The Berkeley College New Jersey men's soccer team lost their season opener to Sussex County Community College on Saturday, August 28, by a score of 6 to 2.
Berkeley started off well in their first intercollegiate match in the program's history, holding Sussex scoreless in the first half. A change in weather early in the second half, however, would have dire consequences. With little more than 38 minutes remaining in the game, a Berkeley defender slipped and fell in the steady rain allowing a Sussex player to capitalize on a breakaway to score the first goal of the game. Sussex struck like lightning and scored another three goals in less than five minutes to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
Berkeley finally struck back with about 25 minutes remaining in the game as Guillermo Chavez scored the first intercollegiate goal in the program's history to make the score 4-1.
Sussex would score again before Jeff Rosenthal gave Berkeley their second goal of the game.
The men next compete in the Ramapo College Presidents Cup Tournament on Saturday, September 5 against FDU-Florham, and Sunday, September 6 against Ramapo.
Meghan Collister made history on Tuesday, September 1, as she scored the first intercollegiate goal in Berkeley College history for the New Jersey women's soccer team against SUNY Maritime. Already down 8-0, Collister scored on an unassisted free kick to put the New Jersey squad on the board for the first time in its brief history.
Berkeley lost to SUNY Maritime by a score of 11-1 in their first varsity intercollegiate soccer game. The Lady Bulldogs next play at Bergen Community College on Thursday, September 3.