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Oct. 24, 2007

South Georgia upsets GPC, ends Jaguars’ season

Despite the surprising return of its only experienced goalkeeper, the GPC women's soccer team ended the season in disappointing fashion Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat to South Georgia on the Clarkston Campus.

The first-round ouster from the Region 17 playoffs represented a step backward for the Lady Jaguars, who won last year’s postseason first round and established a goal of returning to the region's final four.

It came at the feet of a foe that GPC handled in the regular season with a 5-2 win.

“We just lost our mojo,” head coach Jessica Wheeler said, regarding the year ending on a down note with two straight losses.

The Lady Jaguars did make strides from the 2006 regular season, which was a break-even campaign. The team finished 10-7-1 overall this season, with an 8-5 showing in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

The Lady Jaguars jumped ahead early against South Georgia when Omotayo Adeshigbin converted a cross from Ashley Cooper. GPC proceeded to pound the South Georgia net with shots, many by Jessica Mingledorff, but to no avail.

Goalkeeper Lauren Whitaker, who had been ruled out by one doctor last week after being treated for a nagging ankle injury, got the green light from a second physician and played all 90 minutes.

“She did OK,” Wheeler said. “Their first goal—maybe she could have caught it. Maybe being out a week caught up with her.” That goal drew South Georgia even 1-1 before halftime.

The visitors' go-ahead goal late in the match was unstoppable, the result of a player being left unmarked by GPC’s defense.

 

Oct. 22, 2007

Lady Jaguars set for Tuesday’s play-in game

The foe that helped launch the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team to a fruitful regular season put a damper on the end of it Saturday.

The Lady Jaguars (10-6-1) fell 2-0 to Shelton Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with both goals coming on defensive breakdowns. Georgia Perimeter opened the season with a 3-2 home victory over Shelton.

The focus turns toward GPC’s playoff play-in game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Clarkston Campus. GPC, which finished second in the North standings of Region 17, hosts South Georgia, the third-place team from the South.

The regular season result—GPC winning 5-2 in Douglas—bodes well as the Lady Jaguars seek a berth in the Final Four in the region tourney this weekend at Young Harris College.

Georgia Perimeter ended the regular season with an 8-5 record in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association, which is Region XVII of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

After an efficient, if scoreless, first half at Shelton State, GPC allowed an opposing player to slip wide open for a gimme goal five minutes into the second period. Shelton's second score occurred on a restart after a foul was whistled, when the Lady Jaguars’ defense lapsed.

 

Oct. 19, 2007

GPC survives conditions to edge Truett-McConnell

No experienced goalkeeper. No friendly weather. No home-field advantage. Nothing to gain.

No problem for the GPC women's soccer team, which tripped up conference foe Truett-McConnell College 2-1 Thursday amid wet and sloppy conditions in Cleveland, Ga.

The Lady Jaguars (10-5-1, 8-5 GJCAA) already had sewed up second place in the North standings of NJCAA Region 17 but played as if the stakes were high.

“This is the best I have seen the girls play as a team,” GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler said.

The team was missing goalkeeper Lauren Whitaker, shelved for the season with an ankle injury. Without backup ’keeper as an option, Wheeler shifted Lindsey Unger there from her midfield position. Unger allowed a single goal, in the early minutes.

It came after GPC jumped ahead on Omatayo Adeshigbin's header off a corner kick from Ashley Cooper. The game-winner in the 70th minute went to Beka Cook, unassisted.

Wheeler plans to use defender Werline Paul in goal for the regular season finale Saturday against Shelton Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Then she will choose between Unger and Paul for the first region playoff game Tuesday at 4 p.m. against South Georgia College.

 

Oct. 15, 2007

Lady Jaguars shut out Gordon College

No matter what transpires the remainder of its season, the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team is a winner.

The Lady Jaguars assured themselves of a better-than-.500 record Friday by blanking Gordon College 4-0 at home in a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association match. With two regular season matches and at least one playoff game left, GPC (9-5-1, 7-5 GJCAA) has locked up a winning mark.

Jessica Mingledorff slammed in two goals, while Nicole DeLamar and Sofa Garuba poked in one each against Gordon College. Garuba extended to three her consecutive games scoring streak.

“We played much better than Tuesday night and appeared to be back on track,” coach Jessica Wheeler said. The Jaguars had lost to Georgia Military College last Tuesday, a team they previously had beaten.

On Saturday, GPC scrimmaged Polk (Fla.) Community College, falling 1-0 on a penalty kick.

