Vikings Roll To Season-Opening Win
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 6, 2001
La Salle Institute, September 6 – On a beautiful
Thursday afternoon, Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer team
opened up the 2001 campaign by taking on non-league foe Paul Smith's College.
The Vikings lived up to their Honorable Mention selection on the recent
preseason NJCAA Division III coach's poll, rolling over Paul Smith's, 6-1.
In the first half, the Vikings got started with a
goal from Craig Hotaling (Columbia High) at the 4:46 mark, which
was set up by Dan DiFiore (Averill Park High). Paul Smith's answered
back three minutes later, though, putting a shot past a diving Stanley
Kowalczyk (Sanford High, Florida). After that, the Vikings went on
a rampage, scoring five unanswered goals. Tri-captains Hotaling and DiFiore
(defender Chris Mahigian of Troy is the third captain) were a duo
in the early going, working together for another goal with 11:06 expired.
Joe Teator (Maple Hill High) took on Paul
Smith's defense by himself at the 14:24 mark to score. Hotaling then assisted
Oleg Levchenko (Bethlehem High) on a goal at 24:35. With less than
ten minutes left in the half, Desmond Gomes (Tanzania) scored an
unassisted goal, giving the Vikings a 5-1 first-half edge.
In the second half, the teams played to a stalemate
until the 18:03 mark. At that point, a penalty kick was called, which Hudson
Valley's Adam Krawczak (Schalmont High) easily converted. Kowalczyk
was solid in goal, recording 23 saves and never giving Paul Smith's a chance
to get back into the game. Roberto LoGiudice (Guilderland High) spelled
him briefly, making eight second-half saves.
"That was a great start for us," Hotaling said.
"It's always good to start with a win."
The Vikings play next in Michigan on September
8, taking on Michigan's Macomb Community College, the No.5 Division III
junior college in the nation.
Paul Smith's 1
0 -- 1
Hudson Valley 5 1
Paul Smith's scoring – Mike Gervais
Hudson Valley scoring – Craig
Hotaling 2-1, DiFiore 0-2, Joe Teator 1-0, Oleg Levchenko 1-0, Adam Krawczak
1-0, Desmond Gomes 1-0, Ian Gass 0-1.
Goalies: Paul Smith's, Todd Brown,
31 saves. Hudson Valley, Stanley Kowalczyk, 23 saves, Roberto LoGiudice,