Men’s Soccer Update
Standing with a 5-2 record for the season, 3-2 within Region XV, the Westchester Community College Men’s Soccer team has five games remaining, all matchups within their region, before the Mid-Hudson Conference Tournament on October 16.
The Vikings recently had their Sept. 25 game against Orange County Community College postponed due to bad weather and field conditions. Bronx Community College now becomes the team’s next matchup; Head Coach Alfio Carrabotta will lead his team to the Bronx in efforts of bouncing back from the 3-5 loss to the Nassau Community College Lions last Saturday, Sept. 22.
Averaging just over 20 shots and 3 goals per game, WCC normally grasps an early advantage against opponents in the opening half; they display tough on-the-ball defense, fast break opportunities with forwards Franco Ladron De Gue, and Wali Azizi, or midfielder Luis Galeano, and have limited yellow cards to just 6 in seven games thus far compared to their matchups’ 11 cards on the season. The Vikings have scored 22 goals this season while their opponents have managed 10; Luis Galeano leads the team with 8 goals scored, 3 coming from his performance against Dutchess Community College where he was responsible for all of WCC’s points.
“This year’s Vikings team has the potential to be really great moving forward,” said Rob B, a fan of the team since his start at WCC in 2016. “With the way they’re playing…[through their strong defense and passing]… they can win the Mid-Hudson Tournament… and reach the Region XV Championship Game.”
So far, the men’s team ranks behind 3 teams in the Region XV standings; Nassau Community College, currently 8-1 with a 5-0 record within the region, Monroe-Bronx College, 4-2 having lost once facing against Region XV competitors, and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), 5-2 winning their last three out of four away games.
Coach Carrabotta and his team have six games remaining on their regular season schedule, including the postponed trip to play The Orange County Community College Colts. Five of those games will be on the road, most notably the Oct. 6 game at BMCC, who stands just above WCC in rankings, where the Viking’s have been 2-0 when on the road this year.