Men's Soccer Announces 2015 Awards
Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team held their annual banquet and announced the award recipients for the 2015 season.
Freshman, Thomas Alvarez (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) was named "Team MVP." Alvarez, a Second-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX recipient, finished the season fourth in points (20), second in assists (8), and fourth in goals scored (6). "Thomas was the leader of our team this year" stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "He controlled the middle of the field for us every game and we relied on his technical abilities to help us win games."
Freshman, Jermaine Hardy, Jr. (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award." Hardy, an outside midfielder for the Hawks started and played in every game during his first season as a Hawk. Hardy set a school-record for assists (14) and was second on the team in goals (11) and points (36). Hardy was named First-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX and First-Team All-MDJUCO. "Jermaine is a versatile player that performed well in the middle and the outside for us this year" mentioned Eichelberger. "He was one of the most creative players on the field and we look forward to what he can do during his sophomore campaign."
Freshman, Alejandro Campero Oliart (Germantown, Md./Northwest) was named "Newcomer of the Year." In his first season with the Hawks, he started 16 of 18 games he played in and was a mainstay as a striker. He finished first on the team in goals (18) and points (40). Oliart was named First-Team Division I NJCAA Region XX and First-Team All-MDJUCO during his freshman campaign. "Alejandro was very deserving of this award because he was a threat in each game he participated in," stated Eichelberger. "His knack for scoring made him a consistent threat and we are excited to see him progress."
Sophomore, Cristian Mejia (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard) took home the "Comeback Athlete Award." Mejia, was forced to sat out the final six games of the 2014 season due to concussion symptoms. In 2015, he started 16 of 29 games in net for HCC, and his 133 saves this season propelled him to a school-record for most saves in a career. He recorded one shutout during his comeback year. "Cristian has excellent goalkeeping capabilities " said Eichelberger. "He single-handily kept us in games and his passion for the game will be missed next season."
Sophomore, Jake Ernst (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) was selected for the "Hawk Award." This annual award goes to the player who exemplifies desire and dedication to the program. Enst, a 2015 captain, started and played in all 19 games this season. He was a mainstay in the back, playing the center and out wide. He recorded one goal and dished out one assist this past season. "Jake gave 100% every game and practice and he pushed his teammates to perform at the same level," quoted Eichelberger. "He is a leader on and off the field and we are excited to see where he will transfer to."
The Hawks will say goodbye to Mejia, Ernst, Campero, Alvarez, Christian Garcia (Los Angeles, Ca./William Taft), and Zach Robertson (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) "This group of one-year freshman and two-year 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."