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Hagerstown Loses to CCBC-Essex

Essex, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College (8-7-0) men's soccer team surrendered two first half goals and were unable to get on the board, as CCBC-Essex beat the Hawks in MDJUCO action.

The Knights, the 2012 Region XX Division Champions, established much of the possession from the whistle. In the 15th minute, sophomore keeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy) was forced to make a diving save on a ball headed towards the upper corner of the goal to keep the game scoreless.

Four minutes later, Hagerstown mounted an attack of their own, but a pass freshman Yusuf Bodirov (Krasnodar, Russia/North Hagerstown) to classmate Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) would be intercepted by the Knights goalkeeper. In the 23rd minute, Bodirov would have a chance to put HCC on the board, but his shot from 20 yards out would be saved by th goalkeeper as well.

In the 29th minute it would look like CCBC-Essex would finally get on the board, but a goal line kick save by Carrier would keep the game at 0-0. Hagerstown would respond, but sophomore Bradley Coblentz (Frederick, Md./Middletown) would strike the crossbar with a shot from 15 yards out. The Knights would take the ball down on the ensuing play and a foul would be called on the Hawks just 20 yards from the goal.

CCBC-Essex would score on the free kick chance as the ball slipped through Carrier's hands and into the net.

Just one minute before half, the Knights would strike again when they slipped in behind the HCC defense and put away the breakaway opportunity.

In the second half, Hagerstown would see limited possesion as the Knights continud to control the tempo. In the 75th minute, Carrier came up three consecutive saves, keeping the score at 2-0. With just three seconds left in the game, the Knights would sneak in behind the Hawk defense again and score on a point blank shot.

Carrier finished the game with 25 saves in the losing effort, and CCBC-Essex outshot Hagerstown 35-5.

The Hawks return to action on October 8 with a crucial matchup against CCBC-Catonsville at 3:30pm. HCC is 6-0 at home and has only given up three goals.

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.