BEL AIR, MD. - The Harford Fighting Owls used three first half goals to defeat MDJUCO foe Hagerstown Community College (6-4-0) in the annual rivalry match.
Hagerstown would start the match strong, with freshman Jonah Smith getting a breakaway chance in the 6th minute, but his shot from 12 yards out would be saved by the Harford goalkeeper. Just two minutes later freshman Jacob Hargett would take a strike on goal, but his shot would be saved as well.
The Fighting Owls would get on the board in the 14th minute when a free kick chance would headed into the goal past sophomore keeper Adam Carrier. Harford would continue to attack and they capitalized on a Hawk turnover in the 27th minute. After picking an errant pass off in the midfield, the Fighting Owl player struck a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net.
Five minutes later, Harford would extend their first half lead when a header would force Carrier to make an excellent athletic save, but the ensuing rebound would be tapped in by a wide open Fighting Owl player.
The second half saw back and forth action with the majority of the play being held in the midfield. With Hagerstown pressing for a goal, they ended up getting counter attacked on in the 73rd minute. A Fighting Owl player would sneak behind the Hawk defense and get one on one with Carrier. With Carrier forced to come out, the Harford player would touch it around him and place the ball into the wide open net.
Hagerstown had a great chance to grab a goal in the 88th minute, when Leland Cradick saw his shot deflect off the inside of the post and but the ball would be cleared out of danger.
Carrier finished the match with nine saves in the losing effort. The Hawks return to action September 27 when they travel to the College of Southern Maryland for a 3:30 kickoff.