Although soccer is our way of life, it is still just a game. The guys were able to make the kids a little happier and we saw a lot of smiles out there yesterday.”

The event was sponsored by Chevy and the invitation to the clinic was extended out to local clubs who interact with Chevy. Although it is a national program, the local Chevy dealers were the ones who did the specific structure for Sunday.

“Chevy did a lot of organizing but the soccer structure was put together by our staff,” Marco said. “We ended up with a Binghamton World Cup Tournament and I hear that the US and Brazil made it to the finals.”
Asked who won the finals, Marco did not have a clear answer.

“I don’t know who won the finals,” he said. “Whenever you can control the outcome, you go with the USA.”

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Cornell Preview

Head coach Paul Marco was on the WNBF Morning Show this morning to preview the match against Cornell:

On Cornell:

“They are pretty similar to last year. They will probably play in the 4-4-2 and they have some pretty good athletic guys up front.”

“They make a lot of changes during the match. In the last match they played, they made nine changes in the first half of the match so that will really test our back four.”

On the match against Army on Wednesday

“I was very pleased with the way we possessed the ball during the game. I think we are getting better in each match. Army had a very good goalkeeper who is on the Herman Trophy Watch List (given annually to the top player in the country).”

Rules Are Rules

Neel and Marco talked about the Bearcat scarves that are available to all season ticket holders. These scarves serve as their admission into the game.

“I’ve seem a bunch of them during the games,” Marco said. “I think it’s been terrific to have them.”

But there was a price to pay when one of Coach Marco’s daughters forget her scarf for the Army match.

“My wife told me after the game that one of my daughters forget her scarf so they had to buy a ticket to get her into the game,” he said. “I might take it out of her allowance. She learn.”

“She’ll need that in a month (when the weather gets cold),” Neel replied.

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer: September 12, 2004

Binghamton wraps up the Philadelphia Invitational title with a 3-0 win over St. Joseph’s. Bryan Arnault and Charles Darkwah each scored their fifth goal of the season in the victory.

Recap

Posted September 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

A Day to Remember

This morning, Keith Augeri began his social studies class the way he has every September 11. As a high school teacher in Long Island, he is aware that he is talking to students who were not old enough to remember the attacks on the World Trade Center 13 years ago.

For him and the rest of the 2001 Binghamton men’s soccer team, however, it was a surreal two days which culminated with their match against Stony Brook on the West Gym Field. The Bearcats were originally scheduled to play Stony Brook on September 11, 2001. With the attacks, of course, the match was postponed.

With Stony Brook unable to return home to Long Island the following day, the decision was made to play the game. Both teams were still reeling from the tragic events of the previous day but no one had a problem with playing the game as a way to honor the victims and their families.

Augeri never tires from telling the story of the Bearcats’ game that day and while his current high school students were only three or four years old at the time, they always pay close attention to his words.

“I told my story to them first thing in the morning,” he said today. “It always amazes me how quiet they are and how I have their full attention.”

On A Personal Note

I was at the Holiday Inn the afternoon of September 11 with Shannon Hart, the Stony Brook sports information contact who traveled with the team. I had stopped by to see how they were doing and wound up being glued to the television coverage for a few hours. The mood over there was just as stunned as the mood on campus. Players were trying to reconnect with their families.

Shannon left the sports information field a few years later but each year on September 11, I touch bases with her via Facebook and remember that day. She was a terrific person to work with and remains a good friend. Looking back, I am glad to have been around such a great colleague like her during those two days.

A Moving Gesture

Last night’s match against Army started off with a national anthem to remember. With both teams lined up at midfield following the introductions, the Black Knight players all saluted the flag when the anthem was playing. That moment was not lost on the crowd. One of the press box workers even posted the photo on Facebook, saying that they had a lump in their throat watching the Army during that moment.

Posted September 11, 2014 at 11 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Final Thoughts and Notes Before Army Match

Head Coach Paul Marco

“First and foremost, what a privilege it is for us to bring in one of the service academies. They are a well-disciplined group of guys. They are a tremendous soccer team in that they have two or three special guys. They are very fast, have great feet are decent passers of the ball. It will be a very good game for us, similar to what we saw when we went to Navy during the preseason.”

Junior forward Luca Bottoni

“I think it was very helpful for us to play Navy because Army will be a similar type of team. They are very fit and they move the ball well. “

Story Lines:

- In the only previous meeting between the two schools, Binghamton won 2-1 at Army on Sept. 3, 2012. Current senior forward Steve Celeste scored the game winner with just 1:07 left in regulation.

- Through four games this year, the Bearcats have already scored six times. Last year, they netted one goal during that same span.

- In the Bearcats’ run at the Duquesne Invitational, Matt McCoy and Varkatzas became the third and fourth Binghamton players this year to net their first career goals. Earlier in the season against Bucknell, Luca Bottoni and Charlie Novoth each scored their first career goals.

- Varkatzas has now scored goals in back-to-back games. The last BU players to score in consecutive games were Jake Keegan and Adam Whitehead, who both did that on Oct. 30, 2012 vs. Bucknell and Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Stony Brook.

- In honor of Army coming to the Bearcats Sports Complex, the Bearcats game against the Black Knights will include a recognition of all military personnel in attendance.

