Hagerstown Surrenders Lead and Falls to Harford4.
Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team struggled to hold the lead and eventually fell to MDJUCO opponent, Harford 4-2.
HCC jumped out to the early lead, just six minutes in to the first half, when they scored their first goal against Harford in three years. Sophomore Dillon Eyler (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) played the perfect through ball to freshman Jacob Bickley (Frederick, Md./Frederick) who was running down the center of the field. Bickley calmly collected the ball and slotted it to the right of the keeper.
Four minutes later, Harford tried to tie the score up, but freshman goalkeeper, Cristian Mejia (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard) would make a point blank save and the ensuing rebound would hit the side post.
The Fighting Owls would even the score in the 27th minute when a cross would be saved by Mejia, but an untracked rebound would be placed into the goal. With just five seconds remaining in the first half, the Hawks were awarded a penalty kick and chance to take the lead again; however, Eyler would strike the right post with the shot and the teams would go into the half tied.
Harford would take a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute when a free kick from 20 yards out would be drilled low and hard and past Mejia. The Hawks would regain possession and respond in the 62nd minute. Sophomore Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) would score off a 35 yard free kick when the ball was misplayed by the Fighting Owls goalkeeper.
Harford would net the game winning goal in the 71st minute when a counter attack chance on the left side of the field would be finished. The Hawks had one last chance to even the game, but sophomore Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) would see his shot be saved by the diving Fighting Owls goalkeeper. Harford would tack on an insurance goal in the 88th minute from a breakaway opportunity.
Mejia would finish with four saves on the afternoon and the Hawks would fall to 4-5-1 overall. HCC returns to action on Friday, September 26 at 4:00pm when they face College of Southern Maryland.