Soccer Team celebrates the Region XIX Championship for the first time in school History//Claudette Alcobar

Soccer Team celebrates the Region XIX Championship for the first time in school History//Claudette Alcobar

By Adam Grassani, Staff Writer

It’s been a semester of nothing but success for Bergen sports, specifically the men’s soccer team and both the men’s and women’s cross country teams. The men’s soccer team won the Region XIX championship with a 2-2 penalty kick victory over Sussex County Community College to earned themselves a trip to the NJCAA National Finals. This is the first time the men’s soccer team has won the regional title in BCC history.
Unfortunately for the men’s soccer team, their trip to the Nationals didn’t go exactly as planned. They got shutout in both games they played 2-0, the first to Nassau Community College and the next to Montgomery Community College.

The Men XC team squares up before the starting pistol goes off at nationals//Claudette Alcobar

The Men XC team squares up before the starting pistol goes off at nationals//Claudette Alcobar

However, this shouldn’t erase the accomplishments the men’s soccer team won. They set multiple school records this season. Along with this being their first region XIX championship, they had the most wins they’ve ever had with 15, as well as the most shutouts with 10.
Both Malik Stewart and Coach Freddy Herrera took home personal hardware. Herrera won Region XIX coach of the year, while Stewart won player of the year, respectively. Stewart’s play of the year award is the first in BCC history.
The men’s Soccer team wasn’t the only Bergen team that showed up in the NJCAA Nationals this year though. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams went to Nationals as well, with the men finishing in 10th place overall. Aneudy Nunez was the leading runner on the team, finishing in 27th place with a time of 29:27:04. The women’s team did just as well, finishing 13th place overall. Yanibell Paca lead the team, finishing 21st place in 20:37.

The Women XC team poses before their meet at Stanley park in Westfield, MA//Claudette Alcobar

The Women XC team poses before their meet at Stanley park in Westfield, MA//Claudette Alcobar