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Smith Records Hat Trick in Collegiate Debut, Hawks Down Fairfax

Hagerstown, Md. -The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team kicked off the 2013 season, exploding for eight goals in a non-conference victory over Lord Fairfax Community College.

Sophomore Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) put the Hawks on the board in the first minute when he re-directed a corner kick into the net. Just two minutes later freshman Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) would net his first goal on the afternoon after he received a well-played through ball from classmate Akheem Riley (Kingston, Jamaica/Thomas Johnson). Freshman Yusuf Bodirov (Kransodar, Russia/North Hagerstown) would tally a goal, giving HCC a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes. Freshman Jacob Hargett (Myersville, Md./Middletown) launched a long throw-in where Bodirov volleyed it into the upper corner of the goal.

In the 23rd minute, Smith would strike again after Riley slipped him a ball in behind the defense, where he would place it past the LFCC keeper. Freshman Patrick Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) extended the first half lead when took a pass from sophomore Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and rocketed a shot from 20 yards out.

The second half would be controlled by Hagerstown as well, as Bodirov scored just one minute after the whistle, when he received a flick from teammate Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) and put his shot past the keeper. In the 51st minute Riley would steal the ball deep in the Cannons end and make the visitors pay by extending the lead to 7-0.

LFCC would avoid the shut-out after an HCC defender turned the ball over, resulting on a breakaway that would be put past keeper Brandon Wingfield (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown).

Smith would cap off his first collegiate hat trick in the 82nd minute after Bodirov played him a corner kick which he beat a defender end line and then snuck his shot in past the near post.

Sophomore goalie Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy) would start the match and record one save, while the second half would be split by freshman Ethan Waters (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville) and Wingfield and no saves were needed.

The Hawks return to action on September 4 when they host MDJUCO Division I opponent Cecil College at 3:30pm.

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.