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Hawks suffer first loss

September 15, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown's Roland Wilson, right, moves the ball past Rockville's Ben Aryeetry on Tuesday afternoon.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Martin Marfo had two goals and an assist to lead the visiting Montgomery-College Rockville Knights to a 3-0 victory over the Hagerstown Community College Hawks on Tuesday in a match between the top two men's soccer teams in the Maryland JuCo Conference standings.

Rockville remained unbeaten at 5-0-1 (3-0), while HCC suffered its first loss, falling to 6-1 (3-1).

"They weren't necessarily a better team," HCC coach Brian Eichelberger said. "We just got outhustled and outplayed. I think, skill-wise, we matched up very well. I think they had a solid defense. I just don't think that we really tested it that much."

Eichelberger said he is wondering how the loss will affect the Hawks.

"This is the first time this year that we have really faced adversity like this," Eichelberger said. "It all depends on how our team is going to react to this for the rest of the week."

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The Knights outshot the Hawks, 20-6.

Starting goalkeeper Brian Kukucka made 14 saves and reserve keeper Derek Apple had three saves for HCC.

Rockville goalie Wilber Brian Diaz had six saves.

"Attacking their goal early and often was the key to our win today," Rockville coach Steve Nakamura said. "I thought that our attacking did a pretty good job overall throughout the game. We kept the pressure on their back row. We made both of their goalkeepers work. With this small and narrow field, we wanted to have one or two touches in the back and move it out of the back very quickly."

Rockville got its first goal just two minutes into the game when Pablo Torrano scored on a header on an assist by Marfo.

Marfo scored the first of his two goals just 90 seconds into the second half on an assist by Sheik Dino Kamara. Marfo got his second goal 11 1/2 minutes later to compete the scoring.

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