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December 14, 2011

Anyanwu, Chukwuji named first team All-Americans

Sophomore forward Esther Anyanwu didn’t lead the nation in scoring for a second consecutive year because of an injury, but she repeated as a first team All-American and was joined on that select team by sophomore midfielder Linda Chukwuji.

Esther Anyanwu broke the GPC scoring record.

Chukwuji, who was Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, moved up after making the All-America second team last year.

Their All-America honors, bestowed by the National Junior College Athletic Association, capped outstanding junior college careers for the pair from Lagos, Nigeria.

Anyanwu compiled 59 points (26 goals, 7 assists) this season, becoming the leading career scorer at Georgia Perimeter College. Her total was fourth in the league and 16th nationally because she sat out several games with a calf injury and was hampered in others. Anyanwu’s two-season total of 169 points (74 goals, 21 assists) broke the school scoring mark set by Taiwo Adeshigbin, who concluded her GPC career in 2010 and moved on to play for the University of Missouri on a full scholarship.

Chukwuji’s stats were not flashy (5 goals, 11 assists), but the voting coaches recognized how her playmaking in the middle of the field opened opportunities for Anyanwu and others as the Jaguars finished 13-1-2. The Jaguars’ only loss was 5-2 to Darton College in the regional final, denying them a chance to go to the national tournament for a second consecutive season. Both ties also were with the Cavaliers.

Darton went on to finish second in the country but didn’t have a first team All-American. Sophomore Sashanna Campbell, the leading scorer in the GCAA, was picked for the second team.

Playmaker Linda Chukwuji was the conference Player of the Year.

Last season, Anyanwu and Chukwuji were joined by two other teammates on the All-America list. Fellow Lagos, Nigeria, native Marbel Egwuenu was selected to the second team, and Georgian Tori Klingensmith received honorable mention.

Anyanwu, who was the 2010 GCAA Player of the Year, came on strong late this fall after recovering from her injury. She scored four goals against Andrew College and three against Georgia Military College.

Chukwuji, also hampered this season with an injury, finished her GPC career with 11 goals and 22 assists for 44 points. Her value to the team was vividly illustrated by the Jaguars’ three games with South Georgia College.

GPC defeated the Tigers at home 4-0 and in Douglas 3-0. But when Chukwuji missed the Oct. 28 semifinal with South Georgia—her only absence in two seasons—the Jaguars struggled to a 2-1 overtime victory.

Also excelling in the classroom, Anyanwu and Chukwuki maintained 3.8 and 3.1 grade point averages, respectively.

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November 17, 2011

Chukwuji is Player of the Year; Anyanwu, Egwunu first team all-region

Forward Esther Anyanwu, midfielder Linda Chukwuji and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu of the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have been named first team all-region for the second consecutive year.




This time, Chukwuji is Player of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Last year, Anyanwu took the honor.

All three first-teamers are from Lagos, Nigeria, part of the “Nigerian Connection” started by GPC coach Bruno Kalonji.

The region’s coaches also recognized the heart of GPC’s back line – sophomore Melissa Fishbein and freshmen Stefani Iotova and Saba Rewald – with second team selections. They, along with Egwuenu, led a defense that allowed only three goals in the region regular season.`

Fishbein and Iotova are from Gwinnett County – Lawrenceville and Duluth, respectively. Rewald’s hometown is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but she went to high school in Sri Lanka.




Chukwuji’s statistics weren’t flashy (four goals, 11 assists), but the coaches recognized how her playmaking ability opened opportunities for Anyanwu (26 goals, seven assists). Anyanwu was the nation’s leading scorer in 2010 but finished fourth in the region this year because a leg injury caused her to miss several games and curtailed her effectiveness in others.

Anyanwu was a first team All-American last season, while Chukwuji and Anyanwu were second team. This year’s All-America honorees have not been announced.

All three also made the region all-tournament team. The Jaguars lost 5-2 to Darton College in the final, finishing 13-1-2.

Darton placed six members on the all-region first team: Sashanna Campbell, Shelby Bush, Shennel Gall, Renee Hurd, Kimberly Treutel and Lindsey Warner.

The only players on the first team outside the GPC and Darton players were Melissa Johnson of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Marcillee McBean of South Georgia College.

Joining Fishbein, Iotova and Rewald on the second team were Chelsea Barfield, Emily Ingram and Payton Laffew of South Georgia; Haisha Cantave and Sara Story of Darton; and Amanda Dale and Ronja Holmer of Middle Georgia College; and Demi Greenan of ABAC.

Joining Chukwuji, Anyanwu and Egwuenu on the all-tournament team were Campbell, Bush, Cantave and Kelly Polk of Darton; Holmer and Alex Hayes of Middle Georgia; and Ingram and Laffew of South Georgia.

Ken Veilands of Darton was Coach of the Year.

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October 29, 2011

Darton ends Jaguars’ season with 5-2 win in region final

For the first time this season it didn’t end in a tie. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way the Jaguars wanted.

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ hopes of making a return trip to the national tournament ended Saturday with their first loss of the season, 5-2 to Darton College in the final of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament at Clarkston Campus.

