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Oct. 28, 2008

Injury-plagued Jaguars end season

Injuries play a part in all sports, but rarely have they been as big a factor as in Georgia Perimeter College’s opening match of the Region 17 women’s soccer playoffs against Middle Georgia.

The Lady Jaguars lost three key players in the early going Tuesday in Cochran as midfielder Nicole Delamar, who has played recently with a slight concussion, aggravated the injury, and forward Romina del Alcazar and striker Mary Fernandez suffered shin bruises.

All three asked to return to the game, and coach Bruno Kalonji wanted to reinsert them after concluding they were healthy enough to play. However, the Middle Georgia trainer elected to withhold them. Thinned out, the Lady Jaguars wore down toward the end and fell 4-1.

The defeat finished the season for GPC, which closed with a 6-11-1 overall record and a 5-7-1 mark in the region (Georgia Junior College Athletic Conference). Middle Georgia (15-7), which beat the Lady Jaguars 2-0 in the regular season, moves on to the tournament semifinals.

Minus the injured trio, the Lady Jaguars were left with one only substitute, their backup goalkeeper, Brenda Franco.

“We fought all the way to the last whistle,”Kalonji said. “We just started running out of gas. Some players are not used to playing the entire game.”

After a two-goal burst by Middle Georgia in the first half, the Jaguars “were dominating the game,”according to Kalonji. “We were attacking more than them.”

The offensive pressure produced just one goal. Bobbi Jean Freiss forwarded the ball to Brittany Brotherton, who scored to trim Middle Georgia’s lead to 2-1 early in the second half.

The Lady Warriors pulled further ahead late in the match, wrapping up the scoring with a penalty kick.

Kalonji and the Jaguars close the books on the 2008 season with an optimistic eye on 2009. The team graduates four sophomores, so the Jaguars should return a seasoned contingent when preseason practice arrives next summer.

“I’m proud of these Jaguars,” Kalonji said. “They faced a tough rebuilding season and never quit working and improving. We’re in good shape for next season.”

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

 

Oct. 23, 2008

Jaguars tripped in final seconds

There are defeats and there are painful defeats. Thursday’s was excruciating for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team.

From left, Alaina Carluccio, Bobbie Freiss and Christine DeVito celebrate Freiss’ goal.

With much at stake, the Lady Jaguars were whistled for a disputed penalty inside the final 10 seconds of their match with Truett-McConnell College on the Clarkston campus. The Lady Bears converted for a 2-1 win that gave them second place over GPC in the North Division of Region 17.

The outcome means the Lady Jaguars (6-10-1, 5-7-1 Region 17) must travel to Middle Georgia College on Tuesday for a first-round region game. Had they triumphed Thursday, they would have opened the tournament at home.

The Lady Bears (7-5-1), limited to a few shots on goal, scored first when a corner kick deflected inadvertently off the neck of a player and into the back of the net.

In the second half, GPC coach Bruno Kalonji moved sophomore sweeper Bobbi Jean Freiss to the front line. It paid off when she dribbled in and scored an unassisted goal to force a 1-1 tie.

The Lady Jaguars continued to control play, but Omotayo Adeshigbin’s controversial foul led to the game-winning penalty kick.

Kalonji found a silver lining in the loss. “The intensity with which we played, if we bring that to the playoff game, good things might happen,” he said. “Losing is not good, but the players decided to play.”

Middle Georgia downed GPC 2-0 in the Lady Jaguars’ eighth game of the season. To win GPC must stop the Warriors’ speedy forward, Tashana Vincent, and find a way to penetrate a stout defense.

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

 

Oct. 14, 2008

GPC wins; eyes TMC showdown

As the temperature starts to drop, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team is heating up. It could not come at a better time.

The Lady Jaguars dropped Georgia Military College 7-0 Tuesday on the Clarkston campus. On the heels of a 6-0 win in their previous game, they have improved to 6-9-1.

Their Region 17 record is 5-6-1 entering the critical regular season finale against Truett-McConnell College that will determine second place in the North Division of the region standings and a favorable spot in the region tournament. The match is at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Clarkston field.

“We were patient, knocked the ball around and got some goals,”coach Bruno Kalonji said. “These couple of victories will help our confidence for the Truett game.”