The Lady Jaguars trek to Cleveland, Ga., on Thursday to face Truett-McConnell College, an opponent that they scored nine goals against last month. The regular season winds down Saturday against Shelton Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Neither match will impact GPC's playoff status. The Lady Jaguars are lodged in second place in the Region XVII North standings and will play host to South Georgia in a first-round game on Oct. 23.

 

Oct. 11, 2007

Georgia Military College upsets Lady Jaguars

Surprise was the word Wednesday as the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Georgia Military College, which had won only one previous game this season.

The Lady Jaguars, enjoying home-field advantage, seized a lead in the 20th minute on Sofa Garuba's goal. But the visitors countered twice in the second half to send GPC to its most troublesome defeat in a largely successful season.

“Georgia Military played with all the heart that we did not have today,” said Lady Jaguars head coach Jessica Wheeler. “This ranks up there as one of the most disappointing games of my coaching career.”

Georgia Perimeter beat GMC 5-1 last month in the first match between the two members of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

As consolation, the setback will not keep the Lady Jaguars (8-5-1, 6-5, GJCAA) out of the Region XVII playoffs. They have sewed up second place in the North Division and will play host to the No. 3 seed in the South on Oct. 23.

Four regular season matches remain for GPC, including two this week that wrap up the regular season home schedule. Gordon College drops by the Clarkston campus Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Polk (Fla.) Community College at 2 p.m. Saturday. Polk (8-4) is ranked ninth in National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Oct. 8, 2007

GPC impressive in loss to national powerhouse

A victory, it wasn't, unlike the white-hot Georgia Perimeter College women soccer team's five previous outcomes. A moral victory? Perhaps.

The Lady Jaguars took on top-ranked Young Harris College, a school they have never beaten, on the road Friday night and fell 3-1.

“Each time, we get closer,” said head coach Jessica Wheeler, whose squad is 8-4-1 this season, including a 5-1 setback to the unbeaten defending national titlist at home. Young Harris (12-0-1) currently sits atop the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll.

Sophomore midfielder Sofia Garuba accounted for the Lady Jaguars' goal, grabbing a deflection off the Young Harris defense and drilling the ball into a lower corner of the net.

“Twice now we have scored on this team this year,” Wheeler said. “This is a feat in itself.” With the loss GPC drops to 6-4 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

The Lady Jaguars can resume a winning streak this week with home games against Georgia Military College (4 p.m. Wednesday), Gordon College (4 p.m. Friday) and Polk Community College (Saturday, 2 p.m.). GPC defeated the first two visitors in recent weeks. Polk, located in Winter Haven, Fla., is ranked ninth in the nation with an 8-4 record.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Oct. 3, 2007

Cook, Whitaker lead GPC to fifth straight win

It speaks volumes about the revitalized Georgia Perimeter College’s women's soccer program that the Lady Jaguars’ fifth consecutive victory left their head coach with a glass-half-empty feeling.

“We played OK, but not our best,” Jessica Wheeler assessed Tuesday after a 3-0 victory over Andrew College on the Dunwoody Campus. “We are having trouble finishing.”

To extend the streak to six, the Lady Jaguars must cash in on scoring chances in their next match Friday at 4 p.m. at Young Harris College. The Lady Mountain Lions are ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 poll.

Three weeks ago, GPC threw a scare into the defending national champion. But a 1-1 halftime tie disintegrated into a 4-1 defeat.

Tuesday against Andrew College, GPC scoring leader Beka Cook kicked in two goals, while Andrew allowed a rare “own” goal for the third score. The conference victory moves Georgia Perimeter to 8-3-1 on the season, 6-3 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

Goalkeeper Lauren Whitaker has turned the opponents’ goal into an impenetrable  fortress. She sculpted a second straight shutout, her third of the season, and has granted just one goal in the past four games.

 

Oct. 1, 2007

Lady Jaguars extend win streak to four

For the GPC women's soccer team, a well-done save on a penalty kick led to a rare victory over a long-time nemesis. As a result, no longer can the Lady Jaguars be considered a medium squad.

Extending their win streak to four, GPC edged Oxford College 1-0 on the Clarkston campus Friday courtesy of Beka Cook's goal and goalkeeper Lauren Whitaker's rescue.

Whitaker repelled a penalty kick in the 70th minute after Oxford drew a foul in the box, then had to scramble when the ball popped free for a subsequent save. Whitaker's shutout, fortified by eight saves, was her second of the season.

Cook had staked the Lady Jaguars to a lead earlier in the half with a goal on Nicole Delamar's assist.

