Men's Soccer

Hudson Valley Men's Soccer to Face Herkimer in the Regional Semifinals

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 24, 2002

The Hudson Valley Community College men's soccer team will meet Herkimer County Community College this Saturday, October 26 in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division III Region III tournament. The game will be played on the campus of Mohawk Valley Community College, in Utica. Kickoff is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The winner of the game between the fifth seeded Vikings and top-seeded Herkimer will meet the winner of the first semifinal game, which pits No. 7 Erie Community College against No. 3 North Country Community College, in Sunday's championship game. The Region III Tournament winner will advance to the NJCAA Division III semifinals, which will be held on Saturday, November 9 in Garden City, NY.

This is the second straight regional semifinal appearance for Hudson Valley (11-6-0). Last season, the Vikings dropped a 1-0 decision to Mohawk Valley.

Herkimer (14-2-0) defeated Hudson Valley 1-0 on September 14 in the lone meeting between these two schools this season. The Generals have won four straight Region III titles and five NJCAA Division III national championships since 1994.

The Vikings are made up of several former Section II high school players. Rafael Luna (Albany/Albany High School) leads the team on offense with eight goals and 11 assists, and goalkeeper Peter Testa (Niskayuna/Niskayuna) is allowing only 1.4 goals per-game, which is second among goalies in Region III.

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.