Posted September 10, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Making His Mark

Looking back two years ago, Luca Bottoni admits that adjusting to the college game was a shock. He was part of a squad that in 2012, was both experienced and successful on offense.

“I was not ready for the speed of the college game when I was first on the team,” he said. “Playing with guys such as Jake Keegan everyday taught me the changes I needed to make in work ethic. Being on the field with those guys and seeing how fast they play made it a lot more realistic.”

Heading into tomorrow night’s game against Army, things could not be more different. The Bearcats have scored six goals through four games and Bottoni has played a role in two of them.

“It just takes a little bit of confidence, which I found this year,” he said. “But I can only be as good as the players around me and we are doing pretty well up front right now.”

“Luca has certainly improved his level of play,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He worked hard in the off season on increasing his production. He has been putting himself in position to create scoring chances and has been passing the ball very well.”

Bottoni’s first career goal came on August 29 against Bucknell. While it was a big moment for him, the magnitude of what it meant for the team was also evident.

“That goal was pretty big,” he said. “It’s always great to score but in a scoreless game on the road, it helped us start off the year with a (2-1) win.”

While college soccer has been an adjustment for Bottoni, academics have not. He is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society and will be taking the LSAT later in the fall.

“Luca is outstanding in the classroom,” Marco said. “He is certainly one of the brightest spots on the team for us academically.”

There is one thing Bottoni has yet to master— a celebratory dance after his scores a goal. Last year, the Bearcats Sports Complex was the scene of Ben Nicholson’s backflip and Marts Reid-Warden’s tribute to English Premier League star Daniel Sturridge.

“The backflip is probably out of the question,” he said. “I am not as acrobatic as some of the other guys on the team but I will pull something off.”

Posted September 9, 2014
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

Wrap Up from Duquesne Invitational

Some final notes and reactions from the weekend:

- Through four games this year, the Bearcats have already scored six times. Last year, they netted one goal during that same span.

- In the Bearcats’ run at the Duquesne Invitational, Matt McCoy and Alex Varkatsas became the third and fourth Binghamton players this year to net their first career goals. Earlier in the season against Bucknell, Luca Bottoni and Charlie Novoth each scored their first career goals.

- Varkatzas has now scored goals in back-to-back games. The last BU players to score in consecutive games were Jake Keegan and Adam Whitehead, who both did that on Oct. 30, 2012 vs. Bucknell and Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Stony Brook.

Some thoughts from the team on the weekend:

Tommy Moon

“They were two good tests for us. We did not play as well as we wanted to over the weekend but we did score four great goals and hopefully, we can continue to finish our chances in the upcoming matches.”

Luca Bottoni

“It was good to get a result on Sunday and I think we did well enough to win the game. If we were sharper in certain moments on Friday, I think we could have gotten a result there as well. This weekend helped show us what we need to improve on going forward into Wednesday.”

Kudos to the BU Women

The BU women’s soccer team started off the season 0-3 but have rallied for three straight wins to get to the .500 mark. Check out the recap from Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win at Lafayette.

Recap

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: September 8, 2013

The last three Bearcat games played on September 8 have ended in ties. The most impressive of which was last year’s 0-0 draw against unbeaten George Mason. The Bearcats were down a man for most of the match.

Recap

Posted September 8, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Duquesne Preview

Here are the story lines heading into tonight’s game against Duquesne:

- Binghamton (1-1-0) lost its home opener 1-0 to Marist on Monday afternoon. The Bearcats started the season with a 2-1 win at Bucknell last Friday. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each netted a goal in the victory.

- Duquense (1-0-1) defeated St. Francis 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Austin Lange, the current Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, netted a hat trick for the Dukes. In its season opener, the Dukes played to a 0-0 tie against Marshall.

- Binghamton and Duquesne meet for the first time since the 2008 season. The Dukes hold a 2-1-0 advantage in the series, having beaten the Bearcats 2-1 in the season opener six years ago. The lone Binghamton victory in the series was a 1-0 triumph on Sept. 11, 2005.

- In the Bearcats’ first two games, eight of the 11 starters have been underclassmen, including three freshmen. Rookies Ben Ovetsky, Isaiah Barrett and Christian Dam have started in both games. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes, who has started both games, did not compete last season.

- Tommy Moon, who is the team captain this season, has successfully returned from an injury that kept him out nearly all of 2013. He has started in both games this season.

Posted September 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Staying in the Game

A year ago, Robbie Hughes was the captain of the BU men’s soccer team. He may have graduated from the university but he is still involved in college soccer, as the graduate assistant coach at Bloomsburg University.

During his time at BU, Hughes had talked with head coach Paul Marco about his desire to get into coaching after college. To Marco, it seemed like a natural fit.

“He was certainly a leader when he was here,” Marco said. “He understands the game, he’s encouraging and gets players to perform better than they believe that they can. That’s a piece of coaching.”

Hughes is working for longtime coach Paul Payne, who is in his 16th year at Bloomsburg. Payne is deeply involved in the NSCAA and started the Red Card Cancer program.

“I think the world of Paul and the Bloomsburg soccer program,” Marco said. “If I were a young coach again, he would be someone I’d want to work for. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Robbie.”

Hughes, meanwhile, has embraced his new position as well as the Bloomsburg community in general.

“It’s been a great start to my coaching career,” he said. “Bloomsburg is a great university and a fantastic little college town. I have felt really welcome here by all the athletic staff which has helped the transition into my new role as assistant coach.”

