Hardy Records Goal and Assist as Hagerstown Defeats Frederick
Frederick, Md.- Freshman Jermaine Hardy, Jr. (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) recorded a goal and an assist as Hagerstown defeated cross-town rival Frederick, 4-1.
After both teams traded possession, Hagerstown Community College had a great chance to get on the scoreboard in the 15th minute. Freshman Eric Madrid (Germantown, Md./Northwest) riffled a shot from 25 yards out, but his attempt would be saved by the Cougar net minder. Following the attempt, the Hawks settled in and began to control the tempo of the match. In the 28th minute, HCC headed a corner kick, but it would be cleared off the line by an FCC defender, leaving the game at 0-0.
With just three minutes before half, Hagerstown finally cracked the scoreboard when freshman Ernesto Mejia (Damascus, Md./Damascus) crossed the ball into classmate Thomas Alvarez (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg). Alvarez would direct the ball with his head and place it into the far corner of the goal.
Frederick would tie the game in the 48th minute, when a shot would be saved by sophomore Cristian Mejia (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard) but the follow up rebound would be placed in the net. The game would remain tied until the 66th minute when HCC struck the game winning goal. The Hawks earned a corner kick and Hardy sent a long ball into the box where freshman Alejandro C. Oliart (Germantown, Md./Northwest) struck a half volley for his 15th goal of the season.
Hagerstown continued to dominate Frederick and would tally another score in the 75th minute when freshman Nate Redmond (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) switched the field with a perfectly played long ball. Hardy would get on the end of the ball and dribble straight to goal before confidently placing the ball far post past the FCC goalkeeper.
HCC would strike the final blow in the 87th minute when sophomore Zach Robertson (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) finished a knockdown attempt in the goal box after a Hawk corner kick. With the win, the Hawks improve to 6-8-1, while Frederick drops their fifth game out of the last six.
Mejia would be credited with the win and would be called upon to make 12 saves on the afternoon. HCC plays Monday at 4:00pm, against Anne Arundel for Coach Eichelberger's final home match of his career.