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December 6, 2013

Truitt repeats as NJCAA All-American

Jaguar center defender Alexandria “Alex” Truitt has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s soccer Division 1 All-America team for the second time.

All-American Alex Truitt, right, and All-American Lyana Perez battle for the ball in an October game. Photo/Gerald Moulder

She is the third Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer player to earn the honor in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

“Alex has been the backbone of our defense for the last two years. She’s a big-time player,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “She’s a wonderful person, a great captain, a great leader, a motivator on the field.”

In 2010 and 2011, Esther Anyanwu and Linda Chukwuji were selected to the NJCAA All-America team as freshmen and sophomores. Now Truitt joins that elite club.

Georgia Perimeter also has landed two other Jaguar All-Americans, Brayan Rodriguez and Jordan Dunstan, named to the NJCAA men’s Division 1 All-America team. Read more at the GPC men’s soccer site.

Last year Truitt made first team All-America, but this time the NJCAA nominations committee named her to the third team. That seems to ignore her phenomenal statistics—she anchored a defense that allowed only four goals and slapped 11 shutouts on opponents in her 14 games.

The Jaguars lost only one game with Truitt on the field, a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to Darton State—and the Cavaliers’ goal resulted from a defensive mistake made too far away from Truitt to give her a chance to tackle the striker.

Truitt was unable to play in GPC’s two Region 17 tournament games because of an injury sustained in practice. The Jaguars lost the championship match to Darton 4-0 and finished with a 14-2 record.

“Not having Alex on the field for the championship game was a huge drawback for us,” said Kalonji. “Her absence was very noticeable. She’s a calming influence—she makes sure the other players stay calm and get the job done.”

In Truitt’s two seasons, the Jaguars posted a 30-3 record and outscored opponents 151-25. The Jaguars won the GCAA regular season championship both years (and the two seasons before that when Anyanwu and Chukwuji played).

Last year Truitt scored two goals and had an assist, and this year she tallied one goal. She was named to the All-Region 17 first team both years and the region all-tournament team in 2012.

Also named to the 2013 All-America team were two other players from Region 17, which is also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Both played for Darton— defender Janay Campbell and forward Lyana Perez, the league’s leading scorer. Both made the All-America first team.

According to Kalonji, numerous NCAA Division 1 colleges are heavily recruiting Truitt, who hails from Lilburn and Parkview High School, where she played on a state championship team.

If anyone knows what is needed from a center back, it’s assistant coach Shawn Wash, who played goalkeeper professionally in the A-League and the United States Interregional Soccer League.

“Great players not only excel at a high level but they also elevate the level of play of those around them,” Wash said. “Alex sets the tone in every practice and game with her intensity, her will to succeed and drive for excellence. It’s been an absolute joy to have coached her the last two years.”

View the list of players on the NJCAA Division 1 All-America team.

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November 16, 2013

Ten Jaguars selected to All-GCAA team; third straight year back line is named

Alexandria Truitt, Caroline Haaland, Stephanie Gutierrez and Rachel Schmidt were named to the All-GCAA first team last week as the Jaguars dominated the honor roll with 10 players, more than any team in the conference.

Schmidt

Gutierrez

Haaland

Truitt

Four Jaguars were selected to the All-GCAA second team—Kyana Campbell, Alexa Webb, Salako Bolanle and Marlique Asson. Courtney Dobeck and Sara Marks received honorable mention awards.

The all-conference team is selected annually by the coaches of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

The GCAA—which also serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association—also announced the 11-player all-tournament team. Haaland, Gutierrez and Mary Nguyen were the Jaguars named to it.

Asson

Bolanle

“The results show the deep respect that the league has for our talented players,” said Bruno Kalonji, head coach of the Jaguars. “The team didn’t peak at tournament time, but these individuals worked hard and played outstanding soccer over the long haul. I am very proud of them.”

Darton State College, the GCAA champion, landed nine players on the all-conference roster and four of the 11 named to the all-tournament team. GPC and Darton, who have met in the championship game four consecutive years, placed 15 of the 22 players named to the first and second teams and seven of the 11 all-tournament players.

Georgia Perimeter finished with a 14-2 record, and both losses were to Darton. The Jaguars extended a GPC regular-season no-losses streak to 59 games before falling to the Cavaliers in October. In fact Darton is the only team to beat the Jaguars since 2009 except a loss to Paradise Valley Community College (Ariz.) in the 2010 NJCAA national tournament semifinals.

