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Men's Soccer Releases 2013 Schedule  
Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team and Coaches Brian Eichelberger and Brandon Rethemeyer have announced the 2013 fall schedule, highlighted by eight regular season matches at Hawk Field, as well as an invitation to the Patrick Henry Weekend Tournament.

“Our 2013 schedule once again challenges our program to be the very best and affords us to play high quality opponents,” said Eichelberger. “Coming off our best season in program history, the bar has been set to perform at a high level consistently. The players responded extremely well to the demands following the season, through winter and into spring, and now it’s important they continue throughout the summer in order to be ready for a big year in 2013.”

The Hawks will take on two preseason nationally ranked teams, as well as the Region XX Division I, Region XX Division III, and Region XIX Division I champions.

“We are excited about the new non-conference teams we added for this season,” mentioned Rethemeyer. “Our players will face tough competition right away which will prepare us for the MDJUCO opponents.”

After exhibition matches against NCAA Division III opponents, Frostburg State University and Hood College, the Hawks open the regular season at home against Potomac State on Aug. 30. The Catamounts are coming off one of their best seasons, which saw them finish 15-3 in 2012. HCC then remains at home for a MDJUCO matchup against Cecil College on Sept. 4.

Hagerstown then travels to the Patrick Henry Weekend Tournament in Martinsville, VA where they face Patrick Henry Community College and Cape Fear Community College on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 respectively. PHCC is member of Region X, and Cape Fear finished the 2012 season with an 8-6 record.

After concluding the early-season tournament, the Hawks travel to MDJUCO opponent, Prince Georges, on Sept. 11. HCC will then host #2 in the nation, Montgomery-Rockville on Sept. 13 for a MDJUCO match. MC finished 18-4-2 and were runners-up in national tournament. Hagerstown remains at home on Sept. 16 when they face Allegany Community College. Just two days later, the Hawks travel to Howard, who finished 13-5-1 in 2012. HCC was able to defeat the Dragons 2-1 last season.

Anne Arundel then comes to town on Sept. 20 for a MDJUCO showdown, before the Hawks hit the road for four-straight away games. On Sept. 23, HCC takes on Westmoreland, then on Sept. 25 they face MDJUCO rival Harford. The Fighting Owls concluded the men’s season last year when they defeated them in the Region XX semifinals.

“The way we finished the season last year was un-deserving of our guy’s success, so we are eagerly looking forward to the match-up against Harford,” stated Eichelberger.

HCC takes on College of Southern Maryland on Sept. 27, before traveling to Potomac State for another matchup against the Catamounts on Sept. 29.

The month of October will be demanding for Hagerstown, as they face two Region champions before heading to the playoffs.

On Oct.1, HCC hosts neighboring rival Frederick for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff. Region XX Champion and #21 in the nation, CCBC-Essex is the Hawks next opponent on Oct. 5. Hagerstown is 0-5-1 with three loses in the last 6 matches against the Knights.

“Essex is always a game we have circled on our calendar because they are a consistent top contender in the nation,” quoted Rethemeyer. “We’ve competed well against them the last few years, but have been unable to come away with a victory.”

On Oct. 8, the Hawks compete against MDJUCO opponent Catonsville, before traveling to Chesapeake on Oct. 11 for another conference match.

HCC closes out the regular season against first-time opponent, Mercer, on Oct. 13. The Vikings were Region XIX Champions in 2012 and have been to the finals the last five years.

The Region XX playoffs begin on Oct. 19 with first round games, while the semifinals and finals are slated for Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 in Bel Air, Md.

“Once again we have a full schedule, so we need to come into preseason ready to get started,” said Eichelberger. “This season already has a lot of potential, but the guys need to build on last season’s success and not expect things to just happen in their favor. When we put in the work, we will reap the benefits come October.”


Sopa Scores Two, Hagerstown Wins 3-1
Hagerstown Md. -The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team rallied from a goal down to defeat Westmoreland County Community College 3-1, in a non conference match.
HCC controlled the action much of the first half, but the Hawks surrendered a goal in the 25th minute, when a Wolfpack player picked off an errant pass from a Hagerstown defender. After intercepting the pass, WCCC saw sophomore keeper Chucky Kipe (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) off his line and they were able to lob a shot over his head and into the net.
Hagerstown would recover quickly, and in the 37th minute sophomore Mamadou Jallow (Gambia, Africa/Thomas Johnson) attacked down the left side before passing the ball to classmate Genc Sopa (Kosovo, Europe/Lipian). He would need just one quick move before placing his shot past the Wolfpack goalkeeper.
The match would head into half deadlocked at 1-1. The second half would be dominated by the Hawks and in the 73rd minute, Sopa would net his second goal on the afternoon. Freshman Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) would play a through ball into the path of Sopa, which he then hammered into the net for his third multi-goal game.
The Hawks would add an insurance goal in the 83rd minute when a shot from sophomore Brandon Barlow (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport)rang off the post and then was handled by a WCCC defender. Hagerstown earned a penalty kick for the play and Jallow converted on the spot kick to secure the win.
Kipe finished with four saves on the afternoon and the Hawks improve to 6-4 overall. HCC returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to MDJUCO and NJCAA Region XX Division I opponent CCBC-Catonsville at 7:30pm

HCC Defeats Prince Georges for MDJUCO Win

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team squared off against MDJUCO opponent Prince George's on "Sophomore Day" for the Hawks. 

Freddy Velasquez (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Chucky Kipe (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Nathan Pryor (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg), Brandon Barlow (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport), Chip Rittenhouse (Hagerstown, Md./South), Genc Sopa (Kosovo, Europe/Lipian), and Mamadou Jallow (Gambia, Africa/Thomas Johnson) were all honored prior to the game for their hardwork and dedication over their two-year careers.

The Hawks jumped on PG early and controlled the tempo and pace from the initial whistle. In the 18th minute, Sopa looked to get on the scorer's sheet, but after cutting the ball past a defender, his shot rang off the far post and was cleared out of danger. Just two minutes later, Sopa was able to put the Hawks up 1-0, when he netted his conference leading 12th goal of the year. Freshmn Osman Ramizov (Hagerstown, Md./North) attacked down the right flank and shouldered off a defender to cut an anlge towards the goal, where he found Sopa for the two-touch goal.

HCC would add an insurance goal in the 30th minute when Ramizov flicked a ball into the path of Jallow, who was able to power a shot into the upper corner of the goal.

Hagerstown continued to dominate play in the second half, but could not find the net for a third time on the afternoon. Kipe recorded four saves in 79 minutes, while Velasquez came in to preserve the shutout for the remaining 11 minutes.

With the victory, the Hawks (10-6-0, 6-4-0) record double-digit wins for the fourth time in five years. The win was also head coach Brian Eichelberger's 50th career win.

HCC looks to keep the streak going when they travel to nonconference opponent Lord Fairfax on October 14, for a 12:00 kickoff.