Men’s Soccer Team Collects 4th Straight Conference Championship
This year’s Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team has certainly been one to remember. This past Wednesday the Vikings battled and defeated the Ulster Community College Senators 4-1 during a freezing afternoon for the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship. Most notably, this fourth straight conference victory taking place at Barrett Field was earned with 10 players out of the game, six of whom are starters.
Prior to Wednesday’s bone-chilling contest, the Vikings overpowered the Orange County Community College Colts 7-1 on Monday. The expectations heading into the conference match-up were high, as the now 10-3-1 team were heading into the game riding a three game win streak. “We won’t be satisfied with anything but a win… that’s for sure,” said starting Defender William Morais. The sophomore player from White Plains, NY has been an anchor for the Vikings’ defense throughout the 2018 campaign. The Senators were limited the entire game, shut down in the first period but able to score once in the second.
Morais believed in his team’s work ethic and motivation heading into the conference meeting. “How many times in soccer does the best team lose?… The best team always works the hardest. That’s what [my team and I] focus on.” He further expressed the importance of the coaching staff, led by first time Mid-Hudson Champion head coach Alfio Carrabotta, “… they’ve been preaching the philosophy since preseason, you always get out what you put in… working hard wins when talent doesn’t.”
Coach Carrabotta’s Vikings managed the Senators for 90 minutes; his top seeded team out-shot their second ranked opponents 28 to 4, including 7 shots on goal compared to Ulster’s 2. Franco Ladron De Guevarra led WCC with 3 goals coming from 5 total shots on goal, on a 12 shot performance. The sophomore Forward was assisted by Miguel Perez on both of his scoring opportunities in the second period.
Now eyesights are focused on the team’s next set of challenges, starting with the NJCAA Region XV Quarterfinals taking place on Oct. 20. Following that next game, the semi-finals are scheduled for the following Wednesday, Oct. 24, and the championship is set to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 27. The goal for the Vikings is to take advantage of every opportunity following the win against Ulster. Morais and the team’s opponents moving forward are still to be announced.