He may have left Binghamton but Hughes took much of what he learned from Marco and assistant coach Nic Rossi about how to run a team with him.

“I learned lots of things from both Coach Marco and Nic,” he said. “Too much to even mention right now. Everything from organizing practice to away trips and managing each player differently to scouting opponents. I owe both Coach Marco and Nic a big thank you for the time and attention they gave me.”

Although he is still involved with college soccer, Hughes does miss being out on the field competing. He still keeps in touch with many of his former teammates.

“It’s been a tough transition being away from them through this preseason,” he said. “It was my first one that I wasn’t playing, running and sweating with them. I was able to go see them play and win last week at Bucknell which was good fun but I am hoping to rent somebody’s couch out soon to get up for a visit when I get a weekend free.”

Posted September 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Wearing the Stripe

Tommy Moon grew up in the Binghamton area and knew of several players who played for the Bearcats when he was younger. He can practically recite all of the team captains over the past 12 years:

Stephen Bruce: 2002, 2003 & 2004
Graham Munro: 2005
Kyle Antos: 2006
Barry Neville: 2007 & 2008
Liam Carson: 2009
Ryan Walter: 2010 & 2011
Trey Jasenski: 2012
Robbie Hughes: 2013

When Moon came back for a fifth year with the team, head coach Paul Marco awarded him with the captain’s stripe. It is an honor he takes very seriously, considering the list of players that preceded him in that position.

“It’s very humbling and it’s a great honor,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in being the captain of this team. There has been a lot of good captains in the past. Those were a lot of guys I looked up to, so it’s nice to follow in their shoes.”

Here is what Moon has to say about three captains that he was teammates with:

Robbie Hughes

“If you think of leadership, you think of Robbie. He was loud on the field. He was loud off the field. He was always encouraging and always trying to get the best out of each individual player.”

Trey Jasenski

“Trey was a very hard-working and determined guy. We kind of shared that sense of wanting to get the best out of ourselves and the best out of each other. It was great to be able to train alongside of him to get the best out of one another.”

Ryan Walter

“Ryan was so tenacious in everything that he did. He always gave 110 percent and what I really got from him was to have no regrets walking off the field after a match.”

When Moon was playing youth soccer growing up, one of his coaches was Munro. Affectionately known as Dowser, the All-American back and BU Hall of Famer remains someone Moon does not forget.

“Dowser used to coach me when I was younger,” Moon said. “He was one of those big Scottish guys that always wanted to get the best out of everyone. You always wanted to perform well in front of him.”

Posted September 3, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Marist Wrap Up

Some final thoughts and notes from the BU men’s soccer team’s home opener against Marist:

Home Field Support

The crowd of 1,225 for the match against Marist marked the largest season-opening crowd at the Bearcats Sports Complex since the 2009 opener against Syracuse (2,063). It also marked the 13th time since the facility opened in 2007 that a crowd of at least 1,000 has attended a Bearcat men’s soccer game.

“It was a very impressive crowd,” Alan Duff said. “We really appreciated them all coming out tonight. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the result but it was a very impressive night for them.”

“It was magnificent,” Pascal Trappe added. “A lot of people came out, especially the athletes. The BU Zoo was extraordinary and were trying to get us to score a goal, so it was really good.”

Between the crowd on Monday and the Thursday night training session, which was open to all freshmen, the Bearcats have enjoyed substantial attention on campus this week.

“We’ve gotten a lot of attention this week,” Trappe said. “Now we got to keep working hard and getting the results so they will be happy.”

A New Kit

Monday’s game also brought out the Bearcats latest kit, which included green and white stripped jerseys.

Last year, assistant coach Nic Rossi surprised the team by walking into the meeting room wearing their new green and black kit the morning of the home opener. The players had no idea that a new kit had even been ordered but applauded once they found out.

This year, however, the Bearcats found out the news in a different way.

“We saw it on the team’s (social media) page this morning,” Duff said. “I got a text from Dowser (2005 BU men’s soccer alum Graham Munro) afterwards talking about it.”

“I like them a lot,” Trappe said. “They look good but now we have to win in them.”

Kudos

Congratulations to 2005 BU men’s soccer alum Darius Ravangard, who was married this weekend to BU track and cross country alum Ashley Cornelius. Other Bearcat soccer alums who were in attendance included Phil Grommet and Bryan Arnault.

Posted September 2, 2014 at 5 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Leftovers from Bucknell

Although the home openers against Marist is only four hours away, here are some thoughts from the Bearcats following Friday night’s 2-1 win at Bucknell:

Tommy Moon

“It was a match that we had to grind through. The first half was difficult but in the second half, we created some chances and were able to finish them. It’s great to start the season with a win.”

Luca Bottoni

“I think we improved throughout the match. It was important to us to battle during the first half and we showed our quality later on with two second-half goals. It will be awesome going into the home opener with a win already.”

Jamie Forbes

“Our performance was great in the second half and I thought our energy and fight improved greatly from the first half. It feels great to start the season with a win but we still need to continue to build and get better.”

10 Years Later

Would you believe that the last meeting between Binghamton and Marist came exactly 10 years ago today? Check out the recap from the 2004 season opener, which the Bearcats won 3-2.

