Columbia, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team surrendered four first half goals before conceding the match to Howard Community College 5-2.
The Dragons attacked the Hawks early and often in the initial minutes of the game, but HCC received several key saves from sophomore goalkeeper Adam Carrier. Howard would breakthrough in the 14th minute when they sent a cross into the box and headed the ball far post. Just four minutes later, the Dragons found an open player in the goal box and slipped a low shot past Carrier.
HC would extend their lead even further in 24th minute when they capitalized on a Hagerstown turnover in the midfield to counterattack and eventually find the back of the net. In the 29th minute the Hawks would find themselves down 4-0 when a corner kick would be sent into the box. Two Howard players would try to finish the opportunity, but it was the third player that would finally net the goal.
Hagerstown tried to grab a goal just before half, but freshman Yusuf Bodirov would narrowly miss his breakaway chance.
The Hawks would come out of halftime with renewed energy and would get on the scoreboard in the 48th minute when sophomore Bradley Coblentz flicked a ball to Bodirov who would chip the keeper from 10 yards out. Hagerstown would keep the pressure on and in the 61st minute freshman Akheem Riley would see his chance hit the post before it was cleared out of danger.
The 71st minute saw another chance from Bodirov, but the ball would go over the crossbar. Hagerstown would get an excellent opportunity in the 78th minute, when freshman Jonah Smith struck a low curling shot that required a clutch diving save from the Howard goalkeeper.
Pressing for a goal, the Hawks found themselves down numbers in the back and would surrender a goal in the 81st minute when a wide open Dragon would curl a shot far post around second half substitute Ethan Waters. Hagerstown would finally convert on one of their many second half chances in the 87th minute, when freshman Jacob Hargett would tap in a redirected shot from Smith. The game would end in favor of Howard, 5-2.
Carrier would finish the match with seven saves, while Waters would make five. The Hawks return to action on September 20 when they play host to Anne Arundel Community College at 3:30pm.