Webb

Campbell

Center back Truitt, a 2012 All-American, anchored a defense that allowed only nine goals and produced 11 shutouts this season—and she scored a goal. Last year she also was named to the All-GCAA first team and was one of only two defenders named to the NJCAA All-America 11-player first team.

“I believe Alex was the best defender in the nation for the past two years,” Kalonji said. “Her soccer IQ is phenomenal.”

Truitt missed a probable all-tournament honor because she was sidelined with an injury incurred at a practice session two days before the semifinals.

Schmidt, a sophomore midfielder who received GCAA honorable mention in 2012, was the team’s second-leading scorer (fifth in the conference) with 17 goals, 10 assists (tied for third in the GCAA) and 44 points.

Dobeck

Marks

Her two-season total of 77 points ranks Schmidt third in the program’s history (Esther Anyanwu totaled 169 points in 2010-11, and Taiwo Adeshigbin, 2009-10, had 163).

Center midfielder Haaland and midfielder-right fullback Gutierrez, both sophomores, also were leaders in the defense, as was Campbell, the freshman left back who excelled in advancing the attack up the left sideline.

The defensive line and goalkeeper Michelle Hurst produced the best goals-against average in the league, 0.56 goals per ninety minutes of action.

It is the second consecutive year that Haaland and the entire back line were selected to the All-GCAA first or second team. In 2011 GPC’s three fullbacks made the all-conference second team, making it three straight seasons that every Jaguar on the defensive line earned first- or second-team honors.

Sharing time between midfield and back line, Gutierrez tied for second place in the GCAA with 12 assists and added four goals for 20 points. Her career total at GPC comes to 42 points. She was a second-team All-GCAA selection at midfield last year.

Haaland, an all-tournament and first team All-GCAA selection a year ago with only three points, finished this season with six goals, one assist and 13 points. That the league’s coaches selected her in all ballots both years—first team all-conference and all-tournament—indicates the respect she commands as an impact player.

Freshman forward Bolanle led the Jaguars in scoring (20 goals, 6 assists, 46 points). She tied for fourth in scoring in the conference.

Sophomore midfielder Dobeck and Marks, a red-shirt freshman midfielder-forward, lent great depth to the attack. Marks was third on the team in scoring (12-9-33) while Dobeck (3-10-16) and Schmidt tied for the GCAA’s third-best in assists with 10.

Freshmen Asson (forward), Nguyen and Webb (midfield) also were key components in the diversified offense. Asson had seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Though Webb was confined to one goal and one assists for three points, she impressed the conference with her outstanding playmaking ability.

Nguyen scored a goal in the tournament semifinals and played well throughout to receive the all-tournament honor. For the season she scored five goals and had two assists for 10 points.

Darton State sophomore forward Lyanna Perez, who led the league in scoring with 88 points, was named the GCAA Most Valuable Player. The Cavaliers’ head coach, Ken Veilands, was voted Coach of the Year.

2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-GCAA TEAM
MVP: Lyanna Perez, Darton State College; Coach of the Year: Ken Veilands, Darton.
First Team
Goalkeeper: Amanda Biondino, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Defenders: Alex Truitt, Georgia Perimeter; Stephanie Guittierrez, Georgia Perimeter; Janay Campbell, Darton. Midfield: Caroline Haaland, Georgia Perimeter; Rachel Schmidt, Georgia Perimeter; Emily Atkinson, Darton; Chevelle Lopez, Darton. Forwards: Lyanna Perez, Darton; Kallie Balfour, Georgia Military; Micayla Crenshaw, Middle Georgia State.
Second Team
Goalkeeper: Hong Tran, Darton. Defenders: Kristy Gash, Darton; Paige Lievsay, Gordon; Taylor Green, South Georgia; Kyana Campbell, Georgia Perimeter. Midfield: Alexa Webb, Georgia Perimeter; Jona Olafsdottir, Georgia Military; Kerry Newman, ABAC. Forwards: Salako Bolanle, Georgia Perimeter; Marlique Asson, Georgia Perimeter; Brianna Lemerise, Darton.
Honorable Mention
Defenders: Allyson Stoffel, ABAC; Stephanie Anes, Darton. Midfield: Courtney Dobeck, Georgia Perimeter; Kiley Harris, Gordon; Taylor Gross-Rizza, Andrew; Alex Horne, South Georgia; Jetena Bodden, South Georgia; Savannah Roberts, Gordon. Forwards: Sara Marks, Georgia Perimeter; Shanice Martin, Andrew; Kellie Starvetsky, ABAC; Megan Thomas, Darton.
2013 GCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Georgia Perimeter: Caroline Haaland, Stephanie Gutierrez, Mary Nguyen. Darton: Lyana Perez, Kristy Gash, Hong Tran, Megan Thomas. Georgia Military: Maggie Morris, Linda Rodriguez. Middle Georgia: Abbie Darnell, Marissa Parker.