Link to Recap

Posted September 1, 2014
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AUGUST 29, 2014

Final Thoughts

Following Thursday night’s training session, head coach Paul Marco and the team spoke about the upcoming season opener against Bucknell:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I really enjoy playing against Bucknell. They are always well organized and well coached. This year, they have two or three pretty special kids up front.”

“I think that the attack for both teams will be fun to watch tomorrow. Hopefully, we put on a good performance and the guys come out and compete hard and use what we have worked on for the last 14-15 days to our advantage.”

Senior back Derrick Ladeairous

“As a team, Bucknell is very strong. They compete really well but I think this year we are a lot better than we were in the previous years. I think we will compete with them pretty well in our first game of the season.”

Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi

“We have been training well. Everything has been going as planned so hopefully, we will be ready for tomorrow night. We are excited to see what will happen.”

Sophomore midfielder Mike Kubik

“I think we have improved our speed of play. I think we have all come together during preseason both as friends and as teammates. We are pretty hungry and want to get after it on Friday.”

Posted August 29, 2014
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AUGUST 28, 2014

A Welcome and a Sendoff

On Thursday night, the BU men’s soccer team held its final training session before heading to Bucknell for Friday’s regular-season opener. But even as the Bearcats prepared to leave, there was a festive atmosphere, thanks to 3,000 incoming freshman, who showed up at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Each year, the university hosts move-in day in August when the incoming class arrives on campus. After settling in their dorms, the newcomers head to the Events Center for the official university welcoming ceremony.

Since the ceremony ended at 7 p.m., the Bearcats knew they would be training at that time. The timing worked together so the freshmen could attend the end-of-the-day BBQ right next to the Bearcats Sports Complex. From there, they filled the stadium to watch the team training and to hear from Coach Marco and the players.

“This is outstanding,” Marco said. “I am pleased with our guys’ performance today so far and I thought the crowd was very good. If this the future of Binghamton University, it’s bright. If we can get some of this group for our home opener on Monday, it would be outstanding.”

Marco welcomed the crowd and then each of the players introduced themselves.

“This is great,” senior back Derrick Ladeairous said. “It’s the first year we have done this and it’s great to get everyone interacted.”

The evening ended with volunteers from the crowd taking part in a corner kick contest, with Bearcat scarves going to the two winners.

“It’s been really cool to see all the fans here,” junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi said. “It gets us ready for the games.”

“I can’t say I’ve had a training session like this before,” sophomore back Mike Kubik said. “It’s been nice having the freshmen come out. Hopefully this rallies up a good crowd for our games.”

For a photo gallery of the event, click on the link below

Freshman Welcome BBQ

Posted August 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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AUGUST 27, 2014

Catch Up Time

Few things bring this blogger’s job to a halt more than getting a new computer. That is what happened yesterday, leaving me for a good part of the day without access to my hard drive.  So with everything now in place, let’s do some catching up a day late.

More Thoughts on the Home Promotional Schedule

For those of you who have yet to see it, the BU men’s soccer team released its home-game promotional schedule yesterday.

Here is the link to the article:

Link

Coach Marco had some specific thoughts on a few specific events, starting with the Military Day game against Army on Sept. 10. With the Sept. 11 anniversary the following day, the tie-in seemed ideal.

“When we looked at our schedule and our home games, we tried to come up with some events that made sense to our community,” he said. “We are thrilled to have Army come up here and play us. They are a terrific team and we hope a lot of military personnel will come out to watch the game. We are still working on the details but I know we will have a recognition throughout the game and at halftime.”

Another event that Marco and the team are looking forward to is International Day on Oct. 4 against Hartford. For years, the Bearcat roster had been filled with players from all around the globe.

“I think International Day is going to be a wonderful event,” Marco said. “I saw the Events Center crowded the other night with all of the international newcomers coming in for a dinner.”

The Red Card Cancer program, which the team supported during the spring season, is a cause that means a lot to Marco and the team. It will be part of two home games this year.

“It’s a great program,” he said. “The organization was started by a friend of mine who is the head coach at Bloomsburg University. They have done a tremendous job at raising funds and awareness for cancer.”

With the scarf now a part of the season ticket package, Marco was asked if former BU Soccer Hooligan President Erwin Seguia has purchased one.

“I certainly will make sure he has one,” Marco said. “If he does not, I’ll give him mine.”

Early Morning Shopper

On his way into work yesterday, Coach Marco did what he has done for the past two weeks, stocked up on breakfast for the team at Walmart. We spotted him in line yesterday with a full cart and he said he had been there on a daily basis until the team moves into their dorms today.

“I think I have seen the people at Walmart more than I have seen my wife and two kids,” he said. “They know who I am by now but I let the guys sleep in today so this is a different staff.”

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.
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AUGUST 26, 2014

The End of Preseason

The BU men’s soccer team is now in regular season mode, with single training sessions this week in preparation for Friday night’s game at Bucknell. Here are some quotes from Coach Marco and the players about the progression of the team:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I think we have made great strides during the preseason. We have certainly grown on the field. I think the guys have a better understanding of what we are looking for when we have the ball and when the opponent has the ball.”

“We’ve done a pretty good job of getting to know each other a little bit. We have some new faces this preseason. In that regard, it’s been quite a good two weeks.”

