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March 2, 2011

Adeshigbin set to play in Big 12 for soccer power Missouri

Taiwo Adeshigbin, the career leader in scoring for Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer, has signed with the University of Missouri, a perennial power in the Big 12 Conference.

Taiwo Adeshigbin.

Adeshigbin had 163 points in her two seasons at GPC—66 goals and 31 assists. She was fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association in scoring in 2009 and fourth in 2010, when the Jaguars finished third in the national tournament.

“Taiwo is the kind of player that is every coach’s dream to have on their team,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “I knew having her on the team would give us a chance to become a powerhouse.”

Adeshigbin starred in volleyball and track as well as soccer at Central Gwinnett High School. At GPC, she posted a 3.6 grade point average and was a two-time Dean’s List student as well as the linchpin in Kalonji’s master plan to build the program.

“She is a true leader on and off the field and will not only succeed at this level, we will be hearing more about her playing at the next level after college,” said Kalonji. “She is a very disciplined and determined player.”

Adeshigbin credits her soccer training at GPC for the Missouri opportunity.

“I have enjoyed playing with my team and being coached by such great coaches,” she said. “I will never forget how many times, when the coaches felt I wasn’t working hard enough in practice, that they would always tell me it takes a lot more to play in NCAA Division I. If they hadn’t challenged me, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

She also said she “liked the fact that soccer was not only stressed on our team, but doing the right things in life, to better ourselves as women. At GPC you will certainly get all the resources you need. Coming to GPC was the best choice I could make, and I don’t regret a thing about it.”

In Missouri’s official release about the signing, head coach Bryan Blitz said Adeshigbin “has the potential to bring immediate impact to our front line. Her size and scoring ability, along with our more experienced team, should make for a great spring and fall.”

Missouri won the Big 12 tournament in 2008 and was regular-season champion in 2009. The Tigers lost to Nebraska in the first round of the conference tournament in 2010.

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December 8, 2010

GPC lands four All-Americans

Esther Anyanwu, who led the nation in scoring, was named first-team All-America after leading the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team to a third-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.

Anyanwu.

Midfielder Linda Chukwuji and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu were selected for the second team, while defender Tori Klingensmith was honorable mention.

“This is a tremendous team accomplishment—four All-Americans—how often does a team do that?” head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “How fortunate we are for this phenomenal season! Many come and leave without knowing how it feels to be champions and All-Americans.”

Anyanwu, a freshman from Lagos, Nigeria, had with 49 goals and 14 assists for 112 points, becoming the first GPC player to surpass the 100-point mark in a season as the Jaguars leaped from also-ran to national power in coach Bruno Kalonji’s third season.

Chukwuji.

A big reason was the Lagos connection; Chukwuji and Egwuenu, both freshmen, are also from the African city.

Chukwuji finished with six goals and 11 assists for 23 points and was instrumental in setting up an offense that featured Anyanwu as well as the nation’s fourth-leading scorer, sophomore forward Taiwo Adeshigbin of Lawrenceville. The Jaguars outscored their opponents 151-10.

Egwuenu ranked No. 5 nationally with a 0.31 goals-against average. She and Klingensmith, a sophomore from Loganville High School, were instrumental in a defense that allowed only 10 goals all season and produced 16 shutouts in 25 games. Klingensmith moved back to bolster the defense after an exceptional season at midfield in 2009.

Egwuenu.

The Jaguars’ final record was 22-1-2, with the only loss coming to eventual national champion Paradise Valley Community College of Arizona.

Adeshigbin was hampered by an injury at the national tournament in Topeka, Kan., or she also may have been named All-America. She holds the GPC women’s career scoring record with 163 points on 66 goals and 31 assists and finished as the fifth top scorer in the nation in 2009 and fourth this year.

The All-American selections added to an impressive list of season honors reaped by the Jaguars. Anyanwu, Chukwuji, Egwuenu and Adeshigbin were named to the NJCAA All-Region 17 first team, while freshman Windsor Neal of Gainesville and sophomore Allison Derck of Alpharetta made the second team.

Klingensmith.

Kalonji was named region Coach of the Year by his peers, and Anyanwu was Player of the Year.

Adeshigbin, Anyanwu, Egweunu and Klingensmith also made the Region 17 all-tournament team (the region is also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association).

Georgia Perimeter won the Region 17/GCAA title by beating perennial conference power Darton College on penalty kicks. The Jaguars then defeated Polk State College 4-0 in the District J championship game to earn a trip to the NJCAA national tournament in Topeka, Kan.

There, they made the final four with a 2-1 win over Iowa Western Community College. After falling to Paradise Valley 2-0, they won the consolation game over Schoolcraft College 2-0 to finish third in the nation. Chukwuji and Anyanwu were named to the NJCAA all-tournament team.

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November 24, 2010

Jaguar Journal: What a season! What a team!

Only the eventual national champions were able to stop Georgia Perimeter College’s women’s soccer team during a historic season in which the Jaguars went from unranked also-ran to national power.

With the way coach Bruno Kalonji’s Jaguars scored and defended, a national championship dream hardly seemed far-fetched. And, except for a 2-0 loss to Paradise Valley in the Final Four at Topeka, Kan., it could’ve become reality. Paradise Valley went on to claim the title with a 1-0 victory over Tyler Junior College, another National Junior College Athletic Association soccer powerhouse.

The Jaguars bounced back from their lone defeat to overcome Schoolcraft College, 2-0, in a consolation game. They finished third in the nation and completed a 22-1-2 campaign in which they outscored their opponents by an outlandish 151-10.

It wouldn’t have been possible without Region 17 Player of the Year Ngozi Esther Anyanwu—whose 112 points (49 goals, 14 assists) set a single-season school record and led the nation—or Taiwo Adeshigbin, whose play over two seasons helped transform the Jaguars from the 6-11-1 team of 2008. Adeshigbin set the college career scoring record with 163 points, 66 goals and 31 assists in two seasons, and finished fifth in the nation in scoring for 2009 and fourth for 2010.

It wouldn’t have been possible on the other end of the field without a phenomenally dominant defensive line and midfield that recorded 16 shutouts in 25 games, allowing only 10 goals. The defense helped goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu to a No. 5 national ranking with a 0.31 goals-against average.

Not making the championship game and settling for third place clearly was a disappointment for the team and Kalonji, who was named Coach-of-the-Year by his peers in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA). But the coach and his staff—Shawn Wash, Franklin Lawson and Sone Ngolendelle—already are recruiting this coming weekend, looking forward to next season. Third place nationally is a terrific finish—as Kalonji put it, “Many teams wish to be in our position right now.”

Specifically, Paradise Valley was exactly in this position last year. The Pumas were third in the nation in 2009 and used it as the springboard to a national championship. Now that the Jaguars have tasted the possibilities, they believe anything’s possible. They’ll go forward without Adeshigbin, Tori Klingensmith, Arielle Sabina and Storm Williams, the sophomores who helped turn the program around. But they expect to have a powerful nucleus that includes Anyanwu and Linda Chukwuji, both of whom were selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.

The strength of the freshman nucleus also is evident in the All-Region 17 team, announced at the opening ceremony of the late October region tournament in Albany. The first team includes Anyanwu, Chukwuji and Egwuenu, along with Adeshigbin and Klingensmith. Freshman midfielder Windsor Neal made the second team, as did sophomore transfer Alison Derck. Named to the Region 17 All-Tournament team were Anyanwu, Egwuenu, Adeshigbin and Klingensmith.

Another brow-raising statistic: 21 players scored during the season, and 16 of those were freshmen.

The championship season, the program’s first, underscores not only Kalonji’s recruiting ability, but his judgment of a team’s status. In August he stated, “We’ve raised expectations. A trip to Topeka is a very realistic goal.”

Belief in the goal would be the next key ingredient. After the nationals, when Kalonji asked his players to tell him what they had gotten out of the season, one theme emerged repeatedly—“belief and faith.”

If the freshmen return in force next August, and if Kalonji recruits again as he did last year, look out, Region 17—the 2011 Jaguars will be on another mission.

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November 21, 2010

Georgia Perimeter finishes third in nation

From unranked to third in the nation. That is the remarkable story of the women’s soccer team at Georgia Perimeter College in 2010.

Coaches Sone Ngolendelle, Bruno Kalonji, Shawn Wash and Franklin Lawson celebrate.

Esther Anyanwu and Mary Achebo-Totty scored goals with assists by Linda Chukwuji and Jacelyn Mitchell as Georgia Perimeter won third place in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 tournament Sunday. GPC’s 2-0 victory over Schoolcraft College of Michigan marked the Jaguars’ 16th shutout of a season in which they outscored opponents 151-10.

GPC finishes the 2010 campaign with 22 wins, one loss and two ties.

After the Jaguars had suffered their only loss in the semifinals Friday, the victory Sunday and third-place trophy seemed to remind head coach Bruno Kalonji and his team that, indeed, this has been a very special season.

“This is a great accomplishment,” Kalonji said. “Now we have something to look forward to next season—coming back and winning the national championship. Many teams wish to be in our position right now.”

Jacelyn Mitchell advances.

Chukwuji started it off in the first half with a set play, launching a long free kick from the right that Anyanwu, running in from the left, volleyed into the net for a 1-0 lead with 21:43 on the scoreboard clock.

Coming off the bench, Achebo-Totty, a freshman, scored the insurance point in the 38th minute that gave the Jaguar defense a little cushion. Jacelyn Mitchell dribbled deep to the left end line and sent a sharp cross to Achebo-Totty, who was making a run on the right post. With one touch she drilled it into the right side of the goal.

Schoolcraft (16-3-1) failed to solve the impenetrable Jaguar defense. Time and again, the defense—led by Arielle Sabina, Tori Klingensmith, Jackelyn Koffler, Allison Derck and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu—turned back the attack and shut down Schoolcraft’s leading scorers, Jenny Giegler and Adrianna Guerrero. Just as often, the Ocelots failed to get the ball through GPC’s solid midfield.

“In the second half Friday against Paradise Valley, we started to play kickball,” Kalonji said, noting that the Pumas had effectively disrupted the Jaguars’ patented attack from the back line. “That kept us out of the final. The difference today was we played our game. The way we won 22 games was we played possession, even against strong teams like Darton College.”

Mary Achebo-Totty celebrates her goal.

The Jaguars limited Schoolcraft to seven shots on goal, while taking 10 in their attack zone. Both goalkeepers, Egwuenu and Samantha Suter played good games, making seven and eight saves, respectively. Each team had two corner kicks.

Anyanwu and Chukwuji were selected to the All-Tournament Team, announced in closing ceremonies after the championship match. Anyanwu increased her nation-leading point total to 112 on 49 goals and 14 assists. Chukwuji finished with six goals and 11 assists for 23 points.

Paradise Valley (23-0) won the national championship with a 1-0 victory over Tyler Junior College (17-1).

In the first consolation match of the day, Iowa Western Community College defeated Laramie County Community College 1-0 to take fifth place.

GPC’s season finale marked the departure of the sophomores who had been instrumental in the 2009 turnaround season— Klingensmith, Taiwo Adeshigbin, Arielle Sabina and Storm Williams. Adeshigbin broke the school record for career points, compiling 163 points in two seasons on 66 goals and 31 assists. She finished fifth in the nation in scoring both seasons.

Later, at the Jaguars’ hotel, Kalonji said that he asked the players to say what they had gotten out of the season. “The majority said they learned faith out of it,” he noted. “We had a lot of challenges this year, but we always came together, and I think it was because of our belief and faith.”

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November 19, 2010

Jaguars suffer first defeat in Final Four clash

The remarkable championship run by the undefeated Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team ended Friday night at the national semifinals in Topeka, Kansas.