Because Georgia Military brought only 10 players, Kalonji agreed to send out the same number of Lady Jaguars. The visitors adopted a defensive posture in which they did not try to score, and GPC could not break through until midway in the first half on Alaina Carluccio’s goal. Luz Andrea Cardona scored late in the period to make the score 2-0.

The floodgates opened after intermission. Christine DeVito struck twice to lead the charge. Accounting for the other goals were Romina Del Alcazar, Karen Ramirez and Brittany Brotherton, who also earned two assists.

At the other end, GPC goalkeepers did not record a single save.

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

 

Oct. 5, 2008

DeVito’s hat trick spurs Jaguars

Doctors’ offices were closed Sunday in Barnesville, but the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team still found a cure there for what ailed them.

Christine DeVito scored three goals and had an assist.

The Lady Jaguars snapped a four-match loss streak with their biggest offensive output of the season. They roared by Gordon College 6-0 on a hat trick by sophomore midfielder Christine DeVito.

It was a crucial Georgia Junior College Athletic Association victory for the Jaguars (5-9-1, 4-6-1 GJCAA), who came into the match battling Gordon (4-11, 3-6) for a third-place finish and a spot in the Region 17 tournament.

DeVito supplemented her three goals with an assist. Other goals were scored by Nicole Delamar, Stacey Frazer and Brittany Brotherton. Bobbi Jean Freiss assisted on two scores.

“We played OK the first half. After awhile, we ran them tired, ” coach Bruno Kalonji said. “This game gives us back momentum.”

Goalkeepers Kaitlyn Rotti and Brenda Franco collaborated on the shutout, though they were barely tested with two shots on goal.

The victory likely puts GPC, which beat the Highlanders 4-0 last month, into the region playoffs.

With nine days between matches, the Lady Jaguars will be challenged to build on their momentum. Next up is Georgia Military College (0-14, 0-11) at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 on the Clarkston Campus.

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

 

Oct. 3, 2008

This time Young Harris tops GPC

In women’s soccer, playing the Mountain Lions of Young Harris College on their north Georgia campus is like climbing a steep mountain.

Georgia Perimeter College got up the incline Friday but failed to reach the summit, losing 3-1 to the 10th-ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls.

The Lady Jaguars trimmed a 2-1 deficit in half early in the second period when a cross from Christine Devito bounced off the goal’s upper bar and was banged in by Johana Flores.

The upset chances evaporated when Young Harris converted a penalty kick in the waning minutes. GPC had been charged with a handball in the box.

“I was happy with the girls’ performance, ” head coach Bruno Kalinji said. “After two early goals by Young Harris, we battled pretty hard. ”

Lady Jaguars goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rotti repelled a dozen shots among 19 attempts by Young Harris. The visitors mustered 11 shots.

The teams engaged in a scoreless tie two weeks ago at Georgia Perimeter’s Clarkston Campus field. Young Harris (10-1-1, 8-1-1 GJCAA) sits atop the North Division of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (Region 17), while the Jaguars (4-9-1, 3-6-1) are battling for a third-place finish and a spot in the postseason region tournament.

Saddled with four straight losses, GPC embarks on its final road trip of the regular season Sunday to Barnesville for a game against Gordon College. A 4-0 win over Gordon last month was the Lady Jaguars’ most decisive of the season. Their next home game will be against Georgia Military College at the Clarkston Campus on Oct. 14.

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

Sept. 30, 2008

Truett-McConnell nips Jaguars

Closer but no cigar Tuesday for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team.

On the heels of two resounding defeats, the Lady Jaguars hung with Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., before bowing 2-1. The visitors, playing their third game in four days, dropped to 4-8-1, 3-5-1 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (Region 17), leaving Truett-McConnell solidly in second place in the North Division of the conference.

The Bears (5-6, 5-3 GJCAA) wield a strong home-field advantage, but GPC made them earn the win.

“We played much better,” coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We dominated the second half. The girls really stepped up.”

GPC’s Nicole Dalamar, a master at drawing a penalty, did so again and converted to tie it at 1-1. The Bears, who led 1-0 at the half, broke the deadlock with about 15 minutes left in the match.

