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October 30, 2006

GPC falls short in conference semifinals

A final four finish in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference tournament was quite a feat for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team, but a cold and rainy evening and a nationally ranked opponent proved to be an even tougher match for the Lady Jaguars as they fall 8-0 to Darton College in the semifinals Friday in Albany.

Georgia Perimeter (10-10-2, 8-5) advanced to the final four after handing Andrew College a 3-1 loss in the first round of the tournament.

“We would not have made it that far if it were not for my incredible coaching staff,” said GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler, whom she credits for the team’s success this season

Freshman Werline Paul scored the lone goal in the 23rd minute of the game against Andrew on an assist from Mary Cook, which gave GPC a 1-0 half-time lead. In the second half, Amanda Onate and Terri Page also found the inside of the net for the Lady Jaguars.

Andrew College got on the board with a penalty kick in the final minutes. GPC loss to Andrew in early October in a 2-0 contest, but returned the favor in the playoffs.

The Lady Jaguars claimed the second seed in the north region with an 8-5 conference record and earned its first playoff berth since the 2003 season.

“We met one of goals I set for team this season by making it to the playoffs,” said Wheeler. “I am very pleased with that accomplishment.”

The Lady Jaguars also had a better record than last season, finishing with 10 wins, five better than last year

Individually, freshman Rebekah Cook led five Lady Jaguars on the GJCAA All-Region team. Cook ranked among the conference scoring leaders with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Lisa Cook and Onate were also named to the second team, while Sofia Garuba and Mary Cook were honorable mention selections.

The women’s soccer program has something to build on for next season and seems to be headed in the right direction.

 

October 23, 2006

Lady Jaguars battle with No. 2 Young Harris

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team goes down in a 1-0 double overtime battle with No. 2 ranked Young Harris College in its final conference game of the season.

“We played an amazing game,” said head coach Jessica Wheeler. “I have been waiting all season for a game like that.”

Freshman goalkeeper Yasriyyah Muhammad, who has played every minute in goal for the Lady Jaguars this season, recorded 15 saves against Young Harris.

The Lady Jaguars finished the regular season 9-9-2 overall and second place in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference at 8-5.

GPC will host Andrew College Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., at the Clarkston campus soccer field in the first round of the GJCAA conference tournament. It is the first time in three years that the Lady Jaguars have clinched a playoff berth and the winner will advance to the semifinal game on Friday in Albany, Georgia.

 

October 9, 2006

GPC clinches playoff berth

With a 2-1 overtime victory over Gordon College, Oct. 3, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team has clinched a playoff berth in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference tournament for the first time in three years.

The Lady Jaguars (8-5-2, 7-3) have claimed the second seed in the north region and will host the third seeded team, Oct. 24, for the right to play in the semifinal game, Oct. 27.

In 2003, Georgia Perimeter lost in the first round of the GJCAA tournament and since has missed the cut for post-season play.

GPC has five games remaining on the schedule, including two home games against Oxford College, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m., and Georgia Military College, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m.

 

September 26, 2006

Women’s soccer gaining ground

With the addition of 14 newcomers, second year head coach Jessica Wheeler has transformed a 5-12 women’s soccer team from last year into a contender this season.

Georgia Perimeter is currently second in the north region of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association at 6-1 and possess a 7-3-2 overall record. The Lady Jaguars have won five of their eight games in the month of September, including three shutout games against South Georgia College, Georgia Military and Middle Georgia.

“We have an excellent group of players with enormous talent and tremendous strength,” said second year head coach Jessica Wheeler.

One of those players is Rebekah Cook, a South Cobb High school standout last season, who leads GPC with 21 points on eight goals in her freshman debut. Cook ranks among the top 10 players in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association and has helped the Lady Jaguars to their best start in recent years.

“She is a very skillful and speedy player who adds great passion to our game,” said Wheeler.

Freshman goalkeeper Yasriyyah Muhammad (W.D. Mohammed High School) has been big for the Lady Jaguars with three shutouts and 74 saves, playing every minute in goal this season.

In a well-balanced offense, Mary Cook (Salem High School) has scored 17 points on seven goals, while Ashley Cooper (Greenbrier High School), Sofia Garuba (Norcross High School), Jessica Mingledorff (Berkmar High School) and Amanda Onate (Campbell High School) have provided four goals apiece. Garuba also leads GPC with six assists.

The Lady Jaguars have five games remaining on the schedule, including two homes games against Oxford of Emory University on Oct. 13, and Georgia Military College Oct. 15. The region tournament begins Oct. 24.

 

September 12, 2006

Cook leads GPC past Truett-McConnell

Freshman forward Rebekah Cook continued her dominance on offense with two goals to carry Georgia Perimeter College over Truett-McConnell 5-3 at home Tuesday.

“She is a very skillful and speedy player who adds great passion to our game,” said GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler.

Cook (South Cobb High School) ranks among the top 10 players in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association with seven goals. She has helped the Lady Jaguars to their best start in recent years.

Georgia Perimeter is currently second in the North Region of the GJCAA at 4-1 and possess a 5-3-1 overall record.

The Lady Jaguars will host non-conference opponent Shelton State Community College Saturday, Sept. 16, in a 4 p.m. match-up at the Clarkston campus soccer field.

 

September 5, 2006

Lady Jaguars down South Georgia 8-0

Freshman goal keeper Yasriyyah Muhammad (W.D. Mohammed High School) recorded her first shut-out of the season, helping the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team to an 8-0 conference victory over South Georgia College Sunday.

Muhammad, who has played every minute in goal for the Lady Jaguars, has allowed only four goals in the last four games. On the season, Muhammad has 48 saves on goal, 38 saves and a 2.0 goals against average.

Sofia Garuba (Norcross High School) led the way with two goals against South Georgia. Six other Lady Jaguars scored including Ashley Cooper, Rebekah Cook, Dalya Muwwakkil, Jessie Villalobos, Nadia Threats and Amanda Onate.

Cook (South Cobb High School) leads GPC on offense through five games with three goals, three assists and nine points.

The Lady Jaguars are 3-1-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. GPC will have to give its best effort tonight in a 5 p.m., home match-up against No.10 Young Harris College.

“If we have ever had a team to compete with them, it is this year,” said GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler.

The Lady Jaguars will also host Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at home Saturday in a 2 p.m., match. All GPC home games are played at the Clarkston campus soccer field.

August 28, 2006

GPC splits first two games

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team split its first two games to open the 2006-2007 season with a 5-1 road victory over Louisburg College and a 6-0 home loss to Polk Community College on Friday.

Jessica Mingledorff, Ashley Cooper, Rebekah Cooper, Rachel Villalobos and Jessica Villalobos all scored goals for the Lady Jaguars against Louisburg.

GPC has two games on the road this week beginning with conference opponent Gordon College on Tuesday at 4 p.m., and Spartanburg Methodist on Friday at 5 p.m.