Windsor Neal (10) and Erin Lee (12) battle for the ball.

Jenna Merrill scored the only goal Paradise Valley Community College needed early in the first half, and Amy Eyden added an insurance goal late in the game as the Pumas handed the Jaguars a heartbreaking 2-0 loss.

The defeat, the first of the season for GPC (21-1-2), drops the Jaguars into the tournament consolation bracket. They will play Schoolcraft College (Mich.) Sunday at 1 p.m. (EST) for third place. Schoolcraft (16-2-1) fell to Tyler Junior College 2-1 in Friday’s other semifinal.

The Pumas (23-0) advance to Sunday’s National Junior College Athletic Association championship game, facing reigning champion Tyler (17-0). In the final poll of the season, Tyler was rated No. 1 and Paradise Valley was No. 2.

Georgia Perimeter managed eight corner kicks against Paradise Valley, but the Jaguars could gather only two shots on goal against a powerful defense. Meanwhile the Pumas had four shots on goal and seven corners. Jaguar goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu made two saves, while Puma keeper Breanna Oddo had one.

In other consolation matches, Laramie County Community College edged Anne Arundel 3-2, and Iowa Western Community College shut out Monroe Community College 1-0.

Sunday’s consolation game will be broadcast online. To listen to the broadcast, beginning with the Jaguar Journal at 12: 50 p.m., visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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November 19, 2010

Jaguar Journal: Pumas, Jaguars represent battle of unbeatens in national semifinal clash

The Paradise Valley Pumas of Phoenix, Ariz., are a traditional power in women’s soccer and showed it yesterday afternoon in a 1-0 victory over Monroe C.C. of Rochester, N.Y.

Their coach is Kacey Bingham, a Phoenix native who took the helm of the program in 2006, four years after graduating from Arizona State. She was an assistant in 2004 and 2005. Her record as a head coach is 85-12-6—including 22-0 this season. The Pumas, ranked No. 2 in the country, are one of two unbeaten and untied teams in the national tournament. Top-seeded Tyler Junior College of Texas is 16-0 after its quarterfinal victory over Anne Arundel Community College of Maryland.

With Thursday’s 2-1 squeaker over Western Iowa Community College, Georgia Perimeter College is 21-0-2 with both ties coming at Darton College, but in the second tie, GPC won the region title 5-3 on penalty kicks.

Paradise Valley’s best finish in the NJCAA tournament is third place in 2009. The Jaguars, of course, are breaking new ground every day because they have never been to the nationals before. Paradise Valley’s enrollment is about 4,400; GPC’s is about 25,000.

Today’s semifinals:Tyler vs. Schoolcraft College of Michigan (17-1), 5:30 p.m. Eastern; GPC vs. Paradise Valley, 7:30.

Consolation bracket: Anne Arundel (13-6-2) vs. Laramie County Community College of Wyoming (18-4-1), 12:30 Eastern; Monroe (16-5-1) vs. Iowa Western (16-4-2), 3 Eastern.

Sunday’s final is at 3:30 Eastern following consolation games to determine 3rd/4th and 5th/6th. The teams that lose twice on the first two days don’t participate.

JAGUAR JOLTS: With the temperature near freezing by the end of Thursday’s game, it was obvious the Iowa players were more comfortable with the northern clime than their southern opponents. ... Pumas to watch: Sophomore forward Allysa Oelschlager is tied for 10th in the country in scoring with 26 goals and nine assists, 61 points. Sophomore forward Alyssa Flores is 18th with 19 goals and 15 assists, 53 points. ... The Reivers’ Chalmea Palmer may have been the smoothest striker the Jaguars have faced. To score her goal, she had only a step on the GPC defender, pulling the trigger with only the slightest opening. Palmer is ranked 5th in the nation in scoring behind Adeshigbin who is 4th.

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November 18, 2010

Jaguars advance to semifinals at national tournament

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, who leaped onto the national stage in women’s soccer this season, continued a streak of “firsts” Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over Iowa Western Community College in the NJCAA quarterfinals in Topeka, Kan.

Taiwo Adeshigbin scores the first goal for the Jaguars early in the first half.

First-half goals by Taiwo Adeshigbin and Esther Anyanwu sent the No. 4-ranked Jaguars (21-0-2) to a Friday night semifinal against Paradise Valley C.C. of Phoenix, Ariz. Game time is 7:30 Eastern, and a webcast is scheduled, beginning at 7:20. Go to www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link labeled “Game Webcasts.”

“In the first half, we played very well, but things got rough in the second half with the wind and cold. That’s something we have to adjust to,” said GPC coach Bruno Kalonji. “We had no major injuries. We’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

Because previous games and opening ceremonies ran long, the match didn’t conclude until nearly 11:30 Eastern time, with temperatures in the low 40s.

The Jaguars, who won Region 17 and district championships for the first time, moved ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute on a 17-yard shot by Adeshigbin, the fourth-leading scorer in the nation. GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu punted the ball well past midfield, where it took a long bounce before Jacelyn Mitchell controlled it on the left side and made a crossing pass to Adeshigbin, who boomed the shot home.

Anyanwu, the nation’s leading scorer, scored with 8:10 remaining in the half when she took a pass on the left side, dribbled to the middle and launched a 30-yard shot over the Iowa Western goalkeeper’s head.

In the second half, Iowa Western (16-4-2) came out aggressively as the Jaguars looked sluggish. The Reivers pulled within 2-1 with 35:15 remaining on an 18-yard shot by Chamea Palmer over Egwuenu’s head but never got the equalizer.

Egwuenu made eight saves on nine shots on goal by the Reivers. GPC took 10 SOGs. The Jaguars launched five corner kicks, while Iowa Western took only three.

Paradise Valley made the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Monroe C.C. of Rochester, N.Y.

Iowa Western plays Monroe in the consolation bracket on Friday afternoon at 3 Eastern.

In the other quarterfinals, Tyler Junior College of Texas beat Anne Arundel C.C. of Maryland 2-1. Schoolcraft College of Michigan and Laramie County C.C. of Wyoming tied 1-1, but Schoolcraft advanced in the penalty kick shootout, 7-6.

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November 18, 2010

Jaguar Journal: Taking the best season to Topeka

Georgia Perimeter College takes on Iowa Western Community College in its first game of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I women’s soccer national championship tournament Thursday at 8:30 EST in Topeka, Kan.

The District F champion Lady Jaguars, in the midst of their best-ever season at 20-0-2, enter the eight-team tournament as its third seed, behind only defending national champion and top-ranked Tyler Junior College (15-0) and No. 2 Paradise Valley Community College (21-0). Iowa Western (16-3-2) is the sixth seed.

Freshman forward Ngozi Esther Anyanwu (47 goals, 14 assists), the nation’s leading scorer in goals and points (108) will lead the Lady Jaguars, who earned their spot by defeating Polk State 4-0 on Nov. 6. Anyanwu and sophomore Taiwo Adeshigbin, the nation’s fifth-leading scorer (31 goals, 15 assists for 77 points) give Georgia Perimeter the nation’s most potent 1-2 punch.

And with goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu backstopping a defense that has produced 15 shutouts and allowed only seven goals, the team justifies coach Bruno Kalonji’s confidence that “this team can do it.”

Iowa Western counters with a talented trio, however. The District C champion Reivers (a nickname that means “river pirate”) are led by Chamea Palmer with 75 points (31 goals, 13 assists), Haley Voeller with 52 (21 goals, 10 assists) and Kallie Karchner with 42 (16 goals, 10 assists). Nobody sets them up better than Harper Fleming, who has a team-high 14 assists.

IWCC also has a strong goalkeeper in freshman Jacqueline Olive, who has 40 saves on the season and a goals-against average of only 0.72.

It’s a double-elimination tournament, so if the Lady Jaguars win the opener, they will play the winner of Thursday’s game between Paradise Valley Community College (Ariz.) and Monroe Community College (N.Y., 16-4-1) on Friday. If they lose, they will play the loser of that same game on Friday.

The other tournament games feature Schoolcraft College (Mich., 16-1) vs. Laramie County Community College (Wyo., 18-3-1) and No. 1 Tyler (Texas) vs. Anne Arundel Community College (Md., 13-5-2).

JAGUAR JOLTS: The Jaguars left Atlanta by bus early Tuesday, expecting to arrive in Topeka late at night. Wednesday will bring a practice session at Hummer Sports Park and a welcome banquet at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. … The eight-team tournament will be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Losers fall into a bracket that produces four teams for Sunday’s consolation games to determine third, fourth, fifth and sixth places. … This is GPC’s second women’s national tournament in six months. The softball Jaguars went to the nationals in May in St. George, Utah, losing their first two games in the double-elimination tournament. … Iowa Western and Anne Arundel are the only teams in the tourney that were unranked in the NJCAA’s final regular season poll. Tyler, Paradise and GPC were ranked first, second and fourth, respectively, while Schoolcraft, Laramie and Monroe were Nos. 9, 10 and 14.

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November 17, 2010

Jaguars collect region honors, Coach-of-the-Year, Player-of-the-Year

Esther Anyanwu, who led the nation in scoring as Georgia Perimeter College claimed its first region championship, is the Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

The freshman forward from Lagos, Nigeria, was one of five Jaguars selected first-team all-region. Bruno Kalonji was named Coach of the Year by his peers.

GPC’s other first-team picks were sophomore forward Taiwo Adeshigbin of Lawrenceville; freshman goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu of Lagos, Nigeria; freshman midfielder Linda Chukwuji of Lagos, Nigeria; and sophomore defender Victoria Klingensmith of Loganville.

Sophomore defender Allison Derck of Alpharetta and freshman midfielder Windsor Neal made the second team.

“I wish some of our other players could have made the team,” Kalonji said. “Other coaches agreed that if you were taking this all-star team to play somebody like Kennesaw State, you’d want more of our midfielders and back line on the team. Several others are all-region material. But I’m glad we got so many on the team.”

Kalonji, in his third season at the helm of the Jaguars, was named Coach-of-the-Year by the region coaches.

Adeshigbin, Anyanwu, Egweunu and Klingensmith also made the all-tournament team. The Jaguars won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 title by beating host Darton on penalty kicks and advanced to the national tournament with a 4-0 win over Polk State College of Florida in the district game.

Anyanwu and Adeshigbin give the Jaguars a 1-2 scoring punch unmatched in the country or in school history. Anyanwu has 108 points (47 goals, 14 assists) going into the NJCAA tournament.

Adeshigbin, fifth in scoring nationally, has 77 points (31 goals, 15 assists). She made the all-region first team for the second consecutive year.

Chukwuji was 15th in the league in scoring with six goals and nine assists for 21 points. Neal tied for 21st with five goals and six assists for 16 points.

Egwuenu has a 0.24 goals-against average, ranking fourth nationally.

Klingensmith and Derck anchored a defense that produced 15 shutouts and allowed only seven goals. Klingensmith was captain for the second consecutive season. She was second-team all-region in 2009.

“These are very coachable players, great leaders on and off the field,” said Kalonji, who took the Jaguars to the top of the league in his third season. “They are also very strong in academics. Tori has been a great leader. She helps teammates with their homework.”

Aside from the Jaguars, the other first-team all-region selections were Shelby Bush, Brittany Fox and Ariana Walsh of Darton and Summer Carter, Sara Lindell and Monique Pryce of Middle Georgia.

The other second-teamers included four from Darton (Sashanna Campbell, Shenel Gall, Christine Kelly, Fiona Ryan), three from Abraham Baldwin (Franchesca Carvello, Demi Greenan, Kelly Polk) and one each from Middle Georgia (Amanda Dale) and South Georgia (Chelsea Waters).

