Late Penalty Leads to HCC Defeat
Germantown, Md.- A controversial penalty kick in the 87th minute ultimately leads to an HCC loss to #9 Montgomery-Rockville.
MC-Rockville opened the scoring in the 4th minute, when they caught the Hawks on their heels. A long ball would be played over the back line, where a Raptor player would then slot the ball across the goalmouth for a back post tap in. HCC looked to tie the game in the 16th minute, but a header by sophomore Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) would narrowly curl around the upper corner of the goal. The teams would head into halftime with the score remaining 1-0 in favor of MC-Rockville.
In the 51st minute, the Raptors would put a second goal on the board when a quick free kick from 20 yards out lead to a near post shot that went past HCC goalkeeper Cristian Mejia (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard). Just five minutes later, freshman Jacob Bickley (Frederick, Md./Frederick) shouldered off a defender and struck a shot that forced the Raptor keeper to make an excellent diving save to his left to keep the ball out of the net.
At the 75th minute mark, MC-Rockville would get a favor when they crossed a low ball into the Hawk box and it would ricochet off a defender and into the corner of the goal. From that moment, HCC would rally and would press the Raptors, getting off seven shots. In the 81st minute, Bickley would receive a ball from sophomore Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro) and would hammer a shot past the goalkeeper and into the net. On the ensuing kickoff, the Hawks would pick off the ball and attack Rockville with fury. After quick ball movement freshman Mark Keating (Urbana, Md./Urbana) would get off a cross that would strike a Raptor player on the hands. What appeared to be an easy penalty kick call was not awarded and the Raptors would counter attack towards the Hagerstown goal. In the 87th minute, a ball into the box would be saved by Mejia; however, an MC-Rockville would be awarded a controversial penalty kick call as ran into Mejia, jarring the ball loose. The Raptors would step up and convert the spot kick chance, giving them a 4-1 lead.
With Hagerstown pressing to overcome the difficult call, they found themselves pushing too many players forward and MC-Rockville would counter attack, leading to the final goal of the game.
Mejia would finish with 10 saves on the evening and the Hawks would fall to 4-3-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the MDJUCO. "It's frustrating when something outside of your control dictates the outcome of the game," stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "Our players deserved much more, based on their effort and work rate."
HCC returns home on September 17 for an MDJUCO game against Howard at 4:00pm.