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Hagerstown Falls to Howard Community College

Columbia, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team surrendered four first half goals before conceding the match to Howard Community College 5-2.

The Dragons attacked the Hawks early and often in the initial minutes of the game, but HCC received several key saves from sophomore goalkeeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy). Howard would breakthrough in the 14th minute when they sent a cross into the box and headed the ball far post. Just four minutes later, the Dragons found an open player in the goal box and slipped a low shot past Carrier.

HC would extend their lead even further in 24th minute when they capitalized on a Hagerstown turnover in the midfield to counterattack and eventually find the back of the net. In the 29th minute the Hawks would find themselves down 4-0 when a corner kick would be sent into the box. Two Howard players would try to finish the opportunity, but it was the third player that would finally net the goal.

Hagerstown tried to grab a goal just before half, but freshman Yusuf Bodirov (Krasnodar, Russia/North Hagerstown) would narrowly miss wide his breakaway chance.

The Hawks would come out of halftime with renewed energy and would get on the scoreboard in the 48th minute when sophomore Bradley Coblentz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) flicked a ball to Bodirov who would chip the keeper from 10 yards out. Hagerstown would keep the pressure on and in the 61st minute freshman Akheem Riley (Kingston, Jamaica/Thomas Johnson) would see his chance hit the post before it was cleared out of danger.

The 71st minute saw another chance from Bodirov, but the ball would go over the crossbar. Hagerstown would get an excellent opportunity in the 78th minute, when freshman Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) struck a low curling shot that required a clutch diving save from the Howard goalkeeper.

Pressing for a goal, the Hawks found themselves down numbers in the back and would surrender a goal in the 81st minute when a wide open Dragon would curl a shot far post around second half substitute Ethan Waters (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hegesville). Hagerstown would finally convert on one of their many second half chances in the 87th minute, when freshman Jacob Hargett (Myersville, Md./Middletown) would tap in a redirected shot from Smith. The game would end in favor of Howard, 5-2.

Carrier would finish the match with seven saves, while Waters would make five. The Hawks return to action on September 20 when they play host to Anne Arundel Community 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.