The other all-tournament selections included three from Darton (Rachel Hatch, Walsh, Bush), two from ABAC (Carvello, Greenan) and two from Middle Georgia (Jenna Nash, Lindell).

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November 6, 2010

Jaguars win district title, advance to national tournament in Kansas

The Jaguars are packing their bags for Kansas.

The undefeated Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team defeated Polk State College 4-0 Saturday to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 District F championship at the Clarkston Campus. The victory sends the Jaguars, ranked fourth in the NJCAA poll, to the national championship tournament in Topeka, Kan., to be held on Nov. 18-21.

Esther Anyanwu, right, congratulates Taiwo Adeshigbin on her first goal in the championship match.

Sophomore forward Taiwo scored two goals; freshmen Esther Anyanwu and Jacelyn Mitchell each added one and the defense presented an iron wall, giving Georgia Perimeter it’s first appearance at the women’s soccer nationals.

“It’s overwhelming,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “Winning a season without losing a game—winning the regular season championship, the region tournament, the district championship. These women are extraordinary women.”

The Jaguars’ juggernaut this season represents the program’s first championships and first trip to nationals.

Ranked 15th in the nation, Polk State (9-4-1), of Winter Haven, Fla., had won the district title and gone to the national tournament for six consecutive years under head coach Bill Read. In October the Jaguars eked out a 1-0 victory in a regular season match between the two teams in Florida.

Coach Bruno Kalonji lifts the trophy as the Jaguars celebrate.

Anyanwu scored the first goal for Georgia Perimeter (20-0-2) with 17:04 remaining in the first half. Adeshigbin made a nice play down the right side with a cross to Windsor Neal at the top of the penalty box. Neal earned an assist on the play with a crisp pass to the right of the box, where Anyanwu turned and drove it in across the near post.

In the third minute of the second half, midfielder Erin Lee sent a sharp cross from inside the corner flag that was headed out by defender Ashley Palmer. But the ball hit a player and went into ground about five yards out. In the ensuing scramble, the ball momentarily rested loose between players, and Mitchell slid in and toe poked it into the net.

It was the first of three strikes Georgia Perimeter scored in the closing period. With 27:17 on the clock, Adeshigbin scored an unassisted goal to give the Jaguars a comfortable lead. A long pass from the defense took a big hop that the lanky forward headed past the defense and slammed it past the oncoming goalkeeper, Caroline Bond.

Adeshigbin drove an eye-popping 35-yard shot from the right side just under the crossbar in the 88th minute to close out the scoring.

With time slipping away in the second period, the game became very physical. Soon after Mitchell’s score, Lee took a hard hit and came up holding her head. She later left the game, eventually leaving the stadium in an amulance. Athletic trainers Tiffany Barney and Trevor Austin expressed concern that Lee had suffered a concussion. Sometime later, Anyanwu was taken down and left the game with a sprained ankle.

The shutout represents GPC’s 15th of the season. Goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu had two saves on seven shots on goal by the Vikings. Georgia Perimeter took eight shots on goal.

Anyanwu’s goal increased her NJCAA-leading point total to 108, with 47 goals and 14 assists. The two scores by Adeshigbin, ranked fifth in the nation, increased her goal total to 29, which, along with 15 assists, puts her total at 77 points.

All games of the eight-team national tournament will be broadcast live online by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting. To watch the games, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

“I say we go get nationals,” Kalonji said. “It’s going to be a tough road—we’re not underestimating anyone—but this team can do it.”

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November 4, 2010

Jaguars play for district championship Saturday at 1 p.m.

The event: the District F Championship Match, which has been changed from Friday to Saturday. And it promises to be a classic. The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team will host Polk State College of Winter Haven, Fla., Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jaguars’ home field at Clarkston Campus.

The stakes: the winner earns a ticket to the NJCAA national tournament in Topeka, Kan., Nov. 18-21. The loser goes home.

The players: the undefeated Jaguars (19-0-2) edged Darton College last weekend in dramatic fashion—double overtime 2-2 tie (GPC 5-3 on penalty kicks)—to win the NJCAA Region 17 (Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) championship and advance to the district playoff.

Polk State College (9-3-1) won the Region 8 title with a 4-2 victory over Brevard College Saturday.

In his third year as head coach of the Jaguars, Bruno Kalonji has taken GPC from a 6-11-1 record in 2008 to its current fourth-place ranking in the nation in the NJCAA coaches poll.

Polk State—a perennial national contender under coach Bill Read—is ranked 15th. The teams clashed at Polk’s home field on Oct. 10, with the Jaguars defeating the Vikings 1-0 on a goal in the 87th minute by freshman midfielder Linda Chukwuji.

In a match a year ago at Clarkston, Polk State won 2-1 on a last-minute penalty kick for a foul called inside the penalty box. In 2008 the Vikings beat GPC 9-1.

GPC features a defense that has allowed only seven goals in 21 games; the fifth-ranked goalkeeper in the nation, freshman Marbel Egwuenu; the top scorer in the nation, freshman Esther Anyanwu (46 goals, 14 assists, 106 points); the second scorer in the region and fifth in the country, sophomore Taiwo Adeshigbin (29 goals, 15 assists, 73 points); and one of the most dominating midfields in the nation.

Nineteen Jaguars have scored this season, and nine have point totals of 10 or more. Meanwhile, Polk State relies on a triumvirate of scorers. Marisela Rivera leads the Vikings with six goals and one assist for 13 points, followed by Nicole Lahman with 12 points and Raquel Silveira with 10. Eleven others have scored.

A large crowd is anticipated for Saturday’s match, including some youth soccer teams planning to attend and a probable throng of four-year college scouts and coaches eager to see the two talented squads in action. It promises to be a festive event.

The game will be audio broadcast online. To listen to the webcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under Game Webcasts.”

The District F Championship Game will be played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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October 30, 2010

New kids on the block: Lady Jaguars win region championship

After 110 minutes of grueling soccer and two rounds of agonizing penalty kicks, the Jaguars caught a couple of breaks and made history.

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team defeated Darton College in a double overtime tie 2-2 (GPC won 5-3 on penalty kicks) to win the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship Saturday in Albany. It may be GPC’s first Region 17 championship in women’s soccer, outside of this season’s regular season title.

The undefeated Jaguars (19-0-2) advance to the NJCAA District F championship Friday, hosting Polk State College of Winter Haven, Fla., the winner of Region 8 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The time of the match, on GPC’s Clarkston Campus, will be determined by the coaches.

Blake DiSpigna scored a clutch shootout goal.

With the score knotted after two overtimes, the teams took turns kicking one-on-one penalty kicks, one of the most nerve-wracking ordeals in sports. GPC’s Linda Chukwuji, Blake DiSpigna and Tori Klingensmith all scored their penalty kicks against Darton goalkeeper Fiona Ryan.

Shelby Bush and Josefin Debroen scored for the Cavaliers (14-3-1) against Marbel Egwuenu, but Darton’s third shot, by Renee Hurd, went high over the bar.

Leading 3-2, the Jaguars received a second piece of luck when the diving Ryan deflected Arielle Sabina’s hard kick, but the soccer ball hit the left post, hit the top bar and spun along the goal line into the shallows of the net. Sashanna Campbell drove the next shot in for Darton to make it 4-3.

Then Esther Anyanwu stepped up for the Jaguars. If she scored, the Jags won the championship. If she missed, Darton had one shot to tie it. Anyanwu calmly fired a low liner into the left corner to clinch a 5-3 penalty kick victory and the championship.

Darton finishes the season at 14-2-1. The Cavaliers, ranked eighth in the NJCAA national poll, placed second in the nation in 2005 and 2008 and have dominated the region through much of the past decade. GPC came into the game ranked fourth in the country.

Throughout regulation play, both defenses and goalkeepers made exceptional plays with slide tackles, bruising take downs and stellar saves. Georgia Perimeter fell behind the very physical Cavaliers twice, but immediately answered each time.

Darton’s Rachel Hatch first lit up the scoreboard with 11:34 remaining in the first half, striking from the right into the left side of the goal. Just a little over three minutes later, Sabina launched a long free kick that took two high hops and sailed over the defense and Ryan into the net.

Then only 1:36 into the second half, Darton’s Bush rebounded a shot by Christine Kelly in heavy traffic and kicked it in. Twenty-nine seconds later, Taiwo Adeshigbin pushed past the defense up the left flank and boomed a long cross perfectly to Anyanwu, who headed the ball from outside the left post into the upper corner to tie the score at 2-2. Anyanwu leads the NJCAA in scoring with 106 points on 46 goals and 14 assists.

GPC took 16 shots on goal, while the defense held Darton to seven, with Egwuenu saving five. Ryan had to make 14 saves. The Jaguars booted six corner kicks to Darton’s three.

The online telecast of the game can be viewed any time; visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts” or under “Webcast Archives” in the left menu.

Friday’s district title game with Polk State will be audio broadcast. The broadcast time will be posted at www.gpc.edu/athletic once the coaches set a kickoff time.

Polk State (9-1-3) is ranked 15th in the NJCAA poll. Three weeks ago GPC defeated the Vikings 1-0 in Florida. The two teams played last season at Clarkston, with Polk State winning 2-1 on a last-minute penalty kick in the box.

The District F Championship Game will be played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021.

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October 29, 2010

Jaguars advance to region championship match with Darton

The high-powered Georgia Perimeter College offense scored early in each half, and the Jaguars defeated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 4-0 Friday in the semifinal round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Albany.

The undefeated Jaguars (19-0-1), ranked fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, advance to Saturday’s 3 p.m. championship match against host Darton College (15-2-1). ABAC finishes the season at 15-7.

Jacelyn Mitchell started GPC’s scoring early.

Jacelyn Mitchell struck in the fourth minute of first half, making a short run and blasting a shot from the left side into the right corner of the net. Linda Chukwuji earned an assist on the play.

The Fillies packed the defense against the high-scoring Jaguars effectively until 6:15 remained in the half. Then Tori Klingensmith sent a cross pass from the left to Chukwuji, who chipped it in over Fillies goalkeeper Alison Burson for a 2-0 lead at the break.

Only 1:02 into the second period, Esther Anyanwu received a corner kick and an assist from Constance Bates to score her 45th goal and 104th point of the season.

Blake DiSpigna booted in the final goal unassisted from the left side with 2:34 left in the game.

The GPC defense registered its 15th shutout of the year; the Jaguars have outscored their opponents 141-5. The midfield and back line relentlessly turned back the Fillies’ attacks, usually at midfield, keeping the ball in their attack zone most of the match. They allowed ABAC no corner kicks and no shots on goal, giving Jaguar goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu a relatively easy night.

The Jaguars took 15 shots on goal, with the ABAC keepers saving 11.

Darton defeated Middle Georgia College 6-0 in the other semifinal. During the season, GPC and the Cavaliers tied 1-1 at Albany, and the Jaguars won 4-0 on their home field. Darton has dominated the league for much of the past decade and finished second in the NJCAA national tournament in 2005 and 2008.

The winner of Saturday’s title game will host the NJCAA District F Championship match next Friday. The likely opponent will be Polk State College of Winter Haven, Fla.

Panhandle Sports Broadcasting will telecast the championship game online, along with the men’s tournament semifinals Saturday evening and their title game Sunday. To watch the broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 29, 2010

Jaguar Journal: First time for several things as region tournaments televised online

For the first time history, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s soccer semifinals and championship games will be broadcast on web TV.

For the first time in the history of the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer program, the Jaguars go to the region tournament as the top seed.

The Jaguars (18-0-1), who jumped to No. 4 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association national poll, will play Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 8:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) in Albany.

