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November 17, 2009

Freshmen named to All-Region team

Taiwo Adeshigbin

Four freshmen who led the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team earned spots on the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 17 Team.

Forward Taiwo Adeshigbin, ranked No. 5 in scoring among the nation’s two-year colleges, was named to the region first team.

Earning second-team honors were defender Arielle Sabina and midfielders Victoria Klingensmith and Lynea Fouser.

Known for her skilled footwork, Adeshigbin kicked in 38 goals and added 10 assists for 86 points.

Lynea Fouser

Fouser, who was nagged by an injury most of the season and missed three games, nailed seven goals and contributed nine assists for 23 points.

Klingensmith excelled at both ends of the field and scored 19 points on four goals and seven assists.

One of the top defenders in the Southeast, Sabina consistently carried the Lady Jaguars against tough region opponents and nationally-ranked teams. The Jaguar defense allowed only 23 goals in 18 games.

Sabina also contributed to the offense with two goals and two assists.

Victoria Klingensmith

Region 17 (also known as the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) consists of two-year institutions in Georgia with men’s soccer teams: GPC, Andrew College, Gordon College, Darton College, South Georgia College, Young Harris College, Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia College.





Arielle Sabina







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October 30, 2009

Darton outlasts GPC in semifinal

Georgia Perimeter College’s remarkable turn-around women’s soccer season ended Friday night in Albany with a 3-0 loss to powerful Darton College.

GPC played the Lady Cavaliers (14-1-1), ranked eighth in the NJCAA poll, to a scoreless tie in the first half of the Region 17 semifinal playoff game.

But the host school’s depth wore down the Lady Jaguars, who suited up only two reserves. Darton, which substituted freely, went ahead in the opening minute of the second period and pulled away.

“Their quick goal kind of demoralized us,” GPC coach Bruno Kalonji said. “The girls got worn out in the second half.”

The Jaguars finished 11-6, a reversal of their 6-11-1 record in 2008.

“The season, for what the girls accomplished, was big-time,” Kalonji said.

Having lost 2-1 to Darton in the regular season, the Jaguars started confidently.

“We kept it really tight in the first half,” Kalonji said.

Darton, which had outscored opponents 51-6 this season, could not be contained for 90 minutes. It will play Middle Georgia in the region finals Saturday afternoon. GPC managed just five shots on goal.

“They are the better team,” Kalonji said of the Cavaliers. “If we had a few more players, it could have been a different story.”

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October 30, 2009

Jaguars take heart into tourney

With his first year of recruiting a freshman class, head coach Bruno Kalonji has transformed the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team into a regional contender.

In Kalonji’s 2008 inaugural season head coach, the Lady Jaguars posted a 6-11-1 record and failed to make the region’s four-team tournament.

Now, carrying an impressive 11-5 showing into Friday night’s NJCAA Region 17 semifinals, GPC is branding itself as the new region contender.

That, despite all odds. From the outset, Kalonji had to deal with a terribly short roster, and he had to redshirt a key, injured midfielder, Jessica Beasley. Goalkeeper Tiffany Collier and defender-goalie Kaitlan Bagley have been plagued with injuries, and Bagley may miss the tournament with a kidney stone affliction.

Through it all, the Jaguars clawed their way to Friday’s confrontation with top seed Darton College.

“Despite the lack of depth in numbers, this team has shown heart and determination,” Kalonji says. “They have developed a camaraderie that can be a real factor against other teams’ depth in numbers and talent.”

Freshman striker Taiwo Adeshigbin has led a dynamic offense and established herself as the No. four scorer in the nation with numerous three-goals-and-more performances.

But the other attackers have amply demonstrated this is a balanced offense—they all are dangerous.

Midfielders Lynea Fouser won Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime play-in victory over Abraham Baldwin College; Victoria Klingensmith has scored a hat trick and figures in every play at both ends of the field; Famatta Boimah consistently makes things happen—and the list goes on.

Kalonji made a key move last week, bringing Shatavia Heart up from the midfield defense to wing, across from Adeshigbin.

“Shatavia and Taiwo working the wings opened up the middle for the center mids,” Kalonji says. “And that improved our attack tremendously, because those midfielders are really strong.”

Meanwhile the defense—led by Arielle Sabina, Kristel Rivera, Samantha Schultz and Storm Williams—has produced nine shutouts in 11 victories, including an incredible streak of six straight shutouts.

