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12.3.12
Former Hawks Experience Successful Seasons
HCC AlumniHagerstown, Md. - Former Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer players Alex Manea (’10), CJ Trammell (’11), Cody Butts (’11), and Zack Morgan (’12) recently finished their seasons at their respective universities.

Manea entered his redshirt senior season at Division II Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Manea, Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year, First Team All-PSAC, PSAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, and Nominated Division II All-American, led the Lakers and the entire conference in goals scored (16), assists (7), points (39), and game winning goals (6). #14 Mercyhurst captured both the regular season title and the playoff championship. In post-season play, Manea netted a hat trick in a 3-2 win, while also scoring the winning goal to propel Mercyhurst into the Division II Final Four. The Lakers would fall to eventual champion Lynn, concluding their season with a 17-6-1 overall record.

Trammell, joined by last season’s Hawk captain, Morgan, led Division III, Waynesburg University to an 8-8-1 overall record. The duo both held down positions on the backline for the Yellow Jackets, with Trammell playing in 14 games and Morgan in 17. Waynesburg University captured the President’s Athletic Conference Sportmanship award this past season. In September, the Yellow Jackets squared off against Frostburg State University, pitting former teammates against one another. FSU captured a 3-1 win in the match.

Butts, a senior with Frostburg State University, helped lead Frostburg State to one of their best seasons ever, with a 12-3-4 overall record. The Bobcats opened the season 10-0-3, before losing their first game on October 13. With their record, FSU earned a bye and advanced to play York College in the CAC Semi-final match. The game would end in double overtime, with York capturing the win and advancing all the way to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Butts, started in 18 of the 19 matches as a defender for the Bobcats.

“We are extremely proud of our alumni currently playing at the next level,” stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. “Each player was pivotal in our recent success at HCC, and we’re happy their skills, both on and off the field have been noticed by their transfer schools. We wish Alex, CJ and Cody luck as they graduate and move onto the next phase in their career and we look forward to seeing Zack have continued success next year.”

09.24.12
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

10.12.12
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.