All tournament games will be video webcast by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting, Region 17’s new partner for championship events. Links will be provided at www.gpc.edu/athletic, www.psblive.com and www.gjcaa.org.

ABAC (15-6) secured its spot in the semifinals by beating South Georgia 2-1 in a play-in game Tuesday.

Should the Jaguars make the final, they are assured of a tough opponent. No. 8-ranked Darton College (14-2-1), the host team, plays Middle Georgia College (14-6) in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Middle Georgia won last season’s tournament; Darton won the two years before that.

To get into the semifinal round, Middle defeated Georgia Military College 3-0 in Wednesday’s play-in game.

The championship game of the GCAA (Region 17 of the NJCAA) is at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA District F playoff. The winner of that goes to the national tournament in Topeka, Kan.

Esther Anyanwu

GPC has the top scorer in the nation, freshman Esther Anyanwu, who has 100 points (43 goals, 14 assists). Second in the region and fifth in the country is sophomore Taiwo Adeshigbin with 72 points (29 goals, 14 assists).

But the scoring threats go way beyond the top two. Jacelyn Mitchell is tied for 10th in the region, followed by Erin Lee (tied for 12th), Linda Chukwuji (16th, Storm Williams (tied for 18th and Windsor Neal (tied for 20th.

In going through their schedule undefeated, aside from a 1-1 tie at Darton, the Jaguars outscored opponents 137-5.

The defense has been as impressive as the offense. Freshman Marbel Egwuenu has a goals-against average of 0.252, fifth-best in the country. Led by the defensive wall of Arielle Sabina, Tori Klingensmith, Jackelyn Koffler and Allison Derck, the Jaguars didn’t allow a goal at home and haven’t allowed two goals in a game.

GPC easily handled ABAC twice during the regular season, winning 8-0 on the Clarkston Campus and 5-1 in Tifton. The Jaguars also have two victories over Middle Georgia and a win and a tie against Darton.

JAGUAR JOLTS: ABAC finished 15-6 and has the No. 5 scorer in the league, Francesca Caravello. … Darton’s potent one-two scoring punch of Shelby Bush and Sashanna Campell finished third and fourth in the region, respectively. … The men’s tournament begins Saturday night shortly after the women’s champion is crowned. GPC will be the No. 2 seed behind Middle Georgia. The final is Sunday at 3 p.m.

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October 25, 2010

Anyanwu reaches 100 as Jaguars finish regular season undefeated

Sophomores took center stage on Sophomore Day Monday at the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer field in Clarkston, but freshman striker Ngozi Esther Anyanwu shared the spotlight

Anyanwu scored two goals and had an assist to reach 100 points on the season, leading the Jaguars to a 4-0 shutout of Georgia Military College in the regular season finale for both teams.

Esther Anyanwu, No. 9, battles the Bulldogs for possession.

The unbeaten Jaguars—18-0-1 overall and 13-0-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association—closed the regular season with their 14th shutout in 19 games. Georgia Military dropped to 4-11, 3-11. Both teams now will turn their attention to this week’s six-team postseason GCAA tournament.

Friday the Jaguars head to Albany for the semifinal round of the tournament, which will be televised online, along with the championship match on Saturday. They go as regular season champions of the GCAA (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association) and thus won the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

GPC erupted for three goals in less than three minutes in the first half against Georgia Military. Sophomore midfielder Storm Williams assisted Anyanwu’s first goal with a sharp pass from the right end line to the front of the box to open the blitz in the 14th minute.

High-scoring sophomore forward Taiwo Adeshigbin struck the net a little over a minute later with an assist from Anyanwu. Williams and Adeshibin teamed up again for Adeshigbin’s second goal and Williams’ second assist less than two minutes after that.

Entering the last half behind 3-0, the Bulldogs’ packed defense held off Georgia Perimeter until 14:07 remained in the game.

That’s when Anyanwu hit the 100 mark, displaying some footwork about 33 yards straight out from the goal and then drilling a shot below the bar beyond the reach of the Bulldogs goalkeeper, Nahomie Lagardere.

Sophomores, from left, Tori Klingensmith, Arielle Sabina, Allison Derck, Storm Williams and Taiwo Adeshigbin.

Anyanwu’s 100 points come on 43 goals (counted as two points each in individual scoring) and 14 assists (one point each). She is believed to be the first women’s player at the college reach the 100 plateau.

The five points moved Anyanwu back into the national scoring lead among NJCAA colleges, four points ahead of Cindy Benitez of Butler Community College in Kansas.

Georgia Perimeter bombarded GMC’s defense with 30 shots on goal. Lagardere made 23 saves. GPC’s defense held the Bulldogs to two SOGs.

Prior to the match, head coach Bruno Kalonji, assistants Shawn Wash and Franklin Lawson and the freshman players honored the team’s five sophomores with a brief ceremony. The sophomores, the first class that Kalonji recruited after taking the helm two months before the 2008 season, reversed the program’s direction from a 6-11-1 season in 2008 to 11-6 last year and to its current sixth place ranking in the NJCAA national poll.

Sophomores Adeshigbin, Williams, Arielle Sabina and Tori Klingensmith were key to the turnaround and this year’s success. Adeshigbin scored 86 points last season, fifth in the NJCAA, and has 72 this year on 29 goals and 14 assists. She’s currently ranked fifth again among NJCAA scorers and second in the league behind Anyanwu.

Along with outstanding defenders Sabina and Klingensmith and freshman Jackelyn Koffler, sophomore Allison Derck, a transfer from Armstrong State, is a major contributor on a back line that has allowed only five goals all season. The defense, supported by a sterling freshman-dominated midfield, is yet to give up two goals in a game.

Darton College (14-2-1, 11-1-1) ended in second place, and along with GPC, earned a bye into the weekend’s semifinal round. The semis and championship match will be hosted by Darton at its home field in Albany.

In one of two play-in games, sixth-place Georgia Military will travel Wednesday to visit the No. 3 seed, defending champion Middle Georgia (13-6, 10-3). Tuesday the fourth- and fifth-place teams, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (14-6, 8-6) and South Georgia College (7-9, 6-8), meet at ABAC for the other play-in game.

Georgia Perimeter will play the winner of that match in the semifinal round in Albany Friday at 8:30 p.m. The opening semifinal at 6 p.m. will feature Darton and the winner of the GMC-Middle Georgia play-in. Saturday at 3 p.m. the winners of the semifinal matches will battle for the region (GCAA) championship.

Fans can watch the semifinals and championship matches online through Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB Live). Tune in by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts. ”

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October 22, 2010

Jaguars survive first-half scare to remain undefeated

A time-honored tradition in sports frequently occurs when a team wins a big game and then suffers a letdown in the following game.

For the first half Friday, it appeared the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team had fallen victim to tradition.

GPC overcame a slow first half and caught fire in the second to defeat visiting Meridian Community College 5-1 Friday at GPC’s Clarkston field.

On Tuesday the Jaguars had won perhaps the biggest victory in the program’s history, taking down a fourth-ranked perennial national contender, Darton College, 4-0.

And true to tradition, a stiff Meridian defense held the high-scoring Jaguars to a 1-1 tie in the first period Friday.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Esther Anyanwu passed from the right end line to Taiwo Adeshigbin, who booted it in for a 1-0 Jaguar lead.

But with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Eagles tied it up on a free kick that caromed off Linda Chukwuji for an own goal. It is the only goal scored against the Jaguars on their home field this season.

Head coach Bruno Kalonji got his team’s attention at halftime.

Head coach Bruno Kalonji gave the Jaguars a stern lecture during the intermission.

“I asked them if they were ready to lose their first game,” Kalonji said. “I wasn’t mad with the way they were playing. I was mad with the attitude. If you want to be champions, you play every game, every minute, 100 percent all the way, and you play as a team.”

Apparently, the lesson sunk in. Chukwuji scored unassisted eight minutes into the second period.

Anyanwu scored two minutes later on an assist by Adeshigbin, and she struck in the 73rd minute, assisted by Ali Wellborn.

Even Freshman goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu joined the point parade, playing at forward for the last 10 minutes as Isolina Ottavi took over in the net. Egwuenu scored in the final minute with an assist by Kadija Fofanah.

The victory improved Georgia Perimeter—ranked sixth in the latest national NJCAA poll—to 17-0-1. The Eagles, who received votes in the poll, slipped to 11-2-2.

GPC launched 17 shots on goals, while the defense held the Eagles to eight. Meridian keeper Teri Brown collected 12 saves, while Egwuenu had eight.

The defense also looked good in the corner kick column—Meridian was awarded no corner kicks, while the Jaguars took seven at the other end of the field.

With her two goals and one assist, Anyanwu returned to first place in scoring in the NJCAA, reaching 95 points on 41 goals and 13 assists. She had been surpassed this week by the 94 points of Cindi Benetiz of Butler Community College in Kanas. Adeshigbin is ranked fifth in the nation with 69 points (27 goals, 15 assists).

Monday GPC completes its NJCAA Region 17 schedule and regular season campaign, celebrating sophomore day and hosting Georgia Military College at 3 p.m.

Then the Jaguars travel to Darton College in Albany for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17) semifinals on Friday.

Their semifinal opponent and game time is yet to be determined, depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s play-in game between the GCAA fourth- and fifth-place teams, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and South Georgia College.

Fans can watch both of Friday’s semifinal games and Saturday’s championship match on web TV. Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB Live) will broadcast the tournament—and the men’s region tournament Saturday and Sunday, also at Darton. Links to the six video broadcasts will be available at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 19, 2010

Jaguar team effort brings down Darton

From all appearances Tuesday, center referee Michael Sabatelle should have penalized the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars for having 12 players on the field. A 12th player named “Unity.”

Freshman goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu stops an attack.

Georgia Perimeter won perhaps the greatest victory ever for its women’s soccer program with a 4-0 shutout of perennial conference power Darton College before a lively crowd at the Jaguars’ home field in Clarkston.

The victory launched the Jaguars into sole possession of first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, advancing them to 16-0-1 on the season and 12-0-1 in the GCAA (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association).

The outcome virtually assures the Jaguars of a top seed in the region tournament Oct. 29-30 in Albany, a valuable postseason prize.

It represents the Jaguar defenders’ 13th shutout in 17 games this season. They remain unscored-upon on their home field. They’ve allowed only four goals, all on the road, and have never allowed two goals in one game.

Esther Anyanwu increased her national scoring lead with two goals and an assist, raising her season total to 90 points with two regular season matches remaining.

Esther Anyanwu fakes left and then goes right to score.

But the most enduring memory from this classic showdown may be less tangible than these facts and figures.

GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji said that last week two starters violated a curfew rule, and he suspended them for the game. However, the team held a meeting with Kalonji, requesting that they all be allowed to pay off the punishment as sort of a group atonement. They endured grueling conditioning the remainder of the week, including a brutal session Sunday night.

“All our work was spiritual and mental. Team unity is what made this happen today,” Kalonji said. “Darton is very strong but the way we gelled, the harmony of our team is what beat them. It’s overwhelming.”

Defender Arielle Sabina and Anyanwu combined for a score in the fifteenth minute to give the Jaguars all the points their Teflon defense would need. Sabina placed a long free kick at Anyanwu’s feet and the freshman striker ran up the middle and pounded it past oncoming goalkeeper Fiona Ryan for a one-nil lead.

The teams battled fairly evenly through the remainder of the half, with Darton (14-2-1, 11-1-1) getting several scoring opportunities. All were turned back by defenders or goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu, who made several slide tackles and diving grabs to hold off the Cavaliers. She leapt high to glance one high and certain score over the cross bar.

