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HCC Falls to #2 Montgomery-Rockville to Finish Regular Season

Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College (10-9-0) men's soccer team took on #2 in the nation, Montgomery-Rockville, to conclude their regular season.

For two-year sophomores Bradley Coblentz (Middletown, Md./Middletown), Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Matt Suddith (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown), Aaron Rodgers (Funkstown, Md./South Hagerstown), and Alfred Ayenu (Toga, West Africa/South Hagerstown), it was their last home game for Hagerstown Community College.

HCC would control much of the play for the first eight minutes, but in the 9th minute, a mistake in the defense would cost Hagerstown a goal. After a turnover, Rockville would find a through ball that would be deflected off goalkeeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Acadmey) and into the net.

Just six minutes later, MC would capitalize again on a Hawk error in defense when a ball would richocette off a defender be played into the goal. In the 33rd minute, HCC would look to get back in the game, but freshman Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) would see his chance be saved by the goalkeeper. The teams would go into half with Rockville having the 2-0 advantage.

In the 52nd minute the Raptors would extend their lead when they scored off a freekick from 25 yards out. They would stretch the game to four goals in the 62 minute when a breakdown in communication cost Hagerstown another goal.

The Hawks would chip away and get on the scoreboard just one minute later when freshman Dillon Eyler (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) slammed home a corner kick for his first collegiate goal.

Rockville would round out the scoring in the 83rd minute when a Raptor player slipped in behind the HCC defense and shot the ball from six yards out.

Carrier would finish the game with 11 saves in the losing effort. With the loss, the Hawks conclude their regular season and enter postseason play.


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.