With the disappointing outcome, the Jaguars wrap up their season at 13-1-2. The loss and two 1-1 ties all came against Darton. The teams had tied in four of their previous five meetings.

The Cavaliers, 15-2-2, advance to host next Saturday’s District F championship match against Brevard Community College of Cocoa, Fla.

“Our players fought hard, but having short numbers affected us,” said Jaguars coach Bruno Kalonji, who also cited the fact the Jaguars had a tough semifinal on Friday, needing six minutes of overtime to beat South Georgia College.

“We’ve had two losses in two seasons,” added Kolonji. “It was a great year.Not quite the year we wanted, but with what we had it was a great year.” A year ago, the Jaguars beat Darton on penalty kicks to become champions of the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. They finished in third place nationally with a 22-1-2 record.

This season as their injuries piled up, the No. 4-ranked Jaguars overcame obstacle after obstacle, even in the tournament. Midfielder Linda Chukwuji, a second-team All-American last year, missed Friday’s game after drawing a red card. She returned Saturday and scored late in the game, hours after being named Player of the Year in the region. But it was too late.

After 41 scoreless minutes at the start of the contest, the No. 9 Cavaliers struck for two goals quickly. Sashanna Campbell, the nation’s leading scorer, got behind the GPC defense for the ice-breaking goal with 3:48 remaining in the half. A little more than a minute later, Shelby Bush found the net from close in, assisted by Haisha Cantave.

About three minutes into the second half, Campbell scored her second goal, assisted by Cantave.

The Jaguars found some hope with 33:10 left after Blake DeSpigna was taken down in a collision near the goal. Esther Anyanwu, an All-American and the nation’s leading scorer in 2010, rammed the penalty kick past Darton goalkeeper Sara Story.

Nikki Terrell scored Darton’s fourth goal, and the fifth came directly from a corner kick by Cantave that eluded GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu in a stiff wind that at times gusted up to 30 mph. In September’s 1-1 draw between the two teams, Cantave tallied with a corner kick that similarly was lifted beyond Egwuenu’s reach.

Chukwuji’s goal, assisted by Amanda Ducey, came with 11:37 remaining.

Egwuenu stopped a penalty kick by Campbell with 6 minutes remaining, but soon the Lady Cavaliers were celebrating with their sizable contingent of fans on the Jaguars’ home field on the Clarkston Campus.

“We’ll be rooting for Darton in the district game (against Brevard Community College of Florida) and at nationals,” said Kalonji. Under head coach Ken Veilands, Darton has won the conference championship four of the last seven years and finished as national runner-up in 2008 and 2005.

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October 28, 2011

Ducey-Simone combo advances Jags

Six minutes into overtime, Amanda Ducey scored the game-winning goal with an assist from Simone Martin to lift Georgia Perimeter College over South Georgia College 2-1 in Friday’s semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Clarkston.

The undefeated Jaguars (13-0-2) advance to Saturday’s championship game at 12 p.m. with Darton College, which defeated Middle Georgia College 7-0 in the semifinals opener earlier Friday.

Simone battled to win a challenge down the right side, ending up with the ball near the corner, where she drove a hard cross into the box. Ducey trapped it, turned and hammered it with her left foot into the net for the game-winner.

Sophomore forward Esther Anyanwu gave Georgia Perimeter a surprising quick lead with fancy footwork. She beat the back line and dribbled past Tiger goalkeeper Kaylee Horn, striking from seven yards out in the fourth minute. Valeria De Santiago earned an assist. But the Tigers’ defense clamped down for the next hour of action.

“Getting the second goal was like a nightmare, but after we missed so many shots, I anticipated that sooner or later we’d put one in,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji.

Though GPC dominated possession, the scrappy Tigers (14-6) never gave up and kept the pressure on the Jaguar defense. GPC’s All-American goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu had to make a leaping save on a long drive to punch the ball over the cross bar. She had three saves, while Horn, who also made a spectacular save that roused the large and vocal crowd, had five.

Then with 20:34 left in the game, South Georgia’s Payton Leffew kicked in a 10-yard goal with an assist from Kadie Naumann to tie the score 1-1. Still knotted at the end of regulation play, the teams went into a 10-minute sudden death overtime that Ducey and Simone ended in dramatic fashion.

GPC, already riddled with injuries, played without All-American midfielder Linda Chukwuji, who was serving out a red card.

“This is the most adversity we’ve had in the entire season,” Kalonji said. “But adversity is what a championship team needs.”

Darton and Georgia Perimeter have tied twice 1-1 this season, and four of their past five meetings have ended in draws. In last year’s thrilling championship game, GPC won 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 double-overtime.

Kickoff time is 12 p.m. Saturday, and the match will be audio broadcast online, beginning at 11:50 a.m. To listen visit and find the link under “Game Webcasts.”


Shelby Bush scored three goals as Darton College defeated Middle Georgia College 7-0 Friday in the opening semifinal match of the GCAA tournament at GPC’s Clarkston Campus.

Darton (14-2-2) scored four goals in the first half—by Bush, Katherine Blumhardt, Shashanna Campbell and Haisha Cantave. Campbell had two assists

Early in the second half, Blumhardt sent a low cross into the box to Bush, who scored on a highlight-reel diving header inches above the grass. Her uassisted third goal gave the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead, and Savanah Cantrell closed out the scoring with an assist by Paige Douglas.