But the second half belonged to the Jaguars. Within the first five minutes Taiwo Adeshigbin, the fifth highest scorer in the NJCAA, emerged from a midfield tangle, ran up the right flank and booted it past Ryan, again coming out from the goal to play it big.

Anyanwu struck again only six minutes later with a fancy right-left-right move in front of Ryan and defender Ariana Walsh after a crisp pass into the box from Contance Bates.

With 20:10 on the clock, Anyanwu hammered a shot into the right goal post, and freshman midfielder Erin Lee trapped the rebound and drove it past a crowd into the left corner of the net.

The win may move GPC from seventh place into the top five in the NJCAA coaches poll. It may drop No. 4 Darton below Georgia Perimeter in the rankings for the first time in memory. Nobody remembers when GPC last defeated Darton in women’s soccer.

“I’ve been waiting for this for 12 years,” said veteran assistant coach Franklin Lawson.

The Jaguars continue their home stand with a match against Meridian College Friday at 4 p.m. On Monday Georgia Military College visits for GPC’s final region and regular season match 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 18, 2010

Jaguar Journal: Darton game Tuesday is pivotal region match

After 110 minutes of bruising action in Albany on Sept. 24 decided little, Georgia Perimeter College and Darton College play their regular season rematch Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus for high stakes.

The winner will be the top seed in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament at Darton on Oct. 29 and 30. That’s important because it means a far easier path to the championship game.

The first and second place teams in the standings will get byes into the semifinals on the 29th. The third and fourth teams in the standings—at this point Middle Georgia and Abraham Baldwin – must win play-in games on Oct. 26 to get to the semis.

The third place team, Middle Georgia College (10-6, 7-3), will play a much weaker sixth place team, and the Warriors most likely will win that match. The top seed will play the winner of the fourth and fifth place teams, also considerably weaker than Middle Georgia.

If past experience holds true, the No. 2 seed’s semifinal match against a physical and talented Middle Georgia team would be no picnic. Even with a victory the No. 2 team could feel the effects—bruises, sprains, less rest—the next afternoon in the championship game.

So the Jaguars (11-0-1 in the GCAC, 15-0-1 overall) are determined to take care of business and grab the No. 1 seed Tuesday at home against Darton, a longtime soccer power. The Lady Cavaliers (11-0-1, 14-1-1) are equally determined to make their mark on the road. Both teams are nationally ranked in the NJCAA poll – Darton fourth, GPC seventh.

To rise in the poll, the Jaguars have produced phenomenal statistics on both defense and offense.

Georgia Perimeter has outscored opponents 124-4. Of the Jaguars’ 16 matches, 12 have been shutout victories. Keys to those startling statistics are exceptional midfielders and the defensive wall presented by Arielle Sabina, Tori Klingensmith, Jackelyn Koffler and Allison Derck.

Jaguars freshman Marbel Egwuenu is ranked fourth nationally in goalkeeping, yielding an average of 0.22 of a goal per game.

GPC has the top scorer in the country in freshman Esther Anyanwu, who has 37 goals and 11 assists for 85 points. Sophomore Taiwo Adeshigbin is third with 64 points (25 goals, 14 assists). They both are well ahead in scoring in the GCAA (Region 17 of the NJCAA). Francesca Caravello of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is behind Adeshigbin in third place with 38 points, 26 points.

Anyanwu tallied GPC’s lone goal in the 1-1 tie on Sept. 24 at Darton, scoring on a pass from Jacelyn Mitchell. Sashanna Campbell scored for the Lady Cavaliers that night. Her total of 35 points is fifth in the region, right behind teammate Shelby Bush, who has 14 goals, nine assists and 37 points.

Tuesday’s game will be webcast on NSHBN.com, with a link available at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.” The pregame show starts at 2:50 p.m.

JAGUAR JOLTS: The region tournament semifinals on Oct. 29 and championship game, Oct. 30, in Albany will be video-broadcast online by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB Live). The GCAA, led by commissioner David Elder, signed a contract for PSB to broadcasts six tournaments—men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. Georgia Perimeter will provide links to all the broadcasts. For more information on the GCAA-PSB partnership, visit http://www.gjcaa.org/main. ... The Jaguars’ dominance in region scoring goes deeper than Anyanwu and Adeshigbin. They have nine of the top 19 scorers. Mitchell (nine goals, eight assists) is in seventh place, while Erin Lee (seven goals, seven assists) is tied for ninth. Also on the list are Storm Williams, Linda Chukwuji, Windsor Neal, Blake DiSpigna and Constance Bates. … Darton’s Fiona Ryan is the second-ranked goalkeeper behind Egwuenu with an average of 0.69. … The Region 17 winner will host this year’s District F tournament on Nov. 4-5 with a berth in the nationals on the line. … The national tournament starts Nov. 18 in Topeka, Kan.

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October 12, 2010

Jaguar defense posts 12th shutout as Anyanwu leads attack

Freshman striker Esther Anyanwu scored three goals and had two assists, and the defense got its 12th shutout as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team defeated Middle Georgia College 5-0 Tuesday at GPC Clarkston.

Georgia Perimeter, 15-0-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA) maintained its hold on first place in the GCAA standings. Middle Georgia slipped further into third place with a 9-6, 6-3 record.

Linda Chukwuji (4) and Taiwo Adeshigbin (14) celebrate one of Esther Anyanwu’s three goals.

The win set up a probable showdown next Tuesday at 3 p.m. as Darton College (12-1-1, 9-0-1) visits GPC in what should be a clash for first place and the top seed in the Region 17 postseason tournament Oct. 29 and 30. Darton, which plays two region games before then, tied the Jaguars 1-1 in September. Both teams are ranked in the nation’s top ten, according to the most recent NJCAA coaches poll—Darton is fourth and GPC is No. 7.

For the first half, the Jaguars and Middle Georgia picked up where they left off after GPC’s 2-1 victory over the Warriors a month ago in Cochran. The first 17 minutes was a battle for control of midfield.

Jacelyn Mitchell got it started when she received a pass in the middle and fed Anyanwu, who unleased a hard shot from the right of the box. The ball banged the left post and crawled over the goal line with 27:59 showing on the scoreboard.

Nineteen minutes later, Arielle Sabina launched a long free kick that Anyanwu headed in to give the Jaguars a 2-0 halftime lead.

"In the first half they put pressure on us and we couldn’t settle the ball," GPC coach Bruno Kalonji said. "We told the players at halftime to compose themselves and play their game."

It worked. Early in the second period a nice combination of four or five touches ended with Anyanwu assisting Mitchell, who booted it in for a 3-0 lead.

In the 66th minute, Anyanwu, on the ground in front of the net, poked a rebound of her own shot to Achebo-Totty, who drove it in from the left.

The same duo completed the scoring with a nifty series of pass-and-go touches down the right flank, ending with an assist by Achebo-Totty and Anyanwu’s third goal.

"Mary made a big difference when she came in. She made an immediate impact with her knowledge of the game," Kalonji said.

He also praised the nearly impenetrable defense: "Moving Tori Klingensmith to the back line brought more speed to the defense. Arielle Sabina is a very strong tackler. Jackie Koffler and Allison Derck have great speed. They’ve all been phenomenal all season."

The hat trick and assists raised Anyanwu’s nation-leading scoring total to 85 points on 37 goals and 11 assists. Her teammate, sophomore striker Taiwo Adeshigbin, is the second-leading scorer in the NJCAA with 25 goals and 14 assists for 64 points.

Marbel Egwuenu corrals a loose ball in front of the net

GPC took 14 shots on goal while the defense allowed only one by Middle Georgia, on which Marbel Egwuenu made the save. Corner kicks were about even, with the Jaguars taking five and the Warriors 4.

The Tuesday, Oct. 19, game with Darton College will be audio webcast. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under "Game Webcasts."

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 10, 2010

Jaguars defeat No. 14 Polk State 1-0

It’s been a season of firsts for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team. First time to play this far into the schedule without a defeat. First time to have the top two scorers in the nation. First time to produce such a dominant defense. Sunday brought another—first victory over Polk State College.

Linda Chukwuji

Linda Chukwuji scored the winning goal in the 87th minute as the Jaguars continued their juggernaut with a 1-0 shutout of Polk State in a women’s soccer showdown in Winter Haven, Fla.

After a classic defensive battle throughout the game, Chukwuji took a pass from Esther Anyanwu on the right side of the penalty box and with a couple of touches hammered the winner into the upper part of the net.

The Jaguars (14-0-1) entered the game ranked ninth nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll. Polk State (6-3-1), a perennial women’s soccer power, was ranked No. 14.

Last year the Vikings and Jaguars produced a similar defensive struggle at GPC’s Clarkston field until Polk won late in the game 2-1. Polk finished in sixth place at the national tournament.

Sunday Polk came prepared for GPC’s high-scoring attack, playing with one forward and packing the back. At some points in the game, the Vikings presented a defensive line of six or seven players. The ploy worked for 86 minutes.

“Teams are playing to tie us not beat us, so our job becomes difficult to break the defense,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “We’ve been working on it in practice, attacking against a packed defense.”

At the other end of the field, GPC’s ironclad defense defies preparation. Chukwuji, Windsor Neal, Olga Marquez and Constance Bates controlled the center midfield Sunday, as they have throughout the season, while Jacelyn Mitchell, Erin Lee, Blake DiSpigna and Neal performed superbly on the outside midfield.

When the Vikings managed to get past the midfield, Jackelyn Koffler, Tori Klingensmith, Arielle Sabina and Allison Derck negated all of their attacks, allowing only one quality chance the entire game and two shots on goal.

Marbel Egwuenu went the distance in goal for the shutout, needing to make one save. Polk took only two shots on goal and had three corner kicks. GPC launched 10 shots on goal and kicked 13 corners.

The victory concluded a successful three-game road trip for the Jaguars, including wins Friday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton and Saturday at Winter Haven against Broward College.

“The trip was very good for the team,” Kalonji said. “It was a great bonding experience, and the players believe in what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Tuesday GPC returns to its home field for another showdown, facing Middle Georgia College in a key Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) game. To listen to the online broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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 9, 2010

Neal’s two goals lead GPC to another road trip win

In its busiest stretch of games all season, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team made it 2-for-2 on the road Saturday with a 9-1 win over Broward College in Winter Haven, Fla.

Playing one day, and in a different state, after a 5-1 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., the Lady Jaguars opened with a lineup that included several backup players.

Esther Anyanwu and Taiwo Adeshigbin, the most prolific scorers in the National Junior College Athletic Association, started the match, but on the back line. Both moved up in the second half, when coach Bruno Kalonji went with his usual group, and scored a goal apiece.

Kalonji wanted to give his regulars some rest in preparation for Sunday morning’s match against Polk State, ranked 14th in the NJCAA. The Lady Jaguars (13-0-1) hold down the ninth spot.

Windsor Neal

Windsor Neal scored twice, while six other Lady Jaguars accounted for a goal each. Besides the two stars, Zauditu Amlak, Constance Bates, Storm Williams and—yes—goalkeeper Isolina Ottavi tallied. Ottavi was called on for a penalty kick as the visitors cashed in on half of their 16 attempts on goal.

Broward helped GPC’s cause with an own goal off the head of a defender.

The host team was held to three shots on goal, thanks to solid defense by Arielle Sabina, Victoria Klingensmith, Jaceklyn Koffler and Allison Derck. Goalkeeping duties were split by Marbel Egwuenu and Ottavi.

Following Sunday’s game, GPC gets a home game at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Middle Georgia on the Clarkston Campus.