Oxford annually has dominated the series with the Lady Jaguars, but Georgia Perimeter climbed out of a two-goal hole on Sept. 18 for a 2-2 tie on the road. GPC has not faltered since, polishing a 7-3-1 record (5-3, Georgia Junior College Athletic Association).

Tuesday the Lady Jaguars host Andrew College on the Dunwoody campus following a 2 p.m. game between the men's teams.

They travel Friday for a 4 p.m. rematch at Young Harris College, which is 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. Earlier in the season, Young Harris won 5-1 on GPC’s home field.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Sept. 26, 2007

GPC continues winning on road

The GPC women's soccer team will have mixed emotions when it gets reacquainted with its home field this weekend on the Clarkston campus.

The Lady Jaguars completed an unbeaten swing through the state Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over Gordon College in Barnesville. With three wins and a tie since hitting the road on Sept. 18, GPC has improved to 6-3-1 overall and 5-3 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

The Friday game against Oxford begins at 5 p.m. It was at Oxford where the long, fulfilling road journey began, with a 2-2 tie.

Tuesday, GPC drilled 30 shots, compared to only two for Gordon. “Our passing was great, along with our movement,” head coach Jessica Wheeler said. “Despite the score, we had a difficult time finding the back of the net.”

Six players managed to do so: Beka Cook, Nicole Delamar, Sofia Garuba, Kathy Rivera, Omotayo Adeshigbin and Lindsey Unger. Cook had a foot in three assists; the others went to Ashley Cooper, Nicole Delamar and Jessica Mingledorff.

 

Sept. 24, 2007

Whitaker, Lady Jaguars blank Middle Georgia

The GPC women's soccer team etched its first shutout of the season Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Jaguars gave themselves little room for error, however, scoring the game's lone goal midway through the second half in a 1-0 win over Middle Georgia College in Cochran. The victory moved GPC over .500 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

GPC’s Lauren Whitaker fended off eight Middle Georgia attempts on goal, a few late in the game when the hosts attacked desperately.

Sofia Garuba's goal on a cross from Nicole DeLamar was the only shot to elude either goalkeeper.

“The game wasn't pretty and we did not play well,” GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler said. “We were lucky to come away with a win.”

Still, the Lady Jaguars (5-3-1, 4-3 GJCAA) have found traveling to their liking. They have stockpiled two wins and a tie during a four-game road swing that winds up Tuesday night in Barnesville against Gordon College.

Then it's back home for a game against Oxford College on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Clarkston Campus.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Sept. 21, 2007

GPC back on winning track

The Georgia Perimeter College Lady Jaguars, following a three-match winless stretch, finally got a chance to kick back Thursday night in a 5-1 victory over Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

Sophomore forward Rebekah Cook scored two goals and notched an assist for GPC. Her sister, Lisa, also tallied, as did Solia Garuba and Jessica Mingledorff. Ashley Cooper and Nicole DeLemar picked up assists.

Georgia Military entered with a 1-9-1 record and only four goals scored. The verdict boosted Georgia Perimeter’s record to 4-3-1 and 3-3 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association.

The Lady Jaguars hit the road again Saturday for a 2 p.m. start against Middle Georgia College (3-1-1) in Cochran. It's the third of a four-game road swing that concludes Tuesday in Barnesville against Gordon College. The squad returns home to host Oxford on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Sept. 19, 2007

Unger rallies Lady Jaguars to tie

To satisfy their soccer hunger, the GPC Lady Jaguars leaned on Lindsey Unger.

The sophomore midfielder rallied GPC from a two-goal deficit with a pair of second-half scores Tuesday in a 2-2 tie at Oxford College. The match was a make-up of last month's postponement caused by stormy weather.

The Lady Jaguars (3-3-1) were faced with the prospect of falling under .500 for the first time this season when Oxford, following a scoreless first half, opened the second period with a pair of goals.

Then Beka Cook's free kick found Unger perched at the back post. She banged it in, rejuvenating GPC's hopes.

Unger was near the same spot later when Lisa Cook, Beka's sister, air-mailed a cross that resulted in the equalizer.

Neither team tallied in overtime, partly a result of Oxford taking a defensive approach during the extra period.

“I was very pleased with our performance. We didn’t give up even though we were two goals down,” head coach Jessica Wheeler said.

The Lady Jaguars travel Thursday to Georgia Military College and Saturday to Middle Georgia College.