“The defense has been really strong,” Kalonji says. The overall balance led assistant coach Franklin Lawson to remark, “This is one of the best balanced teams I’ve seen at the college.” Lawson is in his 11th year as assistant coach at GPC.

To advance beyond Darton will be a formidable task, even for a balanced, feisty squad. The Cavaliers (13-1-1) have home-field advantage and are ranked No. 8 in the national NJCAA poll. But Kalonji remains undaunted.

“We’re capable of staying 90 minutes with anybody. These girls are in incredible shape,” he says. “We’re ready for anything.”

Tournament schedule (all games at Darton College in Albany): Semifinals, Friday, 6 p.m., GPC vs. No. 8 Darton College; Friday, 8:30 p.m., Young Harris College (10-6) vs. No. 13 Middle Georgia College (13-4); Championship Game, Saturday, 3 p.m.

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October 27, 2009

Jaguars advance to region final four

Freshman midfielder Lynea Fouser hammered home a penalty kick in overtime Tuesday to deliver a 2-1 victory for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team and a trip to this weekend’s region tournament.

Lynea Fouser

Neither rain, nor cold nor a sturdy defense could stop the Lady Jaguars in a hard-fought match with Abraham Baldwin College, played on the artificial turf of Halliford Stadium, next door to the Jaguars’ home field on Clarkston Campus.

“The biggest challenge was just getting the game in,” said coach Bruno Kalonji, whose team will travel to Albany Friday for a Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) semifinal match with top seed Darton College.

Taiwo Adeshigbin opened the scoring 15 minutes into the first half, trapping a goal kick at midfield, dribbling down the left side and booming it into the right side of the net with her left foot.

Abraham Baldwin soon tied it on a free kick outside the 18-yard box by Veronica Smith.

Throughout the first period and the scoreless second half, Georgia Perimeter (11-5) dominated and produced several near misses. GPC took five shots on goal, while goalkeeper Tiffany Collier made two saves on three shots launched her way.

The Fillies (9-7-1) caught a bad break when their starting goalkeeper, Rebecca Johnson, left the game with an injury.

Near the end of the sudden-death 10-minute overtime, the Jaguar’s offensive pressure produced a handball within the box.

Fouser drove the penalty kick past substitute goalie Kimberly Burgess into the right corner of the goal.

Along with the defense, Kalonji credited the center midfielders—Fouser, Famatta Boimah and Victoria Klingensmith—for controlling the game and getting the ball up to Adeshigbin and Shataviah Heart. The coach moved Heart from midfield to forward this week to strengthen a 3-2-3-2 formation.

“Our strong attack put more pressure on their defense, so their midfielders had to move back,” he said. “That gave us an advantage because they couldn’t mount an attack.”

GPC will face Darton (13-1-1) Friday at 6 p.m. on the Cavaliers’ home field. Darton, ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA poll, beat the Jaguars 3-1 two weeks ago.

“The desire and determination will be the key this weekend,” Kalonji said. “I think we have it and have a good shot.”

Young Harris College (10-6) will play the second semifinal on the same field at 8:30 p.m. against Wednesday’s play-in winner between No. 14 ranked Middle Georgia College (12-4) and Georgia Military College (2-13-1). The region championship game is slated for Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga. 30021.

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October 23, 2009

Defender Sabina spurs sluggish offense

It’s been a cold month, and a cold offense inspired defender Arielle Sabina to break the ice for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team.

Sabina looked more like a hockey player as she scored on a coast-to-coast dribble to jump-start the offense and tie Friday’s game late in the first half.

The Lady Jaguars went on to score five more in the second half and close out their regular season with a 6-1 victory over Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

Georgia Perimeter (10-5, 6-4) finishes second in the North Sub-Region of the Georgia Junior College Athletics Association. Sunday’s regular season finale at home was cancelled because the opponent, Spartanburg Methodist College, has a shortage of players.

The second-place finish rewards the Jaguars with home-field advantage in a Region 17 play-in match Tuesday. GPC will face Abraham Baldwin College at 3 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus.

The survivor of that match will advance to the region’s final four next weekend at Darton College in Albany. The Jaguars defeated Abraham Baldwin 2-0 in September.

They also defeated Georgia Military 5-0 last month, but the Bulldogs (2-13-1, 1-8-1) came to play Friday. GMC jumped on top 1-0, and the Jaguars struggled to draw even at intermission.

Sabina took a pass from Angela Storm Williams and dribbled from one penalty box to the other for the first Jaguar score.