“I thought we did some pretty good things in the (exhibition) game against Navy (on Friday) but they are a very good and well-coached team that showed us some things to work on this week.”

Tommy Moon

“I think the team is coming together nicely. The freshmen and settling in and the guys are starting to figure out their roles on the team. We learned a lot about ourselves in the two exhibition games. The team will continue to improve and we are looking forward to the start of the season against Bucknell.”

Luca Bottoni

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the last 10 days. We have gotten a lot sharper on the ball and we are starting to gel more as a team”

“Navy was a good opponent for us (in the final exhibition game). It’s a very high quality opponent that we need to know how to play against. They are in the same conference (Patriot League) as Bucknell so that was another good reason to play them.”

Brian LoTempio

“Our fitness is getting sharper and our tactics on the ball are getting better. I think we are going to be ready for the game on Friday.”

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6 p.m.
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AUGUST 25, 2014

Dinner and a Show

The start of preseason for the BU men’s soccer team is marked by helping the freshmen move in. The midway point is marked by the Bearcat Open. The end of preseason, however, includes chefs juggling food and utensils over a hibachi.

On Sunday night, the BU men’s soccer team held its final preseason training session followed by dinner at Fuji Sahn restaurant. The Japanese Steak House includes a hibachi, which head coach Paul Marco and his staff bring the team to every year after the preseason officially ends.

“I was asking my wife last night when it started,” Marco said. “She thought it’s been going as long as I’ve been here. It’s been at least eight or 10 years. It’s always a terrific night. It’s a time when the guys get to meet our families, which is also nice.”

“Every year Coach Marco takes us there with his family and it’s always a great time with lots of laughs,” sophomore goalkeeper Brian LoTempio said.

“It’s always a good sign when we get to Fuji Sahn because that means the hard running in preseason is over,” junior Luca Bottoni said. “We always get excited about going there.”

As always, a highlight of the evening is which the chefs started tossing food off their utensils for the players to catch in their mouths.

“They weren’t throwing shrimp as usual,” Marco said. “They were throwing broccoli. I was very surprised about the eagerness of some of our guys to catch the vegetable because some guys don’t like broccoli as much.”

“The best part was watching one of our players have the fire (from the hibachi) scare him so much that he had to step back,” LoTempio said.

According to LoTempio, about 90 percent of the players caught their food. As one of the goalkeepers on the team, he was asked if he and his fellow position player was successful.

“Yes,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about that.”

Photo Op

For a look a photo from last night’s dinner, click the link below to go to the Binghamton Athletics Instagram Site

Link

Reading List

If you have yet to see it, check out the feature article the Press & Sun Bulletin wrote on captain Tommy Moon.

Link

Coming Up Next….

Tomorrow, we’ll have Coach Marco and the players discus how the team has progressed during preseason

Posted August 25, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.
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AUGUST 22, 2014

World Cup Fever

It’s no secret that the Binghamton men’s soccer team was closely watching the World Cup earlier this summer. Head coach Paul Marco was in Brazil working for the NSCAA and each of the players had their own rooting interests.

For seniors Pascal Trappe and Derrick Ladeairous and sophomore Robert Moewes, however, the final match between Germany and Argentina was personal.

Trappe and Moewes are from Germany and Ladeairous was born in Argentina. The three of them are teammates but the battle lines were drawn for that match.

“It was great to have Argentina go to the finals,” Ladeairous said. “My whole family loved it and we were following it closely. We also talked a lot with our relatives back in Argentina during the (World Cup).”

Trappe and Moewes, however, had to watch the German team battle the U.S. on their way to the finals. That resulted in quite a bit of contact with their American teammates from Binghamton.

“All of the guys on the team were talking to me during the World Cup,” Trappe said. “Playing against America (during group play) was fun with most of the guys being from the U.S.”

Throughout the World Cup, Trappe and Moewes kept in contact with each other. Trappe watched from Berlin while Moewes stayed in his hometown of Dortmund.

“Pascal and I messaged and skyped a lot,” Moewes said. “I also talked a lot to the (Binghamton) coaches.”

After 90 minutes of the finals, Germany and Argentina were scoreless. All three Bearcat teammates were on the edge of their seats.

“Both teams looked great going into overtime,” Ladeairous said. “The Germans had a great semifinal win (over Brazil) so I was nervous during the match.”

“I was more stressed before the game,” Trappe said. “I did not know how Argentina was going to do. But going into overtime and thinking it might go into penalty kicks was not easy either.”

In the end, the Germans prevailed 1-0 in overtime. Trappe joined thousands of his fellow Germans celebrating in downtown Berlin following the game. The next morning, at our request, he forwarded a photo of the celebration downtown.

Our office got the photo the following morning at 8 am EST. That was 2 p.m. Berlin time. Coach Marco explained that Trappe had yet to go to bed. Moewes, however, did not stay up as late.

“I went downtown because that is where everyone was celebrating,” Moewes said. “But I got to bed right after that.”

Ladeairous, meanwhile, returned to preseason having yet to chat with Trappe and Moewes about the game. But the bond between the Bearcats was stronger than a World Cup result.

“At first I did not want to talk to them.” he said smiling. “But we were able to set aside our differences because now we are teammates.”

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AUGUST 21, 2014

Press Clippings

Today’s entry takes a look at the coverage from yesterday’s Binghamton Fall Sports Media Day.

