Berkeley College Student-Athletes Receive Accolades from United States Collegiate Athletic Association and Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Tuesday, December 5, 2023
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Photo Caption: Pictured (L to R) are Bruno Ferreira, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer team, Berkeley College; and Berkeley College student-athletes Victor Batista, Suad Lukovic, Matthew Da Costa, and Eric De La Espriella, at the 2023 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Soccer National Tournament Banquet on November 16, 2023. 

Contributor: Stephen Spagnoli, Berkeley College Athletics

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The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (HVIAC) recognized several Berkeley College student-athletes for their athletic and academic accomplishments during the 2023 soccer season.

USCAA All-American and All-Academic Awards

Berkeley USCAA

Photo Caption: (Top row, L to R) Berkeley College Knights Eddie Becirovic, Victor Batista, Matthew Flores, and Suad Lukovic. (Bottom row, L to R) Erik Roberts, Yammir Yaffer, and Lucas Zuleta.

The USCAA honored seven Berkeley College student-athletes during the 2023 USCAA Soccer National Tournament Banquet, held on Thursday, November 16, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Eddie Becirovic of Edison, NJ, All-Academic
  • Victor Batista of Coral Springs, FL, First Team All-American
  • Matthew Flores of Fair Lawn, NJ, All-Academic
  • Suad Lukovic of Cedar Grove, NJ, First Team All-American and All-Academic
  • Erik Roberts of Locust Grove, GA, All-Academic
  • Yammir Yaffer of Old Bridge, NJ, All-Academic
  • Lucas Zuleta of Newark, NJ, Second Team All-American


“It was a terrific evening for our program, as seven of our student-athletes were recognized by the USCAA,” said Bruno Ferreira, Head Coach, Berkeley College Men’s Soccer team. “Countless hours have been put in by these student-athletes, as they continue to mature into fine young men, both on the field and academically.”

The Knights defeated the University of Cincinnati – Clermont and Penn State Brandywine, before falling to Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte in the championship match of the USCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Tournament in November.

HVIAC All-Conference Awards

Berkeley HVIAC

Photo Caption: (Top row, L to R) Berkeley College Knights Victor Batista, Joseph Buel, Marco DaSilva, and Suad Lukovic. (Bottom row, L to R) Allan Luna, Ian Pallardel, Michael Paredes, and Lucas Zuleta. (Not pictured) Esteban Pedrueza.

The HVIAC announced honors for nine Berkeley College student-athletes on Monday, November 13, 2023.

  • Victor Batista of Coral Springs, FL, All-Conference First Team
  • Joseph Buel of Raeford, NC, All-Conference Second Team
  • Marco DaSilva of Woodbridge, NJ, All-Conference Second Team
  • Suad Lukovic of Cedar Grove, NJ, HIVAC Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team
  • Allan Luna of Brooklyn, NY, All-Conference Second Team
  • Ian Pallardel of Elizabeth, NJ, All-Conference First Team
  • Michael Paredes of Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal, All-Conference Honorable Mention
  • Esteban Pedrueza of Tandil, Argentina, HVIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • Lucas Zuleta of Newark, NJ, All-Conference First Team 


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