Middle Georgia finishes the season with an 11-10 record.

The GCAA championship game will be played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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Oct. 27, 2011

Jaguars to take on South Georgia in conference tournament semifinals

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars will face South Georgia College on Friday at 3 p.m. in the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on the Clarkston Campus.

The four-team field was completed Tuesday when South Georgia and Middle Georgia College won play-in games. South Georgia beat Georgia Military College 5-1 in Douglas, while Middle Georgia won on the road, topping Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2-1 in Tifton.

No. 1-seeded Darton will play in the first semifinal Friday at noon, meeting Middle Georgia, the fifth seed. GPC is seeded second, with South Georgia third. The tournament championship game will be Saturday at noon.

All games of the semifinals and final will be webcast on, with links available in the “Game Webcasts” column at

GPC started the week ranked fourth in the nation, with Darton eighth. The teams met in last season’s GCAA final and tied 2-2, with the Jaguars advancing to the district game on penalty kicks. Each of this year’s regular-season meetings ended in a 1-1 tie. In fact, four of the last five Darton-GPC games have ended in ties.

The Jaguars shut out their Friday opponent, South Georgia, twice during the regular season, 4-0 in Douglas and 3-0 in Clarkston. GPC has won the last five meetings by a combined score of 31-0.

Darton beat Middle Georgia twice in the regular season, 9-0 in Albany and 2-0 in Cochran.

The winner of the GCAA tournament becomes champion of Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, but a final step remains before a trip to the national tournament. The Georgia winner meets Florida’s champion, Brevard Community College of Melbourne, Fla., on Sept. 5 for the district title.

The national tournament begins Nov. 17 in Melbourne, Fla. GPC represented Region 17 last season and finished third.

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October 22, 2011

Jaguars fete sophomores, beat Polk State 8-4

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars honored their sophomores at the Clarkston Campus on Saturday. The families lined up at midfield for a pregame ceremony, with the departing players receiving bouquets. Actually, more bouquets than anyone could remember.

Linda Chukwuji and Esther Anyanwu each scored twice for the Jaguars, while Simone Martin, Windsor Neal, Mary Achebo-Totty and Amanda Ducey found the net once.

Chukwuji made it a six-point day for her with two assists. Achebo-Totty, Martin, Anyanwu and Blake DiSpigna had one assist each.

Danielle Reeves and Addi Brainard scored for Polk State (6-4-3), which represented Florida in last year’s district game. GPC beat the Eagles 4-0 in that game, winning a trip to the national tournament.

Polk State won’t return for the district this season. Florida’s three-school region will send 12th-ranked Brevard Community College of Melbourne, Fla. The district game will be Nov. 5 at the home of the Georgia winner.

The Jaguars looked like champions at times Saturday, but suffered some lapses—such as allowing four goals. The defense and returning All-America goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu had allowed only three for the season going into the game. Two of the Eagles’ goals were “own” goals, deflecting into the net off a GPC player

“We got off to a slow start,” said coach Bruno Kalonji. “We had some rough spots, but we dominated the second half, so that was good.”

With the score 2-2, the Jaguars scored three times in a 7 1/2 minute span to take the lead for good. It was 5-3 at halftime, and GPC put the match away with back-to-back goals by Ducey and Anyanwu in a span of 1:23 early in the second half.

Anyanwu, who is the Jaguars’ career scoring leader, punctuated the afternoon with 17:19 remaining by ramming home a penalty kick. GPC was playing shorthanded in the final minutes after a red-card violation.

The Jaguars will host the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association women’s tournament next Friday and Saturday, with the semifinals at noon and 3 p.m. and the final at noon. As one of the top two seeds—along with Darton College—GPC gets a bye to the semifinals. Pairings and game times will be announced by the GCAA.

The GCAA tournament will be played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 21, 2011

Hat trick by Anyanwu leads Jaguars past Georgia Military 5-0

Esther Anyanwu flashed the form that made her regional Player of the Year and an All-American last season, scoring three times Friday afternoon as Georgia Perimeter College beat Georgia Military College 5-0 at the Clarkston Campus.

Anyanwu, the nation’s leading scorer last season, won’t put up boxcar numbers this time because she missed time with an injury and was hampered in several other games. But Friday’s output, which included two assists, gave her 50 points (22 goals, six assists), good for fourth in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Mary Achebo-Totty and Amanda Ducey also scored for No. 4-ranked GPC. Linda Chukwuji added two assists, while Achebo-Totty, Ducey and Valeria de Santiago had one apiece.

The Jaguars moved to 11-0-2 on the season and in the GCAA. The defense has posted ten shutouts, nine by goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu.

The Jags play their lone nonregion game and last regular season game at home on Saturday against Polk State College of Florida at 3 p.m. Saturday’s theme will be “Jaguar Day,” featuring a pregame ceremony honoring GPC’s sophomore players. The game will be webcast with a link available at under “Game Webcasts.”

Georgia Military (7-8, 5-8 in the region) was behind only 1-0 at Friday’s halftime. Anyanwu scored with 17:28 remaining in the half, sticking home a shot by Achebo-Totty that bounced off Bulldog goalkeeper Nahomie Lagardere.

