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Spring season underway for men’s soccer team
Bearcats battled Rochester Rhinos last week, head to South Carolina this weekend
March 30, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s soccer team opened up its spring season against the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League (USL) last Saturday afternoon. With their first match in the book, the Bearcats head down to Winthrop this weekend for the Manchester Cup.
The Rhinos, who finished the 2011 season 12-4-8, are in their 17th season as a USL franchise. On their roster this season is Kyle Manscuk, a 2011 graduate of Binghamton who just completed his first season with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Manscuk concluded his career at Binghamton as a three-time America East All-Conference selection as well as a first-team NSCAA All-Region selection in 2010.
Against Binghamton, Rochester wasted no time taking control of the match, scoring three times in the opening 16 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory. After the initially three-goal outburst, however, the Bearcats were able to settle down and hold the Rhinos off the scoreboard until a final goal in the 89th minute.
“This is one of the better Rochester teams I’ve seen,” head coach Paul Marco said. “I think new head coach Jesse Myers has done a great job in the short time they have been together. We started out a little nervous and as we settled into the game we were able to move the ball and gain more confidence.”
This weekend, the Bearcats battle a pair of college teams, both of whom have experienced significant success the past few years. On Saturday, the Bearcats will square off against South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. and East Tennessee State at 7:45 p.m. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament this past season while the Buccaneers captured the 2010 Atlantic-10 conference title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
For Marco, opening up against a strong USL squad was excellent preparation for this coming weekend.
“Rochester was a terrific match for us and our guys improved throughout the match in both competitiveness and positional play,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the changes the guys will make in their own training habits this week.