 

Sept. 15, 2007

Top-ranked Darton downs Georgia Perimeter

Jumping from the frying pan into the fire, the GPC women's soccer team closed out a two-game set against instate powers Saturday, getting burned by Darton College 7-1 on the Lady Jaguars’ home turf in Clarkston.

GPC started out slowly, as if still suffering from a 5-1 loss to defending NJCAA champion Young Harris College, ranked No. 1 in the first regular season poll, four days earlier. No. 12 Darton bolted to a 4-0 cushion, then the Lady Jaguars showed some spunk after a halftime talk by coach Jessica Wheeler.

“We played a much better second half,” Wheeler said. “Sometimes I have to yell at them in order to light a fire in them. I have told them many times they have to play hard for 90 minutes and not give up, no matter what the score is.”

 

Sept. 12, 2007

Young Harris floods GPC in second half

It was fun under the sun Tuesday for the GPC women's soccer team, who played defending NJCAA champion Young Harris College to a 1-1 tie in the first half.

But heavy rain brought the Lady Jaguars nothing but pain. Young Harris went ahead 2-1 under a steady downpour that began the second half. Then, following a weather-related halt in the action, the No.1-ranked team poured it on with three more goals and a 5-1 win on the Clarkston campus.

The Lady Jaguars (3-2) had plenty of scoring opportunities before the clouds emptied, but scored only on Nicole Delamar's header off a corner kick by Beka Cook in the 37th minute. Several other shots went wide of the net.

The onslaught commenced in the 52nd minute on a breakdown by the GPC defense that left its goalkeeper facing three unmarked Young Harris players. The goal, off of a rebound, opened the floodgates.

“Tough loss,” said GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler. “I had high expectations. We just lost our momentum during the delay.”

GPC plays host to Darton College at 2 p.m. Saturday. Early forecast: chance of thunderstorms.

Still, the second half generated only one GPC goal, by Giselle Leguizamon on an assist from Beka Cook. It brought some solace to the Lady Jaguars, who were outscored by a combined 19-0 in two games against Darton last season.

With a makeup date on Tuesday, the Lady Jaguars (3-3) cram three games into the next week, all on the road. They travel to Oxford College on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match that was postponed last month because of inclement weather. Then the team returns home for games Thursday and Saturday against Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia College.

 

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

Sept. 10, 2007

  Lady Jaguars rebound on Cook’s four goals

 The taste of its first defeat of the season did not linger for the GPC women's soccer team, thanks to an offensive explosion of four goals by Beka Cook.

One day after a 3-0 loss at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Lady Jaguars dusted themselves off and downed South Georgia College 5-2 Sunday in Douglas.

The weekend split makes GPC 3-1 entering Tuesday's biggest challenge of the year—a home game against Young Harris College, the top-ranked school in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason coaches poll. A double-overtime loss to the powerful north Georgia program last season was one of the Lady Jags’ highlights.

At Saturday's loss in Tifton, the Lady Jags were slow from the start. “We did not come to play,” coach Jessica Wheeler said.

With the quick turn-around, GPC displayed a bit more focus and energy but found itself tied 2-2 in the second half Sunday. “I was getting a big nervous at this point,” Wheeler said. “It was a back-and-forth game.”

Then Jessica Mingledorff moved the match back in the Lady Jags’ favor for keeps on a breakaway goal. Sandwiched around her tie-breaking score were the flurry of goals by Cook, one assisted by Mingledorff.

South Georgia did not surrender, peppering GPC keeper Lauren Whitaker with shots. But none found the net, putting the Lady Jags in a proper frame of mind for Tuesday's quest for a season-making upset.

The Young Harris game time is 4 p.m. at Clarkston Campus.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

September 6, 2007

 Lady Jaguars roll past Truett-McConnell

It doesn't get much easier than this. The GPC women's soccer team got hat tricks from not one, but two, players in breezing past Truett-McConnell 9-1 on Wednesday at the Clarkston campus.

Werline Paul and Lindsey Unger powered in three goals apiece, while Ashley Cooper, Beka Cook and Jessica Mingledorff rounded out the rat-a-tat scoring pace for the Lady Jaguars (2-0). A penalty kick by the visitors spoiled GPC's shutout, the only downer on a dominant day.

“We have been working on making sure the ball is constantly moving,” said GPC head coach Jessica Wheeler, whose team made certain the ball moved constantly into the net. “We also did well with winning balls in the air—all things we have been working on in practice.”

The Lady Jaguars won't have much time for practice the next few days. On Saturday, they begin a stretch of three games in four afternoons with a trip to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Then it's on to South Georgia College in Douglas for a Sunday matinee.