Then Taiwo Adeshigbin, ranked fourth in the nation in scoring, had a hand in five goals as GPC rolled in the second half. She booted in the next two goals, both assisted by Famatta Boimah. Then she headed in a corner kick from Lynea Fouser for a 4-1 lead.

Adeshbigbin assisted on the last two goals, the first by Kayla Hutchins, who joined the team last week. Fouser kicked in the final score.

Tiffany Collier and Katie Bagley split goalkeeper duties, combining for just two saves. GPC drilled 14 shots on goal.

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October 20, 2009

Jaguars drop into second place

Mark up on high-scoring Taiwo Adeshigbin; score an early goal; accept a little luck on defense. That was the formula for Young Harris College as the Mountain Lions slipped by Georgia Perimeter College 1-0 in a crucial women’s soccer match Tuesday at GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

With the victory the Mountain Lions (8-6, 6-2) clinched first place in the North Division of NJCAA Region 17. The loss means Georgia Perimeter (9-5, 5-4) will have to win a play-in game next Tuesday to get into the Oct. 30-31 region tournament in Albany.

Sophomore midfielder Lauren Martin put the ball in the goal within the first five minutes after getting a step on the Lady Jaguars’ defense down the left side. GPC goalkeeper Tiffany Collier, playing with an injury, slipped and couldn’t get to Martin’s strike.  

Normally such a lonely goal wouldn’t hold up against the Jaguars’ high-powered offense. However, Young Harris defenders—especially Devin Waldron and Kelley Lyness—marked Adeshigbin each time she crossed midfield and consistently stopped her penetration.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars missed several good opportunities to tie the game in the second half. A long, high hammer from the left side by Lynea Fouser missed the upper right corner of the net by a foot. Back-to-back corner kicks by Fouser and Arielle Sabina placed the ball in perfect position, but the Jaguars failed to convert.

The Jaguars took six shots on goal. At the other end, Collier registered three saves.

“They got the quick goal and we couldn’t finish the attack,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “We have to work on our game. But we made adjustments and our defense shut them down, too. We’ll be ready for the tournament.”

The Jaguars will host Abraham Baldwin College in the Tuesday, Oct. 27, play-in game to determine who goes to the four-team regional tourney hosted by Darton College. GPC defeated Abraham Baldwin 2-0 in September.

But first the Jaguars travel Friday for a final conference match at Georgia Military College. Sunday the squad will host Spartanburg Methodist College at 4 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga. 30021.

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October 16, 2009

Darton ends golden streak

An incredible run of six consecutive shutout victories by the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team ended Friday with a 3-1 home loss to Region 17 South Division leader Darton College, ranked No. 8 in the country.

Jessica Engheben (8) and Taiwo Adeshigbin (14) keep the pressure on Darton.

The Lady Jaguars fell to 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the region. They remain in first place in the North Division with 10 points.

GPC’s goal was by Taiwo Adeshigbin, her 35th of the season. The freshman forward from Lawrenceville, Ga. leads the region by a wide margin.

“We had some good opportunities. This game could have gone either way. Our defense played well. They never scored by dribbling through the center,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji.

Darton (10-1-1, 8-0) jumped to an early lead on a put-back by Amber Johnson after a save by GPC goalkeeper Tiffany Collier. Shortly afterward, the Cavaliers scored on a long shot from left wing by Ali DeVito, who assisted on the first goal.

But the Lady Jaguars, after starting flat, came alive in the final 20 minutes of the first half and pressured the Cavaliers’ defense, which had allowed only three goals all season.

After trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Lady Jaguars broke through with 31:29 remaining when Adeshigbin trapped a pass from the right corner by Shatavia Heart, dribbled to the right and pulled a trigger into the left corner of the goal.

Darton got a match-changing break a few seconds later when Collier, who has been nursing an injured ankle, reinjured it and fell reacting to a long shot from the left side. DeVito scored on the play, putting the Cavaliers ahead 3-1 with 31:02 remaining. Collier left the match.

The Lady Jaguars remain at home for their next match, a showdown on Tuesday against Region 17 North Division rival Young Harris, No. 2 in the region standings. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. on GPC’s Clarkston campus.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga. 30021.

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October 13, 2009

Shutout streak grows to six

This much is known. The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team hasn’t seen a defense like this in this millennium. Or offense, for that matter.

Arielle Sabina anchored the defense and scored on a penalty kick.

