Hagerstown Secures Double Overtime Draw Against Non Conference Opponent Potomac State
Hagerstown, Md. - After scoring early, the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team had to battle back to draw even and force the game into overtime.
The Hawks opened the scoring in the 6th minute, when sophomore Zack Morgan (Greencastle, Pa./Grace Academy) laid a ball off to freshman Justin Yates (Adamstown, Md./Tuscarora) who perfectly hit it one time and curled it into the side netting.
The Hawks would continue to get quality chances, but it was the Catamounts who would level the score in the 40th minute when a ball kicked after a corner led to the goal. The game would head into half deadlocked at 1-1.
In the second half, Potomac State would take the lead in the 55th minute when a forward beat an HCC defender and slotted the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper Fredy Velasquez (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora). The Hawks would not give up and they would regain momentum after sophomore Gabe Hirsch (Hagerstown, Md./Broadfording) picked out Genc Sopa (Kosovo/Kosovo) who set himself up for a 20 yard blast that sailed into the upper corner of the goal.
The match would head to overtime with HCC garnering the most chances. In the extra periods, Hagerstown would find themselves on four different breakaways, but they would be unable to net the golden goal.
Freshman goalie Chip Rittenhouse (Hagerstown, Md./South) would start the game at tally seven saves, before making way for classmate Velasquez, who would record five saves.
The Hawks continue their non conference play against Northern Virginia on Wednesday at 3:30pm.