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2013 Men's Soccer Season Preview

Hagerstown, Md. -The 2013 Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team will look to build on their accomplishments last year, in an attempt to produce the most successful season in program history.

“This team has a special feel to me,” said head coach Brian Eichelberger. “We have good talent and depth, and I think the preseason training is bringing us together and this could turn into a very memorable season.”

The team will feature experienced leadership, as they return eight players who led the Hawks to a 13 win season in 2012. Eichelberger recognizes the dedication each of these players has given to the program and they are eager to add to their already accomplished careers.

In the back, Hagerstown returns sophomores Aaron Rodgers (Funkstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and Kwasi Ofosu Ameyaw (Accra, Ghana/South Hagerstown). Freshmen Dillon Eyler (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) and Jacob Hargett (Myersville, Md./Middletown) will round out the defensive side. “Aaron and KB are seasoned defenders that bring experience, while Jacob and Dillon have made excellent strides in the preseason to secure a starting role,” stated Eichelberger.

As is the case with most teams, games will be won and lost in the midfield and Eichelberger is excited about the group that he’ll send out to the pitch in 2013. HCC will feature a midfield full of captains, as sophomore Ruben Ayllon (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) will combine with freshmen Yusuf Bodirov (Krasnodar, Russian/North Hagerstown) and Akheem Riley (Kingston, Jamaica/Thomas Johnson). “Ruben is a versatile player for us” said Eichelberger. “His maturity and commitment makes him one of the most focused players to have come through our program. Akheem is an accomplished player who brings excellent experience with one of the top club teams in the area. He possesses a serious threat to opposing defenders and we expect him to be one of the best players in MDJUCO. Yusuf brings vocal leadership and the skills necessary to be a dangerous college soccer player. We are fully confident in their abilities and can’t wait to see them compete together,” quoted Eichelberger.

Along with the captains, the Hawks have plenty of depth across in the middle, as sophomores Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Middletown), Bradley Coblentz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) will all see playing time right away. The trio combined for 24 points, from 10 goals and four assists last season. Freshman Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) is poised to make an immediate impact as well, while classmates Andre Kirlew (Martinsburg, W.Va./North Hagerstown), and Patrick Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) will all be called upon in games to provide assistance in the midfield.

With the graduation of goalkeeper Chucky Kipe, who finished #2 in the nation in saves, the Hawks are looking for someone new between the pipes. Sophomore Brandon Wingfield (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) who participated in three games last year will compete with transfer sophomore Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy) and freshman Ethan Waters (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville). Carrier is a 2011 Second-Team All-MDJUCO honoree with Allegany College of Maryland, while Waters was named West Virginia All-State his senior year.

Up front, the Hawks are looking for a goal scorer, after graduating Genc Sopa, an All-American nominee, who led MDJUCO with 14 goals. Freshmen Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) and Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) are the front runners who will called upon to lead the attack. Velazquez was a Frederick County All-Area performer last season after netting 14 goals, while Smith is transfer from Shippensburg Unversity.

Joining Velazquez and Smith will be sophomore Alfred Aneyu (Toga, West Africa/South Hagerstown), who participated in seven games in 2012.

Hagerstown expects to be in the mix for the Region XX, Division I Championship. Eichelberger recognizes though that there will be no easy game for the Hawks this season. “The MDJUCO and Region XX are extremely competitive every year, so we need to go out each game and hopefully take care of business,” stated Eichelberger. “We created an excellent foundation last year and the returners will build on that and make a run at producing the most successful back-to-back seasons.”


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.