The Lady Jaguars visit Young Harris College on Friday for a grudge match. The teams engaged in a scoreless tie two weeks ago on GPC’s home field. Young Harris (9-1-1, 7-1-1) occupies first place in the North Division standings and is ranked No. 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

The Jaguars’ road trip continues at Gordon College Oct. 5, and then their next home game will be against Georgia Military College on Oct. 14.

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

Sept. 28, 2008

Oxford downs slow-starting Jaguars

If the Georgia Perimeter women’s soccer team plays with the energy it displayed for most of the second half Sunday, the Lady Jaguars can finish the season on a high note.

GPC (4-7-1, 3-4-1 GJCAA) peppered Oxford College with a dozen shots after intermission in dominating play. However, none went in, and the Lady Jaguars fell 4-0 in Oxford.

The Lady Jaguars’ defense missed midfielder Christine DeVito, who sat out after receiving a red card Saturday. Oxford quickly jumped ahead 1-0, then scored twice at the onset of the second period.

“Then we started battling,” head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We just can't get going early. We had a lot of opportunities in the second half that just were not successful.”

Oxford (10-2), ranked seventh in the NJCAA division a level lower than GPC’s, managed only two shots following the break. One banged off the post and was accidentally knocked in by GPC defender Bobbi Jean Freiss, the second “own” goal she allowed in two days.

Earlier in the season, Oxford defeated Georgia Perimeter 3-2.

The Jaguars will try to rally by Tuesday, when they travel to Cleveland, Ga., to play Truett-McConnell College. The key region match will be GPC’s third in four days.

“We have to gather ourselves for the Truett game,” Kalonji said. The Bears (4-6, 4-3 GJCAA) and Georgia Perimeter are fighting for second place in the North Division of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Conference.

The road trip continues after Tuesday’s game, sending the Jaguars to Young Harris College on Oct. 3 and Gordon College Oct. 5. The next home game will be against Georgia Military College on Oct. 14.

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

 

Sept. 27, 2008

GPC rusty in loss to South Georgia

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team should have expected problems when, after a long layoff, they played Saturday in the midst of the critical metro Atlanta gas shortage.

The Lady Jaguars played with a less-than-full tank, losing 4-1 to South Georgia College on the Clarkston Campus in a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association match.

Returning from a nine-day break, GPC was staggered by three South Georgia goals in the first half.

Following the intermission, midfielder Nicole Delamar raised Georgia Perimeter’s hopes for a jump-start when she was brought down in the box. She nailed a penalty kick to narrow the gap to 3-1.

But the Tigers’ early lead was too much to overcome, and defender Bobbi Jean Freiss inadvertently kicked the ball into the net for an “own” goal that closed the scoring.

“Overconfident,” GPC coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We came in a little flat. We did better in the second half.”

The Lady Jaguars (4-6-1, 3-4-1 GJCAA) produced 11 shots on goal after intermission, compared to only two for the Lady Tigers. Even with 17 attempts all told, all GPC could muster on the scoreboard was a penalty kick.

South Georgia (7-4, 5-4) jumped ahead with two early scores. Jaguar goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rotti nearly deflected the first shot, but it bounced off a goalpost and went in the net. She made a good stop on a one-on-one run, but Tiger forward Stephanie Larsen put the rebound in.

Larsen later capitalized on a defensive miscue, collided with Rotti in a chase for the ball and rolled it in for the third score.

GPC barely catches its breath before traveling to Oxford College—gas availability permitting—for a Sunday afternoon match.

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

 

Sept. 18, 2008

Jaguars tie No. 7 Young Harris

If the malfunctioning scoreboard had been operational, it would have read: Georgia Perimeter College 0, Young Harris College 0. But to the Lady Jaguars, Thursday’s match on GPC’s Clarkston Campus felt like a victory.

Freshman keeper Kaitlyn Rotti recorded 23 saves in her fourth shutout.

Georgia Perimeter battled the No. 7-ranked Mountain Lions all the way through two 10-minute overtimes and happily settled for a scoreless tie.

