Harford CC women, men open soccer play with wins

HCC coach Jason Muffoletto earns 100th career win

August 27, 2013|Aegis staff report

Harford Community College's Jason Muffoletto earned his 100th career victory as head coach of the Harford women's soccer program on Sunday. The Fighting Owls defeated Community College of Rhode Island, 3-2, in the 2013 season opener.

Muffoletto's 100th victory on the sideline comes in the first match of his 10th season at the helm. The Fighting Owls never trailed and led by two goals at two different points in the first half, but the milestone win was not secured until the final minute, when a Rhode Island penalty kick rolled wide with 20 seconds remaining.

Sophomore Madison Ferrara (North Harford) opened the 2013 season with a goal in the 12th minute off an assist from freshman Liz Fitch (Aberdeen). Four minutes later, freshman Evie Powell (Home School, Abingdon) made the score 2-0 on a nifty goal with help from Savannah Humphreys (C. Milton Wright).

The Knights had their first scoring chance in the game's next minute of action, and, after a corner kick drilled off the post, Betti Worth cut the deficit in half with a one-touch marker.

On her birthday, sophomore Erica Henry (Fallston) sent a ball across the box to the head of classmate Korey Carroll (Joppatowne) to give Harford a 3-1 advantage, but Rhode Island's Stepheny Perez closed out the scoring in the 36th minute on a long run from Paige Oram.

After intermission, freshman goalkeeper Madison Smith (Rising Sun) held down the fort, especially in the game's final minute. The Fighting Owls were whistled for a foul in the box with 20 ticks left on the clock, but Smith stood her ground between the pipes as the penalty shot trickled just wide. Smith finished her collegiate debut with six saves.

The Fighting Owls also were held scoreless in the second half, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Rhode Island goalie Alex Place played just the second half, but was forced to make nine saves, most of them point-blank stops. Humphreys had four chances after the break to pad the Harford lead, but was denied each time.

Muffoletto now adds the 100th milestone victory to his mantle of success at Harford. The Fighting Owls leader owns a 100-44-11 career mark on the sideline as the women's coach, with three trips to the NJCAA DI National Tournament.

The Fighting Owls return to the pitch on Thursday at 6 p.m., hosting Harcum.

HCC Men win big

The Harford Community College men's soccer team scored early and often in its 2013 season opener, defeating Delaware County, 13-0, on Monday evening. All-American Saidu Sankohscored four goals and assisted on another, while freshman Nat Hand (Bel Air) added two goals and four assists in his collegiate debut.

Forward Asa Driscoll (Perryville) opened and closed the scoring for the Fighting Owls. His tally in the game's 14th minute opened the flood gates, and he scored the game's final two goals to net a hat trick in his first collegiate game to go along with two assists.

Hand then had a hand (or foot) in the next six goals, scoring the game's second and seventh goals while assisting on four consecutive markers.

Stephen Friend, Ben Green and Jack Hadley each had multiple points in the win.

Harford outshot the Phantoms 55-3, including a 24-1 on goal margin. Freshmen Ian Dowding (Patterson Mill) and Logan Keys (C. Milton Wright) split time in net, with Keys making Harford's lone save.

The Fighting Owls hit the road for a pair of contests in North Carolina, against Cape Fear and Spartanburg Methodist, on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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