The Berkeley College New York men's soccer team picked up another victory Friday evening, defeating HVIAC foe Albany College of Pharmacy by a score of 5-2 in a match that took place in Albany, NY. With the triumph, the Knights are now unbeaten in seven straight games, and own a season record of 7-4-1 (4-0 HVIAC). The Panthers slipped to 5-6 on the 2018 campaign, and 1-2 in conference competition.
With today's victory, the Knights have also clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming HVIAC Tournament. Berkeley will play its semifinal round match on Saturday, October 27 at 5:00pm, against an opponent to-be-determined.
The Knights were sparked early in tonight's victory by Ryuji Sugiyama, as he would score two goals 6:45 apart to push Berkeley College to a 2-0 advantage. His first tally came at 12:15 (assisted by Tcharly Verna), and his other goal was scored at 19:00 (assists courtesy of Meshema Charles and Jovani Guzman).
16 seconds later, the Panthers would get back in the game when Alex Bleau would find the back of the net after receiving a beautiful pass from Chuck Middleton before burying the ball into the net. However, 23 seconds after that, the Knights would score again, as Verna would notch a goal (from Charles) to catapult Berkeley to a 3-1 edge.
Later in the opening session – Albany's Austin Myers would score an unassisted goal to pull the Panthers to within one at 3-2. That would be the final goal scored of the opening half.
In the second stanza, Berkeley goals by Amadou Sy (at 59:11, from Sugiyama) and Anthony Mejia (at 82:52, from Jean-Gary Derineau) helped the Knights pull away. Berkeley led 5-2 after those two aforementioned tallies, and would never relinquish that lead
Berkeley College out-shot Albany by a count of 19-10 for the match.
The Knights will return to action on Wednesday evening, as Berkeley will host Vaughn College at Westchester Community College. Start-time is scheduled for 3:30pm.