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HCC wins second strainght with 2-1 win over NOVA

Herndon, Va. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team tallied a goal in each half and held on for the 2-1 victory over non conference opponent, Northern Virginia Community College.

Hagerstown would control much of the momentum early in the match, getting a quality chance in the 7th minute from sophomore Leo Anjos (Recife, Brazil/Trinity). Anjos would attack the Nighthawks backline and after juking his way into the box, his shot would be saved by the goalkeeper.

HCC would continue their attack and would be rewarded in the 32nd minute when freshman Asongwe McCho-Nji (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) would record his first collegiate goal. McCho-Nji would receive a ball from sophomore Eric Madrid (Germantown, Md./Northwest) and would dribble his way 40 yards down field. After beating two defenders he would curl the ball into the far post side netting.

Just two minutes later though, NOVA would even the score when they would chip a volley over sophomore Tim Horning (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg). With the goal, Northern Virginia would take the momentum into the half, outshooting HCC 8-2 over the remaining 11 minutes.

Hagerstown would come out of the half with energy and would almost net a goal just 30 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Trey Jackson (Montgomery, Al./IMG Academy) would launch a throw-in to the box and freshman Andrew Owens (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would challenge the Nighthawks keeper, but the ball would land just out of bounds.

In the 53rd minute, NOVA would send a long ball that would force Honing to make a crucial breakaway save. After the save, Horning would send a punt downfield that would be eventually controlled by Anjos. He would attack the right side of the field and elude three defenders and the keeper with a series of moves before slotting the ball into the empty net. The goal would proove to be Anjos' third game-winning goal on the year and seventh overall.

Horning would finish the match with 10 saves, while capturing the victory in net. The Hawks return home on Tuesday when they square off against MDJUCO opponent Harford at 4:00pm.