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
1 0 --
Hudson Valley 2 2 --
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