Anyanwu’s final two goals started a sequence in which the Jaguars scored four times in a 10 1/2-minute period early in the second half.

“I thought we were a little slow in the first half, a little too relaxed,” said GPC coach Bruno Kalonji. “In the second half we realized what we needed to do.”

After Polk State, the Jaguars will have five days off before meeting an undetermined opponent in the semifinals of the GCAA tournament, which will be played in Clarkston. As one of the top two seeds in the region along with No. 8 Darton, the Jaguars get a bye in the first round. Georgia Military, as the sixth seed, faces a play-in game on Tuesday.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 14, 2011

DiSpigna’s goal gives Jaguars another tie with Darton

It’s becoming predictable. For the fourth time in the past five games between the two teams, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars and Darton College Cavaliers have played to a draw.

Blake Dispigna scored a goal with 11:23 remaining in regulation play to secure a double-overtime 1-1 tie for Georgia Perimeter at Darton Friday evening.

It was a hard-fought, all-out battle for first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and the top seed in the conference tournament at the end the month. GPC is ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Association, and Darton is No. 14.

The Jaguars, hamstrung by injuries and fresh off a Thursday night match at Andrew College, now are 10-0-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, 10-0-2 overall.

“We’re short on players and yet we overcame all the all the adversity,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “It took a lot of work, a lot of heart.”

Darton (10-2-2, 9-0-2) has three of the top five scorers in the conference, but the Jaguars held them to one goal for the second time this season. The teams tied 1-1 two weeks ago at GPC’s home field.

Jaguar goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu was heroic Friday with awe-inspiring saves throughout the game, and the defensive line consistently covered each other to stop the hard-driving Cavaliers.

After a scoreless first half, Darton’s Shashanna Campbell, the league’s second leading scorer, broke the defensive struggle with a header inside the penalty box in the 51st minute. Lindsey Warner sent the ball to her with a free kick from outside the left side of the box.

For 28 minutes, the Darton defense looked as if it would hand the Jaguars their first loss of the season.

But with the game slipping away, DiSpigna took a pass near midfield and dribbled to the right side to unleash a high drive to the upper right corner of the goal. Darton’s goalkeeper, Sarah Story, got her hands on the ball, but it spun behind her and dropped inches inside the goal line with 11:23 on the clock.

The teams played two dramatic 10-minute overtimes but neither could overcome the other's defensive heroics.

The Jaguars get a week of rest before getting visits from Georgia Military College Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. and Polk State College Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Those games will be broadcast online with links at

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October 13, 2011

Anyanwu’s four goals lead GPC past Andrew College 8-0

Esther Anyanwu scored four goals and had an assist as No. 4-ranked Georgia Perimeter College defeated Andrew College 8-0 Thursday in a Region 17 game at Cuthbert.

The Jaguars (10-0-1 overall and in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) were never threatened during their ninth shutout in 11 games and set up a big showdown Friday in Albany against Darton College. Andrew College never got a shot on goal, nor a corner kick, so Marbel Egwuenu never had an opportunity to make a save. Meanwhile, GPC took 17 shots.

Anyanwu, a sophomore forward from Nigeria who earned All-America honors last season by leading the nation in scoring, has a team-leading 41 points (19 goals and three assists). She showed no ill effects from a recent quadriceps injury.

Valeria De Santiago added two goals for the Jaguars, who broke the game open in the second half after leading 2-0 at halftime. Mary Achebo-Totty added a goal and an assist and Simone Martin also scored a goal.

Blake DiSpigna and Saba Rewald each had two assists for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars still have an unresolved home game with Andrew, played on Labor Day. Because rain prevented it from going the required 70 minutes, it does not count, and leaves Andrew two choices—either forfeit (the Tigers trailed 6-0 when it was postponed) or return to GPC to play the contest. Meanwhile, the Jaguars turn their attention to their first-place showdown.

Darton (8-0-1, 9-2-1) and the Jaguars played to a 1-1 tie last month at GPC. The winner of Friday’s game most likely will finish atop the GCAA standings and wins a bye into the tournament, which will be held at Georgia Perimeter on the last weekend of October.

The online broadcast of the game will begin at 5:50 p.m. and can be heard at with a link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 10, 2011

Jaguars post eighth shutout

The stage is set.

Windsor Neal scored two goals and the Jaguar defense earned its eighth shutout in 10 games as Georgia Perimeter College defeated visiting Middle Georgia College 3-0 Monday at the Clarkston Campus.

The victory sets up a big showdown Friday in Albany. Georgia Perimeter, ranked fourth nationally, 9-0-1 overall and in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, will take on No. 14 Darton College at 6 p.m. in a clash for first place and top seed in the conference tournament.

Neal’s second-half goals, sparking a team that looked sluggish in the first half, sealed a hard-fought contest on a rainy, windy day.

“We’ve had more rest lately and our players were a little out of shape,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “In the second half we played better possession ball. We put a player forward off the back line to help with the offense.”

Esther Anyanwu opened the scoring three minutes into the game with a header off the left post. Mary Achebo-Totty set it up with a long cross from the right corner and earned an assist.