The crowded agenda concludes Tuesday with a home game against Young Harris College at 4 p.m. The Lady Jaguar home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

August 31, 2007

Mingledorff hat trick sinks Shelton State

Jessica Mingledorff is the “cap” this season, so it was appropriate that she scored a hat trick to send Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team Thursday to a 3-2 victory over Shelton State in its delayed opener.

The permanent team captain, who shares the role with rotating captains, drilled all of her goals from outside the box, each finding the upper part of the net.

“Mingledorff set the tone of the game,” coach Jessica Wheeler said of the sophomore from Berkmar High. “From the first whistle till the last whistle, she hustled and played very well. Her leadership really showed throughout the game.”

GPC goalkeeper Lauren Whitaker, in her debut with the Lady Jaguars, recorded eight saves. The only goals she allowed were on a breakaway and a free kick. Sweeper Lisa Cook paced a defense that prevented further damage.

The Lady Jaguars controlled the midfield, primarily a tag-team effort by Kathy Rivera and Nicole Delamar.

GPC's next game is at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Truett-McConnell on the Clarkston Campus. The originally scheduled regular season opener, wiped out by inclement weather, has been reset for at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Oxford College.

 

August 24, 2007

Lady Jaguars eye banner season

A year ago, GPC women’s soccer head coach Jessica Wheeler was pregnant with her first child, a son. This year, she is pregnant . . . with anticipation over the most promising team of her five-year stint, three as head coach.

“This is the most excited I’ve been about an upcoming season because of who’s returning and my new girls,” she says.

Promoted from assistant coach after a dreadful one-win season, Wheeler got her feet wet with a five-win campaign in 2005, then doubled her pleasure with 10 victories last year despite a roster overstocked with freshmen (16 of 18 players).

Ten of those college first-timers are back, and the shaky goalkeeper position has been shored up with fresh faces Lauren Whitaker of Atlanta and Middle Georgia transfer Maggie Megaro of Duluth.

Whitaker was a non-playing GPC student last year who was persuaded by friends to try out. Better late than never, but Wheeler says, “I could have used her last season.”

No longer will a berth in the Region 17 conference tournament, where the Lady Jaguars won once to reach its postseason final four, satisfy Wheeler.

“Now I want to go to the nationals,” she says of the tournament in Albany. “I have high hopes.”

The Lady Jaguars’ 10-10-2 record far exceeded expectations, but the final game left a sour aftertaste. In the 8-0 defeat to Darton College, “my girls just rolled over and played dead,” Wheeler says.

It was not a win, but another setback, that hinted to Wheeler the team’s rising potential: 1-0 in double-overtime to Young Harris. The north Georgia school later claimed the NJCAA crown.

Fortified by unprecedented depth, the Lady Jaguars began preseason practice with only about half of the starting lineup penciled in. Positions up for grabs will be claimed more by effort than ability, warns Wheeler, who advises players to treat their soccer participation as a job.

“Some girls are going to find themselves sitting on the bench not because of lack of talent,” she says.

Two certain incumbents in the Lady Jaguars’ standard 4-4-2 formation are the Cook twins of Marietta. Rebekah topped the team in scoring with 10 goals and seven assists in the face of constant double-teaming, while Lisa handled sweeper.

“Truly talented players,” says the coach, who required a few weeks last year to tell apart her second set of twins in two seasons.

There is one fewer Cook in the kitchen. Mary (no relation), a midfielder, is scratched for the season with a knee injury.

“She was one I was bummed to lose,” Wheeler says. A possible replacement is small but scrappy Nicole Delemar, prominent among the five freshmen.

The roster remains overwhelmingly home-grown, with midfielder Ashley Cooper of Augusta traveling the farthest from her high school.

Wheeler, a Central Gwinnett High graduate with deep connections to metro Atlanta’s club soccer scene, wants to expand the recruiting base. She made a run at two prospects from Florida, a fertile ground for the men’s squad, but came up empty.

“At least kids [from outside metro Atlanta] are considering us,” she says. “We’re not automatically scratched off their list.”

Long-term, Wheeler wishes to emerge from the large shadow cast by the perennially powerful GPC men’s soccer team and forge its own identity.

“It’s hard to compete [for attention] with the boys,” she says. “People say, ‘What’s wrong with the girls?’”

That day in the sunlight is nigh if the Lady Jaguars maintain their rapid pace of improvement this season. If progress continues at the current rate, the question will be replaced with, “What’s right with the girls?’”

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

 

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.