Immediate Release: September 22, 2005
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No 21. Binhamton men's soccer heads to Vermont for key America East Conference game
The No. 21 Binghamton men's soccer team (6-1-1) heads to Vermont (6-2-0) this weekend for its opening America East Conference game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Winners of six of their last seven contests, the Bearcats are currently ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 Poll and are the first team receiving votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll. The Catamounts, however, have gotten off to just as impressive a start. Last week, they were ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 26 in the College Soccer News Poll. A pair of loses this past weekend dropped them from the rankings.
"This is going to be a great game," head coach Paul Marco said. "Both teams have gotten off to great starts and Vermont has one of the better venues in the conference. Vermont has a great freshman class and (head coach) Jesse (Cormier) will have them ready to play."
Despite advancing to the past two America East Conference finals, Binghamton has dropped its last two conference openers. The Bearcats lost to Northeastern 2-1 in 2003 and were defeated 2-0 by Boston last season. Ironically, the Bearcats would have a rematch in the finals each season against those same teams, defeating Northeastern in 2003 and losing to Boston in 2004.
Binghamton has also yet to beat Vermont since joining the America East Conference. After losing to the Catamounts 2-1 in 2002, the Bearcats have had to settle for a 0-0 tie in 2003 and a 1-1 tie last season.
"The fact that we bounced back from losing our first conference game and went on to the finals the past two years shows how strong of a team we have been," Marco said. "It won't be a big loss if we don't come away with any points but to beat a team like Vermont on the road to start off conference play would send a statement to the rest of the America East."
Binghamton has been led offensively by sophomore back Matt Narode (Glenmont, N.Y.) who has scored four goals and has eight total points so far this season. He scored twice in the Bearcats' most recent win, a 3-0 triumph over Oneonta on Wednesday.
Still, it has been the defense that has carried the Bearcats, who have recorded five shutouts in their first eight games. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Bertoni (Owego, N.Y.) has a microscopic 0.34 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Binghamton has also been anchored defensively by the backline of seniors Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland), Ryan Pierce (Cobleskill, N.Y.) and Darius Ravangard along with sophomore Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.).
Vermont has been led by freshman forward Lee Stephane Kouadio, who has scored a team-high six goals so far this season.
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