First off, here is the video from the men’s soccer team, which includes head coach Paul Marco, Tommy Moon, Steve Celeste and Jamie Forbes

Link

Next, the BU women’s soccer team, which opens its season Friday at home against Temple, was also at the event yesterday. Click the link below to find out more about their season.

Link

Three TV stations were at the event. Click the links below to access each one of their coverage.

WBNG
WIVT
FOX 40

From the America East

As most of you know, the preseason poll, which is voted on by the coaches, came out on Tuesday. With the Bearcats suffering a rash of injuries last year, the team understood why it was picked seventh. Now fully healthy, however, Binghamton has reason to be optimistic about exceeding this projection.

AE Preseason Poll

From the National Level

Check out the College Soccer News Top 30 Preseason Poll, which includes defending conference champion UMBC at No. 20. The Bearcats played the Retrievers to a 0-0 tie last year.

College Soccer News Preseason Poll

Earlier in the month, the NSCAA released their preseason poll. The Retrievers check in at No. 19.

NSCAA Preseason Poll.

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AUGUST 20, 2014

Media Day

The BU men’s soccer team took part in the Binghamton Athletic Department’s Annual Media Day on Wednesday afternoon. They were joined by the women’s soccer team and volleyball squad. All four local TV stations were in attendance.

Head Coach Paul Marco

“We’ve been training for a week this preseason. What an exciting time with the start of the season. I think if you ask the guys, we are a little ahead of where we were last year. I think the spirit of the team is terrific. The combativeness has been pretty good.”

“I’ll say this—the (America East) conference this year is pretty good. UMBC is a very good team. Last year against UMBC and Hartford, we tied them both in the regular season and lost in overtime at Hartford in the playoffs. I think that we are very competitive and we will be there again this year.”

“Having Tommy Moon back is terrific for us. I say it’s huge but he is a little guy. His fitness is outstanding. I truly can’t believe how fit he is at this stage of the season.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“We got a lot of young guys who will contribute this year and a lot of veteran guys this year who can really lead them. There is a lot of camaraderie within the team.”

Senior back Jamie Forbes

“I think we are going to surprise people this year. In just one week of preseason we have made tremendous growth from last fall. Comparing this preseason to the last one we are miles ahead of where we were last year. Looking to improve in our (preseason) game against Navy this Friday and get ready for the regular season.”

Senior midfielder Tommy Moon

“Words can’t really describe how I feel being back after the injury last year. It was hard but I did a lot of hard recovery and to be back with the guys is amazing.”

For photos from today’s event, click the link below. Videos will be posted in the next day or two.

Media Day Photo Gallery

Cartoon Superhero?

During media day, Coach Marco was asked how he felt about being an underdog in the conference this year. The Bearcats were picked seventh in the America East Preseason Poll, and many media questions focused on that topic.

“I love Underdog. It’s a great show,” he quipped.

To find out what he is talking about, click the link below.

Underdog Cartoon

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AUGUST 19, 2014

The Bearcat Open

For the just the second time in his tenure at Binghamton, head coach Paul Marco did not lead his coaches’ team to a victory at the Bearcat Open. Instead, the quartet led by junior Bret Celeste emerged victorious.

“It’s under review,” Marco said before training Tuesday night. “We should have streaming video next year to make sure there are no violations.”

About 12 balls went into the pond just 10 yards beyond the first tee…as well as one club (it was not the first time both a player’s ball and club went into the water on the same swing). One of the team captains even hit his opening shot into the parking lot to the left of the first tee.

“I personally have never seen anyone let go of their club,” Celeste said afterwards. “It’s not a good idea to do that, especially on a water hole.”

All kidding aside, the Bearcat Open this year continued to be a welcome break from the two-a-day preseason workouts as well as a chance to bond further as a team.

“A day like this is great for the guys,” junior midfielder Luca Bottoni said. “We’ve been going pretty hard during the preseason and it’s nice to come out and do something relaxing like this. The teams are nice because you might be around people you normally don’t hang around with that much, especially if you are new.”

“The first time I got here, I never really played golf before so it really helped me get to know people away from the field,” senior forward Pascal Trappe said. “We get along pretty well on the field and since we’ve been training together, it makes playing a sport we don’t do as much more fun.”

Check out the teams from the Bearcat Open in the link below.

Bearcat Open Teams

Say Cheese

Before the Bearcat Open took place, the men’s soccer squad had its 2014 team photo and head shots taken. Check out all of the photos in the links below

Roster
Coaches Page

Coming Back

There has been significant local media interest in graduate student Tommy Moon’s return from his season-ending injury last year. On Tuesday night before training, a pair of TV reporters talked to him and Coach Marco about it.

“I am really excited to be back,” he said. “Not just for me personally but for the team as well. We had a lot of injuries last year but we are healthy and have really grown a lot as a team since last season.”

“Tommy has really grown into the leader of this team,” Marco said. “He was always great with his own growth as a player but in the past 4-5 months, you can see how he has helped those around him get better. He is our captain this year and has been terrific during preseason.”

Coming Up Next…

Moon, senior back Jamie Forbes, senior forward Steve Celeste and Coach Marco will be at the Binghamton Fall Sports Preseason Media Day, which kicks off at 3 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll have complete coverage afterwards.

