October 13, 2008
a little known fact. Two of the Bearcats biggest fans are part
of the Oneonta men's soccer program, which also competes at the
Division I level. Jason Stenta's twin brother, Justin, played
three years for the Red Dragons while Kyle Manscuck's older brother,
Keith, completed a stellar career last season and is now completing
his academic coursework in Oneonta.
Justin and Jason Stenta have been more than brothers growing
up. They have been best friends as well as each other's biggest
"My relationship is very close with my twin," Justin
said. "I mean for heaven sakes we were in the same belly
at the same time, so that's when the relationship first started.
We chat everyday just like any brother would but I feel like
we are really close. We can tell each other anything, we help
each other out and we got each other's backs."
Both Justin and Jason graduated from Chenango Valley High School
in 2005. After playing three years at center back for the Red
Dragons, Justin was selected to study abroad in Rome this past
spring. Wherever Justin has gone, however, he keeps in close
touch with how Jason and the Bearcats have done.
"He is always following me and I really appreciate that,"
Jason said. "He is always giving me updates on whatever
he is doing."
Justin's soccer career has ended at Oneonta. He currently has
an internship with Northwestern Mutual and has no regrets about
the direction in which his future is headed. While he misses
playing soccer, following Jason's career has been just as fulfilling.
"I love what I am doing but I do miss soccer," he said.
"Still, I am so proud of Jason. He has come a long way at
Binghamton. He is fulfilling my dream of some day playing professionally
so he will do it for me."
The Manscuck brothers have also formed a close bond over the
years. Keith graduated from Aquinas High School in 2004, three
years ahead of Kyle. In three seasons at Oneonta, he broke both
the single-season and career goal, assist and point marks.
"I always looked up to my older brother," Kyle said.
"He holds all of the goal records and point records over
there (Oneonta). It's always nice to hear about him and he definitely
supports me with all I do."
"I feel our relationship is very close," Keith said.
"I look at Kyle as my best friend. If anything is ever
wrong, I know I have him no matter what. We have so much in common
that we get along very well.
While his career is over, Keith continues to help Kyle train
over the summers.
"Almost ever summer we always play against each other,"
he said. "We have a net in the back yard and we are always
creating little games to test each other."
Not only are Justin and Keith close with their brothers at Binghamton,
they are also roommates at Oneonta. Frequently, they make the
trips together to the Bearcats Sports Complex.
"It's definitely good seeing my brother in the crowd with
Justin," Kyle Manscuck said. "They have come to a lot
of our games and will definitely be there during the rest of
In addition to supporting their brother's Justin and Keith have
been very impressed with the Bearcat program and the leadership
of head coach Paul Marco and Assistant Coach John Scott.
"The coaches are great and know the game," Justin said.
"Off the field they have a great personality and always
are there for you."
"I feel the Binghamton program is always very competitive,"
Keith said. "They can challenge with the best team in the
country any day. I feel getting the new (Bearcats Sports Complex)
will only progress them as a program."
With four home games left in the regular season, the Bearcats
figure to draw significant crowds. Included among the fans figure
to be a pair of Red Dragons, pulling openly for their brothers
as well as the rest of their teammates.
Posted October 13, 2008.
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