For Immediate Release: June 28, 2005
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Binghamton men's soccer team to open 2005 season at Coastal Carolina Tournament

Complete 2005 Schedule

VESTAL, N.Y.-- The Binghamton Athletic Department has released the men's soccer team's 2005 schedule, which includes a season-opening appearance at the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational. The Bearcats face Furman on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. and play the host school on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

Coastal Carolina won the Big South Conference title last season and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Furman's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament came in 2002, when it advanced to the third round.

The Bearcats also have road games against a pair of teams that finished second in their respective conferences in 2004. On Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., Binghamton faces a Hartwick squad that finished second to Florida International in the Atlantic Soccer Conference. On Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., the Bearcats square off against a Lehigh squad that lost the Patriot League finals to American University last year.

Binghamton will also take part in the St. Bonaventure Invitational Sept. 10-11. The Bearcats face Duquesne on Saturday, Sept. 10 at noon and take on the host Bonnies on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

"This is the most challenging non-conference schedule we have had since I have been here," head coach Paul Marco said. "With these two tournaments as well as Hartwick and Lehigh, we should be very well prepared heading into the (America East) conference part of our schedule. We are especially delighted to add Hartwick on our schedule because the schools are just 45 minutes apart."

In conference action, Binghamton opens up at Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. Other road games come against New Hampshire on Oct. 15, Stony Brook on Sept. 28 and Hartford on Oct. 29. At home, Binghamton faces Maine on Oct. 1, UMBC on Oct. 5, Albany on Oct. 22 and defending champion Boston on Nov. 2.

In other non-conference action, home games are against St. Joseph's on Sept. 7, Oneonta on Sept. 20 and Siena on Oct. 11.

Binghamton won the America East Conference championship in 2003 and was the runner-up in 2004. The Bearcats also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

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