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Hawks Drop MDJUCO Contest to Harford Community College

BEL AIR, MD. - The Harford Fighting Owls used three first half goals to defeat MDJUCO foe Hagerstown Community College (6-4-0) in the annual rivalry match.

Hagerstown would start the match strong, with freshman Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) getting a breakaway chance in the 6th minute, but his shot from 12 yards out would be saved by the Harford goalkeeper. Just two minutes later freshman Jacob Hargett (Myersville, Md./Middletown) would take a strike on goal, but his shot would be saved as well.

The Fighting Owls would get on the board in the 14th minute when a free kick chance would headed into the goal past sophomore keeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Allegany). Harford would continue to attack and they capitalized on a Hawk turnover in the 27th minute. After picking an errant pass off in the midfield, the Fighting Owl player struck a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Harford would extend their first half lead when a header would force Carrier to make an excellent athletic save, but the ensuing rebound would be tapped in by a wide open Fighting Owl player.

The second half saw back and forth action with the majority of the play being held in the midfield. With Hagerstown pressing for a goal, they ended up getting counter attacked on in the 73rd minute. A Fighting Owl player would sneak behind the Hawk defense and get one on one with Carrier. With Carrier forced to come out, the Harford player would touch it around him and place the ball into the wide open net.

Hagerstown had a great chance to grab a goal in the 88th minute, when Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) saw his shot deflect off the inside of the post and but the ball would be cleared out of danger.

Carrier finished the match with nine saves in the losing effort. The Hawks return to action September 27 when they travel to the College of Southern Maryland for a 3:30 kickoff.

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.