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Hawks secure victory over Harford

Hagerstown, Md. - For the first time in six years, the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team came out on the winning end against Harford Community College. 

In the annual "Battle of the Birds", the Fighting Owls have come out victorious in eight of the last nine contests and have knocked the Hawks out of the playoffs two of the last three years.

On Tuesday however, the Hawks would exact revenge and earn a 3-1 victory over their rivals. Hagerstown would intiate their control of the game and come out with high energy, garnering quality scoring chances in the first 20 minutes.

Freshman Logan Speak would tally the first goal for the Hawks in the 13th minute when he volleyed home a long throw in from classmate, Trey Jackson (Montgomery, Al./IMG Academy). In the 17th minute, Sophomore Leo Anjos (Recife, Brazil/Trinity) would riffle a shot from 25 yards out that would narrowly miss the right post. Just one minute later, freshman Azaria Honsou (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) played a ball down the line to teammate Andrew Owens (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would then cross the ball into the Harford goal area. After an errant play by the Fighting Owls goalkeeper, the ball would find it's way into the upper corner of the goal.

Sophomore Nathan Redmond (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would look to extend the lead in the 20th minute, but his curling freekick would force the Harford keeper to make a diving save to his left. Harford would rally and get a chance on goal in the 30th minute, but sophomore Tim Horning (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would make a crucial diving save off a corner kick. The Fighting Owls would continue to apply pressure and eventually would net a goal in the 37th minute when they sent a corner kick into the box and Horning would knock the ball down that would then be rebounded into the net.

In the second half, both teams would battle back and forth with a fury of counter attacks, but it would be the Hawks that would tally the next goal. After a ball was played into the box, freshman Jaime Quansah (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) would backheel the ball to Redmond, who flick it into the net for his seventh goal on the season.

Horning would finish the match with seven saves, while the Hawks would outshoot the Fighting Owls 12-6. With the win, Hagerstown extended their win streak to three games and will face MDJUCO opponent Cecil on Friday.