Binghamton University women’s soccer gearing up for start of 2022 season

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 5:37 PM EDT
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VESTAL, N.Y. (WBNG) - The Binghamton Bearcats women’s soccer team is just one week away from the start of their 2022 season, and has been preparing well in the preseason to be ready to go.

After finishing fourth in the America East Conference in 2021 with an 8-8-2 record, the Bearcats have loftier goals in 2022. Despite losing five starters from last year’s squad, including starting goalkeeper Haylee Poltorak, the Bearcats still have a solid returning cast. Notable returners are the McKnight twins, Olivia and Victoria, as well as Maya Anand. All three of those Bearcats were named to AEC all-conference teams for 2021.

The Bearcats will play a non-conference slate that includes matchups with Michigan State and Syracuse, before diving into an eight-game America East slate.

Head coach Neel Bhattacharjee is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Bearcats, and says that this team’s preparation from the offseason into the preseason has been phenomenal.

“When you come back for pre-season, in a pretty short amount of time you gotta be ready for the first game coming up. But we’ve been making some really good steps. I love the vibe and the camaraderie of the group on the field and off the field,” Bhattacharjee said. “We’ve made some pretty good progress. And we constantly talk about the steps we want to take on this journey, and we’re just enjoying the process, and putting the work in. We’ve certainly been able to do that, and there’s more to add, which is the most exciting part about this team.”

“We’ve been working a lot on confidence, building each other up, and just constantly working on bettering each other,” said Olivia McKnight. “We don’t want to focus on the negatives which sometimes last year I think we focused on what we didn’t do well instead of what we did do well. So we’ve been working on that a lot and I think that’ll help us tremendously going into the fall.”

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