Officials at the college are checking records before 2000, but the current Lady Jaguars have a six-game shutout streak, longest at the college for the Lady Jaguars back to that year.

Georgia Perimeter (9-3) maintained the streak Tuesday with a 4-0 home victory over Oxford College, which they had beaten 3-0 at Oxford in September.

“Six games—that’s 540 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal,” said assistant coach Shawn Wash, who coaches the goalkeepers.

Back to 2000, the longest shutout streak was four games. In the current six-game streak, Georgia Perimeter has outscored opponents 35-0.

Oxford (5-6-1) held its own in the first half, delivering a scoreless defensive struggle that yielded only a handful of scoring opportunities on both sides.

But midfielder Angela “Storm” Williams broke the ice ten minutes into the second period. Lyneea Fouser rifled a long pass from the right corner to the center midfield area, where Taiwo Adeshigbin got an assist, finding Williams open on the left wing. Williams arched a high 20-yard shot over the Oxford goalie’s head for a 1-0 lead.

Famatta Boimah followed nine minutes later with a high boom from 35-yards out that caught the upper net.

Storm Williams opened the scoring with a second-half goal.

With 12:41 on the clock, Fouser sent a perfect corner kick to Adeshigbin, who headed it in. Arielle Sabina finished the scoring in the 87th minute on a penalty kick.

Goalkeeper Tiffany Collier recorded her eighth shutout with seven saves of Oxford’s nine shots on goal. The Jaguars also sent nine shots on the Oxford goal.

Wash complimented the defensive line—Sabina, Kristel Rivera and Samantha Schultz—along with Shatavia Heart for the record-setting streak.

“It’s a mix of physicality, speed and communication,” he said. “They play very intelligently in the back. And the midfielders give them good support. That relieves the pressure.”

Friday, defending region champion Darton College invades the Clarkston Campus to give the Jaguars their biggest test to date. The Cavaliers (9-1-1, 7-0) are riding at the top of the South Division of Region 17 and are ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA national poll. Kick-off is at 3 p.m. on GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

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October 11, 2009

Jaguars upend Region 10 leader

The phenomenal streak continued Sunday for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team under challenging circumstances.

The Lady Jaguars departed by bus at 5:30 a.m. for Spartanburg, S.C., arriving a half-hour before kickoff against Cape Fear Community College of North Carolina. The match was moved up to 10 a.m. from its originally scheduled 1 p.m.

Adding to the anxiety was the fact that the Sea Devils came into the match with a fearsome 11-1 record, and atop NJCAA Region 10 at 6-0.

No problem. GPC (8-3) triumphed 4-0 for its fifth shutout in a row. In that span, the Lady Jaguars have outscored their foes 31-0.

Taiwo Adeshigbin has poured in 18 of those goals, including three Sunday. She needed no assist on the initial tally, which gave the visitors a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Fighting weariness and a lack of depth, with only one reserve on hand, GPC pulled away in the second half. Adeshigbin coaxed in two more goals, both assisted by Kaitlan Bagley.

Shatavia Heart concluded the outburst on an assist from Victoria Klingensmith. The back line for GPC—Arielle Sabina, Samantha Schultz and Kristel Rivera— was under frequent attack but helped lengthen the shutout streak. Tiffany Collier recorded double-digit saves.

“The defense is working really hard,” coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We were really tired, but the girls kept it up.”

There is little rest before the next match, but at least it’s on GPC’s Clarkston Campus. Oxford College drops by at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Jaguars visited Oxford on Sept. 1 and won 3-0.

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October 9, 2009

Taiwo and Tori on a tear

Led by six goals from scoring machine Taiwo Adeshigbin, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team extended the hottest streak in recent memory, defeating winless Gordon College 11-0 Friday in Barnesville.

Victoria Klingensmith had nine points in addition to Taiwo Adeshigbin’s 16.

Victoria “Tori” Klingensmith erupted for her own hat trick, scoring three goals and adding three assists for nine points. Tiffany Collier and the Lady Jaguars (7-3, 5-2) claimed their fourth straight shutout and have outscored foes 27-0 during the run.

“We’ve been able to finish on teams,” coach Bruno Kalonji said of the offense. “And the defense has been just awesome.”

Collier, in goal for each shutout, had to make just one save Friday behind the Jaguars’ defensive iron curtain.

Adeshigbin was unstoppable, adding four assists in her explosive double-hat trick performance.

GPC’s other goals were by Shatavia Heart and Famatta Boimah. Storm Williams chipped in with two assists as the Lady Jaguars rained 32 shots on goal at Gordon (0-12-1, 0-7-1).

