Berkeley College New York Men's Soccer Team Captures HVIAC Championship

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Knights Defeat SUNY-ESF 1-0 for First HVIAC Title Since 2015

Berkeley Knights celebrate victory

Photo Caption: The Berkeley College Knights celebrate their win over SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to capture their fourth Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. (Credit: Ken Clough). 

The No. 1-seeded Berkeley College New York Men’s Soccer team captured the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) title on October 27, 2019, defeating No. 2-seeded SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) by a score of 1-0. The match took place on the campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY. 

With the victory, the Knights improved to a record of 12-6-1 in 2019, capturing the team’s fourth HVIAC crown in its history. Berkeley College also won the regional championship in 2010, 2012, and most recently, in 2015. In addition, the Knights earned an automatic bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II National Men’s Soccer Tournament. The USCAA will announce seeds on Wednesday, October 30, in a live broadcast at

“I’m extremely gratified for the student-athletes who have sacrificed so much over the course of this season,” Stavros Zomopoulos, Head Coach, said. “We entered the 2019 campaign with three primary goals – to capture the No. 1 seed in this tournament, win the title, and then go to Nationals and bring home a USCAA crown. We’ve accomplished two out of our three endeavors, and we know we will have our work cut out for us in Virginia Beach, but we’re excited and ready for the challenge of facing some of the best teams in the nation.” 

SUNY-ESF, which previously won five consecutive October matches, fell to 8-4-1 with the defeat, and will now await word on a possible USCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament at-large bid. 

After a challenging opening half, forward Amadou Sy of Dakar, Senegal, an alumnus of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY, scored to put Berkeley ahead. Meshema Charles of Arendelhill Castries, St. Lucia, an alumnus of Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, and Jean-Gardy Derineau of Valley Stream, NY, and alumnus of Valley Stream North High School, were credited with assists on the goal. Mr. Sy was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

Knights goalkeeper and players

Photo Captions: (Left) Knights Goalkeeper Dario Cruz-Sepulveda of Guadalajara, Mexico, tallied six saves in the game against SUNY-ESF. (Right) Jean-Gardy Derineau of Valley Stream, NY (pictured in a previous game), and Meshema Charles of Arendelhill Castries, St. Lucia, were credited with assists on the goal by Amadou Sy of Dakar, Senegal. 

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