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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The Mountain Valley Conference (MVC) and the NJCAA Region III released its 2018 men’s soccer All-Conference and All-Region teams. Freshman defender Bryan Drossell(Greenville/Greenville) headlines the pack of three Vikings to receive postseason awards as he was named to the All-Region Second Team.
The Greenville, NY native, Drossell proved to be a great one-on-one defender for the Vikings this season. As one of the better overall defenders, he was always matched up against the region’s best forwards in every game.
“Bryan is a solid rock in the defense who does not get beat easily,” said Vikings head coach Travis Cooke. “He is dominant in the air and dangerous on set pieces, either with service or in the air and has faced some of the nation’s top players and did very well against them.”
Drossell started all 14 games for Hudson Valley this season and played an integral part in the team’s 8-6 record, which qualified them for the NJCAA Region 3 postseason tournament for the second straight season.
Sophomore midfielder Wickson Joseph(Hudson/Hudson) was named to the Mountain Valley All-Conference team. Joseph is a very creative player and excelled most when he had possession of the ball. He handled the role as the Vikings playmaker in the midfield this season, setting up his teammates to succeed and giving the team opportunities to win. The Hudson, NY native started in 12 games this year and finished the season with a pair of goals and three assists.
“Wickson is the most creative player on the team and a very skilled midfielder who could play anywhere on the field,” said Cooke. “He is a very good one-on-one player both offensively and defensively. He currently has interest from 4-5 schools and will have great success in the future.”
Vikings newcomer Sylvain “Marco” Ngako(Yaounde, Cameroon/Lycée Technique Ekounou) exploded on to the scene this season after missing the first few games of the year. Ngako started all eight games in which he played and scored five goals and added one assist to place second on the team with 11 total points.
“Marco is a very powerful and dominant player who has been one of the most talented players to come through the program,” continued Cooke. “He is very good in the air and keeping possession as a target player. He has a bright future ahead of him and will have a lot of interest from four year schools. He will be one of the nation's top players should he return next year.”