“It’s looking pretty promising for the upcoming games,” Kalonji said.

GPC has a quick turnaround, hitting the road early Sunday for Spartanburg, S.C., where it faces Cape Fear Community College.

The Jaguars return to their home field Tuesday, hosting Oxford College at 3 p.m. On Friday they entertain Darton College in a region scuffle.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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October 6, 2009

Jaguars extend streaks

Two streaks continued as the Georgia Perimeter College soccer team posted a 5-0 victory over Georgia Military College Tuesday at GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

Goalkeeper Tiffany Collier and the Jaguar defense extended GPC’s unscored-upon stretch to three games, while Taiwo Adeshigbin booted all five goals to maintain her reign of terror on Region 17 foes.

With the triumph, Georgia Perimeter improves to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association).

Collier completed her third straight shutout behind a defensive wall led by Arielle Sabina, Kristel Rivera and Samantha Schultz. In the last three games GPC has outscored opponents 16-0.

Adeshigbin, ranked No. 15 among NJCAA Division 1 scorers, tallied nine of those 16 goals.

Adeshigbin scored early in the first half on a breakaway, drawing the GMC goalkeeper out and drilling the ball into the net.

Two minutes later, Famatta Boismah sent an assist to Adeshigbin, who lofted a 40-foot score. The half ended with GPC up 2-0, and with16 shots on goal.

The Bulldogs put up a stiff defense until midway in the second half, when Rivera perfectly placed a long pass beyond the defensive line for an assist to Adeshigbin.

On her next breakaway, the freshman striker scored with her left foot. Then Rivera chalked up another assist to Adeshigbin, finishing the day’s point production.

The Jaguars take the road Friday to play Gordon College (0-11-1, 0-6-1). Adeshigbin scored six goals when GPC defeated the Highlanders at home early in September.

Sunday the squad journeys to Wilmington, N.C., to meet Cape Fear Community College. The next home match is Oct. 13 with Oxford College, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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October 2, 2009

GPC gets second straight shutout

Prolific scorer Taiwo Adeshigbin showed Friday she can also set the plate for teammates.

Adeshigbin supplemented her two goals with five assists as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team downed South Georgia College 9-0.

Tiffany Collier had four saves in goal for GPC to register her second consecutive road shutout.

Adeshigbin tallied the game’s first two goals in Douglas, and then focused on feeding others. By halftime, Georgia Perimeter led 6-0, with Angela “Storm” Williams, Lynea Fouser, Jessica Engheben and Alexandra Valdez also finding the net.

Victoria Klingensmith, with two goals, and Famatta Boimah, with one, kept up the offensive assault in the second half against South Georgia (2-5, 2-5).

The Lady Jaguars (5-3, 3-2) were the healthiest they’ve been in several games, as Fouser and Engheben returned from injury layoffs. Adeshigbin also has recovered from a leg injury that has not cost her any matches. However, the roster has been reduced to 13 players.

“We spent this week getting everyone back from injury and regaining our fitness level again,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “We have a small team now, but the spirit is good. The ladies are really working hard for each other and the last few results show that.”

Its four-game road stretch over, GPC is back home at Clarkston Campus on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. match with Georgia Military College.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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September 25, 2009

Ailing Jaguars blank ABAC

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team overcame injury, illness, intense heat and a quality conference opponent Friday to defeat Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2-0 in Tifton.

The Lady Jaguars (4-3, 2-2, Region 17) suited up only a dozen players, two of whom were sick. Goalkeeper Tiffany Collier, who was in the hospital two days earlier, hung tough for three saves and a shutout.

Goal-producing machine Taiwo Adeshigbin accounted for all of the scoring. Late in the first half, she converted a corner kick from Arielle Sabina. With about 10 minutes left in the match, she scored again.

GPC dominated the first period but the short-handedness and long ride to Tifton began to show after the intermission. “The girls got really tired in the second half, yet held on,” coach Bruno Kalonji said.

ABAC (5-2-1, 2-2) dressed nearly twice as many players as the Lady Jaguars but failed to convert on two opportunistic scoring chances. Kalonji, concerned about team chemistry earlier this season, said, “They are getting that spirit of ‘team’ again.”

GPC plays its fourth consecutive road game Friday against South Georgia in Douglas.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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September, 18, 2009

No. 11 team wears down Jaguars

Fighting a war of attrition while battling a strong opponent, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team fell 4-1 Friday at Young Harris College.

