Immediate Release: October 21, 2006
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Men's soccer ties Vermont 0-0 but still captures America East regular season title
VESTAL, N.Y.--For the Binghamton men's soccer team (8-6-4, 6-1-1 AE), a tie was as good as a win. Needing only one point to capture its first-ever America East Conference regular season title, the Bearcats played to a 0-0 tie against Vermont (8-5-4, 5-1-2) in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at West Gym Field. As a result, Binghamton will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Conference Tournament and will host a semifinal game on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
"I am very proud of this group right now," head coach Paul Marco said. "To start off the year like we did and go 6-1-1 in the America East Conference is a great feeling. This has been a special season."
While he did not need to make a save, redshirt freshman Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) recorded his third consecutive shutout and his seventh for the season. In the process, he reduced his goal against average to 0.68.
Binghamton outshot Vermont 13-10 but Catamount goalkeeper Roger Scully posted five saves to keep the game scoreless. Vermont came into the game needing a win to capture its first America East Conference regular-season crown since 1989. Instead, the Catamounts will be either a second or third seed heading into the tournament.
The men's soccer team is just the third Bearcat squad to win an America East Conference regular season title. In 2004, the men's lacrosse team and the women's soccer teams also claimed the No. 1 seed heading into the postseason.
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