Young Harris, leading the Northern Division of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association, had given conference leader Darton College a scare in the Lions’ only loss of the season. Since Darton had whipped GPC 10-0, things seemed ominous as the Jaguars took on Young Harris.

“I see this as a big-time victory,” GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “All of the ladies really stepped up.”

In goal, Kaitlyn Rotti amassed 23 saves, several on uncontested shots by the GPC defense. Rotti earned her third shutout in as many days and fourth of the season. It was the team’s third consecutive shutout.

The Lady Jaguars misfired on three golden chances of their own. Omotayo Adeshigbin failed from in front of the net off a precise corner kick from Alaina Carluccio. Stacey Frazer, a recent walk-on, was off the mark twice after maneuvering past the Lions’ stingy back line. Visiting goalkeeper Kelsey Cunningham stopped one of her shots with a diving save.

Young Harris (8-1-1, 6-1-1 GJCAA) also missed numerous opportunities. Though Brittany Brotherton and Karen Ramirez stifled the Lions’ ace forward, Candace Edwards, the Tobago import intercepted a pass in the second half and broke open on Rotti. The freshman from Cartersville dove on the ball at Edwards’ feet, knocking it away to a teammate.

GPC’s offense took a hit when star midfielder Nicole Delamar left the game after heading a smoking corner kick. Consequently, the Jaguars gradually fell back into defensive mode as Young Harris began to control the midfield.

However, Georgia Perimeter’s defense persistently broke up the Lions’ forward thrusts, forcing Young Harris midfielders Kelley Hoyt and Emily Villas to fire impressive long bombs to the goal. Time and again Rotti stopped those shots with corner kicks.

“We took them down to our level,” said GPC midfielder Christine DeVito. “They opened the game with good passing combinations, but once they started playing boom ball, it was all over for them.”

Young Harris had a chance to score in the first overtime when the ball bounced past Rotti, but DeVito was at the goal mouth to kick it away. Again in the second overtime, Rotti made a diving save on a ball that got past her.

The Jaguars enter an eight-day break with some momentum and a 4-5-1 record, 3-3-1 in the GJCAA.

“We welcome the break,” said Kalonji. “We’ve had a series of nagging injuries.”

DeVito was able to play Thursday despite a sore knee. Delamar, also nursing a leg injury, recovered from her head blow and managed to contribute in the overtimes. Defender Mary Fernandez left the game with a sprained ankle.

After the rest and recuperation, the Jaguars will host South Georgia College on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. A victory would enhance their chances to make the Region 17 tournament in late October.

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

 

Sept. 16, 2008

GPC records second straight shutout

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team did not arrive in Milledgeville on Wednesday until a half-hour before its game against Georgia Military College.

The Jaguars rushed through their warm-ups for the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association match and took awhile to heat up after the kick-off. But they came through with a 3-0 victory that drew them within a game of .500 entering a key match on Thursday against conference power Young Harris College.

Though the Jaguars led 2-0 at halftime, they “picked it up in the second half and played much better,” head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We connected very well in center midfield.”

Romina Del Alcazar dribbled in from the right wing and scored the game’s first goal, then crossed into the box to Bobbi Jean Freiss, who scored the second tally.

In the second half, Alaina Carluccio completed the scoring, unassisted on a blast from outside the box.

The Lady Jaguars (4-5, 3-3 GJCAA) fired 22 shots on goal. Kaitlyn Rotti, going the distance in goal for GPC because Brenda Franco was out with an ankle injury, halted four attempts by Georgia Military, recording her third shutout of the season.

Young Harris (8-1, 6-1 GJCAA) comes to Thursday's 4 p.m. game on the Clarkston Campus as the leader in the North Division of the conference standings and ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Lady Jaguars may be missing standout midfielder Christine DeVito, who injured a knee Wednesday.

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

 

Sept. 13, 2008

Jaguars shut out Gordon

Benefiting from two substitutes, the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team downed Gordon College 4-0 Saturday afternoon on the Clarkston campus.

Karen Ramirez was a leader in GPC's defensive effort.

Usual starter Christine DeVito, who was not feeling well before the game, entered early in the first half and scored a minute later, unassisted on a 23-yard blast.

