Prince Georges scores early and holds off Hawks
Hagerstown, Md.- The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team surrendered a goal in the first two minutes and Prince Georges was able to hold off a late comeback as HCC fell 6-3 in MDJUCO action.
Just 1:40 into the match, a Prince Georges player was able to elude a Hawk defender before slotting the ball to a wide open runner in the middle of the HCC goal box. After a quick touch, the ball was shot past sophomore goalkeeper Cristian Mejia (Germantown, Md./Quince Orchard). In the 15th minute, the Owls would net another goal and then they would extend the lead to 3-0 in the 26th minute.
Hagerstown would chip away at the lead in the 36th minute. Freshman Eric Madrid (Germantown, Md./Northwest) would dribble through the midfield before slicing a perfectly played ball into the path of teammate Alejandro C. Oliart (Germantown, Md./Northwest). Oliart would one time the pass to the right of the PG goalkeeper to put the Hawks on the board.
Prince Georges would tack on another goal just before half, when they picked off an errant header from a Hawk defender and shot the ball past Mejia. The Owls would out shoot Hagerstown 10-1 in the first half.
The second half saw a rejuvinated HCC side who quickly add a goal to bring the score to 4-2. After an Owl player would delibratley handle the ball on the goaline, freshman Jermaine Hardy Jr. (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) would place a penalty kick past the PG goalkeeper. The Owls would answer the goal with one of their own however, when they attacked down the left side and shot the ball in the upper corner of the goal past freshman Tim Horning (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg). Freshman Geordy Nyam (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) looked to net a quick response just 3 minutes later but his shot would ring off the crossbar and go out of play. Nyam would however tally his eighth goal of the season in the 86th minute when he beat four Owl defenders with crafty footwork and then powered the ball past the net minder from 8 yards out.
Prince Georges would round out the scoring in the 89th minute when they scored off a counter attack opportunity. Mejia would finish with seven saves while Horning was credited with six.