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Hagerstown Earns Division I Shutout Against Chesapeake

Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team used six, first-half goals to propel them to a 9-0 shutout over NJCAA Division I opponent, Chesapeake College.

HCC opened the scoring in the 10th minute when freshman Alejandro C. Oliart (Germantown, Md./Northwest) received a ball from classmate Jermaine Hardy, Jr. (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) and tucked the ball past the Skipjacks goalkeeper. Just 30 seconds later, Oliart returned the favor to Hardy as he picked off a pass in the midfield and slotted Hardy in behind the Chesapeake defenders. Hardy calmly shot the ball near post to give the Hawks a quick 2-0 lead.

In the 16th minute, freshman Thomas Alvarez (Germantown, Md./Clarksville) used some fancy footwork in the box to juke two defenders before hammering the ball from 12 yards out past the Skipjacks goalkeeper. Again, less than 30 seconds later, Oliart intercepted a pass and sent Alvarez on a run where he curled the ball far post for his second goal of the match.

The Skipjacks received their best opportunity in the 19th minute when a ball skipped past the Hawk defenders and a Chesapeake player attacked one-on-one to goal. Freshman Tim Horning (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) came up with a big diving save to keep the Skipjacks scoreless.

HCC would respond and continue to dominate the possession. Alvarez would net his third goal of the game in the 37th minute when Oliart dished off a pass to the top of the box where Alvarez performed a quick cut and then bent the ball around the Cheapeake net minder. Hagerstown tallied their sixth goal of the half in the 41st minute when Hardy sent a long ball down the sideline that Oliart used his speed to elude a Skipjack defender and comfortably struck the ball into the back of the net.

In the second stanza, the Hawks continued their offensive ways when Alvarez slipped a quick ball into an overlapping Logan Speak (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) who buried the ball low and off the far post and into the net. Chesapeake would then keep the Hawks off the scoreboard until the 87th minute when freshman Nate Redmond (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) drew the goalkeeper out of position and laid the ball off to Hardy who was able to tap it into the open net.

Just 20 seconds later Redmond controlled a pass and played a through ball Oliart who was able to shoot near post to complete his second hat trick of the season.

Horning finished the game with five saves and earned the first shutout of the season for Hagerstown. The Hawks return to action on Thursday when they square off against CCBC-Essex at 6:00pm.