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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.


HCC wins Fourth Straight Game, Downs NOVA

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team extended their winning streak to four straight games with a 2-1 victory over Northern Virginia on Thursday.

HCC found the back of the net in the 37th minute when sophomore Genc Sopa (Kosovo, Europe/Lipian)received the ball from freshman Fourkoko Chaw (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and slotted the ball past the NOVA goalkeeper.

With the goal, Sopa sits atop the MDJUCO leader board in goals and points with 11 and 23 respectively.

Northern Virginia would even the game just two minutes before half when a breakaway chance would be put past sophomorekeeper Chucky Kipe (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora). 

The Hawks found the game winning goal in the 50th minute when freshman Brandon Redman (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro) netted a goal after intercepting a pass in the NOVA defense.

Hagerstown looked to extend their lead but freshman Kwasi Owusu Ameyaw (Hagerstown, Md./South)and Sopa both struck the side post before the ball would ricocheted out of danger.

The game would end with the Hawks capturing the 2-1 win, improving their overall record to 8-4-0. Kipe recorded 11 saves on the afternoon.

Hagerstown returns to action on September 29 when they travel to MDJUCO opponent #19 CCBC-Essex.