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For Immediate Release: August 18, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Photos and quotes from the men's soccer team's media day

Head coach Paul Marco
Senior forward Stephen Bruce
Junior goalkeeper Stefan Gonet
Freshman midfielder Adam Chavez
Junior midfielder Danilo
Junior back Graham Munro
The team returned to training after the interviews

VESTAL, N.Y.--The defending America East Conference champion men's soccer team held its preseason media day before the afternoon training session on Wednesday. The Bearcats, who are the preseason pick to repeat as conference champions, open their exhibition schedule on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Colgate in Oxford, N.Y.

What follows are quotes from head coach Paul Marco and several of the players during the interviews.

Head Coach Paul Marco

"It's great to be getting the recognition that we have so far this year. We are excited and ready to play this season. We know that we are a pretty good team but we know that we have to become a great team to continue what we did last year. We have the talent and what we need to do is keep improving each day."

"The America East is going to be a very tough conference this year. Last season, the last place team (Maine) defeated the first-place team (UMBC) to earn a spot in the (six-team) conference tournament so there are no easy games. Once you think you have it easy, no matter how good you are, that's when you start to struggle."

"We can still get better on defense. Last year, we allowed only nine goals but our guys want to have the attitude that they can allow even less than that. We don't want to be satisfied with what we did last year. We want to get better."

Junior goalkeeper Stefan Gonet

"Last year was a dream season for me. I did not expect to have the success that we did. Everybody contributed. We need to turn the page now. Those 16 shutouts we had last year are out the window. We know we can do better. Even though we lost some key players, we got some great players to replace them. Our standard is still very high."

"Our first game of the year (at Marist on Sept. 1) will be a tough game. Last season, our defense broke down for the only time all season when they scored twice in the final three minutes to win. They are a good team and we need to remember what happened and learn from it."

Junior back Graham Munro

"We have a lot to prove this season. It is great to be recognized but we have not kicked off a ball yet. We need to continue to do the things we did well last season. Our freshman have adjusted so far and our training has been going well."

Junior midfielder Danilo

"We worked a lot this spring on finishing plays. Our goal is to score more goals while keeping our defense strong. Our forwards have been improving a lot."

Freshman midfielder Adam Chavez

"It's exciting to be a part of this team because the expectations are so high. Things have been going real well for me so far. Because I was bigger and stronger than most of the high school players, that will help me adjust to the college game where everyone is bigger and stronger."

Senior forward Stephen Bruce

"We have the same attitude as we did going into last season. We worked very hard last year, but as the favorite (to win the conference), we know that we will have to work harder this year because everyone wants to beat us. If we have a good preseason, we will be tough to break down."
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