Immediate Release: October 26, 2006
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Binghamton men's soccer lands five players on America East All-Conference Teams
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Junior back Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) seniors forwards Peter Sgueglia (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohanasen) and Ibrahim Yusuf (Spring Valley, N.Y./Ramapo), junior midfielder Matt Narode (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) have each received America East All-Conference honors for the 2006 season. Binghamton led the conference with five combined selections on the first and second teams. Including the all-rookie team, the Bearcats were second to Vermont with seven overall picks.
Chavez, who earned first-team honors, was the anchor of a Binghamton defense that shut out five of its last seven opponents. This marks his second all-conference appearance, having also earned All-Rookie honors in 2004.
"Adam did a great job this year and we are excited for him to make (the) first team," head coach Paul Marco said. "He has really grown into himself this year. His temperment and maturity have improved."
Sgueglia, who earned second-team honors, led the Bearcats with four goals, four assists and 12 points. He scored a pair of goals against UMBC on Oct. 11 and was named the America East Player of the Week on Oct. 16.
"Peter scored some big goals for us during conference play," Marco said. "We are looking forward to him trying to continue to come through in the post season."
Yusuf, who was also named to the second team, netted a pair of game-winning goals this season, including the difference maker in Binghamton's key 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 27.
"Ibrahim's presense on the field has gained the attention of our opponents," Marco said. "He has been great for us offensively and defensively. We are happy that he has had a good senior year."
Narode, another second-team pick, moved from the forward line to the midfield this season. He netted a pair of goals and ranked third on the team with six total points.
"Matt may be one of the smallest guys on the field but he has one of the biggest hearts and soccer brains," Marco said.
Stenta, who was named to both the second team and All-Rookie squad, finished the regular season with a 0.68 goals against average, including a microscopic 0.36 mark against America East Conference squads. Heading into the America East Conference Tournament, he has posted three consecutive shutouts and six for the season.
"We have several very good goalkeepers in this conference," Marco said. "For Jason to be recognized as a freshman is tremendous. He has grown a lot, especially during the last two months."
Binghamton (8-6-4) is the No. 1 seed heading into the America East Conference Tournament. The Bearcats have a first-round by and will host the winner of the Boston-Albany game (to be held on Oct. 28) on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
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