One of those Knights

Essex spoils intense effort y HCC with win in overtime

Essex spoils intense effort y HCC with win in overtime

October 08, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

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    The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team worked overtime on Thursday, but didn't receive any bonuses.

    CCBC-Essex made sure the extra time just made the Hawks late for dinner by pulling out a 2-1 overtime victory in a Maryland JuCO Conference match.

    "We just had one small breakdown in the back," HCC coach Brian Eichelberger said. "The guy got through to get a shot. It was out of reach of our goalkeeper's hands."

    Forward James Nugent scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the overtime period off a shot from the right side on an assist by Eddie Yah.


"It was just a good finish," Essex coach Richard Zinkand said. "James had a number of opportunities today. He just happened to finish one up when it mattered the most."

Howard leads the conference standings with a 7-0 mark, followed by Essex (11-4, 9-1), Prince George's and HCC (10-4-2, 6-3-2).

"Hagerstown has got a good team this year. I am very impressed with them," Zinkand said. "Their goalkeeper (Brian Kukucka) is the best one that we have seen this year. He made some saves in some very difficult situations."

HCC helped Kukucka with its play in front of him.

"I told them in the locker room before the game that I wanted them to play with a lot of intensity," Eichelberger said. "I think today was the best intensity that we have had so far this year. I think that we are peaking at the right time. I am just hoping that the emotion and the intensity that we are showing right now will carry over into the playoffs. If that happens, we will be hard to stop."

The Hawks broke the scoreless tie in the 80th minute when Joshua Edwards scored from the right side on an assist by Chris Lambert.

Just three minutes later, the Knights tied the game when Cubay Wilson scored an unassisted goal from the right side.

The Knights outshot the Hawks, 22-7. Kukucka made 15 saves for HCC.

"Brian Kukucka was phenomenal," Eichelberger said. "He single-handedly kept us in the game. He has been doing that all season. He was just making all kinds of impressive saves."

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