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Men’s Soccer Bows to Suffolk in Region 15 Playoffs

Men’s Soccer Bows to Suffolk in Region 15 Playoffs

2016 Men's Soccer Team

DATE: October 31, 2016

Men’s Soccer Bows to Suffolk in Region 15 Playoffs

The RCC Men’s Soccer team wrapped up a successful season under first-year Coach Danny Samimi by advancing to the semifinal round of the 2016 NJCAA Region 15 Division III Tournament. The No. 5-ranked Hawks succumbed to top-seeded Suffolk County CC, 3-0, on October 26 at Suffolk’s Selden, NY campus.

RCC was forced to play shorthanded after sophomore midfielder and co-captain Arhin Asamoah of Spring Valley received a red card in the game’s first minute, disqualifying him from further play. The Hawks battled the nationally ranked Sharks to a standstill until the 68th minute, when Suffolk scored the game’s first goal. RCC then opened up its offense attempting to score the equalizer, but in the process left its defense exposed and Suffolk capitalized with two more goals.

“We had our opportunities but could not convert,” said Samimi, whose team finished with a 6-6 record in the region and 6-8 overall. “Suffolk gave us a lot of respect. We had lost to them 6-1 at home earlier in the season. We improved a lot over the course of the season.”

Playing well in defeat for the Hawks were sophomore defender Justin Gordon of Brooklyn, freshman defender Peter Mongan of Orange County, and freshman forward Kenny Aviles, out of Albertus Magnus HS.

Three RCC players earned berths on the Region 15 Division III All-Region team: Dylan Allum, a sophomore midfielder from New City and Clarkstown North HS, who secured first-team honors; Gordon, second team; and Joe Greeley, a sophomore forward from New City and Clarkstown South HS, honorable mention.

Five Hawks also received All-Mid-Hudson Conference honors. First-team recognition was awarded to Allum; Luis Birchett, a freshman forward from Panama; and Jose Robles-Lopez, a freshman midfielder from Colombia. Second-team laurels went to Gordon and Greeley.