Men's Soccer Hosts Annual Awards Banquet
Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team recently hosted their annual awards banquet on the campus of HCC.
Athletes received All-NJCAA, All-MDJUCO, Team and Sophomore Awards during the evening event.
Freshman, Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./ Waynesboro) was named "Team MVP." Smith, a First-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX and First-Team All-MDJUCO recipient, finished the season as the team leading goal scorer (10), assists (11), and points (31) and third in points (31). Smith would be the third-straight Hawk to record 30+ points in a season. "Jonah was our go-to player this season" stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "He couldn't have started the season any better, recording five goals and an assist in the first four games. We are very excited for his potential in the upcoming season."
Freshman, Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award." Creadick, a center midfielder for the Hawks started and played in every game during his first season as a Hawk. Creadick finished second on the team in assists (9) and tied for fourth on the team in points (14). "Leland played very physical and adapted to the collegiate game very quickly," mentioned Eichelberger. "He has matured very so much already this off season and his leadership abilities and passion for the game will be called upon next season."
Freshman, Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) was named "Newcomer of the Year." In his first season with the Hawks, he started 14 of 18 games he played in and was a mainstay as a striker. He finished second on the team in goals (8) and third in points (19). Velazquez was named Second-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX during his freshman campaign. "Jusseth was very deserving of this award because he was a threat in each game he participated in," stated Eichelberger. "His speed and knack for scoring will make him a consistent threat and we look for him to continue to develop into an extraordinary collegiate player."
Sophomore, Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy) took home the "Comeback Athlete Award." Carrier, a transfer from Allegany Community College, sat out the 2012 season and returned for the 2013 season with the Hawks. He started in 18 of 20 games in net for HCC, taking home Second-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX, Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team, and Division I Region XX All-Star honors. He recorded four shutouts in 2013. "Adam was one of our most successful transfer students we've had come through our program, " said Eichelberger. "He single-handily kept us in games, most notably with 25 saves in a narrow loss to CCBC-Essex and he finished eighth in the nation in saves."
Freshman, Dillon Eyler (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) was selected for the "Hawk Award." This annual award goes to the player who exemplifies desire and dedication to the program. Eyler, a 2013 captain, started and played in all 20 games his first year. He was a Second-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX and Division I Region XX All-Tournament honoree. He was a mainstay in the center back position and even netted a goal against #2 in the nation, Montgomery Rockville. "Dillon gives 100% every game and practice and he pushes his teammates to perform at the same level," quoted Eichelberger. "His passion and desire to win will propel us to great success next year."
In addition to Carrier, the Hawks also said goodbye to sophomores Bradley Coblentz (Middletown, Md./Middletown), Aaron Rodgers (Funkstown, Md./South), Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South), Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Alfred Ayenu (Toga, West Africa/South), Kwasi Ofosu Ameyaw (Accra, Ghana/South), and Ralph Weaver (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) "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 proud to have helped develop them further. We wish them all best of luck with their continued playing careers and education."