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November 3, 2013

Darton runs replay of 2012 win on Jaguars in 2013 GCAA final

It was déjà vu, a replay of a bad play for the Jaguars—same field, same result, exact same score.

The Jaguars’ Salako Bolanle traps the ball as Sara Marks, foreground, takes off downfield to start an attack. Photos/Bill Roa

Darton State College ended the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ season just as it did a year ago. The Cavaliers beat GPC 4-0 Sunday in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship game on Darton’s home field in Albany.

The 2012 title game, also played on the Darton field, ended with the same scoreboard lights lit—Darton 4, GPC 0.

Darton State (20-1) advances to the NJCAA national tournament in Melbourne Nov. 19-24 with but one loss—to Georgia Perimeter 2-0 in September on the Darton field.

Georgia Perimeter finishes the season with a 14-2 overall record—both losses to Darton.

It was an especially disappointing finish as the Jaguars had won the GCAA regular season championship (for the fourth straight year) with a 13-1 mark and a 2-1 goal differential over Darton. They had outplayed the Cavaliers in their 2-0 victory at Darton in August and their 1-0 overtime loss in Clarkston on Oct. 11.

The Jaguars played the tournament without the services of their All-American center back, Alex Truitt, who was injured in practice earlier in the week.

Rachel Schmidt, right, and Darton’s Megan Thomas scramble for possession as Jaguar goalkeeper Michelle Hurst and defender Stephanie Gutierrez look on.

“It was very tough, losing an All-American going into the tournament,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “But no excuses—hats off to Darton. They came to play. We wanted it, but they wanted it badly as well.”

Although possession time seemed to favor GPC, Darton clearly dominated the game in tackles, challenges, covering passing lanes and winning chases to the ball.

“We’re much better this year than we were last year,” said Darton head coach Ken Veilands, who has led the Cavaliers to three consecutive Georgia championships. “We move better; we’re stronger and faster.” The Cavaliers finished second at nationals in 2011 but lost their first game in the 2012 national tournament.

Darton and GPC have clashed in the championship game for four seasons. GPC won the title in 2010, finishing third at nationals. The Jaguars were runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

Sunday the Cavaliers set the tone early, controlling the ball in their attack zone for seven minutes before GPC managed a deep penetration.

In the 14th minute, Chevelle Lopez sent a hard cross from the right side to Eleana Colvin on the left side of the box. Colvin poked it to Brianna Lemerise, who volleyed it in.

The Jaguars began to establish their patented possession game midway through the period. But they couldn’t manage shots (they got only four shots on goal in the game) and when they did, the ball (or Cavaliers) wouldn’t cooperate. A shot by Mary Nguyen missed the left post by mere inches.

In the 35th minute Lyana Perez, volleyed in a goal as she received a cross from the deep left corner by Shanese Bowen. Darton carried a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.

Less than five minutes into the second half, Megan Thomas blasted an unassisted, one-touch, 35-yard drive into the net, essentially putting the game out of reach for the Jaguars.

GPC controlled the ball much of the second half, but committed a multitude of offside violations throughout the match.

That nothing much went right for the Jaguars was underscored with 14:22 left on the clock when a ball from Perez lazily climbed over goalkeeper Michelle Hurst and into the goal. Campbell Janay was credited with an assist. Lopez is the GCAA scoring leader with 38 goals, 12 assists and 88 points.

As the minutes ticked down on the scoreboard, the only remaining question was whether the Jaguars would get on it. They frequently threatened but couldn’t surpass the stout and speedy Cavalier back line.

That’s how the season ended, a sad ending for one of the GPC women’s soccer program’s greatest seasons.

“I’m proud of the players and my staff for their hard work all season,” Kalonji said. “We missed our goal of going to nationals and we’re not satisfied, but how many soccer teams would give anything to finish 14-2?”

And how many sophomores would be proud to graduate, as this group has, with a two-season record of 30-3, outscoring opponents 151-25 (69-16 as freshmen and 82-9 in their sophomore year)?

SCORECARD
FIRST HALF

Darton, 14:00, Brianna Lemerise (Chevelle Lopez & Lyana Perez)
Darton, 35:00, Lyana Perez (Shanese Bowen)
SECOND HALF
Darton, 49:00, Megan Thomas (unassisted)
Darton, 50:00, Lyana Perez (Campbell Janay)

To watch web video broadcasts of the championship game or semifinals, click on the link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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Nov. 2, 2013

Jaguars advance to 4th straight title match; to battle rival Darton once again Sunday

Here we go again—it’s Darton and Georgia Perimeter.

