Men's Soccer

Vikings Down SUNY Delhi In Quarterfinal Game To Tie School Record For Victories In A Season

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, October 20, 2001

Gass's Hat Trick Helps Hudson Valley Secure
Playoff Victory And Advance To Semifinals

La Salle Institute, October 20 Ian Gass (Guilderland H.S.) notched a hat trick and Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer team defeated SUNY Delhi 4-1 in an NJCAA Division III Region III quarterfinal matchup today. The playoff victory moves the Vikings to 13-3 overall, tying Hudson Valley's mark for the wins in a season (the 1992 Hudson Valley squad also won 13 games).

Delhi (10-6-1), ranked No. 7 in the single-elimination Region III tournament, defeated No. 10 Erie Community College in a sub-regional game on October 17 for a chance to meet the No. 2 seeded Vikings. Hudson Valley also is ranked fifth in the nation among Division III junior colleges.

Delhi jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Gass answered minutes later with his first goal, which was assisted by Joseph Davis (Ballston Spa H.S.) and Faber Kelly (Saratoga H.S.). Gass closed the half out with his second tally, which was set up by Joe Teator (Maple Hill H.S.) and Craig Hotaling (Columbia H.S.), and the Vikings led 2-1 going into halftime.

The second half was filled with physical play and injury timeouts, but the Vikings were up for the hard play. They scored two more unanswered goals. Gass completed his hat trick, heading in his third score. Jeremy Snopkowski (Columbia H.S.) and Hotaling set him up. Forty-two seconds later, Hotaling struck from long distance, taking a throw-in from Chris Mahigian (Tamarac H.S.) and sailing a kick over Delhi's defense and into their net.

While Hudson Valley's offense clicked, the Vikings' defense did the rest, shutting down Delhi.

"We can only go as far as our defense will take us," said assistant Hudson Valley coach Mickey Levernois.

After giving up the early goal, Hudson Valley's defense was its usual steady self, and Delhi had trouble moving the ball up field. Hudson Valley goalkeeper Stanley Kowalczyk (Seminole H.S., Florida) capped off the defensive effort, challenging shots and recording nine saves. Kowalczyk has now allowed just one goal in Hudson Valley's last four games.

"Today was a total team victory," said Hudson Valley coach John Meehan, who played every field player on his roster. "Our bench is so deep, anyone of those guys can start for me."

The Vikings next play a semifinal contest against the winner of a quarterfinal game between No. 6 Alfred State College and No. 3 Mohawk Valley Community College, who also play today. Hudson Valley's semifinal game will be played at 1 p.m. on October 27 at Herkimer County Community College. The Region III championship game, at noon on October 28, also will be played at Herkimer. The winner of the Region III tourney advances to the national championship tournament, which begins November 10 in Germantown, Maryland.

"Next week will be a tough game whether we play Alfred or Mohawk Valley," Meehan said.

Hudson Valley 4, Delhi 1
Delhi               1     0     --     1
Hudson Valley 2     2     --     4

Scoring: Hudson Valley - Gass 3-0, Hotaling 1-2, Davis 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Teator 0-1, Snopkowski 0-1, Mahigian 0-1. Delhi – Macmillan 1-0.

Saves: Hudson Valley – Kowalczyk 9. Delhi – Sheldon 12, Utter 4.