Hawks Extend Win Streak to Four and Remains Unbeaten
Hagerstown, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team used one goal in the first and one goal in the second to defeat Manor College in non-conference action.
Manor College would see the first quality chance in the 8th minute, when a Bluejay striker would hit a ball from 12 yards out and force freshman goalkeeper Eduardo Araujo (Germantown, Md./Northwest) to make a tip save. Hagerstown would rally and see a goal scoring opportunity in the 15th minute when sophomore Tico Witter (St. Thomas, Pa./Geneva) ripped a shot that was goal bound, but a last second deflection would send the ball wide. Just 10 minutes, freshman Ibrahim Doumbia (Harlem, Ny./Business of Sports School) laid the ball off to classmate Andres Florez-Rico (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), but his shot from 18 yards out would narrowly go over the crossbar.
HCC would crack the scoreboard first in the 35th minute when Doumbia was taken down in the penalty area by a Bluejay defender. Freshman Santiago Alzate (Germantown, Md./Northwest) would step up to the spot and bury the free kick for his third converted penalty kick for the season.
Hagerstown would go into the half with a 10-7 advantage in shots and the 1-0 lead.
The second half would be dominated by HCC as they attacked with a fury just one minute into the new half. Florez-Rico saw an opportunity just graze the crossbar after he picked off a pass from a Manor defender. Four minutes later, freshman Walter Saenz (Lanham, Md./Meade) would test the goalkeeper from 35 yards out, but his shot would be tipped over the crossbar for one of HCC's eight corner kicks on the afternoon.
Hagerstown would tally the insurance goal in the 77th minute after Doumbia was fouled on the right side of the field. Alzate placed the ball down 30 yards out and bent the free kick perfectly into the upper corner of the goal. Alzate now leads the Hawks with five goals and three assists for 13 points.
HCC would fire 17 shots in the second half to MC's four. Araujo would finish the game with seven saves and now is seventh in the nation in saves and goals against.
With the win the Hawks improve to 4-0-1 on the year and look to continue their winning ways against MDJUCO opponent, Catonsville, on Tuesday.