Bolanle Salako had two goals and an assist and Rachel Schmidt had a goal and two assists as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Georgia Military College 5-1 in the semifinal round of the state conference tournament Saturday in Albany.

The top-seeded Jaguars (14-1) advance to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship game Sunday at noon, the program’s fourth consecutive appearance in the title match. Their opponent will be the tournament host, Darton State College, also a 5-1 winner of Saturday’s other semifinal over Middle Georgia College.

It will be the fourth consecutive year the region soccer powers have played for the GCAA crown. And this time it is for all the marbles. The winner advances directly to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament later this month.

Salako scored a 15-yard goal in the 26th minute with an assist by Schmidt, but Georgia Military (6-9-2) withstood relentless attacks in the first half to make it interesting. Excellent saves by GMC goalie Chelsea Harvey and numerous stops by defender Rachael Rodriguez kept the score at 1-0 for the intermission.

Eight minutes into the final period, that changed as Salako struck again with an eye-opening assist by Marlique Asson, who used fancy footwork to get by a defender at the top of the box and get off a pass through a crowd. Salako received it and blasted a shot that was saved by Harvey, but Salako volleyed in the rebound.

Courtney Dobeck essentially iced the game, scoring on a cross from Sara Marks to make it 3-0 in the 61st minute.

With 14:06 showing on the clock, Schmidt sent a sharp through-ball to Mary Nguyen, who scored with a left-footed drive.

One minute and one second later, Schmidt struck on a stunning power drive from beyond the D, giving GPC a 5-0 lead. Salako earned an assist on the play.

The Jaguars were going for their 12th shutout in 15 games, but after coach Bruno Kalonji sent various reserves in to rest his starters, GMC found the net with 7:47 remaining in the game. Kallie Balfour beat the defensive line and with a quick burst and ran on the goal, blasting a grounder past oncoming goalkeeper Michelle Hurst. It was a replay of a Balfour one-on-one in September at GPC, but Hurst forced a wide shot that time.

Hurst had no saves because Balfour’s goal was the only shot on goal the Bulldogs could muster against the defense that was missing All-American Alex Truit, who was injured earlier in the week in practice. Stephanie Gutierrez moved to Truitt’s center back position and was nearly impassable all day.

Meanwhile, GPC bombarded 14 shots on Harvey, who made a few specatcular saves in the second half.

Fifth-seeded Georgia Military defeated fourth-seeded South Georgia State College 3-2 Tuesday to advance to the semifinals. Middle Georgia, the No. 3 seed, downed No. 6 Gordon State College 2-0.

As one and two seeds, Georgia Perimeter and Darton State (19-1) had byes Tuesday, advancing directly to the semifinals after their regular seasons ended.

Sunday’s match represents a classic rivalry, the fourth straight season GPC and Darton have met in the conference championship game. GPC won 2-2 (5-3 on penalty kicks) in 2011 and finished third in the national tournament. Darton won 5-2 in 2011 and was runner-up at nationals. The Cavaliers repeated last year 4-0, but lost their first match at nationals.

The winner Sunday will punch a ticket to nationals in Melbourne, Fla., Nov. 18-23. That is because this year the GCAA tournament also serves as the District J tournament, which usually matches winners from Georgia and Florida.

Jockjive.com will video webcast Sunday’s championship game with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic. Or just click here to watch the game.

SCORECARD
First Half

26:00, Georgia Perimeter, Bolanle Salako (Rachel Schmidt)
Second Half
53:00, Georgia Perimeter, Bolanle Salako (Marlique Asson)
61:00, Georgia Perimeter, Courtney Dobeck (Sara Marks)
76:00, Georgia Perimeter, Mary Nguyen (Rachel Schmidt)
77:00, Georgia Perimeter, Rachael Schmidt (assist Bolanle Salako)
83:00, Georgia Military, Kelly Balfour (unassisted)

The GCAA tournament is being held at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707.

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October 31, 2013

Women’s soccer semifinal moved to Saturday; men’s Saturday match remains at 4 p.m.

Because of inclement weather, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer semifinal match with Georgia Military College has been rescheduled from Friday to Saturday at 11 a.m. at Darton State College in Albany.

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association moved the tournament back a day because forecasters predict heavy rain in the Albany area Friday.