After the teams wrestled to a 1-0 intermission, freshman midfielder Saba Rewald, the player moving up from defensive midfield in the second half to bolster the offense, sent a long pass to Amanda Ducey down the right side. She crossed to Neal, who slammed it into the net—with an assist credited to Ducey—in the 63rd minute.

With 11:30 remaining, Valeria De Santiago sent a cross to Neal, who dribbled in and added an unassisted goal to make it 3-0. Middle Georgia (4-6, 7-7) also failed to score against the Jaguars in a 2-0 loss Sept. 23.

GPC took five shots on goal, and its stingy defense allowed only one. The shutout was goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu’s seventh of the season.

Darton (8-0-1, 9-2-1) and the Jaguars played to a 1-1 tie last month at GPC. The winner of Friday’s game most likely will finish atop the GCAA standings and wins a bye into the tournament, which will be held at Georgia Perimeter on the last weekend of October.

The online broadcast of the game will begin at 5:50 p.m. and can be heard at with a link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 7, 2011

Late goal by Anyanwu sends Jaguars past ABAC 2-1

Esther Anyanwu scored on a direct free kick with two minutes remaining Friday evening to give No. 4-ranked Georgia Perimeter College a 2-1 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

Anyanwu, the nation’s leading scorer last season and a returning All-American, also scored the other goal for the Jaguars, now 8-0-1 overall and in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The sophomore from Nigeria leads GPC with 30 points on 14 goals and two assists, even after missing several games with a quad injury.

Linda Chukwuji assisted on Anwanwu’s first goal.

GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu stopped seven shots but allowed only her second goal of the season. ABAC scored on an indirect free kick from six yards out after the referee ruled Egwuenu picked up a back pass from a teammate, drawing protests from the Jaguars’ bench.

The Jaguars put eight shots on goal. ABAC, which is fighting to host a play-in game in the first round of the tournament, fell to 7-5 in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Fillies are 9-5 overall.

The Jaguars’ next game is Monday at 3 p.m. against Middle Georgia College on the Clarkston Campus. The game will be webcast on Go to and click on the “Game Webcasts” section for a link.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 4, 2011

Jaguars strike early in seventh shutout

Four minutes into the match, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars had a goal. By halftime they had three. In the second half they lost their crispness on offense, a lapse that won’t cause waves in the standings.

Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over South Georgia at the Clarkston Campus put the No. 2-ranked Jaguars back on track after a tie last Friday vs. No. 13 Darton. They are 7-0-1, with seven shutouts, going into a match Friday in Tifton against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Returning All-American goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu registered her sixth shutout as the midfield and back line—Melissa Fishbein, Stefani Iotova and Niaomi Brown—stifled South Georgia’s attack. Egwuenu had seven saves of seven shots on goal.

Esther Anyanwu, the returning first team All-American who led the nation in scoring in 2010, scored twice and contributed an assist. Linda Chukwuji, a second team All-American, added a goal and an assist. The five points by Anyanwu gave her 26 for the season, fourth in the league, as she climbs the ladder after missing several games with a injured quad.

Anyanwu struck in the fourth minute of the match, heading in a perfect line-drive corner kick from Amanda Ducey. In the 24th minute, she dug the ball out of traffic in the box with some fancy footwork and slipped it to Chukwuji for the point-blank goal.

In the 43rd minute, Anyanwu made it 3-0 with one of those plays coaches diagram on whiteboards. Chukwuji sent the ball from midfield down the right side to Valeria De Santiago, who in turn directed a cross pass to Anyanwu, camped near the left side of the goal.

GPC produced only seven shots on goal. The Jaguars spent most of the second half fending off scoring threats by South Georgia.

The Tigers fell to 7-5 overall, 5-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

The next home game for the Jaguars is on Monday, Oct. 10, as the Middle Georgia College Warriors visit for a 3 p.m kickoff. The game will be broadcast online beginning at 2:50 p.m. To listen, visit and find the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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September 30, 2011

Jaguars give up first goal; battle Darton to 1-1 tie

On a blustery day for soccer, the wind earned an assist, but Esther Anyanwu took the wind out of the visitors’ sails as Georgia Perimeter College and Darton College struggled to a 1-1 tie Friday in women’s soccer in Clarkston.

The teams clashed for first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, but settled for a continued share of the lead. GPC, ranked second in the nation and defending GCAA champion, remains undefeated, but finally scored-upon, 6-0-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the conference. No. 13 Darton, a perennial league champion, is 7-2-1, 6-0-1.

Trailing 1-0 and with 36:22 remaining in the game, Anyanwu capitalized on a wayward clearance header by a Cavalier defender. The sophomore striker trapped the ball in the box, faked left and drove the tying score into the right side of the net.

Darton ended GPC’s six-game shutout streak, striking early in the seventh minute on a direct corner kick from the left side. Freshman forward Haisha Cantave sent a high bender across the box. GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu desperately stretched for it, but the ball hung in the wind, swirled, twisted and sailed into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Egwuenu was a force throughout the game, directing the defense and making seven saves, including a couple of highlight reel dives. “Marbel dominated the game. She played defense,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. The Jaguars allowed only seven shots on goal.

