Immediate Release: June 17, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women's soccer will open its 2009 schedule with an away game on August 28 at Delaware, the school announced on Wednesday. The Bearcats will play five of their first six games on the road and have just six home games on the 16-game slate.
Binghamton will face non-conference opponents from the BIG EAST, Ivy League, Atlantic 10, MAC and MAAC before embarking on the traditional eight-game America East schedule.
"We will hit the ground running with this schedule," second-year coach Sarah McClellan said. "Opening at Delaware will be a strong test for us right away. We will have to play with full effort and commitment given our road-heavy schedule. We will be asking our players to develop a performance maturity and professionalism very early on. It's important that we learn and improve in our non-conference competitions to be fully prepared for the America East."
After the season-opening match at CAA member Delaware, BU plays at A-10 member St. Joseph's (Aug. 30) and Cornell (Sept. 4) before welcoming BIG EAST foe Syracuse to the Bearcats Sports Complex on September 6. Binghamton averaged nearly 400 fans per game at the state-of-the-art complex in '08 and pushed the Orange to overtime in the facility's inaugural game in 2007.
A road trip to Western New York will produce games at MAAC member Niagara (Sept. 11) and Mid-American foe Buffalo (Sept. 13). The Purple Eagles went 12-5-1 last season. Binghamton will then host first-time opponent Temple on September 18. The team's final non-conference game is at Ivy League power Penn on October 14. The Quakers won the Ivy title in 2007 and advanced to the NCAA College Cup.
The conference slate begins with a tough test on the road against defending champion Boston on Sept. 27. Of the eight league games, BU will host Stony Brook (Oct. 4), Hartford (Oct. 8), UMBC (Oct. 18) and Vermont (Oct. 22). The top six teams advance to the conference championship, which begins with quarterfinal games on October 29. The Bearcats have advanced to the postseason five consecutive seasons.
Binghamton went 8-9-1 in 2008, more than doubling its previous year's win total and advancing to the conference semifinals for the second straight year. McClellan returns eight starters and 15 letterwinners from the '08 team.
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