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Morrisville State men's soccer kicks off 2010 season Wednesday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College men’s soccer team kicks off the 2010 campaign Wednesday afternoon, returning a solid core to the field with a tremendously talented incoming class, as they look to improve on the 3-14-1 record compiled last season.

Up front, senior Andrew Brobbey (Bronx, NY) and sophomore Sanley Pierre-Louis (Gaithersburg, MD) are coming off of a successful season last fall, and will combine to lead the offensive attack that averaged 1.27 goals per game.

Head coach Kyle Graves will call immediately upon the incoming class to provide much of the midfield play. Tony Vorndorn (Millville, NJ), a sophomore transfer from McDaniel College, and newcomer Tom Huber (West Islip, NY) will combine to control play in the center of the pitch and will be backed by a solid defensive unit of seniors Tim Benedict (Caledonia, NY) and Jarrett Hayes (Potsdam, NY) along with junior Andrew Stein (Oswego, NY).

Senior Joe Bunzey (Afton, NY) along with junior transfer Shane Sullivan (Sherrill, NY) and newcomer Trevor Goldstein (Monticello, NY) will compete for time in net. Bunzey recorded 189 minutes in net last season along with 12 saves and a 2.84 goals against average. Sullivan transferred to Morrisville after a well established playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College where he saw time in 18 games (1670 minutes), making 66 stops en route to a 12-6 overall record.

Graves is excited about what the team has established during the preseason as the Mustangs look to vie for a post-season North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship tournament appearance. “The talent we have added to the roster this season, along with the solid core of returners, provides our program not only depth at all positions, but players that bring various skills and a great work ethic that will assist the program in reaching its goal.”

Morrisville State opens on the road Wednesday at Green Mountain College and return to host Lyndon State College on Saturday for its 2010 season home opener on Lemery Field.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.