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First Half Goals Propel Rockville Past Hagerstown

Rockville, Md. - The Montgomery College-Rockville men's soccer team used four first half goals to defeat Hagerstown C.C. in early season MDJUCO action.

The Knights jumped on the board in the 18th minute, when a knockdown in the Hawk box was hammered into the top shelf of the net. Just nine minutes later, MC would take a 2-0 lead on a keeper error that saw the ball slip out his hands and into the net. HCC looked to mount a comeback when they received a penalty kick for a defender taking down freshman Jordan Payne (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) in the box. Sophomore Garrett Hajjar (Frederick, Md./Urbana) would step up to the spot; however, his chance would be blocked by the goalkeeper.

In the 37th minute, Payne would find himself behind the defense again and this time after beating the goalkeeper, his shot would deflect off the crossbar. On the ensuing Knight attack, an HCC player wouluco.d bring down an MC player in their own box, resulting in a penalty kick try for Rockville. The Knights would convert and take a 3-0 lead. Montgomery College would round out the first half scoring with just one minute remaining in the half, when an errant clearance fell to the feet of a Rockville player just six yards outside the goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Chip Rittenhouse (Hagerstown, Md./South) would finish the first half making four saves, before giving way to classmate Fredy Velasquez (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora).

The Hawks came out with intensity in the second half, getting key chances in the 55th, 67th, and 75th minutes. Hajjar would hit the post after chipping the goalkeeper, freshman Justin Yates (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) would see a breakaway opportunity thwarted and Hajjar would again be denied on a point blank shot. The Knights picked up another goal in the 89th minute, when they noticed Velasquez off his line and sailed in a long range shot. Velasquez would finish with five saves on the afternoon.

Hagerstown C.C. returns to action when they host College of Southern Maryland on September 6 at 3:30pm.