2009 Women's Soccer Preseason Media Day Quotes

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The women's soccer team returns eight starters and 15 letterwinners from last season's squad that advanced to the America East semifinals for the third time in the past five years. Binghamton last won the America East title in 2004. The Bearcats open up the 2009 season at Delaware on Friday, August 28. The Bearcats' home opener is against Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

Head Women's Soccer Coach Sarah McClellan

"We are really excited for the season to get going. The players have reported and we have had a couple of days of preseason. It's always a fun time to see our new players interact with our returning players. We have a good core returning and the news players have really shown up well. They are ready to compete and it's looking to be a good year. I think everyone is really optimistic about what we can do this year."

"Our optimism for the season is really because of the mentality we have. Our training habits are sharp and our work habits are right on par with what we are going to need to do every single day as we lead up into the season. We know that the preparation we put in today and the preparation we put in tomorrow is all going to be a tribute of our work and our effort and it is going to show up in our results."

Senior midfielder Amanda Casares

"These freshman on our team bring a lot of energy and (they) are keeping us returners on our toes so it is going to be a good season."

Junior midfielder Stefanie Knopick

"Last year we struggled with injuries. We didn't have that many people. This year, we have a lot of depth on our team so we can get some more intense practices in."

Sophomore midfielder Taylor Kucharski

"Having the depth that we do this year just brings a lot of energy and competition to practice. Everyone is starting to mesh together."

Freshman forward Jamie Holliday

"We (the freshman class) make up a pretty good percentage of the team right now. I think that all 14 of us coming in should make a pretty big impact on the field."

Senior defender Nicole Montoya

"Our 14 freshman came in knowing exactly what we expected of them and they have been doing really well and our returners have been great with showing them how to do everything around here. We are really excited about this season."
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