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Hawks Fall in Final Seconds of Double Overtime to Cape Fear Community College

Martinsville, Va. - The Hagerstown Community College Men's Soccer team found themselves down two goals late in the game, but battled back to force overtime in game one of the Patrick Henry Community College Tournament.

The first 30 minutes of the match saw back and forth action by both teams, but HCC got their best chance in the 31st minute when freshman Patrick Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) struck a shot that narrowly missed the upper right corner of the goal. The Sea Dogs would respond just a minute later when a midfielder split the Hawk defense and received a ball at the top of the box before placing the shot past keeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy).

Cape Fear would add to their lead in the 47h minute when a Sea Dog striker volleyed home a set piece play.

HCC would chip away at the lead when freshman Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) laid the ball off for classmate Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Md./Waynesboro) in the 60th minute. Smith would one time a shot into the lower corner of the ball for his fifth goal of the season.

In the 70th minute, Carrier would be called upon to make a point blank save to keep the Hawks in the match. Hagerstown would ride the renewed momentum and Velazaquez would be tackled in the box resulting in a penalty kick shot. Sophomore Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South) would step up to the spot and after seeing the keeper make the initial save, he would hammer home the rebound to knot the game at two a piece.

Both teams would exchange chances in the overtime periods, but it would be Cape Fear who would net the game winning goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the match.

Carrier would finish the game with 15 saves for Hawks. HCC returns to action tomorrow against Patrick Henry at 12:00pm.

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.