Hawks Secure Double Overtime draw on the road
Scranton, Pa. - The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 draw on the road to non-conference opponent, Lackawanna College.
Hagerstown opened the contest with high intensity and came out with a quality scoring chance just three minutes into the game. Freshman Santiago Alzate (Germantown, Md./Northwest) saw his free kick opportunity miss narrowly on the near post. Four minutes later, Lackawanna would capitalize on their first chance on the afternoon. After a ball was played to the top of the Hawks box, an LC player would strike a shot that would be redirected twice on it’s way to goal. Freshman goalkeeper Eduardo Araujo (Germantown, Md./Northwest) did his best to deal with the ricocheted but he couldn’t keep it out of the net.
LC would attempt to extend the lead in the 9th minute, but Araujo made a point blank diving save and saw the ball out for a corner kick. Hagerstown would regain momentum after the save and in the 20th minute freshman Ibrahim Doumbia (Harlem, Ny./Business of Sports School) would be tackled by the Falcon goalkeeper in the 18 yard box. HCC would earn the penalty kick and Alzate would step up and bury the shot past the LC goalkeeper.
Hagerstown would see out the first half out shooting Lackawanna 6-3 over the final 10 minutes of the stanza. In the 36th minute, freshman Walter Saenz (Greenbelt, Md./Meade) would back heel the ball to Witter, but his shot out go inches wide of the far post.
In the second half, play would go back and forth between both teams before Lackawanna got a free kick 25 yards out from goal. Araujo would be called upon to make a diving save on the ensuing shot to keep the game deadlocked. In the 65th minute, Lackawana would earn a man advantage, as Saenz would be shown a red card for a retaliation foul.
Despite being a man down, Hagerstown would still control play and earn a few quality chances. Lackawanna would outshoot HCC in the second half though, 8-4. With under 30 seconds remaining in regulation a long punt landed at the feet of Doumbia who would take off towards the Falcons goal. After sprinting 40 yards, his breakaway chance would miss wide of the goal and the teams would head into overtime.
Still with the man advantage, Lackawanna would send numbers forward but the Hawks defense would keep the Falcons at bay. Freshman Kevin McGuire (Shady Grove, Md./Thomas Johnson) would collect the ball on a counter attack, but his shot from 15 yards to the right of goal would be batted down and saved by the LC net minder.
After two 10 minute overtime periods, the game would finish in a 1-1 tie. Aragon would pick up man of match honors, recording 21 saves on the afternoon.
“We knew a long road trip early in the season would be a good gauge of how mentally strong of a team we are” stated head coach Brandon Rethemeyer. “Not only did we battle back from a goal down, but we closed out 45 minutes of hard soccer a man down. We showed a strong sense of resiliency and overcome a lot of adversity today. Picking up a point on the road in those situations can be difficult so I’m pleased with the hard work and effort we showed today.”