The change affects the men’s tournament schedule only on Sunday—the GPC men will play their semifinal against Georgia Military as originally scheduled, at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The women’s championship game shifts from Saturday to Sunday noon, and the men’s title match will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday rather than 1 p.m. as originally scheduled.

REVISED GCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES:
WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
Saturday, Nov. 2

11 a.m. Georgia Perimeter College vs. Georgia Military College
1 p.m. Darton State College vs. Middle Georgia College
Sunday, Nov. 3
12 p.m. Championship Game
MEN’S TOURNAMENT
Saturday, Nov. 2

4 p.m. Georgia Perimeter College vs. Georgia Military College
6 p.m. Darton State College vs. Eastern Florida State College
Sunday, Nov. 3
2 p.m. Championship Game

Tournament brackets can be viewed at the GCAA website.

The GCAA tournament will be held at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707.

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October 18, 2013

Jaguars head into postseason as regular-season champions

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars won their final regular-season match 4-0 over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday in Tifton, adding a championship to the program’s growing list of accomplishments.

Continuing a scoring binge after three goals Wednesday, Rachael Schmidt netted two goals and served an assist to lead GPC Friday. Meanwhile, the defense allowed one shot on goal—saved by keeper Michelle Hurst—and the Jaguars embarked for the postseason with momentum and the enviable top seed.

The shutout—the Jaguars’ 11th in 14 games—gives them a first-place finish in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and No. 1 seed at the conference tournament semifinals in November. Georgia Perimeter (13-1, 13-1 GCAA) and second-place Darton State College advance directly to the semifinals, enjoying first-round byes while seeds three through six play elimination games to gain seats in the semifinal bracket

Bolanle Salako scored in the fifth minute Friday to set the pace for the Jaguars. Schmidt earned an assist on the play and then scored unassisted later in the first half to put GPC up 2-0 at the intermission.

Early in the second period, Stephanie Gutierrez nailed an unassisted goal, and Mary Nguyen assisted Schmidt’s second strike in the 85th minute.

With 11 shutouts and only four goals allowed, Hurst and the defense are third in the nation with a 0.29 goals against average. The Jaguars have outscored opponents 77-4.

ABAC (7-8, 5-8) sits in fifth place in the GCAA, and the Fillies could drop to sixth if Georgia Military beats South Georgia next Friday and takes over the fifth spot. The sixth seed will play third-seeded Middle Georgia, while the fifth-place team visits fourth-place South Georgia in the tournament’s first round on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

GPC’s only loss of the season came in an overtime 1-0 setback at the hands of Darton State, which will host the tournament on Nov. 1-2.

GPC beat Darton 2-0 on the Cavaliers’ field in Albany, and the 2-1 goal differential in the teams’ home-and-away series guarantees GPC the top seed in the tournament.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half

5:00, Salako Bolanle (Rachael Schmidt)
36:00, Rachael Schmidt (unassisted)
Second Half
50:00, Stephanie Gutierrez (unassisted)
85:00, Rachael Schmidt (Mary Nguyen)

The GCAA tournament will be held at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707.

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October 16, 2013

Schmidt records hat trick as sophs shine on Sophomore Day

It was Sophomore Day at Jaguar Field, and sophomores strutted their stuff.

Rachel Schmidt shooting

Sophomore Rachel Schmidt launches the first of her three goals Photos/Gerald Moulder

Sophomore midfielder Rachael Schmidt kicked in three goals and handed out an assist to help Georgia Perimeter College past Andrew College 10-0 Wednesday in Clarkston.

Freshman goalkeeper Michelle Hurst had a quiet day as, led by sophomores, Georgia Perimeter (12-1, 12-1 GCAA) allowed the Fighting Tigers zero shots on goal and posted its 10th shutout.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars bombarded Andrew goalkeeper Michaela Loback with 27 shots on goal. Loback made 17 saves.

Schmidt opened the game with a goal 50 seconds in, getting a double assist—Caroline Haaland launched a corner kick that Sara Marks tapped to Schmidt.

Andrew (1-14, 0-12) held the Jaguars scoreless through the remainder of the first period until committing an own goal in the 44th minute, giving GPC a 2-0 halftime edge.

From there six Jaguars scored in the second half—Schmidt, Sara Marks (sophomore), Bolanle Salako, Mary Nguyen, Alex Truitt (sophomore) and Natasha Truitt.

Courtney Dobeck dribbling

Sophomore midfielder Courtney Dobeck advances the ball.

