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05.20.16
Men's Soccer Signs Record 16 players for upcoming season

Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team recently hosted their annual Recruit Signing Night in the ARCC, on the campus of HCC.

The 2016 signing class was the largest in program history, with 16 players finalizing their decision and making their commitment official. The recruits consist of players from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Head Coach Brandon Rethemeyer and his staff found local talent in the Tri-State area, with six players hailing from Washington County, two each from Frederick and Berkeley Counties, and one from Franklin County. The remaining talent was pulled from Montgomery and Baltimore Counties.

“When recruiting, it’s our goal to watch players from all the surrounding areas,” Rethemeyer said. “The experience we can then provide is made up of different cultures and backgrounds. In soccer, you need to blend playing styles and talent to ensure a quality program.”   

Representing Washington County this season will be Williamsport seniors, Grant Adams, Caden Keplinger, and Jayden Johnson, along with Clear Spring senior, Ian Hose, South High senior, Cole Mills and Smithsburg senior, Andrew Owens. Joining the in-county players are Fredy Barerra from Frederick High; Kennedy High School graduate, Angel Osegueda; Clarksburg High School graduate, Azaria Honsou; Ricardo Merino and Josh Fitzwater from Martinsburg High School; Lansdowne High School seniors, Jaime Quansah, Asongwe Mcho-Nji Jr., and Benny Brankoff; Middletown homeschool, Alex Kiss, and Geneva College transfer Tico Witter, who graduated from James Buchanan.

This signing class will also have the benefit of being the first team to step foot on the newly constructed Hawk Field. The project, which is expected to be completed by August, consists of a leveled playing surface with sodded Kentucky Bluegrass and irrigation throughout. The fans attending the games will enjoy a new set of bleachers on the sidelines.

Though HCC will have a vastly revamped team and field, the goal remains the same: Win the Region. Rethemeyer was adamant in his opening statements that this is the primary goal and challenged the players to rise to the occasion.

“When you combine the 16 players we signed with the seven we have returning, it makes for a very competitive squad,” stated Rethemeyer. “Each player has a specific role and a responsibility that fits with this program, but above all else, they possess a winning attitude.” 

HCC opens its season Aug. 27 against Mercer.