Men's Soccer

Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/21-10/28

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 28, 2002

The Hudson Valley men’s soccer season came to an end on Saturday with a 2-0 setback to Herkimer Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division III Region III Tournament in Utica. The Vikings advanced to the semifinals with a second round win over Broome Community College on Tuesday, October 22.

Rafael Luna (Albany/Albany High School) scored with less than seven minutes remaining in the game to lead Hudson Valley to a 1-0 win over Broome. Assisting on the goal were Ben Sener (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa High School) and Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga High School).

Hudson Valley Community College men’s soccer coach John Meehan was named the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight year on Thursday, October 24.

Meehan led the Vikings to an 11-7 record in his third season at the helm. Meehan has won 36 games, against only 16 defeats, during his tenure at Hudson Valley and consistently has the Vikings ranked in the NJCAA Division III poll.

The league’s Coach of the Year a year ago, Meehan also was named the NJCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year and the Junior College North Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2001.

Luna, Kelly and goalkeeper Pete Testa (Niskayuna/Niskayuna High School) earned First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference honors while midfielder Joe Teator (Castleton, NY/Maple Hill High School) and defenseman Garth Ellms (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School) were named to the league’s Second Team.

Luna finished the season with eight goals and 11 assists while Kelly was second in scoring with seven goals and seven assists. Testa allowed only 1.4 goals per-game, which was second among goalies in Region III.