Men's Soccer

Vikings Draw Fifth Seed in Upcoming Region III Men's Soccer Tournament

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 16, 2002

The Hudson Valley Community College (10-6) men's soccer team learned this evening that it has earned a fifth seed in the upcoming NJCAA Division III Region III tournament.

Hudson Valley has drawn a first round bye in the 11-team tournament and will travel to No. 4 Broome Community College on Tuesday. The game time will be announced later this week. Hudson Valley defeated visiting Broome (12-3-2) 1-0 on Saturday, October 5 in its lone meeting with the Hornets this season.

The Vikings, ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, have played one of the toughest schedules in the country to prepare for the upcoming tournament. Six of the nation's top 12 teams appeared on Hudson Valley's season slate as well as two others that have qualified for the regional tournament.

Rafael Luna (Albany, NY/Albany) leads a balanced Hudson Valley attack in which six players have registered 10 or more points. Luna has scored seven goals and handed out 11 assist while Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) has seven goals and six assists.

In the 2001-02 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 65 percent of their contests. The college's softball team traveled to Illinois for the national championship tournament and finished second in the country, and the women's basketball team placed seventh in the nation. Hudson Valley's football team won the Northeast Football Conference, and the baseball and bowling squads each added a Mountain Valley Conference title. Additionally, three Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status and eight were honored with All-American status.

NJCAA Division III Region III First Round (Saturday, October 19) #11 Canton at #6 Niagara CC #10 Tompkins-Cortland CC at #7 Erie CC #9 Delhi at #8 Alfred State

NJCAA Division III Region III Quarterfinals (Tuesday, October 22) #5 Hudson Valley at #4 Broome CC Canton-Niagara winner at #3 North Country CC Tompkins-Cortland-Erie winner at #2 Mohawk Valley CC Delhi-Alfred winner at #1 Herkimer CC

NJCAA Division III Region III Semifinals (Saturday, October 26) Quarterfinal winners at Utica, NY

NJCAA Division III Region III Championship (Sunday, October 27) Semifinal winners at Utica, NY