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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.


Hagerstown Drops Crucial MDJUCO Contest

Hagerstown, Md. - With regular season and playoff implications on the line, the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team came out on the losing end, dropping the contest to Division I rival Harford Community College, 4-0. 

The Hawks found themselves down 1-0 in the 10th minute when a Harford player streaked down the left side of the field and played a ball across the middle of the goal box, where another Harford player ricochetted the ball into the goal. The teams would go into half the scored staying the same.

Hagerstown would come out with intensity after the intermission and looked to even the game in the 60th minute, but sophomore Mamadou Jallow's (Gambia, Africa/Thomas Johnson) shot would skim the crossbar and go out of play for a goal kick. 

Harford would extend the lead to 2-0 when an unmarked player sliced through the midfield and into the defense to hammer home an unchallenged ball inside the six yard box. Just two minutes, in the 67th minute, Harford capitalized on a Hagerstown error in the back and finished another opportunity to bring the game to 3-0. 

Harford would round out the scoring in the final two minutes of play, when they netted a goal off a direct free kick. 

The loss drops the Hawks to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in MDJUCO conference. HCC returns to action when they host Prince Georges Community College on Octber 12 at 3:30pm.