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AUGUST 18, 2014

First Test

Thoughts from today’s scrimmage against Bryant at the Bearcats Sports Complex:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I think in some areas we are definitely in a better place than we were last year at this time. The performance overall today was good. We showed good competitive spirit, good use of the ball and scored some terrific goals.”

“I thought our attacking players took what we had been doing in the morning sessions and applied them to the game. I thought the backs did the same. We played two goalkeepers today and I thought they each did a very good job.”

“We need to minimize a few more things. We probably can go through the film and come up with another list of things we need to improve upon.”

“Today was an improvement from where we were a week ago and hopefully by the weekend and then next week we will be a little bit better. By the time we open up against Bucknell (August 29), I hope the guys are fresh and ready to go.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“It was good to get out there today, especially with some of those new guys. I like what we saw out there. It’s been a good first week and we want to keep moving forward.”

“We have really good chemistry this year. We have really good camaraderie among the guys and I think the way we were moving the ball was much cleaner and much quicker than preseason last year. We are much more confident.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes

“We are much more organized than last (preseason). We still have a lot to get better with but I thought that today was good.”

Let the Banter Begin

At the conclusion of his talk to the team following the match against Bryant, head coach Paul Marco went over the schedule for Tuesday. When he got to the afternoon, his mood switched from praising his players about their performance on the field to what he views as impending doom on the links.

“And at 2 p.m.,” he said. “All players will come out to get their butts kicked.”

What else can that mean but the Bearcat Open, the nine-hole tournament the squad plays each preseason. With 11 wins in 12 years, Marco and his staff have reason to feel good.

“I just have that self-belief that we are going to win,” he said. “I know that tomorrow might be our hardest challenge yet but I think we are all going to jump on (assistant coach) Nic Rossi’s back and he is going to carry us to victory.”

A few of the players, however, wanted to answer to that.

“To be honest, I think I can take them down myself,” Celeste said. “I may need another golfer in my group in case my consistency slips but I will be taking down the coaches tomorrow.”

“The coaches like to talk a lot of trash about the Bearcat Open,” graduate student Tommy Moon said. “But I’ll tell you what…Steve Celeste and I have been training a lot on the golf course this summer so we will give the coaches a run for their money.”

“We are going to win,” sophomore forward Logan Roberts said. “After two years of the coaches winning when I’ve been here, we are not going to let them win again.”

Ice Bath for Baxter

Roberts and Jamie Forbes left the postgame team meeting to go up and administer the ALS Ice Bath to Baxter the Bearcat.

Forbes was one of 13 players who accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week. Roberts, however, escaped that fate and was actually the player to dump the bucket on Forbes.

“I am very lucky to escape the Ice Bucket Challenge twice,” he said.

Instagram Link to Baxter’s Ice Challenge

Facebook Link

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AUGUST 15, 2014

Alumni Update: Trey Jasenski

Trey Jasenski, a 2013 graduate and captain of the BU men’s soccer team, has signed a professional contract to play with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers. Three years after he was named a second-team all-conference back, he is officially continuing his soccer career.

“The team is in the ASL (American Soccer League),” he said. “It is under the league as the Western Mass Pioneers or Lusitano. I signed the contract with them earlier in the week.”

Since graduating from Binghamton, Jasenski has traveled around the globe in the hopes of playing professionally. Needless to say, his signing is the fulfillment of years of training and perseverance.

“To finally be picked up by a team feels great,” he said. “All the work and training is paying off and I am very thankful for everyone that has helped me along the way to get me to where I am right now.”

Back on campus, the Bearcats were equally happy for Jasenski.

“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for Trey,” head coach Paul Marco said. “This just shows you that if you are persistent and you pursue something with all of your heart and passion that dream can come true. We are thrilled for him.”

“It’s fantastic, current Bearcat midfielder Tommy Moon said. “Trey has worked very hard for this opportunity. He was a great teammate and very intense out on the field.”

Moon vividly remembers training with Jasenski the spring after he graduated (2013). Despite not being required to be working out anymore, Jasenski still kept showing up at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

“He and I trained together every day during that spring,” Moon said. “I was going into my fourth year and he was done playing in college. His intensity and drive to get better was always second to none.”

“He was one of the most competitive guys I have ever had the privilege of working with,” Marco added. “He was a warrior on the field and with him out there, you knew the competitive spirit of the team was going to be high.”

Check out the website of Jasenki’s new team as well as his BU bio in the links below:

Western Mass Pioneers
BU Bearcat Bio

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AUGUST 14, 2014

Reaching Out

When it comes to taking part in charitable events, the BU men’s soccer team’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday was not an isolated event.

The squad won the BU Athletic Department’s Citizenship Award in May, which was presented to the Bearcat program that stood out the most in terms of its community involvement. On Sunday, that tradition continues when the Bearcats take part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids at the Dick’s Open (golf tournament) in nearby Endicott.

“These community events are really terrific for our guys to understand about giving back and making connections with people outside of the game,” head coach Paul Marco said.

“It’s a very high priority of the team to support these charities and be there for the community in general because the community comes out and supports us,” graduate student Tommy Moon said.

This will be the second year in a row that the Bearcats take part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids. After a week of solid preseason training, getting off campus and being a part of such an event gives them a healthy perspective.

“Just because we are going through a tough week of training, it doesn’t mean that we can miss out on helping others,” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “It’s good to get out there and also make ourselves known.”