The game’s final goal was scored by a walk-on, Fallon Ancion, a freshman from Stone Mountain playing in her first game after being added to the roster only days earlier. Ancion took a baseline cross from Romina Del Alcazar and headed it into the net with perfect form.

“Everyone was on at the same time,” said coach Bruno Kalonji, whose Lady Jaguars allowed only two shots on goal. “The team is getting better and better.”

After DeVito’s opening goal, Bobbi Jean Freiss struck on a 25-yard boot following a passing combination with Karen Ramirez and Nicole Delamar. That gave the Jaguars a 2-0 lead at the half.

Delamar started the second half scoring on a penalty kick after she was fouled in the box.

Gordon (2-3) couldn’t penetrate the solid wall presented by Georgia Perimeter’s back line of Ramirez, Freiss and Kristel Rivera. The defenders, along with midfield domination by the likes of Omotayo Adeshigbin and Brittany Brotherton, made it easy for goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rotti to chalk up her second shutout of the season.

GPC (3-5, 2-3 GJCAA) hopes to carry its momentum to Milledgeville on Tuesday for a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association match against Georgia Military College.

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

Sept. 11, 2008

Warriors’ speed, defense stifle GPC

Lately, the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer has encountered teams with speedy star scorers. Those standouts are delivering knockout punches that make the Lady Jaguars see stars.

Lady Jaguar Christine DeVito tries to move the ball upfield during Thursday's game. Photo by Bill Roa

On Thursday, it was Tashana Vincent of Middle Georgia College tallying twice in the first half of a 2-0 victory for the visiting Warriors on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

“It seems like every school we've played so far has that one fast striker that makes a difference,” GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “That’s what we're lacking this year.”

Freshman Kaitlin Rotti was extra-active in goal for Georgia Perimeter with nine saves, some of them spectacular. She halted a penalty kick called for a handball violation.

“She played a fantastic game. She was definitely the most valuable player,” Kalonji said.

Also credit goes to Middle Georgia’s strong defensive effort. The Lady Jaguars could only generate two shots in falling to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association. But Kalonji isn’t throwing in the towel.

“I'm seeing a lot of improvement,” he said. “The ladies are starting to connect with each other, understand their strengths and weaknesses.”

Next up for GPC is a home game on the Clarkston field at 1 p.m. Saturday against conference foe Gordon College.

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

 

 Sept. 7, 2008

Double hat trick dooms Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team was privileged to witness a master at work Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Lady Jaguars, Shakira Duncan of Darton College (5-0) displayed her brilliance at their expense. The Jamaican scored six goals—all in the first half—in a 9-0 route over GPC in Albany.

“She is amazing," Lady Jaguars head coach Bruno Kalonji said. He put top defender Kristel Rivera on Duncan, with occasional double-teams, but to no avail. “She is so superior, bicycle kicks, headers. Her speed is amazing.”

GPC trailed 6-0 at intermission against the No. 9 team in the National Junior College Athletic Association. “The second half, we came back and played much better," Kalonji said. But Darton (5-0) maintained the shutout and added three goals to Duncan’s double hat trick.

Back-to-back weekend games took its toll on the Lady Jaguars (2-4, 1-2 GJCAA), who came home with only 11 healthy players along with three injured teammates.

They have until Thursday to recuperate before facing Middle Georgia College at 4 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus. It's the nightcap of a doubleheader, preceded by a men’s match between the same schools.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. The home game on Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

Sept. 6, 2008

GPC offense heats up at Andrew

The weather was brutally hot Saturday afternoon in Cuthbert, Ga., but no hotter than the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team.

The Lady Jaguars socked it to Georgia Junior College Athletic Association foe Andrew College 6-2, snapping a three-game loss streak in their first road game of the season.

“We played much better,” first-year head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “I’m seeing improvement every game.”

GPC (2-3, 1-1 GJCAA) spotted the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead within the first four minutes before reeling off four goals by halftime. Bobbi Jean Freiss got the ball rolling with a long free kick to tie the game. Christine DeVito, Alaina Carluccio and Johana Flores followed suit.

DeVito tallied again after the break and midfielder Nicole Delamar, who contributed two assists, finished off the scoring.

