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Kukucka to Coach at Urbana High School  
Hagerstown, Md. - Former Hagerstown Community College men's soccer player and volunteer assistant coach, Brian Kukucka,has recently been named Head J.V. Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for Urbana High School.

Kukucka, a 2013 graduate from Frostburg State University, played goalkeeper for the Hawks for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2010, team captain Kukucka, was ranked 9th in the nation in saves with a career-high 131. He helped the Hawks earn their first ever national ranking, when they were ranked #17 in the nation. He also posted five shutouts, while being named to the NJCAA Division I, Region XX All-Tournament Team and the NJCAA Division I, Region XX All-Star team.

During the 2009 season, he recorded six shutouts and was named Second Team NJCAA Division I All-Region XX, as well as Honorable Mention All-MDJUCO,NJCAA Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team, and Team Newcomer of the Year. He finished his career with a 1.36 GAA, while making 253 saves, and winning 22 games. 

Kukucka returned to HCC for the 2012 season and helped coach the Hawks to their best season in program history, when they finished 13-7-1.  

An Urbana High School graduate himself, Kukucka will be responsible for the Junior Varsity Team while also serving as an assistant to the Varsity squad. In 2012, the Urbana J.V. team finished 8-1-3, while the varsity experienced one of their best year's, finishing 17-1-1. Along the way, they were Frederick County Boy's Soccer Champions, MVAL Piedmont Conference Champions, 3A West Region Champions, and 3A State Finalists. 

"We are very proud of Brian and his accomplishments and we wish him the best of luck with this opportunity," mentioned Head Coach Brian Eichelberger. "Brian is very passionate about the game and the student-athletes at Urbana will thrive under his guidance."


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.