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Hawks Fall to Prince George's Community College

Largo, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team got off to a slow start and found themselves down two goals before they could mount a comeback against Prince George's Community College.

HCC turned the ball over in the back in the 7th minute, which resulted in a breakaway for the Owls, who would confidently slot the ball into the net past sophomore keeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy). The Hawks would struggle to find form, but received a opportunity to tie the game; however, freshman Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) saw his shot from 25 yards dip and hit off the crossbar before being cleared out of danger.

PG would extend their lead in the 27th minute when they hammered home a knockdown off a corner kick. The initial ball would be deflected by both teams, but the Owls would converge on the ball to finish the opportunity.

Hagerstown would come out of halftime attempting to mount a comeback and they would pull one back in the 77th minute when sophomore Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South) played a ball across the face of goal where Smith was able to tap it in past the PG keeper.

The Owls would respond just one minute later when they attacked down the right side and placed a shot far post past second half substitute freshman keeper Ethan Waters (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville).

In the 84th minute, Smith made one last effort to sneak Hagerstown back in the game when we intercepted a pass played back to the keeper. He was unable to find a supporting player to play the ball to after he eluded the PG keeper who was still on the ground.

The game would end in favor of the Owls, 3-1. Carrier would make nine saves in the first half, while Waters would make six saves in the second half for HCC.

Hagerstown returns to action on September 13, when they play host to #2 in the nation Montgomery College-Rockville 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.