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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.


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.