Second Half Goals are the difference in HCC victory
Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College Men's Soccer team used two second half goals to defeat MDJUCO opponent, Anne Arundel on Friday afternoon.
HCC started the game with an excellent scoring opportunity just two minutes into the match. Freshman Kevin McGuire (Shady Grove, Md./Thomas Johnson) riffled a shot from 10 yards out, but the Anne Arundel goalkeeper would tip the ball over the goal for a corner kick. Hagerstown would continue to attack and saw another shot from sophomore Tico Witter (St.Thomas, Pa./Geneva). The low attempt would force the Riverhawk net minder to make a diving save.
Later in the first half, Anne Arundel would get a free kick chance from 25 yards out. The driven shot would narrowly miss the far corner of the goal and both teams would head into halftime with four shots a piece.
In the second half, Hagerstown refocused and looked like a different team. In the 50th minute, freshman Ibrahim Doumbia (Harlem, Ny./Business of Sports School) collected the ball down the right side. After beating a defender on the end line, he slotted the ball across the box to classmate Jeison Caballero (Germantown, Md./Northwest). Caballero would attack the goal and place the ball into the net for his team-leading 13th goal on the season.
Just five minutes later, it appeared the Hawks would tally another goal, but freshman Andres Florez-Rico (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) saw his header saved off the line by the AACC goalkeeper. Hagerstown would however record the insurance goal in the 58th minute. After goalkeeper Eduardo Araujo (Germantown, Md./Northwest) made a save, he would punt the ball to Doumbia. Doumbia would then lay the ball into the path of sophomore Asongwe McCho-Nji (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne). As the Riverhawk keeper came out of goal, McCho-Nji would volley the shot to the right of the goalie and into the net.
HCC would receive a red card in the 66th minute for a dangerous tackle and would be forced to play a man down to conclude the game. The Hawks would stave off a few AACC comeback attempts, but ultimately would come away with their fourth straight win and single season record, seventh shutout.
Araujo would tally six saves on the afternoon and is currently ranked second in MDJUCO in saves. Hagerstown improves to 8-3-2 overall and in the last four games, the Hawks have outscored their opponents, 26-0. HCC returns to action on Monday when they host non conference opponent, Potomac State at 4:00pm