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Sanez Nets Hat Trick in First Collegiate Game

Hagerstown, Md.
- The Hagerstown Community College men’s soccer team kicked off the 2017 season with a fury of goals, dominating Patrick Henry College, 12-0.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, when freshman Jeison Caballero (Germantown, Md./Northwest) weaved his way through four defenders and placed the ball past the goalkeeper from eight yards out. Just six minutes later, HCC earned a corner kick, where sophomore Tico Witter (St. Thomas, Pa./Geneva) served the ball right to the head of freshman Walter Sanez (Greenbelt, Md./Meade).

Hagerstown would continue to dominate play and would extend the lead in the 22nd minute when Sanez fired a shot off the post and freshman Ibrahim Doumbia (Harlem, Ny./Business of Sports School) collected the rebound and placed it into the net. The teams would go into the half with HCC holding the 3-0 advantage.

In the second half, the Hawks would really turn up the pressure and Sanez recorded his second goal on the evening in the 49th minute. Caballero would slice through the defense and pick out Sanez who was waiting six yards out for the tap in. Sanez would cap off his hat trick in the 56th minute when freshman Noah Eckel (Keedysville, Md./Middletown) attacked down the right side of the field and played the ball across the top of the box. Sanez would collect the pass and riffle a 20 yard shot past the diving keeper.

Doumbia would tally his second collegiate goal off an assist from teammate Jordi Velasquez (Frankfort, De./Indian River). Velasquez pressed high from his centerback position and picked off a Patrick Henry pass. He would drive through the midfield and then laid the ball into the path of Doumbia who would bend the ball around the oncoming keeper into the far corner of the goal.

Over the next seven minutes, HCC would net four goals. In the 68th minute, sophomore Chad Chike (Salisbury, Md./James Bennett) would find Witter, who would slot the ball past the PH keeper. Witter would then pick out classmate Asongwe McCho-Nji (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) in the 72nd minute and his shot would curl into the far corner of the goal. Just one minute later, freshman Kevin McGuire (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) would use some fancy footwork to get himself into the box and his shot would find the back of the net. On the ensuing kickoff, the Hawks would pick off an errant pass and attack the Patrick Henry goal with pace. The ball would bounce out wide to Eckel who would riffle a 30 yard shot past the diving PH netminder.

Hagerstown would extend their lead to 11 in the 86th minute, when freshman Santiago Alzate (German town, Md./Northwest) would take two quick touches to elude a defender and his right footed shot would sail into the goal. HCC would round out the scoring in the 89th minute when Doumbia unselfishly laid off a pass to McGuire who would tap in the eight yard finish.

At the end of the evening, a record nine players would tally points for the Hawks. Freshman starting goalkeeper, Eduardo Araujo (Germantown, Md./Northwest) would make just one save and play 68 minutes in the shutout victory. Sophomore Andrew Owens (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) would finish out the game in the goal, making two saves.

"As a team, we definitley improved from the first half to the second half,"stated head coach Brandon Rethemeyer. "At halftime we went over specific goals to work on and I feel we executed them very well. It's a testament to our team that they would raise their level of play and dominate an opponent in all facets of the game."

The Hawks now travel to Lackawana College on Saturday, September 2 for a 1pm kickoff.