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October 8, 2010

Jaguars overcome defensive gambit; win first leg of road trip

Facing a defensive-minded foe, the Georgia Perimeter women’s soccer team did not come close to its average of nearly nine goals per game Friday.

Five was plenty, however, as the Jaguars, ranked ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, remained undefeated and downed Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 5-1 in Tifton.

GPC (12-0-1 overall) held onto its lead in the Georgia College Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA) at 10-0-1. ABAC fell to 5-5 in region play, 10-5 all told.

The Fillies, beaten more soundly by GPC 8-0 last month, deployed only one forward and packed the box in front of the Jaguars’ goal with defenders. The strategy kept GPC from maneuvering in the box, forcing them to rely on shots from afar.

Constance Bates helped thwart ABAC’s strategy.

The strategy kept GPC’s Esther Anyanwu and Taiwo Adeshigbin in check. The NJCAA’s two most prolific scorers were held to one goal and one assist—on the same play. Linda Chukwuji and Constance Bates came to the rescue with two goals apiece, generally on solo efforts that required no assist.

Chukwuji broke through in the 18th minute from the top of the box.

Five minutes later, GPC’s Windsor Neal was called for a tackle in the penalty area. Demi Greenan converted the penalty kick to tie the score.

GPC’s dynamic duo combined for the go-ahead goal. Adeshigbin, the nation’s No. 2 scorer entering the week, passed to top scorer Anyanwu for a 2-1 halftime lead.

All three second-half goals came from the top of the box or beyond. Bates’ strike from 22 yards out made it 3-1. Chukwiji and Bates repeated their act to wrap up the scoring.

Dominance by GPC’s defensive line and midfielders was evident in saves. The Fillies’ goalkeeper had to make 13, while the only shot GPC’s Marbel Egwueny dealt with was the penalty kick. The Jaguars have been dented for three goals all season.

The team headed straight to Winter Haven, Fla., for matches Saturday against Broward College and Sunday against 14th-ranked Polk State College.

The Jaguars are back in action Tuesday on the Clarkston campus for a critical region match against Middle Georgia. GPC defeated Middle Georgia 2-1 in Cochran last month. Game time is 3 p.m., and the pregame Jaguar Journal begins at 2:50 p.m. for the online broadcast. To listen to the game, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 6, 2010

Jaguars win with balanced scoring, move to top of standings

Nine is this week’s number for the Jaguars.

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team is ranked ninth in the nation in the coaches poll announced Wednesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Meanwhile, nine Georgia Perimeter College players scored goals Tuesday as the Jaguars spread the wealth in a 13-0 women’s soccer win over winless Andrew College on the Clarkston campus.

GPC has outscored opponents 104-2 this year. The Jaguars, who handled Andrew 17-0 on Sept. 25, kept the visitors scoreless this season.

Esther Anyanwu and Taiwo Adeshigbin, who entered the week ranked first and second in NJCAA scoring, had two goals apiece. Ali Welborn and Erin Lee also managed two goals.

Ali Wellborn (right, in white) was one of four Lady Jaguars who scored twice.

Jacelyn Mitchell, Blake DiSpigna, Mary Achebo-Totty, Olga Marquez and Taran Schultz notched one goal apiece.

Assists were registered by Linda Chukwuji, Windsor Neal, Haja Fofanah, Zauditu Kaza-Amlak, Welborn, Marquez and Schultz.

The most spectacular goal was by Adeshbigbin, who took on the entire Andrew team with a score that triggered a nine-goal explosion in the second half. Indicative of GPC’s offensive dominance was eight corner kicks attempted.

Schultz, a sophomore from Madison, Ga., who excelled at defense last season for the Jaguars, rejoined the team after taking time off during the first half of the season.

The win advanced Georgia Perimeter to 11-0-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA). It moved the Jaguars into sole possession of first place in the GCAA. Andrew fell to 0-12 and 0-10.

The victory also gives GPC momentum into what shapes up as a challenging weekend. It begins with a Friday match against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The Jaguars will then head further south to Florida for matches against Broward College on Saturday and Polk State College on Sunday, both matches at Polk State.

A month ago on its home field, GPC posted an 8-0 victory over ABAC (10-4, 5-4), the fourth place team in the region standings. But the Fillies figure to be stronger at home.

Polk State (5-2-1), ranked No. 14 in the nation, lost to Darton College 3-0, but defeated Middle Georgia College 3-1. GPC tied Darton 1-1 and beat Middle 2-1.

After the Florida tour, the Jaguars will get little rest, hosting the region’s third-place contender, Middle Georgia (9-4, 6-1) Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Clarkston. Then the following Tuesday, Darton (9-1-1, 8-0-1) visits for another region showdown.

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October 1, 2010

GPC records fourth straight shutout

Sophomore forward Taiwo Adeshigbin continued her climb up the national scoring chart Friday with two goals and two assists as 10th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College won 5-0 at South Georgia College Friday.

It was Adeshigbin’s second straight two-goal, two-assist outing, giving her 22 goals and 13 assists for 57 points. She is jockeying for second place in the National Junior College Athletic Association statistics behind freshman teammate Esther Anyanwu, who had a goal and an assist against South Georgia, raising her totals to 30 goals and eight assists for 68 points.

Jacelyn Mitchell and Storm Williams also scored for the Jaguars, who raised their record to 10-0-1 overall, 8-0-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA).

Constance Bates and Erin Lee contributed assists for GPC, which led 2-0 at halftime.

The Jaguars dominated, taking 12 shots on goal and 10 corner kicks to no SOGs and two corner kicks for South Georgia. Clinging to fourth place in the region standings, the Tigers fell to 5-6, 4-6.

Marbel Egwuenu, the Jaguars’ freshman goalkeeper, didn’t have to stop a shot as GPC recorded its fourth consecutive shutout. Her 0.22 goals-against average puts her in the nation’s top five goalkeepers. For the season, the Jaguars have outscored the opposition 91-2.

The Jaguars play Tuesday, hosting Andrew College in a 3 p.m. game on the Clarkston Campus. Their next webcast game is Oct. 12 against Middle Georgia, a rematch of the Sept. 17 game in Cochran in which the Jaguars pulled out a 2-1 victory. For a link to the webcast, go to www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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September 29, 2010

Jaguars rain shots and blank another opponent

It rained throughout the game, but that barely slowed the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team. In fact, the Jaguars rained shots and goals on the opponent as has been their custom all season.

Georgia Perimeter, ranked 10th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, got three goals from Esther Anyanwu and two goals and two assists from Taiwo Adeshigbin in an 8-0 victory over Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

It was the Jaguars’ third consecutive shutout, their eighth in 10 games and ran their aggregate score for the season to 86-2.

Georgia Perimeter (9-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 in Region 17 of the NJCAA) started quickly, getting a goal by Adeshigbin in the game’s third minute on an assist by Linda Chukwuji. Jacelyn Mitchell scored unassisted in the 15th minute, and Adeshigbin scored again eight minutes after that, taking advantage of Georgia Military’s rough play near the goal. She was brought down in the box and converted the resulting penalty kick for her second goal.

All this before Anyanwu got began her hat trick. She scored in the game’s 33rd and 37th minutes, assisted by Storm Williams on the first and Adeshigbin on the second, to give GPC a 5-0 halftime lead.

Chukwuji assisted on Mary Achebo-Totty’s goal in the 62nd minute, and it appeared the Jaguars would leave town with a six-goal victory. But in the final minutes, Anyanwu scored her third goal on an Adeshigbin assist and Erin Lee scored without any help, capitalizing on a Georgia Military turnover.

The Jaguars outshot the Bulldogs 20-1, leading to a quiet night for goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu, who needed to make only one save.

With the victory, GPC retains its hold on first place in Region 17, two points ahead of Darton College, ranked seventh in the NJCAA poll. Georgia Military’s record slips to 1-5, 1-5.

Anyanwu is the NJCAA’s top scorer in the nation with 29 goals and seven assists for 65 points. Adeshigbin is in third place with 20 goals, 11 assists and 51 points. The duo specializes in hat tricks—this is the fifth time Anyanwu has scored three or more goals in a match, and Adeshigbin has accomplished the feat in four games.

Georgia Perimeter’s next three games come against teams it has outscored 35-0 in three previous meetings. Friday the Jaguars visit South Georgia College—which they beat 10-0 earlier this month—before returning home to the GPC Clarkston Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 5, to play Andrew College, which they defeated 17-0 last weekend. On Oct. 8, they travel to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a team they previously defeated 8-0.

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September 28, 2010

Adeshigbin’s hat trick and balanced attack does the trick

If there were any doubt that the unbeaten Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team had rebounded from last week’s tie with Darton College, it has been erased.

Ranked 10th in the National Junior College Athletics Association poll, the Jaguars downed Emory at Oxford College 10-0 Tuesday on the Clarkston campus. The Jaguars have two wins by a combined score of 27-0 since the 1-1 draw.

GPC (8-0-1) has outscored its foes 78-2 this season, which included a 7-0 triumph over Emory at Oxford (2-3-2) on Sept. 3.

Sophomore striker Taiwo Adeshigbin led the way Tuesday with three goals and two assists.

The Jaguars controlled the game from the get-go, outshooting the visitors 24-1. Esther Anyanwu, with the highest points total (goals and assists) in the National Junior College Athletic Association, tallied twice. Adeshigbin, who ranked eighth entering the week, moved past the current second-place scorer with Tuesday’s eight points, at least temporarily.

Adeshigbin and Anyanwu each have scored three or more goals on four occasions this season.

Other goals were notched by Ali Wellborn, Jacelyn Mitchell, Linda Chukwuji, Blake DiSpigna and Constance Bates.

Providing assists, in addition to Adeshigbin, were Mitchell, Chukwuji, Allison Derck, Arielle Sabina, Victoria Klingensmith and Storm Williams.

Marbel Egwuenu logged 72 minutes in goal while Isolina Ottavi finished up. Coming into the match, Egwuenu was ranked eighth nationally among keepers with a 0.32 goals against average.

The hectic schedule sends GPC on the road Wednesday for a match against Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, and then Friday the squad travels to South Georgia College in Douglas. The Jaguars’ next home date is Tuesday, Oct. 1, against Andrew College at 3 p.m.

October also brings other key home dates for the Jaguars. On the twelfth they host Middle Georgia College, and on Oct. 19 they play the grudge match with Darton. Georgia Perimeter is grappling with both teams for top seed honors in the region tournament at the end of October. Both games begin at 3 p.m. and both will be webcast.

Additionally, during a southern road trip, GPC will visit Polk State College (Fla.)—ranked 13th in the NJCAA poll—on Oct. 10.

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 24, 2010

Anyanwu kicks in seven as Jaguars roll 17-0

In a good news/bad news scenario for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team, the Lady Jaguars handled a challenge nicely Saturday by beating Andrew College 17-0 in Cuthbert.

Esther Anyanwu

Freshman forward Esther Anyanwu had a career day with seven goals and four assists. Taiwo Adeshigbin supplemented her teammate with three goals and two assists. Seven other Lady Jaguars accounted for a single goal.

GPC took the field about 15 hours after its perfect record was dented with a 1-1 tie against Darton College in a collision of teams ranked in the top 10 of the National Junior College Athletics Association.

GPC (7-0-1 overall, 6-0-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association) rebounded to jump ahead 9-0 at halftime over Andrew (0-9, 0-7).

Goalkeeper Isolina Ottvai was not required to make a single save. The home team has failed to score all season.

With the victory, Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA poll, moves into first place in the GCAA (Region 17), two points ahead of seventh-ranked Darton. The Jaguars pounded at least 35 shots on goal in a game that finished in the rain.