There is a dual purpose, however, of the Wendy’s Walk. After a week of two-a-day’s, Marco gave the team Sunday afternoon off to recover for the following week.

“We like to represent our school and our team,” senior back Jamie Forbes said. “At the same time, walking around and getting the legs moving during the walk is a great way to recover.”

“An event like the Wendy’s walk is a great recovery session,” Marco said. “It’s a great bonding time for our team away from the field but at the same time, the guys aren’t just sitting around.”

Challenge Answered

On Tuesday afternoon, Marco called out BU head women’s soccer coach Sarah McClellan to complete the ALS Ice Bucket. It didn’t take her long to respond. Check out the video by clicking the link below.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

No Summer Heat Here

Preseason is notorious for being a time of intense heat. Not so, however, this week in Binghamton. With temperatures holding in the high 60s and low 70s, that has been welcome news for those student-athletes from other parts of the world.

Forbes is from Canada and Novoth is from England. Count each of them among the grateful ones this week.

“I was out in California traveling this summer so it was nice and warm out there,” Novoth said. “It’s nice to come back here and have the weather be more like England.”

“It’s nice to be out on the field and not have to deal with that 90 degree heat,” Forbes said. “I also like when it’s cloudy because I get sunburned pretty easily.”

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AUGUST 13, 2014

Leftovers from the ALS Challenge

Mothers encourage their children to do many things. Having a bucket of ice water dumped on them is usually not one of them. In the case of senior forward Steve Celeste and his brother Bret, however, that’s exactly what happened yesterday.

Lois Celeste has been actively involved with the parents of the Binghamton men’s soccer team since her sons joined the program in 2011. Both Steve and head coach Paul Marco rave about the role she has played within the program.

“Our mom has always been there for us,” Steve said. “Even when we played club soccer when we were younger, she was very involved. To see it transition to Binghamton has been great. That is always how she is.”

“We have a very active parent group and Lois is certainly at the top of that list,” Marco added.

It was in that spirit that Lois challenged the team on Monday to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Bearcats had 24 hours to respond. After some juggling of the schedule, they showed up outside the Events Center the following day at 4 p.m., ready to take part.

When it was Steve’s turn to address the gathered media, his first words caused laughter.

“I was challenged to take part in this by Lois Celeste…my mother….I love you mom.”

Marco, Steve, 13 other players and the coaching staff then completed the challenge.

“My mother has called me out for a bunch of things but never something like that,” Marco said later.

“We were glad to do it,” Steve said. “But I have to say that my mother had just a little cup of ice water dumped on her when she completed the challenge. I told her we would show her what a real ice bucket challenge was like.”

The first day of preseason was a chance for the newcomers to feel embraced. In addition to helping the freshmen move in, the Bearcats had all six of them help with dumping the ice water during the ALS Challenge.

“We like to create a good environment for them to come in,” Steve said. “Even though it’s all business out on the field, it’s important to make them feel a part of the program.”

As for how cold the water was, Steve had a definite answer.

“It was real cold,” he said. “Logan Roberts was behind me (with the bucket) and he made me wait a little bit until I got wet. I had to anticipate it a little longer…and it was cold.”

Social Media Sites

The Binghamton Athletic Department is on social media for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click the links below to go to the corresponding pages.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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AUGUST 12, 2014

Catching Up (Already)

Despite not having actual training sessions, Tuesday was a jam packed day for the Binghamton men’s soccer team. So much so that this blog entry is being sent out first thing Wednesday morning.

It started at 8 a.m. when head coach Paul Marco went to the WNBF Station for an in-studio interview with morning host Roger Neel. Click the link below to listen to the entire interview.

WNBF Radio Interview

After helping the six newcomers moving into the dorms later in the morning, the team gathered for what they thought was going to be a day of normal meetings. That was, until the ALS Bucket Challenge from Lois Celeste intervened, causing the team to break at 4 p.m. A pair of television stations came out to film the event, which included Coach Marco and senior forward Steve Celeste making statements to the gathered media. Marco said that the team would also make a donation to the ALS while Celeste acknowledged Lois as the person issuing the challenge to the team. 13 players and the coaching staff the took the required ice bucket bath.

Click the links below for the WBNG Video, a photo gallery of the event and more information about donating to the ALS.

WNBG Coverage

Photo Gallery

ALS Information

Postscript

Celeste and Marco were also involved with another ice challenge completion earlier in the day. That would be yours truly. With Celeste behind the camera and Marco squirting a pair of water bottles, I accepted the challenge from the Binghamton softball coaching staff, who I work with in the spring.

Overall, a pretty eventful first day, which we hope explains the delay in posting.

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AUGUST 11, 2014

Introduction

Welcome everyone to the seventh season of the Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update! For the past six years, we have strived to capture the Bearcat program in ways that go beyond the box scores and press releases. Last year, over 5,000 fans read the Men’s Soccer Daily Update.

This year, the Men’s Soccer Daily Update will once again run Monday through Fridays during the season.

Tomorrow begins with head coach Paul Marco going on Roger Neel’s WNBF Morning Show at 8:10 p.m. followed by the team moving on campus later in the day.

We look forward to covering the 2014 Bearcat season and hope that the Men’s Soccer Daily Update will be a valuable source of information during the season for all of you!

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