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#4 Hagerstown to meet #1 CCBC-Essex in Region XX Semi-Finals

Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team will travel to Harford Community College to take on CCBC-Essex for a semi-final showdown in the Division I Region XX Tournament. The two squads will meet Wednesday in Bel Air, MD at 4:00pm.

The Hawks earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while the Knights were awarded with the No. 1 seed.

HCC (10-9-0, 6-6-0) enters the match after dropping the last two regular season games (vs. Mercer, vs. Rockville) while CCBC-Essex (8-4-3, 6-3-1) is unbeaten in their last five games. The two teams met earlier in the year with the Knights getting the 3-0 decision after two first half goals and one goal with just three seconds remaining in the game.

CCBC-Essex is led by sophomore Vinnie Magliano who has 9 goals and 3 assists for 21 points. Also, freshman Kyle Six anchors the midfield with six goals, six assists, for 18points. In net, the Knights have freshman Jacob Ossie who has made seven starts and recorded two shutouts.

Freshman Jonah Smith, leads Hagerstown Community College with 10 goals, 11 assists for 31 points. Classmate Akheem Riley is second on the team in points with 20, coming from seven goals, six assists. Freshman Jusseth Velazquez has tallied eight goals and three assists for 19 points. Sophomore Adam Carrier has started 18 games in net for the Hawks this season. He is ranked 2nd in MDJUCO in save percentage (.788) and has 136 saves and four shutouts.

The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was in 2010, when Hagerstown would hold a 2-0 advantage for much of the game before surrendering the tying goal with just seven minutes left. CCBC-Essex would net the golden goal in the overtime period to conclude the HCC season.

In other Division I Region XX tournament action, the No. 2 Haford Community College Fighting Owls (10-5-1, 8-2-1) will square-off against the No. 3 College of Southern Maryland Hawks (7-6-0, 6-4-0) at Harford Stadium on Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Matusek Nets Two, Hawks Down Frederick Community College

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College (7-6-0) men's soccer team extended their undefeated home streak by defeating Frederick Community College, 3-1 in MDJUCO action.

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.