In addition to Haaland and Marks, assists came from Schmidt, Courtney Dobeck (sophomore) and Stephanie Gutierrez (sophomore). Four goals were unassisted and two derived from own goals by Andrew.

Before the game, head coach Bruno Kalonji and his staff honored the sophomores, who were escorted by parents and family members. The ceremony featured Stephanie Gutierrez’ baby sister, Sophie, escorting Haaland on Haaland’s shoulders, and a stirring rendition of the national anthem by freshman midfielder Nicole McMinamin (with a little help from freshman defender Kyana Campbell).

With the shutout, the sophomore class has compiled a 28-2 record over the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

As a result of Friday’s overtime loss to Darton State, the Jaguars dropped from fifth to eighth place in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll, and Darton switched places to become No. 5. But the Jags remain in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and will seek to seal the deal Friday in Tifton, where they play Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in their final regular-season match. If they defeat ABAC, the Jaguars will earn the top seed in the GCAA tournament Nov. 1 and 2 in Albany.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
1:00, Rachael Schmidt (Caroline Haaland & Sara Marks)
44:00, Team, own goal Andrew
52:00, Sara Marks (Courtney Dobeck)
54:00, Salako Bolanle (Rachael Schmidt)
56:00, Rachael Schmidt (unassisted)
65:00, Mary Nguyen (unassisted)
68:00, Team, own goal Andrew
73:00, Alex Truitt (unassisted, penalty kick)
81:00, Natasha Truitt (unassisted, penalty kick)
90:00, Rachael Schmidt (Stephanie Gutierrez)

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October 14, 2013

Jaguars rack up 9th shutout with 5-0 win

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars apparently rested well over the weekend after losing their first game of the season to Darton State College in overtime Friday.

They bounced back Monday with a 5-0 home victory over South Georgia State College, keeping them on pace for top seed in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament Nov. 1-2 in Albany.

The Jaguars (11-1, 11-1 GCAA) earned their ninth shutout with a sturdy defense and a barrage of late goals. GPC is known to put seven or eight potential scorers on the field and that’s how they attacked Monday. Five players scored and five assists came from four players.

Sara Marks led the offense with a goal and two assists. She and Caroline Haaland started it off early, with Haaland scoring in the fifth minute and Marks assisting.

That was it for the first half as South Georgia (7-9-1, 5-6-1) clung to the 1-0 disadvantage through the intermission and for 30 minutes into the final period.

In the 75th minute, Marks broke the Tigers’ resistance, scoring with an assist by Mary Nguyen.

Soccer balls poured into the net from that point as Bolanle Salako, Rachael Schmidt and Stephanie Gutierrez all scored within a span of 11 minutes. Earning assists were Courtney Dobeck, Marks and Salako (with a highlight header across the goal mouth to Gutierrez).

The Tigers, striving to stay in fourth place in the GCAA standings, mustered only three shots on goal, and Jaguar keeper Michelle Hurst registered three saves. South Georgia’s Kenna Seitz faced 15 shots on goal from GPC and saved 10.

The Jaguars remain a half-game ahead of Darton in the conference, and if the teams finish tied with one loss each, GPC will earn top seed via the goal differential tie-breaker. The Jaguars outscored Darton 2-1 in their home-and-away series.

Wednesday is Sophomore Day at Jaguar Field, as Georgia Perimeter hosts Andrew College at 2:30 p.m. A ceremony honoring the nine Jaguar sophomores and their parents will begin at approximately 2:10.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half

5:00, Caroline Haaland (Sara Marks)
Second Half
75:00, Sara Marks (Mary Nguyen)
78:00, Bolanle Salako (Courtney Dobeck)
81:00, Rachael Schmidt (Sara Marks)
89:00, Stephanie Gutierrez (Bolanle Salako)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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October 11, 2013

No. 8 Darton trips No. 5 Jaguars; 1-0 overtime loss ends GPC win streaks

The last time the Georgia Perimeter College women's soccer program lost a regular-season match was on October 20, 2009, 10 days short of four years ago.

Bolanle Salako Pass

Red Jerseys everywhere: Bolanle Salako sees an opening for a pass to Mary Nuguyen (in the foreground). Photo/Gerald Moulder

Friday Darton State College ended that extraordinary streak with a 1-0 overtime victory at Jaguar Field on GPC’s Clarkston Campus. The Cavaliers also spoiled Georgia Perimeter’s undefeated season and 10-game victory run.

Darton’s Lyana Perez, who leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring, ended the clash of region rivals with a goal 79 seconds into the overtime period.

