Paramus, NJ- Bergen’s Men’s Soccer team had a very successful season rebounding back from a dead last finish last year (0-9) to the top seed in the Region XIX Championship Tournament. The season the team started with a 9-0 winning streak that ranked the #3 in the nation in one of the weekly NJCAA Top 10 polls. The team ended the regular season with a 10-2 record and the #1 seed in the Region XIX Tournament.

Bergen won the first round of the playoffs versus #8 seeded Salem CC, by a score of 4-0. Unfortunately, Bergen was knocked out the following week by #4 Raritan Valley, by a score of 1-0 and ending the season for Bergen.

Bergen had some excellent performers during the regular season:

Simone Pippi (Fresh)- Pippi was the team’s Forward and was dominant around the goal post. He was ranked #5 in goals (15) and #1 in the region. Pippi was 9th in Points in nation and 2nd in the region (30). He was also named “National Player of the Week” in the first week of the season.

Marco Scassa (Fresh)- Scassa was the team’s #1 goalie and was a wall at the goal line. He was 5th in the nation in wins and had 2 shutouts. In addition, he was ranked 22nd in the nation in Saves (72) and 14 in Save % (.818). He was also named “National Goalie of the Week” in the first week of the season.

Ethan Streeter (Soph)- Streeter was the team’s Captain and (ACM). He was a big part of the defense and offense for the Bulldogs. He scored 5 Goals and had 3 Assists in the year.

Marco Ussi (Fresh)- Ussi was the team’s Center Mid and was ranked 19th in the region in Points (16). He was also ranked 20th in the region in Goals (6) and 20th in Assists (4).

Daniel Thomas (Fresh)- Thomas was the Center Back for the Bulldogs. He was a strong part of the defense throughout the season.

Gustavo Tavares Varela (Fresh)- Varela was the team’s Right Back and was 12th in the region in Assists (5).

Bergen looks to build on this successful season with the current freshmen and a new crop of recruits. Bergen wishes the sophomores the best in their future endeavors.


Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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