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HCC Men's Soccer Hosts Annual Awards Banquet
Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team hosted their annual awards banquet, where the athletes received All-NJCAA, All-MDJUCO, Team and Sophomore Awards.

Sophomore, Genc Sopa (Kosovo, Europe/Lipian) was named "Team MVP. Sopa, a First-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX and First-Team All-MDJUCO recipient was also nominated for NJCAA All-American honors this season. Sopa finished the season as the leading goal scorer in MDJUCO (14) and third in points (31). For his career, Sopa finished with 18 goals, and four assists for 40 points. "Genc really excelled in his second year for us," stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "He single-handily won games for his with his goal scoring ability and he was a consistent threat in MDJUCO the entire year. His hard work earned him this MVP award."

Sophomore, Mamadou Jallow (Gambia, Africa/Thomas Johnson) was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award." Jallow, a First-Team Division I Region XX and Second-Team All-MDJUCO player this season was also named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team. Jallow led the Hawks in assists (6) and was second on the team in points (20). He started and played every game of his two-year career and finished with nine goals and 12 assists for 30 points. "Mamadou was our captain and play-maker in the midfield this season. It was our game plan to transition our attack through Mamadou and he played superior in this role. We are going to miss his play making abilities, but we look forward to him excelling at the next level."

Freshman, Aaron Rodgers (Funkstown, Md./South High) was named "Newcomer of the Year." In his first season with the Hawks, he started 17 of 18 games he played in and was a mainstay as an outside back. "Aaron had a tremendous first season for us, as we were able to play him at both left and right back and he constantly shut down opponents. He is a tough defender that has excellent potential to be one of the best defenders in MDJUCO next season. We look forward to him garnering more attention in the 2013 season."

Sophomore, Chip Rittenhouse (Hagerstown, Md./South High) took home the "Comeback Athlete Award." Rittenhouse, a goalkeeper for the Hawks in the 2011 season, switched to a field player for the 2012 season. He started in 18 of 19 games he played in and finished with one goal from his defensive spot. "Chip is very deserving of this award because not many people can transition from goalkeeper to field player and excel in the way he did. Chip played at center back and holding midfield this season and was a huge contributor to our success."

Sophomore, Chucky Kipe (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) was selected for the "Hawk Award." This annual award goes to the player who exemplifies desire and dedication to the program. Kipe, the 2012 team captain, is the only back-to-back Hawk Award winner in the history of the program. He started and played in every game of his two-year career; a field player in 2011 and the starting goalkeeper in 2012. Kipe, a Second-Team All-MDJUCO and Region XX All-Tournament Team player this season, finished first in MDJUCO and second in the nation in saves (164). "Chucky is a true coaches dream, as he gives 100% every game and practice he pushes his teammates to perform at the same level. We will truly miss his leadership next season, but the freshman have an idea of what it takes to be captain for a successful program."

In addition to Sopa, Jallow, Rittenhouse, and Kipe, the Hawks also say goodbye to sophomores Nathan Pryor (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg), Fredy Velasquez (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and Brandon Barlow (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport).  "This group of sophomores have so much to be proud of as they set numerous program records. They had outstanding careers at HCC and we were honored they gave all they could this season so they could go out on a high note. We wish them all best of luck with their continued playing careers and education. They are very mature players that each posses great qualities that will make them successful in their futures."


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.