Thinned by injuries and illness, the Lady Jaguars (3-3, 1-2) activated the minimum 11 players. Their lone score came in the 82nd minute when Taiwo Adeshigbin was fouled in the penalty box. Victoria Klingensmith slammed in the penalty kick to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Young Harris, ranked 11th nationally despite its 1-3 record entering the match, wore down GPC with its depth. The home team led 2-0 at halftime.

While citing the player shortage as a factor, Lady Jaguars coach Bruno Kalonji did not use it as an excuse for the defeat.

“We’ve hit that moment where our chemistry is not there on the field,” he said. “We had plenty of chances to score.”

Kalonji anticipates having 13 players at his disposal when GPC returns to action Friday in Tifton against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The next home game is on October 6 at 3 p.m. versus Georgia Military College.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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Sept. 11, 2009

Warriors wear down GPC

With only one suited-up player on the bench and an injured goalkeeper on the field, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team faced a tall order Friday against Middle Georgia College.

In a Region 17 matchup, the Lady Jaguars came up short 7-2 against a team that has piled up 35 goals in only six matches this season.

Coming off a 12-0 win over Gordon College the day before, GPC traveled to Cochran with only a dozen available players. Tiffany Collier, the only experienced keeper, played with a sore ankle.

Still, the Lady Warriors (5-1, 4-0 Region 17) led only 2-1 at halftime as Taiwo Adeshigbin’s goal kept GPC in contention.

“The girls became very fatigued,” coach Bruno Kalonji said. “We ran out of gas.”

It was 3-1 when Kalonji pulled the ailing Collier. Middle Georgia scored twice before Lynea Fouser cut the margin to 5-2 on a GPC goal. The Warriors blew the game open with two late goals.

When the Jaguars (3-2, 1-1) get healthy, Kalonji looks for a better outcome. “I think we can beat them,” he said. But he expects to have only one substitute at his disposal for Friday’s outing, another key conference battle at Young Harris College. The Mountain Lions (1-3, 0-1) are ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll.

The next home game for GPC is Oct. 6 against Georgia Military College.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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September 10, 2009

Jaguars produce triple hat trick

Taiwo Adeshigbin scored a hat trick—three goals—in the first game of the season. Thursday the freshman forward scored another hat trick—in the first half.

Taiwo Adeshigbin has 12 goals on the season.

And then she repeated it in the second half, leading the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team with six goals in a 12-0 victory over Gordon College.

The game saw a double hat trick in more ways than one. Storm Williams, a freshman midfielder also kicked in three scores.

Georgia Perimeter showered 29 shots on goal, while the Highlanders managed only one shot at Jaguar goalkeeper Katie Ramsey, a tribute to the Jaguars’ defensive wall. Ramsey, a defender, filled in for injured keepers Tiffany Collier and Kaitlan Bagley.

Famatta Boimah scored two goals and Lynea Fouser contributed a goal and three assists, two on perfect corner kicks to Adeshigbin, who headed them into the net. Also chalking up assists were Boimah, Adeshigbin, Victoria Klingensmith, Taylor Cunningham, Kristel Rivera and Alexandra Valdez.

With the win, the Lady Jaguars improve to 3-1. The match was their conference opener (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association, Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association).

Adeshigbin, Player of the Week for Division 1 women’s soccer, boosted her season total to 12 goals, an average of three per game, making her one of the top scorers in the nation.

Her six strikes also may set a school record for goals in a single game.

GPC continues Region 17 play Friday at Middle Georgia College, the beginning of a month-long stretch on the road. The next home game is on Oct. 13 vs. Oxford College.

CORRECTION: the Sept. 8 conference game with Georgia Military College has been postponed to Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. The new date previously was posted erroneously on this site as Oct. 16.

To report past DeKalb College/GPC women’s soccer records, please call 678-891-2682.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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September 10, 2009

Adeshigbin named NJCAA Player of Week

The National Junior College Athletic Association this week named Georgia Perimeter College freshman forward Taiwo Adeshigbin player of the week for Division 1 women’s soccer.

Adeshigbin scored a hat trick in the Jaguar’s season opener, a 4-0 victory over Spartanburg Methodist. She nailed two goals in a 3-0 victory over Oxford College, which was ranked nationally in NJCAA Division 3. Then she tallied GPC’s only goal in a 2-1 loss against Polk State College, which was ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll.

