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 3:30pm.