#2 Brooklyn Battles #3 CCNY in CUNYAC Semifinals Saturday
Brooklyn, NY --- The #2 seeded Brooklyn College Men's Soccer team will look to continue to make their run at a City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championship, as the Bulldogs will take on the #3 seeded Beavers of The City College of New York (CCNY) in the semifinals round of the 2012 CUNYAC/Applebee's Men's Soccer Championships, tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 pm at Randall's Island Field #10.
Brooklyn will be making its first appearance in the conference semifinals since 2008, when BC, as a five seed, upset #4 seed College of Staten Island, 1-0, in the quarterfinals round that year. The Bulldogs would eventually lose in the semifinals to eventual champion, #1 seed Hunter College, 2-1, in overtime.
If Brooklyn can get past CCNY, the Bulldogs will advance to the championship final for the first time in the 22-year history of the Men's Soccer championships. The final will be held next Saturday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm at Randall's Island Field #10.
BC (12-4-2 overall, 5-1-2 CUNYAC) and CCNY (7-7-3 overall, 5-2-1 CUNYAC) played to a 1-1 tie in their regular season matchup, back on September 19th at Brooklyn College Field.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals round with a 2-0 shutout victory over #7 seed Hunter College in quarterfinals, while the Beavers punched their ticket to the semifinals with a thrilling shootout victory (3-0) after playing to a 1-1 tie against #6 seed and last year's champion Lehman College.
Brooklyn has been led by senior Pajtim Gjonbalaj who tallied a team and career-high 10 goals this season, to go along with six assists, which tied for the team-best, for 26 points on the year. Classmate Alwyn Adams had a stellar season in his first and only campaign with the Bulldogs, recording eight goals and five assists, for 21 points.
Junior Dmitry Prokofyev also had immediate impact in his first season at BC, registering seven goals and four assists for 18 points, while classmate Peterson Petit Frere chipped in with three goals and six assists for 12 points.
Despite their dynamic offense, the Bulldogs strength this season has undoubtedly been their defense. Led by junior co-captain Peter Vavalle, along with senior Denton Laing, junior Taras Frankivskyy and freshman Steve Orellana, BC has surrendered just 16 goals in 18 games played, en route to posting nine shutouts on the year.
Junior co-captain goalkeeper Stamatis Boundouris has benefited from a strong defense, posting a 1.03 goals-against-average, to go along with a .797 save percentage, while logging in over 1398 minutes in goal.
Within the CUNYAC, BC ranks first in shots, points, goals, goals-per-game, assists, assists-per-game, goals allowed, goals-against-average and shutouts.
CCNY is paced by Matthew Mbamelu's eight goals and two assists for 18 points, while Felipe Maidana has contributed with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Samuel Nkama has chipped in with three goals and seven assists for 13 points.
Tayfun Kucuk has started in 11 games in net for the Beavers, while logging in over 869 minutes, to go along with a 1.76 goals-against-average and a .785 save percentage.
The Bulldogs are playing their best soccer at the right time of the year, as BC is currently riding a season-high seven game winning streak, including four straight shutouts. Brooklyn boasts an 11-1-2 record over its last 14 games.
CCNY is also playing its best soccer in the month of October, as the Beavers hold a 5-1-2 record over its last eight games.
Fans looking to attend tomorrow's semifinals game are encouraged to register for tickets in advance. Tickets are free and can be acquired online via http://cunyacmsocsemis.eventbrite.com/#