VESTAL (WBNG) - After a long offseason, the Binghamton men's soccer team is preparing to begin its season in February.
"It's motivation for us, we're buzzing, we're ready to go and that's all we've been training for, for so long," said Binghamton senior Noah Luescher.
The America East recently announced a return to competition plan. Soccer teams will play just six conference games. A four game tournament to crown an America East champion will follow.
"Less games to win a championship, it's different," said Luescher. "It's chance for every single team and I think we're ready to go."
"It's outstanding, it gives you hope, it gives you something to look forward to," said Binghamton head coach Paul Marco.
Marco said the new format won't change anything about the way his team prepares.
"The energy and level demanded of the game in any one game is the same," said Marco. "The guys will have to prepare physically, emotionally and psychologically. The challenge for us now is the summer workouts become the winter workouts."
Luescher said that training for the shortened schedule is business as usual.
"We still have three or four months left to prepare, so right now the focus is on the fitness. We just try to get as fit as possible before we go into the prolonged winter break." said Luescher.
The team will need to get off to fast start with no time to spare.
"We're taking every single minute, every single day to be prepare for that day when the America East starts," said Luescher.
The men's season begins February 26. For a breakdown of the full America East plan, click here.