Fitzwater tallies two in Hawks win
Mont Alto, Pa. - Freshman Josh Fitzwater nets two goals and leads the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team to a 4-1 win over non conference opponent, Penn State Mont Alto.
Coming off a loss to Cecil two days earlier, the Hawks looked to get back in the win column with a strong performance. HCC came out with high intensity garnering 15 first half shots. In the 7th minute, HCC looked to get on the board, but sophomore Nathan Redmond (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) saw his header go just over the crossbar and out of play. Just nine minutes later, teammate Eric Madrid (Germantown, Md./Northwest) found himself alone in the box, but his near post shot would be saved off the line.
Hagerstown kept pressing for a goal, but Redmond would strike the far post in the 37th minute with a shot from 20 yards out. The Hawks would finally crack the scoreboard just one minute when Fitzwater would attack the right side and send a long ball into the box. The PSU goalkeeper would misjudge the ball and it would land into the far corner of the goal.
The teams would head into half with HCC holding the one goal advantage.
Hagerstown would continue to dominate the second half and their pressure would pay off with three additional goals. In the 58th minute, Fitzwater would tally his second goal of the afternoon when he collected a ball from freshman Azaria Honsou (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg). After trapping the ball in the box, he would juke a defender and slot the ball far post past the Nittany Lions goalkeeper.
Hagerstown would extend their lead in the 68th minute when freshman Asongwe McCho-Nji (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) sent a corner kick into the box where freshman Andrew Owens (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would dummy the ball and classmate Jayden Johnson (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport) would place the ball into the net.
The Nittany Lions would grab a goal back in the 73rd minute when they beat an HCC defender down the right side and played the ball across to a runner inside the Hawk box. With ball just six yards out, Penn State would tap the ball past sophomore goalkeeper, Tim Horning (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg).
Hagerstown would not let up though and would net a fourth goal when Madrid picked out Redmond on a corner kick set piece. Redmond would rise above the PSU defense and head the ball into the far corner of the goal.
Horning would get credited with the win in net and recorded seven saves while freshman Ian Hose (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) finished the remaining 20 minutes in goal, grabbing two saves.