Immediate Release: October 28, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. - Three integral members of the Binghamton women's soccer program were honored by the America East Wednesday as the all-conference teams were announced.
Casares, who earned second-team honors in each of her last two seasons, was voted one of the top four midfielders in the America East this season. She tallied two goals and one assist but more importantly, as captain and central playmaker, led the Bearcats to their best conference record in eight years of America East membership.
"I'm really proud of Mandi for performing the way she did in conference play," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "She stepped up as a senior and as a first team all-star, is well-deserving as one of the best players in the America East."
Holliday and Pape made an instant impact as starters and each scored four goals during the regular season. Holliday produced two game-winners and added two assists for a team-high 10 points. Pape ranked third in the conference with four goals in eight league games, including a conference-best three game-winners.
"I'm really happy for both Jamie and Emily to be recognized for their contributions on the field this year," McClellan said. "It's quite an accomplishment to have played the way they did as freshmen ... and they will only get better in the coming years."
The conference-runnerup Bearcats (9-6-1) will carry the No. 2 seed into a home semifinal game at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Binghamton, making its sixth consecutive tournament appearance and third straight semifinal showing, will face the winner of the quarterfinal game between No. 3 Maine and No. 6 New Hampshire.
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