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Smith Keeps Hagerstown Undefeated at Home

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College (9-7-0) men's soccer team rallied from a two goal deficit to remain undefeated at home, as the Hawks defeated CCBC-Catonsville 4-3 in MDJUCO action.

In the 4th, freshman Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) struck a volley from 18 yards out, but the Cardinal keeper made a tip save to keep the ball out of the net. Just two minutes later Catonsville would net the first goal on the afternoon. The Cardinals would attack down the left side and slip a ball across the box before a Catonsville player would slide and hit the ball into the goal past sophomore goalkeeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy).

In the 24th minute, the Cardinals would extend their lead, when a knockdown off a free kick would fall to a Catonsville player who would hit the ball far post past Carrier.

The Hawks chipped away at the lead in the 29th minute when freshman Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) played a long ball which caused the Catonsville goalkeeper to come off his line. Smith was able to get to the ball before the keeper could make a save and ended up tapping the ball in the net for his team leading eighth goal of the year.

Hagerstown would tie the game up just before halftime when freshman Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) beat two defenders before playing the ball to teammate Bradley Coblentz (Frederick, Md./Middletown). Coblentz would take a shot but the ensuing rebound would fall to Velazquez who followed up for the 2-2 tie.

The Hawks came out of halftime with renewed energy and looked to take the lead in the 60th minute when freshman Akheem Riley (Kingston, Jamaica/Thomas Johnson) picked out sophomore Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), but his shot would go over the crossbar and out of danger.

HCC finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute, when freshman Yusuf Bodirov (Krasnodar, Russia/North Hagerstown) assisted on a goal to Smith. Bodirov would hit a 35 yard cross that Smith struck on a diving header and the ball sailed into the far corner of the goal.

In the 76th minute the Hawks made it 4-2 when Velazquez slipped a through ball into Riley who was able to finesse a shot far post past the Cardinal goalkeeper.

Catonsville would draw one back in the 79th minute when a Cardinal player hit a bending shot from 20 yards out that was just out of the reach of Carrier.

Hagerstown would hold on for the remaining eleven minutes, to extend their home unbeaten streak to seven straight games. Carrier would make seven saves and Hawks would out shoot the Cardinals 16-13.

HCC returns to action on October 11 when they travel to Chesapeake Community College for a 3:00pm kickoff.

Matusek Nets Two, Hawks Down Frederick Community College

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College (7-6-0) men's soccer team extended their undefeated home streak by defeating Frederick Community College, 3-1 in MDJUCO action.

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.