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05.02.13
Akheem Riley to play for Hagerstown C.C.
Akheem RileyHagerstown, Md.Thomas Johnson senior, Akheem Riley, recently committed to attend Hagerstown Community College for the fall 2013 season.

Riley, a 2012 captain for the Patriots, was a prominent player in Frederick County during his playing career, due to his physical size. The 6’1 midfielder/striker was a two-time All-MVAL Piedmont recipient for TJ. A three-year member on the varsity squad, he finished with nine goals and 13 assists for 31 points. Thomas Johnson finished 7-7-2 in 2011 and 4-10-2 in 2012. During his senior year, the Patriots went to penalty kicks with Linganore in the 3A West Playoffs, dropping the match though, 4-3.

Riley has spent four years playing club for FC Frederick. This season, they are ranked third in the state of Maryland with a record of 17-5-9. His team was 2012 Disney Showcase Champions and 2013 semi-finalists for Baltimore Mania and Jefferson Cup. In 2011, Riley was a member of the Regional ODP team.

Riley also earned varsity letters in track, competing in hurdles and 400M.

Riley joins TJ teammate Edgar Rivas for the 2013 season, and will play alongside current Hawk, Fourkoko Chaw once again. Fellow Frederick County recruits, Dillon Eyler, Leland Creadick, and Jusseth Velazquez have already committed to the program for the upcoming season, combined with Washington County recruit, Yusuf Bodirov and West Virginia native, Ethan Waters.

“Adding Akheem to our 2013 recruiting class was a big goal of ours,” mentioned head coach Brian Eichelberger. “He has the ability to play a few different positions for us so we are excited about his versatility. He gives us a target player on the field due to his size and he will garner attention right away from opposing defenders. We look forward to developing him into a dangerous college soccer player.”

09.24.12
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

10.12.12
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.