Men's Soccer

Hudson Valley's Men's Soccer Team Prepares For Region III Playoffs

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 15, 2001

Vikings Earn No.-2 Seed, A Bye Into The Quarterfinals And A Home Game

As a reward for winning big games this season, Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer team has been awarded the No.-2 seed, a bye into the quarterfinals and a home game in the upcoming NJCAA Division III Region III playoffs. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, the Vikings (12-3) will host the winner of an October 16 sub-regional contest between No. 7 SUNY Delhi (8-5-1) and No. 10 Erie Community College (5-5-1).

Due to construction of a minor-league baseball stadium at Hudson Valley, the quarterfinal contest will be played at Troy's La Salle Institute. The winner advances to a semifinal game, which will be contested at 1 p.m. on October 27 at Herkimer County Community College. The championship game also will be played at Herkimer, at noon on October 28. The winner of the Region III tournament advances to the national championship tourney, a two-day event that begins on November 10 in Germantown, Maryland.

Hudson Valley, ranked eighth in the nation among Division III junior colleges, earned the No.2-seed in the Region III tournament by defeating three nationally ranked squads this season: Michigan's Macomb Community College, then the No.-5 team; Broome Community College, then No. 13; and Mohawk Valley Community College, currently the No. 6 club.

The Vikings' most recent victory, on October 13 against Mohawk Valley, was a physical 1-0 thriller. Ian Gass (Guilderland H.S.) scored the game-winner late in the first half while goalkeeper Stanley Kowalczyk (Seminole H.S., Florida) recorded his fifth shutout of the season.

Twenty-three of the 26 players on Hudson Valley's roster hail from Section II high schools. And while no one on the team has more than five goals, six players have between 10 and 14 points. They are: Craig Hotaling (Columbia H.S.); Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs H.S.); Joe Kazukenus (Voorheesville H.S.); Chris Mahigian (Tamarac H.S.); Joe Teator (Maple Hill H.S.); and Gass.

Herkimer County Community College (14-0), the 1999 and 2000 national champions, garnered the No.-1 seed in the Region III tourney. Herkimer also is ranked first in the nation. Hudson Valley played at Herkimer on September 15, falling 3-1. The game, however, was tied at one goal apiece with just 16 minutes remaining.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.