Head coach Bruno Kalonji didn’t express concern about the truncated season winning streak or the end of the long string of unbeaten regular seasons.

“Sometimes it’s good to lose a game like this going into the tournament,” he said. “It can serve as a wake-up call for the postseason.”

Marlique Asson dribble

Marlique Asson traps the ball as Darton defender Janay Campbell challenges. Photo/Bill Roa

Georgia Perimeter slips to 10-1 overall and 10-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA. The victory was sweet revenge for Darton State, 14-1, 9-1—the Cavaliers’ only loss was to GPC, 2-0 on Sept. 20 in Albany.

The outcome essentially ties the two teams for first place in the conference, though GPC has won one more league match, so the Jags remain a half game in first place.

Not only did the match draw numerous four-year college coaches and scouts, but no doubt it garnered some national attention. It was a showdown between Top 10 teams—GPC was ranked fifth in Wednesday’s NJCAA coaches’ poll, and Darton State stood at No. 8.

The draw at the end of regulation play represents the fifth time the conference rivals have tied in four years.

Alex Truitt, Stephanie Gutierrez

Co-captains Alex Truitt, Stephanie Gutierrez (blue headband) and the defense turned in a worthy performance to hold the Cavaliers to one goal. Photo/Gerald Moulder

The teams went back-and-forth—one dominating, then the other—in a very physical struggle for 90 minutes, with several opportunities and near misses at each end of the field.

“It was like two champion boxers slugging it out,” said Darton head coach Ken Veilands.

Perez’ goal came on a Jaguar miscue that turned the ball over to Darton’s Brianna Lemerise, who flicked it ahead to Perez. The sophomore forward slipped past a surprised defender, ran one-on-one on Jaguar goalkeeper Michelle Hurst and from close in and slightly to the right drove a left-footed strike past Hurst into the left corner of the goal.

The Jaguars failed to produce their patented possession game, which accounted for their triumph at Darton in September. Time and again Friday they found passing lanes blocked by Darton defenders and opted to send the ball downfield, hoping to spring a forward or an outside midfielder loose.

“We didn’t play our game today. We wacked the ball too much—we played kickball,” Kalonji said. “I’m disappointed because of our style of play, not because we lost.”

GPC took six shots on goal, all saved by Cavalier keeper Hong Tran. Hurst had the busiest game of her season, saving seven of Darton’s eight shots on goal, including a couple diving saves.

Early in the first half Perez got behind the defense twice for one-on-one runs on Hurst. She put the ball in the net on the first run but the lineman called offside. On her second run, the Jaguars’ freshman goalkeeper fell on a hard shot for a save.

Early in the match, Jaguar goalkeeper Michelle Hurst saves a shot by No. 19 Lyanna Perez as, from left, Stephanie Gutierrez (23), Kyana Campbell and Alexa Webb move up to help out. Photo/Gerald Moulder

“Michelle played an outstanding game in the goal,” Kaloni said. “She was mentally where she needed to be on every play, and she couldn't do anything with the game-winning shot. We handed a gift to the top striker in the league.”

Perez’ goal was her 25th and, with nine assists, her 59th point, tops in the GCAA. GPC’s Bolanle Salako is the league’s second-leading scorer with 34 points on 15 goals and four assists. Six of the top eight scorers are from Darton and Georgia Perimeter.

The Jaguars had compiled an unbeaten stretch of 59 straight regular-season games, though they tied Darton three times and once in the conference tournament during that time. The streak dated back to October 20, 2009, when GPC fell to Young Harris College 1-0 on a penalty kick late in the second half.

Next on tap for the Jaguars is a visit from South Georgia State College on Monday at 2 p.m. They host Andrew College Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., which will include the annual Sophomore Day celebration prior to the kickoff.

SCORECARD
Overtime Period

Darton, 92:00, Lyana Perez (Brianna Lemerise)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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October 8, 2013

One streak ends, one streak continues; Jags beat Middle 6-2, win 10th straight

For the first time this season, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars trailed in a match, and they allowed a goal for the first time since August 30, ending a string of eight straight shutouts.

Caroline Haaland

Caroline Haaland

But the Jaguars rallied behind two goals apiece by Rachael Schmidt and Bolanle Salako to defeat Middle Georgia College 6-2 Tuesday.

“The zero streak isn’t important,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji. “We need to get to nationals—that’s what’s important. This game was good because the team learns to come from behind. You don’t want to get in the tournament, fall behind and not know what to do.”

The second victory on their new home field extended GPC’s phenomenal streak of 59 straight regular-season games without a loss, dating back to October 20, 2009.

