Essex, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College (8-7-0) men's soccer team surrendered two first half goals and were unable to get on the board, as CCBC-Essex beat the Hawks in MDJUCO action.
The Knights, the 2012 Region XX Division Champions, established much of the possession from the whistle. In the 15th minute, sophomore keeper Adam Carrier was forced to make a diving save on a ball headed towards the upper corner of the goal to keep the game scoreless.
Four minutes later, Hagerstown mounted an attack of their own, but a pass freshman Yusuf Bodirvo to classmate Jonah Smith would be intercepted by the Knights goalkeeper. In the 23rd minute, Bodirov would have a chance to put HCC on the board, but his shot from 20 yards out would be saved by th goalkeeper as well.
In the 29th minute it would look like CCBC-Essex would finally get on the board, but a goal line kick save by Carrier would keep the game at 0-0. Hagerstown would respond, but sophomore Bradley Coblentz would strike the crossbar with a shot from 15 yards out. The Knights would take the ball down on the ensuing play and a foul would be called on the Hawks just 20 yards from the goal.
CCBC-Essex would score on the free kick chance as the ball slipped through Carrier's hands and into the net.
Just one minute before half, the Knights would strike again when they slipped in behind the HCC defense and put away the breakaway opportunity.
In the second half, Hagerstown would see limited possesion as the Knights continud to control the tempo. In the 75th minute, Carrier came up three consecutive saves, keeping the score at 2-0. With just three seconds left in the game, the Knights would sneak in behind the Hawk defense again and score on a point blank shot.
Carrier finished the game with 25 saves in the losing effort, and CCBC-Essex outshot Hagerstown 35-5.
The Hawks return to action on October 8 with a crucial matchup against CCBC-Catonsville at 3:30pm. HCC is 6-0 at home and has only given up three goals.