Taiwo Adeshigbin

Others scoring were Storm Williams and Blake DiSpigna, one goal and two assists apiece; Tori Klingensmith, Erin Lee and Zauditu Kaza-Amlak, one goal and one assist each; Jacelyn Mitchell and Mary Achebo-Totty, one goal each and Andrea Contreras, one assist.

Anyanwu scored 12 goals this week, including four against Gordon Tuesday and the game tying goal against Darton on Friday. It was the third time this season she has scored four or more goals.

Coming into the weekend, Anyanwu was ranked second in the NJCAA in scoring, five points behind Casey Vitale of Lewis and Clark Community College (Mo.). Her 20 points Friday and Saturday almost assure a jump into the No. 1 spot.

GPC, which has outscored foes 68-2 in a stellar start to the season, is back from a two-game road trip and will confront Oxford College Tuesday. The match begins at 4 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus. Earlier this month the Jaguars defeated Oxford 7-0.

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 24, 2010

GPC and Darton battle to 1-1 overime tie

No. 10-ranked Georgia Perimeter College traveled to Albany on Friday night and shifted the balance of power in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, tying No. 7 Darton 1-1.

Marbel Egwuenu had two big saves.

The tie left the national powers undefeated in the league, with the rematch scheduled for Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus.

The Jaguars and Darton are each 5-0-1 in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

GPC is 6-0-1 overall, Darton 6-1-1.

After a scoreless first half, Darton took a 1-0 lead when Sashanna Campbell picked up a loose ball in front of the GPC net and stuck it in with 31 minutes remaining.

The Jaguars bounced back for the equalizer a little more than two minutes later, scoring on a header by Esther Anyanwu on a pass from Jacelyn Mitchell with 28:50 on the clock.

The regulation 90 minutes and two 10-minute overtime periods failed to break the deadlock as the Jaguars failed to convert several opportunities to go ahead.

GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu finished with two saves, while Fiona Ryan of Darton had three.

The goal was Anyanwu’s 17th of the season, tops in the GCAA.

Campbell now has 12 goals for Darton.

The Jaguars finish their two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon in Cuthbert with a 2 p.m. game against Andrew College.

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No. 10-ranked Georgia Perimeter College traveled to Albany on Friday night and shifted the balance of power in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, tying No. 7 Darton 1-1.

The tie left the national powers undefeated in the league, with the rematch scheduled for Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus. The Jaguars and Darton are each 5-0-1 in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

GPC is 6-0-1 overall, Darton 6-1-1.

After a scoreless first half, Darton took a 1-0 lead with 31 minutes remaining. The Jaguars bounced back for the equalizer a little more than two minutes later, scoring on a header by Esther Anyanwu on a pass from Jacelyn Mitchell with 28:50 on the clock.

The regulation 90 minutes and two 10-minute overtime periods failed to break the deadlock as goalkeepers Marebel Egwuenu of GPC and Fiona Ryan of Darton protected the nets.

The goal was Anyanwu’s 17th of the season, tops in the GCAA.

The Jaguars finish their two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon in Cuthbert with a 2 p.m. game against Andrew College.

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September 23, 2010

Jaguar Journal: Battle for first place Friday at Darton College

The Jaguars take their high-scoring offense to Darton College on Friday night with a chance to shake the balance of power in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Darton won conference, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA, in 2007 and 2008. The Lady Cavaliers, playing the tournament final on their home field, expected to repeat last season but were surprised by Middle Georgia 1-0.

This year, a third team has joined the party. The Jaguars established themselves as a team to watch by running up big scores against second-division teams and then handling Middle 2-1 in Cochran.

A victory in Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup in Albany would send shockwaves around the country. Darton is ranked seventh in the latest NJCAA poll, while GPC is 10th.

The last time the Jaguars visited Albany was for last year’s tournament. They lost 3-0 to Darton in the semifinals.

But this is a different year. They hold first place in the region standings, a half game ahead of Darton. It’s the first time GPC has had sole possession of first place in recent memory.

Freshman Esther Anyanwu of Nigeria and sophomore Taiwo Adeshigbin from Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville have become the league’s most potent scoring duo. Anyanwu has a league-leading 16 goals, including four in Tuesday’s 13-0 victory over Gordon. Adeshigbin has 12 goals.

GPC has stepped up every area of its game and gets a chance to prove it against a team with national aspirations. The Lady Cavaliers finished second in the nation in 2005 and 2008.

The Jaguars are 5-0 in Region 17, 6-0 overall, having outscored opponents 50-1. Darton is 5-0 in the league and 6-1 overall, the loss coming to No. 1-ranked Tyler Junior College of Texas, 3-2 in overtime. That matchup came in Pensacola, Fla., last month.

The Darton game is the opener of a two-game road trip for the Jaguars. They play Andrew College in Cuthbert on Saturday afternoon at 2.

JAGUAR JOLTS: If sophomore striker Taiwo Adeshigbin seems more accomplished on the field this season, it’s because she wasn’t kicking back this summer. She was kicking the ball to her teammates with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL W-League, on the second tier of North American women’s soccer. Adeshigbin, the lone junior collegian on the Silverbacks roster loaded with more seasoned players, earned a few starts late in the season. The team made the W-League final four. “It’s pretty impressive that she made the team,” GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “The road was rough for her at the beginning, but then things turned around for her big-time.” … What a difference a decade can make—the Jaguars entered the millennium with a 1-12-1 record in 2000. They were 12-6 in 2001, the best record since GPC revived the women’s soccer program in 1991. Then they fell to 5-14 in 2003, 5-11-3 in 2004 and 5-12 in 2005. It has been a steady upward climb since then under Kalonji and his predecessor, Jessica Wheeler. … Freshman Marbel Egwuenu of Nigeria leads Region 17 (a.k.a. Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) in goalkeeping with a 0.202 goals allowed average per 90 minutes. It’s also a tribute to the exceptional Jaguar defense, which has allowed only one goal all season. Egwuenu is ranked 13th in the nation among NJCAA goalkeepers. … Five of the top 14 scorers in the region are Jaguars. Anyanwu leads with 16 goals and 3 assists for 35 points; Adeshigbin is in third place (12-5-29); tied for eighth are freshmen Windsor Neal and Erin Lee (3-5-11) and Jacelyn Mitchell is tied for 10th (3-4-10). … On the national front, Anyanwu is ranked second in scoring—she trails Casey Vitale of Lewis and Clark Community College by five points. They have equal goal counts, but Vitale has recorded five more assists. Adeshigbin is in 12th place. Darton’s Sashanna Campbell is 19th (11-2-24) and Shelby Bush is at No. 37 (8-5-21).

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September 21, 2010

Anyanwu scores four as GPC sweeps Gordon College

Esther Anyanwu scored four goals and added an assist Tuesday as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team completed a season sweep of Gordon College with a 13-0 victory at the Jaguars’ home field in Clarkston.

The victory improved Georgia Perimeter to 6-0 on the season, 5-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association). It sets up a showdown Friday in Albany between the region leaders, GPC and Darton College (4-1, 3-0) .

Anyanwu also scored four goals in Georgia Perimeter’s 10-0 win over South Georgia College two weeks ago. She increased her region-leading goal total to 16, while Taiwo Adeshigbin’s two goals and two assists kept her in second place in scoring in with 12 goals. Last week the pair was ranked 11th and 12th in NJCAA individual scoring.

Head coach Bruno Kalonji noted that players coming off the bench got the offense rolling when inserted early in the game. “We scored only two goals with our first line. When the second line came in we scored four goals,” he said.

Reserve midfielders Storm Williams and Zauditu Kaza-Amlak each scored before halftime, giving GPC a 5-0 lead at the break.

Putting up one goal and one assist for the Jaguars were Williams, Linda Chukwuji, Tori Klingensmith, Jacelyn Mitchell and Erin Lee. Scoring one goal were Kaza-Amlak and Olga Marquez. Ali Welborn and Windsor Neal added one assist apiece.

The Highlanders (3-6, 2-5) didn’t get any shots on goal, while GPC took 17. The home team had 18 corner kicks, and Gordon had 10. Freshman goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu went the distance in the net and got the shutout.

In the August season opener for both teams, The Jaguars downed the Highlanders 10-0 at Gordon. Georgia Perimeter’s defense has allowed only one goal in six games, that coming in Friday’s 2-1 win over Middle Georgia.

Kalonji now will get his squad focused on Friday’s big game at Darton College, which begins at 7 p.m. The two teams were tied for No. 11 in last week’s NJCAA national coaches poll.

The Cavaliers lost their season opener 3-2 in overtime to defending national champion Tyler College (Texas), the current top-ranked team. Last week they defeated No. 6 ranked Polk State College (Fla.) 3-0.

“Our focus now is Darton,” Kalonji said. “We’re working on everything from finishing to defending. It’s going to be a good match-up. We’re feeling confident going into it.”

Friday’s game will not be webcast, but game reports will be filed periodically during the match to keep fans updated. Visit this web page to follow the updates.

GPC’s next home game, featuring a visit by Oxford College, will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, 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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September 17, 2010

Anyanwu leads Jaguars over Middle Georgia 2-1

Ngozi Esther Anyanwu has accomplished much at Georgia Perimeter College since coming from Lagos, Nigeria, to study and play soccer for the Jaguars. She posted a 4.0 grade point average in her first semester. Now the freshman striker is earning all A’s on the soccer field.

Anyanwu scored twice in the second half, including the winning goal on a picture-perfect play, to lead Georgia Perimeter College over Middle Georgia College 2-1 Friday in Cochran.

It was a hard-fought contest between two teams striving to stay atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17). They came into the match in a three-way tie with Darton College for the region lead.

The victory keeps Georgia Perimeter undefeated at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the region. The Jaguars are ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA national poll, tied with Darton College, which also is undefeated in region play.

Middle Georgia (5-3, 3-1) had slipped from a preseason No. 15 ranking after losing to top-ranked Tyler College and No. 7 Monroe Community College.

With the score tied 1-1, Anyanwu kicked in the winning goal when Jacelyn Mitchell sent a brilliant right-to-left cross to the front of the goal. The ball bounced high creating a very difficult play, but Anyanwu expertly guided it into the left corner of the net behind her, just past the reach of Warrior goalkeeper Alex Hayes. It came with 14:25 remaining in the game.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime, but Anyanwu broke the ice with a goal 12 minutes into the second period. Constance Bates earned the assist with a sharp pass from the left side.

Eight minutes later Middle Georgia’s Summer Carter booted it into an open net to tie the score 1-1. The assist went to Amanda Dale, who emerged from a challenge on the left wing with a one-on-one run on goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu. Dale poked a skillfull cross to Carter, who had broken past the defense. It was the first goal scored on the Jaguars this season.

“Marbel did everything correct on the goal, which was created by a mental lapse on our part,” said GPC goalkeeper coach Shawn Wash. “She came out to challenge the shooter to force her to pass or shoot to the far post. Unfortunately, their No. 13 was unmarked on the back post to slot it in.”

Egwuenu finished with three saves, while the offense launched five shots on goal and numerous other close drives against Hayes, who got three saves and played a splendid game in the net for the Warriors.

Anyanwu moved to the top of the region scoring list with 12 goals and two assists, surpassing teammate Taiwo Adeshigbin, who has 10 goals and three assists. Six of the top 11 scorers in the region are Jaguars.

GPC returns to region action Tuesday, hosting Gordon College at 4 p.m. The game will be webcast at 3:50 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.

(More details on today’s game will be posted later.)

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, 2010

Jaguars win battle of unbeaten and unscored-upon

Scoring machines Taiwo Adeshigbin and Esther Anyanwu scored three goals and a pair, respectively, as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team remained undefeated and unscored-upon by beating conference foe Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 8-0 Friday at GPC Clarkston.

