Men's Soccer: Berkeley 5, Vaughn 2

Men's Soccer: Berkeley 5, Vaughn 2

Release courtesy of Berkeley Athletics

The Berkeley College New York men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight consecutive matches today, defeating the Warriors of Vaughn College in an HVIAC match by a score of 5-2 in a match played at the No. 75 field at Randall's Island. With the victory, the Knights are now 8-4-1 on the year (5-0 in conference play), while the Warriors slipped to 4-4 on the year (1-4 in HVIAC action).

If the Knights are able to defeat Culinary Institute of America on Saturday, it'll be the first time since 2015 that Berkeley finishes the regular season portion of its HVIAC schedule undefeated. The '15 team went 7-0 in conference play. This year's version is 5-0, with a chance to boast an unblemished mark with a triumph over the Steels three days from now.

In today's victory over Vaughn, it was the Meshema Charles show, as he put forth a career day by scoring four first half goals. The standout notched a tally at 1:48, heading a ball into the net off a gorgeous cross pass from Josue Jimenez. He then found the back of the net at 23:14 (from Matthew Perreira), and later scored a pair of goals just 51 seconds apart (32:40, from Carlos Veliz, and 33:31, unassisted). The Warriors would score at 37:43, getting an unassisted goal from Kevin Moreira to Cut the Berkeley advantage to 4-1. That would the final goal scored in the contest's first 45 minutes.

The Warriors sliced even further into the Knights' advantage early in the second stanza, as Azzeddine Sekkat scored (off a pass from Moreira) to make it 4-2 Berkeley. That score would remain unchanged until much later in the second half, as Amadou Sy would score at 85:02 (from Anthony Mejia) to essentially put the game away.

Berkeley out-shot Vaughn by a dominant margin of 23-8, while also getting eight corner kick opportunities compared to three for the Warriors.

The Knights will take on Culinary Institute this Saturday at the College of Staten Island in Berkeley's final home match of the 2018 campaign. Start time for the HVIAC clash is scheduled for 3:30

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Release courtesy of Vaughn Athletics

The Vaughn College Warriors men's soccer team suffered a 5-2 defeat to conference rival Berkeley College (NY). The Warriors entered the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) match-up needing to win the final two conference games in hopes of securing a  playoff spot in the HVIAC post-season tournament. The loss drops the Warriors record to 1-4 in the HVIAC and 4-4 overall. 

Freshman forward Kevin Moreira (Brooklyn, NY) had a solid performance for the Warriors in the defeat. Moreira scored one goal and had one assist to teammate Azzeddine Sekkat (Astoria, NY). Sekkat now has five goals on the season with one game remaining. 

The men's soccer team will travel to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to play the Panthers for their final HVIAC contest and game of the the 2018 season. Despite being eliminated from the playoffs the Warriors still have a chance to have the best record in program history and end the season above .500 with a win.