“This is a big honor,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “It hasn’t happened here at GPC with women’s soccer in a long time, and Taiwo deserves it because she’s a hard worker. You’ll see her staying after practices and games, shooting at the goal on her own.”

“I was pretty shocked to be named player of the week,” said Adeshigbin, a resident of Lawrenceville and former star at Central Gwinnett High School. “But I’ve had great coaching support and great support from my teammates.”

Adeshigbin is a product of the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Club, Tophats Soccer Club and the Gwinnett Soccer Association. A four-year varsity starter at Central Gwinnett, she made the Gwinnett All-County team three times, was three-time team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year twice.

She also was a three-year starter on the varsity volleyball and track teams and twice earned the PTA award for academic achievements.

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Sept. 4, 2009

Jaguars scare No. 7 Polk State

Moral victories may be better than none. The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team lost its first game of the season and its home opener Friday, as Polk State College slipped by the Lady Jaguars 2-1 at GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

Freshman midfielder Lynea Fouser advances the ball.

The visitors, ranked seventh in the National Junior College preseason poll, maybe were a little surprised by the Jaguars’ effort.

“This team beat us 9-1 last year,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “They were a real test for us. We played a strong game. We’re looking forward to meeting the competition ahead in the conference.”

Fired up by Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over No. 10 Oxford, Georgia Perimeter (2-1) traded long dominating stretches with Polk State (1-0). But in the 30th minute of the first half, the Vikings’ Nicole Lehman scored on a cross from the right corner by defender Spencer Short.

After a 1-0 intermission, the same duo teamed up for a second score 14 minutes into the second period. Short drove a free kick from the right corner to Lehman, who headed it into the goal.

Four minutes later, GPC’s Lynea Fouser, injured earlier in the half by a slide tackle, made a great stop at midfield and launched an assist to Taiwo Adeshigbin. The freshman forward beat a defender to the ball, drew out the goalkeeper with fancy footwork and slammed her fifth goal of the season into the right corner of the net.

The Jaguars, playing with only two substitutes, controlled most of the remainder of the match. Goalkeeper Tiffany Collier made a key save on a sizzling free kick from the right corner, and Fouser barely missed scoring on two long free kicks.

In the final seconds, Fouser thumped a free kick that Adeshigbin headed for a near tying goal, but the Viking goalkeeper deflected the shot. In the ensuing frantic scramble in front of the goal, the ball squirted out of bounds as the horn sounded to end the game.

“We never gave up—I’m proud of that,” Kalonji said. “We kept up the pressure to the very end, and our defense was outstanding.”

Polk State had 15 shots on goal, with Collier getting three saves. Meanwhile, GPC managed only four shots on goal.

Next, the Jaguars host Gordon College on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m to open their conference schedule. The Sept. 8 conference game with Georgia Military College has been postponed to Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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September 1, 2009

Collier and company shut out Oxford

Still unbeaten. Still unscored upon.

Tiffany Collier

The visiting Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team downed Oxford College 3-0 Tuesday, lifting the Lady Jaguars to 2-0 this season. They have accumulated seven goals without allowing any.

Oxford was in a similar situation before the match, having won its two games by a combined 16-0.

But the Lady Jaguars shut them down behind sweeper Ariella Sabina, stopper Shatavia Heart and goalkeeper Tiffany Collier, a late addition to the roster who saved six attempts despite an injured finger.

“Our defense looked very strong,” coach Bruno Kalonji said. “Tiffany has played amazingly well.”

So has forward Taiwo Adeshigbin, who followed a three-goal outburst in her GPC debut with two goals Tuesday.

On the first, she retreated to midfield in order to shed two defenders constantly marking her and blasted in a 40-foot shot. “An ESPN highlights goal,” Kalonji said.

The Jaguars fired 13 shots on goal. They took a 2-0 lead when midfielder-forward Lynea Fouser, from Oxford and playing before her hometown fans, hammered in a 20-foot shot from the right side.

“She’s a fantastic shooter, and she can play anywhere on the field,” Kalonji said. Adeshigbin erupted again for the final point, this time scoring with her left foot.

The Jaguars play their first home match Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Polk State College (formerly Polk Community College). The Vikings, from Winter Haven, Fla., promise a major challenge for Kalonji’s squad. Ranked seventh in the National Junior College preseason poll, they will field a balance of returning sophomores and talented freshmen in their season opener.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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August 28, 2009

Jaguars land hat trick and shutout

Fueled by a hat trick from a flu-stricken newcomer, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team enjoyed a smashing season debut Friday with a 4-0 victory at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College.

