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Northwest Senior, Santiago Alzate, Chooses Hagerstown C.C.

Hagerstown, Md. - Northwest High School senior, Santiago Alzate, has recently announced his commitment to the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team.

Alzate, a stand-out captain for the Jaguars, helped his team to an 11-5-0 record before falling in the 4A West Regional Finals to Walter Johnson. This was only the second time in school history Northwest made a Region Finals appearance. 

Alzate finished his senior year with 11 goals and seven assists from his defensive midfield position. His junior season he tallied four goals and three assists. He was recently inducted into the Northwest High School Hall of Fame.

Along with the Jaguars, he plays club for Pachuca UFC 99. His team took home third place in the 2016 Disney Cup, while assisting on two goals. Alzate brings a wealth of international experience as well. He has trained overseas with AC Milan Academy and also Cornella Academy in Spain. He has also played on club teams in Columbia and Mexico.

"I decided to commit to HCC because it felt like home right away and I felt very welcomed by everyone around me," mentioned Alzate. "I know HCC will help me become a better student as well as a better soccer player."

At HCC, Alzate will team back up with fellow Northwest senior, Jeison Caballero. Joining the duo will be committed players, Alexis Torres from Delaware, Tico Witter from Pennsylvania and Andres Florez-Rico and Nick Shirey from Maryland.

"Santiago is a very special player with tremendous technical ability," stated head coach Brandon Rethemeyer. "He is a true leader on the field and he controls the game so efficiently. We are extremely excited to get him started in the program."