Lennox Lifts Hagerstown C.C. to Overtime Victory
Middletown, VA- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team needed overtime to defeat Lord Fairfax 3-2, Wednesday afternoon.
The Hawks got on the board in the 11th minute, when sophomore Spencer Leggett (Boonsboro, Md./Broadfording) played a ball into freshman Garrett Hajjar (Frederick, Md./Urbana). Hajjar was able to bury his shot, to score his team-leading 13th goal of the season.
HCC would continue to pile on the pressure, but the Lord Fairfax Cannons goalkeeper would come with clutch saves to keep his team in the game. The Cannons then were able to tie the game in the 25th minute. Just nine minutes, Lord Fairfax would take the lead in the game 2-1, despite HCC still controlling much of the game.
In the second half, the Hawks continued to pressure the Cannons defense, getting inches close to equalizing the game. In the 66th minute, freshman Alec Long (Hagerstown, Md./Clear Spring) would score his first collegiate goal and even the score at 2-2, when he hit home a free kick knockdown that ended up at his feet. After the goal, the Hawks controlled all of the play for the remaining 24 minutes, and were determined to net the game-winner. Their chances however would either be saved by the Cannons goalkeeper or they would narrowly miss.
The two teams would then head into overtime with the game still deadlocked at two-a-piece. Freshman Daniel Lennox (Frederick, Md./Urbana) would end the game one minute into the extra period, when his shot off a classmate Gabe Hirsch (Hagerstown, Md./Broadfording) pass would find it's way past the keeper. The Hawks finished outshooting the Cannons 27-8 and sophomore goalkeeper Brian Kukucka (Frederick, Md./Urbana) would make five saves on the afternoon.
The Hawks conclude the regular season with a 10-8-1 overall record and now await their playoff future. They will enter the MDJUCO tournament as the #3 overall seed and will play either CCBC-Essex or the College of Southern Maryland in the Region XX Semifinals. More information to come when seedings are determined.