Andrea Contreras (15) helps keep Georgia Perimeter unscored upon.

Georgia Perimeter (4-0, 3-0 GCAA), now having outscored opponents 35-0, registered its fourth consecutive shutout. ABAC (6-1, 2-1) previously had shut out six opponents by a compilation of 36-0.

“We came into the game a little more aggressively, and that provided early goals,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “The change of mentality won the game. We’re gearing up for the tougher competition.”

Taking a right corner kick assist from Windsor Neal, Adeshigbin scored in the third minute of the game with a startling extreme angle shot from along the right end line.

Neal scored fourteen minutes later, assisted by Erin Lee, and midway through the half the Jaguars grabbed a 3-0 lead with an inside-the-box penalty kick by Adeshigbin that eluded the dive of Fillies goalkeeper Alison Burson.

ABAC’s defense buckled down, and the Jaguars took the 3-0 advantage into the halftime break. But they opened the floodgates in the second half as their depth wore down the visitors.

Only two minutes into the second period, Tori Klingensmith scored on a long, hard drive with an assist from Areille Sabina. Esther Anyanwu put back a rebound in the 49th minute and tallied again in the 57th. Assists on her goals went to Jacelyn Mitchell and Klingensmith.

Taiwo Adeshigbin

Freshman midfielder Blake DiSpigna hammered in a 35-yard shot that hit the cross bar, bounced to the dirt and broke the plane for the seventh goal with 32:02 remaining on the clock. Adeshigbin completed her hat trick in the closing minutes with an unassisted strike. It marks her second hat trick of the season, as she and Anyanwu scored three and four goals in Tuesday’s victory over South Georgia College.

The high-scoring duo this week were ranked in the top eight among all scorers in the National Junior College Athletic Association—Anyanwu was fifth and Adeshigbin eighth. ABAC’s Franchesca Caravello, a freshman, was ranked No. 17.

GPC took 16 shots on goal, while its nearly impenetrable defense limited the Fillies to two, shutting down Caravello and an offense averaging six goals per game. Klingensmith, Sabina, Allison Derck and Jackelyn Koffler anchored the defense, giving goalkeepers Marbel Egwuenu and Isolina Ottavi another comfortable outing. The defense has allowed only three shots on goal this season.

But credit the midfielders for dominating the game and keeping the pressure off the Jaguar defenders. Time and again Linda Chukwuji, Constance Bates and others won challenges and turned the ball back to the attack at midfield.

“We’re playing good soccer all around,” Kalonji said. “Our focus has been possession and working combinations from the back to the midfield. Next we’re going to work a lot on finishing and on the second line.”

The team will need all parts at top performance next Friday, when it travels to Cochran to face Middle Georgia College, ranked No. 15 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll. That crucial Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game will be audio broadcast on the web. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” Tune in at 3:50 for the pregame Jaguar Journal.

Georgia Perimeter’s next home date will be Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. versus Gordon College, another conference match that also will be broadcast on the web.

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 7, 2010

Double hat trick in GPC’s third shutout

The Dynamic Duo did the trick again for the Jaguars—this time a double hat trick.

Esther Anyanwu scored four goals and Taiwo Adeshigbin had three goals and an assist as the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team defeated South Georgia College 10-0 Tuesday in Clarkston.

With the victory the Jaguars improved to 2-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) and 3-0 overall. South Georgia dropped to 3-1, 1-1.

Adeshigbin and Anyanwu have scored seven goals apiece as GPC’s blitzing attack has racked up 27 strikes in three games. Anyanwu tallied three goals in the season opener.

Blake DiSpigna kicked in two goals for the Jaguars and Erin Lee added one. Getting assists were Linda Chuckwuji (2), Storm Williams (2), Jacelyn Mitchell, Windsor Neal and Constance Bates.

“We’ve been working on starting the attack from the back and on the combinations in the attacking third,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “And we got a lot of goals from those combinations today.”

Georgia Perimeter came into the game having allowed no shots on goal, but the Tigers managed two in the second half. Goalkeepers Marbel Egwuenu and Isolina Ottavi shared the shutout. The defensive standouts in front of them were Victoria Klingensmith, Jackelyn Koffler, Allison Derck and Arielle Sabina.

“I’m very pleased—knock on wood,” Kalonji said. “We’re playing well; we’re healthy and there’s good chemistry among the players.”

The Jaguars host region opponent Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday at 4 p.m. at the Clarkston Campus. The top three scorers in Region 17 will be on the field—Adeshigbin (seven goals, three assists), Anyanwu (seven-two) and the Fillies’ Francesco Caravello, who entered the week leading the region with four goals and four assists in three matches.

Fans can hear the match online by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under "Game Webcasts."

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 3, 2010

Jaguar offense rolls again in second shutout

Jacelyn Mitchell and Taiwo Adeshigbin each scored two goals to lead the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team past Oxford College 7-0 Friday at Oxford.

Georgia Perimeter (2-0), which opened the season with a 10-0 win over Gordon College, again showed impressive offensive power and a solid defense that will be needed as the Jaguars return to Region 17 competition this week.

The Jaguars, leading 3-0 at halftime, took 11 shots on goal, while at the other end GPC goalkeepers Marbel Egwuenu and Isolina Ottavi did not need to notch a single save. Egwuenu accounted for the bulk of the minutes in goal.

Also scoring goals on Oxford, a nonregion foe, were Mary Achebototty, Windsor Neal and Esther Anyanwu. Neal recorded two assists. Accounting for one assist apiece were Linda Chukwuji, Blake DiSpigna, Victoria Klingensmith and Olga Marquez.

Head coach Bruno Kalonji said he anticipates that South Georgia College will provide a challenge in GPC’s home opener at 3 p.m. Tuesday on the Clarkston campus. Also, Abraham Baldwin College, visiting the Jags on Friday at 4 p.m., usually is a strong squad.

Tuesday’s South Georgia game will be audio broadcast on the web. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” Tune it at 2:50 for the pregame Jaguar Journal. Friday’s 4 p.m. contest with Abraham Baldwin also will be webcast, beginning at 3:50 p.m.

The 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, 2010

Anyanwu’s hat trick leads Jaguar attack at Gordon

For Georgia Perimeter College, the women’s soccer opener was a near-perfect 10.

Freshman forward Esther Anyanwu scored a hat trick in her college debut, getting three goals and two assists, to lead the Jaguars to a 10-0 victory in its season opener at Gordon College.

GPC, picking up on the momentum from its 11-6 record a year ago, got contributions from newcomers and old hands alike against Gordon, which went winless last season.

Taiwo Adeshigbin, the team’s scoring leader in 2009, scored two goals and dished out two assists. Her Central Gwinnett High teammate, freshman Erin Lee, posted the same stats.

“We’ve gotten much stronger,” head coach Bruno Kalonji said. “With Esther and Taiwo at striker, and all the other scorers, it will be difficult for teams to mark Taiwo like they did last year. We had some phenomenal combinations.”

Others scorers were Storm Williams, Windsor Neal and Constance Bates with one goal each; and Victoria Klingensmith and Kadija Fofanah had one assist apiece. Williams and Klingensmith are sophomores while the other three are freshmen.

Freshman goalkeepers Marbel Egwuenu and Isolina Ottavi each played a half and combined for the shutout.

The game also was each team’s opener in their conference, the Georgia College Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Jaguars have another road test at Oxford College Friday, Sept. 3, a 7 p.m. nonconference match. Their first home game will be on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. against Region 17 foe South Georgia College.

The 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, 2010

GPC’s women’s soccer season looks very bright

Winning a women’s soccer region championship and qualifying for the nationals is no longer merely on Georgia Perimeter College’s wish list.

Taiwo Adeshigbin

It’s now on the to-do list.

The Jaguars justifiably have set their sights on a Region 17 title, which would stamp their ticket to the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs.

The stars may be aligned for such a run.

· One of the program’s most prolific scorers ever is back for her sophomore season, along with fellow all-region players at midfield and defender;

· Among the newcomers are three prospects who will have an immediate impact, coming from a country more than 5,000 miles away;

Arielle Sabina

· A long-time region rival has moved on, potentially opening a free-for-all atop the standings.

GPC does not have far to climb. The Jaguars last year went 11-6, 6-4 in the region (also known as the Georgia College Athletic Conference). They were eliminated in the region tournament by top seed Darton College.

Still, coach Bruno Kalonji foresees significant improvement now that depth is a reduced concern. In his two previous seasons in charge, he barely had 11 healthy players to send out on the field.

“You get a few injuries, and it becomes a major problem.” Kalonji said.

Victoria Klingensmith

That’s no longer the case. The roster goes 24 deep, all of them either on scholarship or invited walk-ons.

“Our challenge will not be the lack of numbers, like it has been in the past,” he says.

The centerpiece is Taiwo Adeshigbin (Central Gwinnett High), who poured in 38 goals, fifth most on the Division 1 junior college level, and 10 assists.

Her output was particularly amazing because she was marked by two—sometimes, three—defenders.

This season, “It’s going to be very difficult for teams to do that to her,” Kalonji says. “We’ll see a lot more goals from her, certainly a lot more points.”

This summer, Adeshigbin competed with the Atlanta Silverbacks, the first junior collegian welcomed to the W-League team.

“Her game is definitely elevated after playing with those girls,” Kalonji says.

Drawing defenders away from Adeshigbin will be striker Ngozi Esther Anyanwu, one of the imports from Nigeria. With Anyanwu a threat in front of the goal, Adeshigbin (also of Nigerian heritage) might be deployed more as a winger, Kalonji says.

The two other African arrivals are central midfielder Linda Odishika Chukwuji and Marbel Egwuenu, one of three goalkeepers at Kalonji’s disposal.

A soccer friend who frequents Nigeria recommended the trio to the coach. They enrolled at GPC for the spring term, which helped them get acclimated.

Kalonji’s recruiting was focused on midfielders and forwards, which suggests a more aggressive offensive team this season.

“We could be putting double digits on the scoreboard,” he says.

He concentrated on prospects with ball skills, maintaining that it’s easier to move some of them to defender positions than vice-versa. That will relieve the current glut up front.

Along the back line, only all-region selection Arielle Sabina (Central Gwinnett) has a starting role locked down. She enabled GPC to hold opponents to 23 goals a year ago and instills Kalonji with so much confidence that he might dabble with a more attack-oriented 3-5-2 formation (three defenders, five midfielders, two forwards). The Jaguars’ standard alignment is 4-4-2.

A sure thing at midfield is all-region honoree Victoria Klingensmith (Loganville), who contributes at both ends of the field. She pitched in with four goals and seven assists. Constance Bates (Heritage), a transfer, likely will join her in the middle.

It’s not only talent that makes conditions ripe for a title run. The experienced Nigerians, Kalonji says, bring a sense of professionalism to the squad. While two players from a year ago fell by the wayside because of academics, the coach has no worries with the remaining cast; a dozen of which earned grade-point averages of at least 3.5, he says.

Young Harris, long a region power, pulled out of the NJCAA and became a four-year college, clearing the path for others to advance. Defending champion Darton College will be formidable, though the state is represented in the preseason national poll by Middle Georgia College, which is ranked at No. 15.

The Jaguars begin the season with four consecutive away games. The home opener is Sept. 7 against South Georgia on the Clarkston campus. That match will be audio broadcast on the web and can be heard by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The travel-filled start does not water down the confidence of Kalonji, who contends the Jaguars also can end their season on the road—in Topeka, Kan., at the nationals.

“We’ve raised expectations,” he says. “A trip to Topeka is a very realistic goal.”

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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.

 

 

 

 

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