“Nicole performed well, despite playing with an injured knee,” Kalonji said. “She made things from the center as the attacking midfielder, but we were trying to keep her not playing so long.”

The Lady Jaguars peppered Andrew with 15 shots. GPC goalkeeper Brenda Franco went the distance, recording three saves.

Georgia Perimeter travels to Darton Sunday and then hosts Middle Georgia College Thursday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus at 4 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. The home game on Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

 

Sept. 4, 2008

Overtime free kick downs Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team worked overtime Thursday, but its efforts did not bring extra payoff.

The Lady Jaguars lost 3-2 at their Clarkston field to Oxford College, which scored on a direct free kick in sudden death. It was GPC’s third straight setback after a season-opening victory.

“We’re a much stronger team than we’re showing right now,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “It’s going to take some work, but I’m sure we’ll start clicking.”

Within the first five minutes of the match, GPC vaulted ahead when Alaina Carluccio assisted with a hard cross from the right corner. Freshman midfielder Brittany Brotherton veered the ball into the net with her hip.

Oxford’s swift forward, Taylor Tyger, answered in the next minute with a long kick that just cleared under the top bar.

The Lady Eagles scored again before halftime, but the Jaguars tied it 2-2 when Bobbi Jean Freiss passed the ball forward to Christine DeVito, who dribbled into the box and was fouled. DeVito nailed the penalty kick with about 10 minutes left in regulation.

The Jaguars (1-3) converted two of their seven shots, while Oxford beat Kaitlyn Rotti for three scores in nine attempts.

GPC embarks on a two-game road trip this weekend, starting Saturday against Andrew College in Cuthbert. The next day, the Jaguars are in Albany to confront Darton College. Then on Sept. 11 they host Middle Georgia College at 4 p.m. on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus field.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. The home game on Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

 

Sept. 1, 2008

Undefeated Polk rolls past GPC

On an off day for classes, the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team got taken to school by the No. 5 team in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

Polk Community College of Winter Haven, Fla., whipped the Lady Jaguars 9-1 on Labor Day at the Clarkston campus. The setback dropped GPC to 1-2 entering a 4 p.m. home game Thursday against Oxford.

“Polk is a powerhouse. They are a very strong team,” said Jaguar head coach Bruno Kalonji. “They beat three or four teams in our region by 8 or more points. We are the first team to score on them.”

The Lady Jaguars’ lone goal resulted in a deflection by the Polk goalkeeper that landed at the feet of Christine DeVito. She delivered the ball to Nicole Delamar for the score, cutting the visitors’ lead to 4-1 at halftime.

Polk (8-0) scored twice in the game's first 10 minutes as GPC opened in a preventative formation with only one attacker and five defenders. Coach Bruno Kalonji abandoned the alignment after falling behind by two goals and went with three attackers the rest of the way. It led to several scoring possibilities but also opened the gates for Polk.

Brenda Franco served the first half in goal for GPC. Kaitlyn Rotti took over after intermission and allowed five scores.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. The home game on Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

 

August 30, 2008

ABAC edges Jaguars with late free kick

A late goal on a foul Saturday doomed the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team, which stumbled 2-1 to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The foul resulted in a free kick, and the visitors from Tifton cashed in for the game-winner on the Clarkston Campus.

ABAC scored first on a goal resulting from miscommunication between GPC sweeper Bobbi Jean Freiss and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rotti, allowing the ball to trickle in.

Bobbi Jean Freiss, attacking from her sweeper position, tied it 1-1 on a shot from nearly midfield in the 35th minute.

Rotti made two outstanding saves in the first half before giving way to Brenda Franco, who missed the Lady Jaguars' season-opening win with an injury. Franco made several impressive stops.

GPC, in turn, missed a number of goal opportunities, some of them in the final four minutes after falling behind.

“ABAC was a strong team,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “But we played a strong game. We’re still working on our attack, and we should be able to capitalize on opportunities with more work.”

