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Five high school standouts join men’s soccer program

Bearcats land five incoming freshmen for 2014 season

March 31, 2014

Five high school standouts join men’s soccer program

Head coach Paul Marco

Photo Gallery of Incoming Players

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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s soccer program has added five players for the upcoming season. All of them will be freshmen when they arrive for preseason in August.

“Our program is excited to welcome such a talented and diverse group of players to our program,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We are adding some special and truly exceptional student athletes. This class has attacking flair, creativity, tenacity, as well as terrific competitive spirit—the staple of our program’s success. They will provide us great competition and depth when combined with a very strong returning group of players. Perhaps one of the greatest qualities (Assistant) Coach (Nic) Rossi and I believe we have in this class is in their character and attitude. These guys understand our culture and are ready to embrace their role and play their part. This group exemplifies the standard of excellence we aspire to both in the classroom and on the field. Most of all they understand the value of commitment and hard work.”

Isaiah Barrett (Wilson, N.Y.) is a forward from Wilson High School. He was also a part of the Revolution Empire U-18 Development Academy Team.

“Isaiah is skillful athletic striker,” Marco said. “He has great athletic ability and a nose for the goal.”

Justin Dragin (Ottawa, Ontario) is a center back from Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School in Minnesota. He is also a member of their U-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Team.

“Justin is a great competitor and is a tenacious defender,” Marco said. “He loves the competitive battle and thrives one the 1-v-1 challenge.”

Jack Nelson (Woodbridge, Va.) is a midfielder from Hylton High School. In 2013, he scored 12 goals and tallied 15 assists. He also plays club soccer for PWSI in Virginia.

“Jack brings great energy to the game,” Marco said. “He loves the ball and scoring goals and can play anywhere in midfield and maybe even at striker.”

Ben Ovetsky (Irvington, N.Y.) is a forward from Irvington High School. He was a NYSSWA Small School first-team all-state selection after scoring 23 goals and tallying eight assists in 2013. Ovetsky finished his career with 81 goals. His club team is the New York Soccer Club.

“Ben is an attacking minded player with electric pace and a thirst for taking players on,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He can play in several attacking positions but loves to play wide.”

Zach Pogrob (Commack, N.Y.) is a center back from Commack High School. He was also a member of Smithtown Arsenal S.C., which won the 2013 Youth Soccer National Championship. They have also won Region I Championships, ENY State Cups, USYS National League and top national showcase events.

“Zach’s good size and strength combined with his aggressive spirit makes him a very good center back,” Marco said.

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