Hudson Valley Men's Soccer Experiences Youth Movement
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 30, 2005
A new era of Hudson Valley Community College men's soccer will begin when the Vikings visit Tompkins Cortland Community College on Wednesday, August 31.
First-year head coach Matt Jones steps in for John Meehan, who posted a 51-29-2 record over five seasons. Only five players return from last year's team, which finished 8-8-1, but an influx of talented freshman should have the Vikings back in the postseason in 2005.
"We're young but have been very organized thus far in practice," Jones said. "It'll be important for us to mature as a team as the season progresses, but we are pretty balanced and have a decent amount of team speed to attack with."
The Vikings lost 85 percent of their scoring from last year's team. Defenseman Nick DiCarlo (Ballston Spa/Burnt Hills High School), who finished with three goals and two assists a year ago, is the top returning scorer. Midfielder Matt Lathrop (Albany/Albany High School) had a goal and two assists.
As with most soccer teams, goalkeeping is a key to the success or failure of the team. Ryan Savery (North Greenbush/Columbia High School) split time in goal a year ago, posting a 1.63 goals against average. He'll be challenged for the starting job by freshman Nicholas Marciano (Colonie/Colonie High School).
Sophomore Nick Lynch (Colonie/Colonie High School) should be a leader of a young defense. Freshmen Ryan O'Shea (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa High School), Matthew Richburg (East Greenbush/Columbia High School) and Chad Silvernail (Brunswick/Tamarac High School) all should see significant minutes immediately.
"It's important for us to defend as a team and try not to have mental lapses," Jones said.
Sophomore Massimo DeFilippo (Schenectady/Schenectady High School), a transfer from Mohawk Valley Community College, and Lathrop will be the veterans in the Vikings midfield. Freshmen Bruce Wood (East Nassau/New Lebanon High School) and Sam Mallabar (Guilderland/Guilderland High School) also should start in the midfield.
Freshmen James Frederick (Hillsdale/Taconic Hills High School) and Corey Terpening (Waterford/Waterford-Halfmoon High School) will be expected to provide the scoring punch up front in Hudson Valley's 4-4-2 alignment.
The Vikings 16-game schedule will kick off at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday night in Cortland against the Panthers. Hudson Valley also will meet traditional conference powers Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley in what should prove to be a challenging schedule.