For Immediate Release: April 24, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton men's soccer adds Matt Kristek to incoming class

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's soccer team has announced that Matt Kristek (Vestal, N.Y.), a senior midfielder from nearby Vestal High School, has committed to joining the program this coming fall.

Kristek, who scored 38 goals in 2007, led the Golden Bears to the Class AA state championship. In the finals against Webster Thomas on Nov. 17, he recorded a hat trick in the 4-2 win and was named the Class AA State Tournament MVP.

At the conclusion of his senior season, Kristek received numerous honors. He was named a NSCAA/adidas High School All-American and was also selected to the All-Region squad. Closer to home, Kristek was a first team New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) All-State pick.

"We are delighted that Matt has decided to follow in the footsteps of other top local players and join our program," head coach Paul Marco said. "He has been a part of our club program (B.C. United Fusion) the past four years and has a knack for finding the back of the net. The challenge for him will be to become physically fit to compete at the next level."

Kristek joins what Marco calls a "very competitive recruiting class" for the coming fall. A total of nine new players are expected when preseason begins in August.

Binghamton went 14-6-0 in 2007, won the America East regular season title for the second year in a row and advanced to its fifth consecutive conference championship game.

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