Velazquez Scores Hat Trick, HCC Wins 6-2
Youngland, Pa. - Freshman Jusseth Velazquez (Frederick, Md./Frederick) scored his first collegiate hat trick and now has five goals in two games, as the Hagerstown Community College (6-3-0) men's soccer team defeated Westmoreland County Community College, 6-2.
It would take 21 minutes for the Hawks to break down the Wolfpack defense, when Velazquez received a pass from sophomore Bradley Coblentz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and riffled his shot off a defender and into the net. Just three minutes later HCC freshman Leland Creadick (Myersville, Md./Middletown) played a perfect ball around a Wolfpack defender and into the path of sophomore Bobby Matusek (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora). Matusek would collect the ball and calmly place his shot into the side netting.
In the 35 minute, freshman Andre Kirlew (Martinsburg, W.Va./North Hagerstown) found teammate Akheem Riley (Kingston, Jamaica/Thomas Johnson) who hammered the one timed shot into upper corner of the goal.
Hagerstown would let their guard down though and WCCC would get a goal back in the 40th minute. A turnover from an HCC midfielder resulted in a long ball played over the Hawk defense and the ensuing shot would be chipped over sophomore keeper Adam Carrier (Cumberland, Md./Calvary Christian Academy). The teams would go into the half with Hagerstown leading 3-1.
The Wolfpack would come out of the intermission with renewed energy and they saw two shots hit the crossbar in the 48th minute. The Hawks would regain momentum in the 55th minute when Velazquez took a pass from freshman Jacob Hargett (Myersville, Md./Middletown) and outran two defenders before slotting the ball far post. In the 64th minute Velazquez would complete his hat trick when he finished a pass from classmate Jonah Smith (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro). Smith would cut through the box and beat two defenders before laying the ball off for Velazquez.
Hagerstown would net their sixth goal of the afternoon when Matusek returned the favor to Creadick. Matusek would beat a defender on the sideline before playing the ball to Creadick, who was waiting at the top of the box. Creadick would blast a low shot that found the far corner f the goal.
The Wolfpack would steal another goal in the 88th minute to conclude the scoring at 6-2.
Carrier would play 65 minutes and make six saves while freshman goalkeeper Ethan Waters (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville) would play 25 minutes and make two saves.
The Hawks return to action n September 25 when they travel to MDJUCO rival Harford for a 5:00 game. The Owls shut out Hagerstown and concluded their 2012 season the last time the two teams met.