Men's Soccer

Vikings Capture 10th Win; Shut Out FMCC

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, October 13, 2000

Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer team used a pair of second-half goals and a strong effort by goalkeeper Stanley Kowalczyk (Sanford, FL) to defeat Fulton-Montgomery Community College 2-0 yesterday. With the win, the Vikings, ranked 14th in the nation among NJCAA Division III teams, improved to 10-3. The loss dropped Fulton-Montgomery to 2-9.

Kowalczyk stopped all four shots he faced, recording his fifth shutout of the season.

Sean Hindes (Berlin) notched the game-winner with 34:58 left in the second half, booting in a pass off the head of teammate John Schumacher (St. Clair, MI). The score was set up by Craig Hotaling's (Columbia) cross-field pass to the streaking Schumacher.

"Going up 1-0 always helps," Hotaling said. "We left them in the game for such a long time. We just needed that to put them away."

"That goal was a direct result of my assistant coach recommending Sean Hindes as a sub," Hudson Valley head coach John Meehan said. "Twenty seconds after the kid went in, he scored. That's why I have assistant coaches (Mickey Levernois and Jorg Seimann) that have come out of Capital District programs. They know the players."

Ryan Bombard (Rotterdam) tallied Hudson Valley's second goal with 5:40 remaining in the game, scoring off a long pass from Richard Hamilton (Jamaica).

"You've got to feel good when you win 2-0 and you play everybody on your team," Meehan said. "That's the bottom line. One thing we all made clear at the beginning of the year: We won't treat anybody differently, whether you're a starter or the last guy off the bench. These kids support that and they support each other. A team isn't your starting lineup. A team is every person from your leading scorer to your best defenseman to the last backup. That's what a team is and these guys are finally starting to realize that."

The Vikings travel to Mohawk Valley Community College for their final regular season contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 14. NJCAA Region III playoffs begin the following week.

"You've got to be kidding me," said Meehan when asked if Hudson Valley's 10-3 start has exceeded his expectations. "When we started, if I made playoffs, I was going to be happy. I knew I had talent coming in, but I have to thank the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) and I have to thank the local high school coaches. I have kids from Shenendehowa, I have kids from Columbia, I have kids from Hoosick Falls, I have kids from Tamarac – the significant amount of my talent pool comes from what everybody else has done. It's not my hard work. I'm the inheritor of good things."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.