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Reyes twins sign to play at HCC

July 06, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE/koelble@herald-mail.com

Like a fresh batch of Super Glue, Michael and Edwin Reyes stick together and don't have any immediate plans to part the company of one another.

On Monday, the twins signed letters of commitment to continue their education and soccer careers at Hagerstown Community College, much to the delight of men's coach Brian Eichelberger.

"These guys eat, sleep and drink soccer," said Eichelberger of the recent Williamsport High School graduates.

Last fall, Michael Reyes was The Herald-Mail's All-Washington County Player of the Year and the lone county player on the All-Maryland team, selected as an honorable mention. He had 15 goals and eight assists as a forward last season for the Wildcats.

Edwin Reyes had two goals and four assists, but was more valuable on defense, leading Williamsport to 11 shutouts.

"I wanted to stay local and I want to help the HCC program win titles," said Michael Reyes, who has some lofty goals.

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"Going to Maryland is a goal and then I want to play in the MLS (Major League Soccer) and maybe even play in Spain," he said.

That means the same for Edwin.

"I want the same ... go pro ... MLS," said Edwin Reyes.

This summer, the twins are playing for the Real Maryland FC (USL Pro) U-17 team.

"I'm looking forward to HCC," said Edwin. "I was needed defensively last year, but put me anywhere and I'll give 100 percent."

The Reyes brothers were kicking soccer balls around by age 2 and also played their first two years of high school soccer for their father, Carlos, at Williamsport. Their father, mother Claudia and other family members and HCC officials were at the signing.

"We've had a lot of practice and Dad has taught us so much," said Edwin Reyes.

Eichelberger, who will begin his third season as the Hawks coach this fall, was ecstatic over the double signing.

"I was surprised we were able to get them both," he said. "Both of them are so versatile. We haven't won the region but this puts us real close. We've been making a turnaround and now the oven is turned up.

In Eichelberger's first year HCC went 2-14-1, and the Hawks improved to 11-6-1 last year.

With the return of nine veterans and a class of 13 coming in, the Hawks are looking to a bright future.

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