The defensive effort—including Egwuenu, Saba Rewald, Linda Chukwuji, Stefani Iotova, Melissa Fishbein and Niaomi Brown—repeatedly stifled Darton’s high-powered offense that, coming into the game, had outscored opponents 55-5. “Our defense is becoming very, very tough,” Kalonji said. Darton didn’t score from the field. They scored with the wind pulling it away on a corner kick.”

Cavalier keeper Fiona Ryan and her defense also turned in a sterling performance, as GPC seemed to be a step behind throughout the first part of the game. Then, with the Cavaliers up 1-0 at the intermission, the Jaguars came out in the second half with a noticeably different, composed, fluent and physical style.

“Our big challenge was to play our game,” Kalonji said. “In the second half, we possessed the ball well; we settled the ball.”

Anyanwu, who had missed three games with a quad injury, inspired the attack when she entered the game late in the first half. GPC overall took six shots on goal, but created many opportunities

“Now we have a chance to recover,” Kalonji said, referring to several players either sidelined or playing with injuries. “We go into the second part of the season at full strength

The teams, playing to ties in three of their past four games, will meet again on Oct. 14 in Albany. Georgia Perimeter’s next match is Tuesday as South Georgia College visits the Clarkston field. That game will be audio broadcast online with a link at

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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September 27, 2011

Ducey, Achebo-Totty lead Jags with four goals apiece

Chances of rain in the Atlanta area didn’t materialize Tuesday, but the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team showered goals on Gordon College in a 13-0 conference victory on the Jaguars’ home field.

Sophomores Amanda Ducey and Mary Achebo-Totty poured in four goals each and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu added two as the Jaguars improved their record to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

The win set the stage for Friday’s 5 p.m. showdown with Darton College, both teams undefeated in the conference, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Association. Darton and Georgia Perimeter battled for dominance last season, with GPC winning a penalty-kick thriller in the conference tournament to advance in the postseason.

Tuesday’s game was GPC’s third without high-scoring Esther Anyanwu, who has been nursing a quadriceps injury but is expected to play Friday.

“This has been good for the team—they really needed to learn to play without Esther,” said coach Bruno Kalonji. “It’s going to make a difference as we go forward. We’re getting goals from all over the field.”

Also scoring for the Jaguars were Blake DiSpigna, Linda Chukwuji and Andrea Contreras.

Ducey racked up three assists to boost her season point total to 14 on five goals and four assists. Surpassing the idle Anyanwu, Achebo-Totty now leads the team with 22 points on eight goals and six assists.

Egwuenu, who ranks nationally among goalkeepers, came out of the net to play forward in the final minutes and scored twice within a three-minute span.

“She is a very talented striker,” Kalonji said.

Posting other assists were DiSpigna, Chukwuji, Windsor Neal and Maria Henriquez—with one each—and Simone Martin and Valeria De Santiago, who each handed out two.

After Achebo-Totty opened the scoring early in the game, Gordon (2-9, 1-8) contained GPC to a 3-0 halftime score. But Achebo-Totty and Ducey scored within the first five minutes of the second period with assists by Santiago and Neal.

Martin poked a sliding shot that Chukwuji nudged in at the net, and then Achebo-Totty tallied her third and fourth goals within a two minute period. Following the example, Ducey scored her final two within the last minute and nine seconds.

Darton (5-0, 6-2) has lost only to Tyler College (Texas), ranked second in the nation, and No. 11 Brevard Community College (Fla.). Featuring the second and third top scorers in the region—Sashanna Campbell and Shelby Bush—the Cavaliers have outscored opponents 52-5. The Jaguars have outscored their six opponents 34-0.

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September 23, 2011

Egwuenu, Jaguars extend shutout streak to five

There may be a new football field nicknamed “The Swamp” south of Atlanta—but north of Florida.


After Thursday night’s rain, NeSmith Field, the Middle Georgia College soccer facility set in the school’s former American football stadium, featured soggy turf and an impressive collection of puddles. Friday it slowed down the ball and the game, but not the Jaguars’ undefeated, unscored-upon streak.

Marbel Egwuenu added to her impressive collection of shutouts; Valeria De Santiago scored eight minutes into the second half to break a scoreless tie; and Mary Achebo-Totty added insurance less than four minutes later to give Georgia Perimeter College a 2-0 win at Middle Georgia.

It marks the fifth shutout of the season for Egwuenu and the Georgia Perimeter defense. GPC remained one of two undefeated teams in its conference, improving to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Andrea Contreras earned an assist with a pass sent into the box to Santiago, who scooted to an opening on her right and drilled the ball into the left corner of the net.

Windsor Neal also got an assist with a long precision pass—threaded through defenders—to Achebo-Totty in front of the goal. With stunning finesse, Achebo-Totty flicked the airborne ball with her heel, redirecting it past Warriors goalkeeper Ashley Hayes for the 2-0 lead.

Middle Georgia (5-3, 3-3) had the Jaguars scoreless at the intermission but couldn’t convert several scoring opportunities to supplement the defensive effort.