Taiwo Adeshigbin led the Jaguars with three goals.

Freshman forward Taiwo Adeshigbin powered in three goals despite being weakened by flu symptoms. She also assisted on the other goal, by sophomore forward Famatta Boimah.

The Lady Jaguars got a lift from goalkeeper Tiffany Collier, who joined the squad early in the week. Collier, with help from sweeper Ariella Sabina and stopper Shatavia Heart, accounted for five saves to gain the shutout.

“Our defense looked very strong,” head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “They did a fantastic job shutting the door.”

While pleased with the scoring outburst, Kalonji believed GPC underachieved on the offensive end, where the Jaguars got 26 shots on goal.

“We missed too many goals,” he said. “We had 10 good shots on goal and made their keeper look fantastic.”

For a team that won six games last season in Kalonji’s first year at the helm, the victory raises hopes for an improved year. “It’s very promising,” he said.

The Jaguars are on the road again Tuesday against Oxford College, beginning at 7 p.m. Then they open at home Friday against Polk State College (Winter Haven, Fla.). Last season, Polk finished with a 13-3-1 record, ranked seventh in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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August 27, 2009

Offense brightens 2009 outlook

A new scoreboard enhances the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer field on the Clarkston Campus.

Kristel Rivera

The Lady Jaguars plan to put the scoreboard to the test with a high-powered offense, hoping to ring up goals at a rapid pace.

“Attacking will be our strength,” second-year head coach Bruno Kalonji says. “Even if a team scores three goals on us, we should be able to score four.”

The scoreboard is not the only new aspect for GPC soccer. Every player but one is a fresh face as Kalonji deals with an unexpectedly high turnover.

Last season’s team, which went 6-11-1, included just four sophomores. But many players from that large class of freshmen moved on to four-year colleges, leaving only defender Kristel Rivera (Lawrenceville, Brookwood H.S.) as a bridge to this year.

The Jaguars will miss some of those one-and-done players, but Kalonji has noticed an uptick in talent with the incoming class.

“We are a little more accelerated in terms of technical ability and tactics,” he says.

Exhibit One is freshman forward Taiwo Adeshigbin (Lawrenceville, Central Gwinnett) whose sister Omotayo was a standout defender last season.

Taiwo Adeshigbin

Two transfers with a season under their belt provide a dash of experience. Liberian forward Famatta Boimah (Liberia, Monrovia H.S.) arrived from Houston University, while defender Shatavia Heart (Lawrenceville, Phoenix H.S.) transferred from Andrew College. Andrew, a Georgia Junior College Athletics Association opponent, shelved women’s soccer this year.

Kalonji widened his recruiting net and brought in more players with valuable club team participation. “We’ve never really done extensive recruiting,” he says. “It was more like just letting the girls come here.”

Kalonji had the welcome mat out for three long-distance newcomers, all national team players from Nigeria, but they will not enroll until the spring semester, he says.

One Nigerian was to have filled a void at goalkeeper. Instead, sweeper Kaitlan Lynn Bagley (Douglas, Coffee H.S.) will retreat to the net, where she played as a youngster, until Kalonji can find a more experienced keeper.

The coach expects key contributions from his captains, defender Arelle Sabina (Lawrenceville, Central Gwinnett) and midfielder Victoria Klingensmith (Loganville, Loganville H.S.).

Another strong midfielder, Jessica Beasley (Buford), may be redshirted this season because of a torn ACL injury.

Partly because of a lack of seasoning in goal, GPC will employ a base 4-4-2 alignment, with emphasizes defense. But Kalonji is prepared to roll out a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 setup to tap into the potent scoring ability.

Georgia Perimeter began preseason workouts with only 15 players, a concern given that Kalonji says team fitness has lagged behind its skills development. Fatigue looms as a hurdle, at least early in the schedule.

He intends to expand the roster before Friday’s regular season opener at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist Junior College. The team’s unveiling at home is Sept. 4 against Polk (Fla.) Community College at 3 p.m.

A very successful scrimmage at Brewton-Parker College encouraged the coach. “We’re definitely going to get more wins than last year,” he says. “Our program is going forward.”

As much enthusiasm as Kalonji exudes about the upcoming schedule, he cannot resist casting an eye toward 2010 and a possible sophomore-dominated squad with the three gifted Nigerians.

“Next year,” he says, “we will be looking at winning a national championship.”

The Lady Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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