Witter Strikes Twice as Hagerstown Defeats CSM
La Plata, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer kicked off MDJUCO action with a dominate 3-1 performance over the College of Southern Maryland.
HCC would start the first half controlling much of the possession, but struggled to get shots off to test the CSM keeper. Hagerstown's best chance of the half would come in 44th minute when freshman Andres Florez-Rico (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) struck a low hard shot from 18 yards out and the ball would skim the far post and out of play.
In the second half however, the Hawks would come alive peppering the goalkeeper with shots. HCC would out shoot CSM 17-3 in the final 45 minutes. Sophomore Tico Witter (St. Thomas, Pa./Geneva College) would hit two 25 yard shots in the 60th and 70th minutes, but the net minder would come up with enough of a touch to tip the ball over the bar. Hagerstown would finally be rewarded for their hard work in the 80th minute when freshman Jeison Caballero (Germantown, Md./Northwest) picked out Witter who would nutmeg the goalkeeper with a low hard shot from 10 yards out. Just three minutes later, Witter would tally his second goal on the afternoon after collecting a pass from freshman Noah Eckell (Keedysville, Md./Middletown). After receiving the ball, Witter would beat a defender and place the ball in the net.
CSM would attempt a rally in the 86th minute, when a Southern Maryland player would catch the Hawks off guard from a short corner kick. A beautifully bended ball into the upper corner of the goal would beat freshman Eduardo Araujo (Germantown, Md./Northwest). Hagerstown would seal the victory on a counterattack in the 89th minute. Sophomore Chad Chike (Salisbury, Md./James Bennett) would attack down the right side and slot the ball across to Caballero. After taking one touch, Caballero would strike the ball into the upper corner of the goal from 12 yards out.
Araujo would finish with four saves in the victory. With the win, HCC improves to 2-0-1 and looks to pick up their second MDJUCO win on Friday against Allegany.
“Today we worked very, very hard, but we didn't reap any immediate benefit," stated head coach Brandon Rethemeyer. "I give all the credit to the players for their relentless work rate to do what was necessary to get the victory. College of Southern Maryland is always an opponent you have to respect, so I'm proud of our team for raising their level of play to prove we can compete with the best."