Egwuenu and the Jaguar defense shut off Middle’s high scoring duo, Amanda Dale and Sarah Lindell, adding to a long list of leading scorers in the GCAA—10 of the top 15—that haven’t found the net against GPC. The Warriors managed one shot on goal, saved by Egwuenu. GPC launched nine shots on goal.

Tuesday at 3 p.m. Georgia Perimeter hosts Gordon College, which fell to the Jaguars 10-0 in the season opener. Then on Friday, Darton College, also undefeated in the league, visits for a 5 p.m. showdown. Those games will be audio webcast with a link at

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga, 30021. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sept. 16, 2011

Sans Anyanwu, Jaguars remain undefeated and unscored-upon

For the first time in 29 games, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team played without their record-smashing striker, Esther Anyanwu. Predictably, the result was a lower-than-normal point production—but a victory, just the same.

Zauditu Kaza-Amlak and Blake DiSpigna scored goals with assists by Valeria De Santiago and Linda Chukwuji as the Jaguars edged Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2-0 Friday in Clarkston.

Anyanwu, a first-team All-American who led the nation in scoring last year and broke the school single-season record with 112 points, sat out the game nursing a quad injury. Head coach Bruno Kalonji said that the match was an important test for his squad.

“This was great for the team—they had to work without Esther,” Kalonji said. “They always go through her, and she works magic with the ball, so it takes a little adjustment to work without her. We saw some things that need improving.”

Ranked No. 3 in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association poll, Georgia Perimeter scored early when De Santiago crossed from deep right to Kaza-Amlak, poaching the left post. Kaza-Amlak pumped it into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.

The teams traded opportunities and defensive stands until 7:07 remained on the clock. DiSpigna took a long pass from Linda Chukwuji, dribbled a few steps and lofted a strike from the top of the penalty box.

The victory improved GPC to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA. ABAC slipped to 4-2, 2-2.

Though committing some defensive lapses that the Fillies couldn’t convert into points, the Jaguars stopped Melissa Johnson, who leads the GCAA with 13 goals and three assists. They also kept Francesca Caravello—No. 4 scorer in the conference—out of the net.

Goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu, earning her fourth shutout, stopped one power shot with a circus leap to the upper right, barely getting her right hand on the ball for the save.

“We controlled the game,” Kalonji said, “but I was disappointed with our style of play. They were maybe a little more aggressive. We’ll work on our aggression a little more. But a win is a win—a shutout is a shutout.”

Next the Jaguars travel to Middle Georgia College for a 4 p.m. match Friday. That game will be audio webcast with a link at

The next home game is Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. vs. Gordon College. That game also will be broadcast on the web.

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Sept. 9, 2011

Jaguars defeat Georgia Military 3-0 in Milledgeville

The No. 4-ranked Georgia Perimeter Jaguars kept their defensive record spotless Friday afternoon in Milledgeville, beating Georgia Military College 3-0.

All-America forward Esther Anyanwu, who led the nation in scoring last season, had two goals, both in the first half. That brought her season total to nine goals, putting her among the national leaders in points.

Mary Achebo-Totty assisted on both of Anyanwu’s goals, and Zauditu Kaza-Amlak also contributed an assist in the first half.

Kaza-Amlak scored the second-half goal, assisted by Linda Chukwuji.

The Jaguars are 3-0 both overall and in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. They have outscored opponents 17-0.

Georgia Military (1-2) employed a defensive-oriented strategy and managed only two shots on goal against Jaguars goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu. GPC had 10 shots.

The Jaguars next play Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College next Friday at 5 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus in the first official home match of the season. The Labor Day encounter against Andrew, which was halted by weather after the first half and declared a rainout, will be rescheduled.

The ABAC match will be webcast at, starting at 4:50 p.m. For a link, go to and click under the “Game Webcasts” heading.

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Aug. 29, 2011

Jaguars shut out South Georgia 4-0

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team was flat at the start but wound up flattening South Georgia College 4-0 in Douglas to stay unbeaten and unscored upon.


The Jaguars (2-0), who had squeezed two scrimmages and their first regular season game into the previous five days, took awhile to get revved up. They were not as offensively potent as in their 10-0 victory in the opener Friday over Gordon College, yet got goals from Esther Anyanwu, Valeria de Santiago, Taylor Gates and Mary Achebo-Totty. Two were tallied in each half.

Anyanwu, who poured in six goals Friday, was denied twice more on diving saves.

Achebo-Totty had a foot in every score by registering three assists. The Jaguars controlled the flow, launching enough shots to force 10 saves by the Tigers and create four corner kicks.

GPC goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu was called on for five saves, just one of which was exerting. South Georgia managed only about five minutes of offensive pressure.

The Jaguars hope their momentum carries through the week into the home opener on Labor Day against Andrew College. The match begins at 3 p.m. on the Clarkston campus.

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Aug. 28, 2011

Anyanwu scores six goals as Jaguars take opener

Esther Anyanwu, a returning first team All-American and the nation’s leading scorer last season, knocked home six goals Friday as the fourth-ranked Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars won their season opener 10-0 over Gordon College in Barnesville.



Mary Achebo-Totty, Windsor Neal, Valeria de Santiago and Amanda Ducey also scored for the Jaguars, who produced 26 shots on goal.

