The USCAA announced its selections for the 2018 Division II National Soccer Tournament on Tuesday evening. The Berkeley College New York men's soccer team – this year's HVIAC Regular Season champions – earned an at-large bid to Nationals, getting tabbed as the No. 2 seed in the process.
Berkeley College will be in the "B" pool, taking on NHTI on Friday, November 9, at 4:45pm, before battling the winner of the PSUAC (either Penn State Beaver or Penn State Brandywine) on Saturday, November 10, at 4:45pm. If the Knights are able to advance from the B pool, they will head to the title game on Monday afternoon, November 12 (4:00pm), where they will take on the winner of the "A" pool – either Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, the King's College (NY), and SUNY-ESF.
This year's tournament will once again take place at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex in Virginia Beach, VA. The Knights have one game remaining in their regular season – a contest against the Yeshiva University Maccabees on Sunday evening. Berkeley College has put forth a memorable 2018 campaign up to this point, and Head Coach Stavros Zomopoulos says his team is confident as it gets set to put forth its best effort in capturing its program's first National crown.
""Our team has put together a tremendous season, and to see these student-athletes get rewarded with a chance to compete for a USCAA National title, it's extremely gratifying," Zompolous said. "I am very proud of this group for accomplishing for earning an opportunity to compete on the grandest stage at our level, and I cannot say enough positive things about what they've done this year. We are ready for the challenge of taking on some of the best teams that the USCAA has to offer."
The Knights have been one of the best teams in the Nation in 2018, as the squad is currently 10-5-1 on the year. Berkeley College went unblemished in HVIAC action, recording a 6-0 record and out-scoring foes by a count of 23-9 during those contests. Some of Berkeley College's signature non-conference victories included an opening day 2-0 win at Fisher College back on September 1, and more recently, a 5-3 triumph over Keystone College back on October 22, 2018.
To follow the Knights in their quest for a National Championship, visit the USCAA website – www.theUSCAA.com. Recaps of all Berkeley College contests will be available by the Knights' athletics website at www.berkeleycollegeknights.com.