It was the first game in 10 days for the Lady Jaguars (1-1), whose Aug. 26 game versus Treutt-McConnell was postponed by inclement weather. GPC is back on the field in Clarkston at 11 a.m. on Labor Day against Polk Community College of Winter Haven, Fla. Then the Jaguars will host Oxford College on Thursday at 4 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. The home game on Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

 

August 20, 2008

Jaguars nip Brewton-Parker in opener

The Bruno Kalonji era began smashingly Wednesday as the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team rewarded their new head coach with a 1-0 win over Brewton-Parker College on GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

Jaguars midfielder Nicole Delamar, playing in spite of an injury, broke a scoreless tie deep in the second half by driving in a penalty kick. It was set up when Stephanie Cordova, awaiting a corner kick in front of the net, was elbowed.

The Barons had thwarted one promising GPC goal opportunity earlier. Alaina Carluccio's precise corner kick was deflected to GPC's Omotayo Adeshigbin, whose shot beat the keeper but was repelled by a defender.

The Lady Jaguars dominated the hard-fought defensive battle, launching nine shots on goal. Kalonji opted for a strategy in which the defense was compacted from the center to the back. It paid off, as the Jaguars shut off Brewton-Parker’s speedy forwards, led by Brandi Greenwald. 

GPC goalkeeper Kaitlyn Rotti recorded several outstanding saves while getting brilliant support from the defense. Among others, Bobbi Jean Freiss, Kristel Rivera and Karen Ramirez turned in stellar defensive efforts.

The Jaguars play Truett-McConnell Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Dunwoody Campus in a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association match. One other home game, on Sept. 11, will be played at the Dunwoody Campus.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Ga. Home games on August 26 and Sept. 11 will be played at the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road.

 

August 19, 2008

New coach upbeat with fresh talent

Name tags might be in order when the curtain parts this season on the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer team. Not only are just two of last year's 15 players back onboard, but the Lady Jaguars also have crowned a new head coach.

Bruno Kalonji, a three-season assistant, was promoted to replace Jessica Wheeler, who moved to California. Kalonji, 27, is a native of Zaire who has kept tabs on the GPC program for eight years. The graduate of Stone Mountain High and Piedmont College is undeterred by the rebuilding task facing him.

“I have a strong feeling about this year. We’re bringing in some talent,” said Kalonji, who expects improvement over GPC’s 10-7-1 record in 2007, its best in years.

He hopes to parlay an influx of polished players into a ticket to the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association tournament. The Lady Jaguars lost the event's play-in game last season, 2-1 to South Georgia College, a team GPC had beaten earlier in the season.

Two of Kalonji’s favorite players from that team have re-enlisted. Center midfielder Nicole Delamar (Salem High, Conyers) “is very intelligent with the ball. Very gifted,” Kalonji said. Central defender Omotayo Adeshigbin (Central Gwinnett High, Lawrenceville) is “a very, very strong player,” the coach said. "Coming from the back, she can score a few goals.”

“They are leaders who never gave me any problems,” he added.

Kalonji says the incoming group is a cut above for having developed skills, which has lightened the preseason practice load. Less time is required on techniques, allowing more for fitness and strategy.

Not all of the newcomers lack for college experience. Bobbi Jean Fleiss of Savannah arrives from Middle Georgia College; the transfer will provide offense from a midfield or striker position. Her seasoning is welcome, what with only four sophomores on the roster.

Kalonji plans to employ a base 4-4-2 formation (four defenders, four midfielders, two forwards). But the arrival of taller back-liners who can repel crosses and corner kicks, a shortcoming last year, has him tempted to try a 3-5-2 alignment on occasion. It's a higher-risk, higher-reward set-up.

He expects the lack of experience in goal to be alleviated by GPC's first goalkeeper coach, Shawn Wash. Also assisting will be soccer standout Broford Carr and trainer Franklin Lawson.

Kalonji could have used an SUV to bring in all of the recruits from one high school campus. Defenders Luz Andrea Cardona and Kristel Rivera, stopper/midfielder Mary Fernandez, sweeper Karen Ramirez and goalkeeper Brenda Franco all hail from Berkmar High in Lilburn (Gwinnett County).

With help from the Berkmar bunch, who are familiar with each other, “Getting these players to play together shouldn't be a problem,” he said, even with the opener looming Aug. 20 against Brewton-Parker on the Clarkston campus. “The bottom line is, all these girls can play.”

Maybe those name tags can be removed soon.