Gordon managed only two shots on goal, both saved by Marbel Egwuenu, a second team All-American in 2010.

The six goals by Anyanwu, a native of Nigeria, were just short of her career high of seven, set last season against Andrew College.

Taylor Gates, a transfer from Mercer University, had three assists for the Jaguars. Linda Chukwuji, a returning second team All-American, and De Santiago had two apiece. Stefani Iotova, Achebo-Totty, Ashley Smith and Neal contributed one assist apiece.

The Jaguars next play Monday against region rival South Georgia College in Douglas at 2 p.m. Their first home game is Labor Day, Sept. 5, against Andrew College on the Clarkston Campus at 3 p.m.

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August 25, 2011

Experienced Jaguars eye lofty terrain but have gaps to fill

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team won its first championships and made its first appearance in the national tournament last season. The Jaguars looked around at nationals, took note of the landscape and came home disappointed that they didn’t win it all.


Naturally, they would like a chance to improve their third-place finish, which rocked the power structure of JUCO women’s soccer in the state. Whether they get the chance depends on how well fourth-year coach Bruno Kalonji can fill some big cleats in his lineup.

“We have a lot of experience on this team,” Kalonji said. “We have the potential to be a very dominant team, but there are a few things we have to put in place.”

The Jaguars open their 2011 season on Friday against Gordon College in Barnesville. Their first home game is Sept. 5, Labor Day, at 3 p.m. against Andrew College on the Clarkston Campus.

This edition of the Jaguars again will be capable of lighting up scoreboards. The nation’s leading scorer in 2010, Esther Anyanwu, returns for her sophomore season after piling up 49 goals and 14 assists and winning first team All-America honors.


Anyanwu, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2010 Player of the Year, is joined by two second team All-America/all-conference returnees—midfielder Linda Chukwuji and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu. Along with midfielder Mary Achebo-Totty, the four represent the Jaguars’ “Nigerian Connection.”

Egwuenu, who sports a 4.0 grade-point average, was fifth in the nation with a 0.31 goals-against average (goals per every 90 minutes played).

Chukwuji, a hard-driving dynamo, scored six goals and dished out 11 assists from the center midfield position. Achebo-Totty netted a key goal at nationals.

A vital offensive cog missing is Taiwo Adeshigbin, who departed for the University of Missouri as GPC’s all-time leading scorer. However, Kalonji is counting on a couple of returnees to help Anyanwu with goals up front. But they aren’t returnees from 2010.


“We were able to pick up players who had been with us in the past,” said Kalonji, who welcomed Valeria De Santiago and Amanda Onate back into the fold. De Santiago played for the Jaguars in 2005 and earned all-conference honors. Onate, a hustler who may help the team dominate the midfield, played at GPC in 2006.

Experience runs deep on this team, which includes only four freshmen.

“Our returning players are doing a great job helping us instill discipline and harmony,” said Kalonji. That experience is evident at midfield, where Kalonji can count on returnees Chukwuji, Achebo-Totty, Windsor Neal (second team all-region in 2010), Zauditu Kaza-Amlak and Blake DiSpigna for heavy duty.

Kalonji will mix and match in the middle of the field, but the serious holes he must plug are on defense. The anchor of last year’s back line, center back Tori Klingensmith, has departed for veterinarian school after winning honorable mention All-America honors.


The sweeper, Arielle Sabina, will play at Valdosta State University her junior and senior years, and she will be missed. Also gone is rising junior Allison Derck, a stalwart defender who will play for Armstrong Atlantic University.

Defenders Andrea Contreras and Niaomi Brown return looking stronger, and some of the Jaguars’ transfers will get a chance to prove their mettle, among them Melissa Fishbein, who was originally signed by Gardner-Webb, an NCAA Division 1 school in Boiling Springs, S.C. A hopeful defender is Lee University transfer Simone Martin, who may be red-shirted because of an injury.

Another Division 1 transfer is Taylor Gates from Mercer University, while Amada Ducey arrives from Division 2 Columbus State. Both midfielders promise to help out considerably in the goals and assists columns.

Any of the midfielders may also be called on to play in front of Egwuenu, who allowed only nine goals last season as the Jaguars shut out 16 of their 25 opponents.

The Jaguars don’t see archrival and perennial conference power Darton College until Sept. 30 in Clarkston, with the return match Oct. 14 in Albany. GPC beat the Cavaliers on penalty kicks in last year’s tournament final to claim their first GCAA/Region 17 title.

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June 28, 2011

Tryouts for women’s soccer team July 23

Are you a soccer player with college potential? Tryouts for the women’s soccer team will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus soccer field. Players should bring their own shoes and practice gear.

Soccer scholarships are still available for those who make the team and qualify.

The soccer field is located between Halliford Stadium and the M building in the back of the campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA, 30021. Driving from Memorial Drive, turn north on North Indian Creek Drive, pass DeKalb Tech and GPC buildings, and then turn right on Memorial College Avenue. After passing Halliford Stadium on the right, turn right at Parking Lot 8 and the soccer field will be on the right.

For more information, contact head coach Bruno Kalonji at at or 678-789-2961. If he cannot be reached, contact assistant coach Shawn Wash at or 770-856-9543.

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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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