Ranked No. 7 in last week’s NJCAA coaches’ poll, Georgia Perimeter (10-0) leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 10-0 mark in conference matches.

A major challenge comes Friday as they host Darton State College. The Cavaliers, ranked No. 9 nationally, are right behind the Jags in the GCAA with a 7-1 record, 12-1 overall.

Only three minutes into Tuesday’s match, Middle Georgia’s Mallorie Belt took advantage of a rare Jaguar defensive lapse, ran on goalkeeper Michelle Hurst and scored. It was the first score on GPC since its 11-1 win at Andrew College in the August 30 season opener.

The Jaguars trailed for the first time this season, and it lasted 22 minutes. Schmidt took advantage of a goalkeeper’s fault in the 30th minute and tied the game 1-1.

Seven minutes later Caroline Haaland blasted a corner kick that deflected off the keeper’s fingertips into the goal, and in the 40th minute Alexa Webb assisted Salako’s first strike to give the Jaguars a 3-1 halftime lead.

Middle Georgia (8-5, 7-3) came off the intermission to renew the threat. Four minutes into the final period, GPC’s defense committed the second of what Kalonji called “silly mistakes,” allowing the Knights’ Haleigh Sams to run on goal and cut the lead to 3-2 in the 49th minute.

“Bad passes from the back created their goals,” Kalonji said. “But we beat them 2-0 (in September) and now by four goals. Our attack is improving. We’re possessing the ball and building the play better.”

Schmidt scored the insurance point, assisted by Stephanie Gutierrez, in the 67th minute. Then Salako and Mary Nguyen sealed it with goals, assisted by Schmidt and Courtney Dobeck.

Hurst made a spectacular, diving, one-glove save with nine minutes remaining in the game, and the only other shots on goal allowed by the defense were Middle’s two goals. The Jaguars took 16 SOG’s.

The kickoff for Friday’s showdown with the Cavaliers is at 3 p.m. at GPC’s new field on the Clarkston Campus. The Jaguars defeated Darton 2-0 in Albany two weeks ago, the Cavaliers' only loss of the season.

SCORECARD
First Half

Middle Georgia, 3:00, Mallorie Belt (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 30:00, Rachael Schmidt (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 37:00, Caroline Haaland (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 40:00, Bolanle Salako (Alexa Webb)
Second Half
Middle Georgia, 49:00, Haleigh Sams (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 67:00, Rachael Schmidt (Stephanie Gutierrez)
Georgia Perimeter, 76:00, Bolanle Salako (Rachael Schmidt)
Georgia Perimeter, 84:00, Mary Nguyen (Courtney Dobeck)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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October 4, 2013

New field christened with 8-0 victory; Marks nets 3 in Jaguars’ 8th shutout

Thursday the Jaguars learned they are ranked seventh in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll. Friday they showed why, playing like a top-ten team while opening a brand-new field on the Clarkston Campus.

Sara Marks Goal

Sara Marks scores the first goal on the Jaguars’ new field. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Sophomore midfielder Sara Marks scored three goals and earned two assists, and the unyielding Georgia Perimeter College defense shut out visiting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 8-0.

Marlique Asson and Rachael Schmidt each added two goals and an assist as the Jaguars bombarded the Fillies with 20 shots on goal. Georgia Perimeter retains the lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 9-0 record going into a week when they face their top two challengers, Middle Georgia State on Tuesday and Darton State Friday.

It was Marks’ second hat trick—she scored three goals, as did Bolanle Salako, in the season opener at Andrew College. The Jaguars have outscored opponents 51-1 and have eight consecutive shutouts since an 11-1 win at Andrew.

Salako contributed a goal Friday, and Kyana Campbell and Courtney Dobeck each handed out an assist.

The midfielders and defenders presented an iron wall that prevented ABAC (7-6, 5-6 GCAA) from a deep run until the 25th minute. GPC limited the Fillies to three shots on goal, all saved goalkeeper Michelle Hurst, who leads the nation in goals against average with a 0.11 average.

Coch Kalonji pregame talk

Coach Bruno Kalonji prepares the Jaguars before the kickoff. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Additionally, the defenders shut down last year's GCAA Player of the Year, Nikita Morris. The 2012 Jaguars also kept Morris scoreless in three matches.

After Dobeck set up Marks’ first strike with a pinpoint cross into the 18-yard box, Asson scored two spectacular goals to give the Jags a 3-0 halftime lead. The first came when a Stephanie Gutierrez bullet rebounded off ABAC’s goalie, and Asson drove it in with a one-touch blast from about 15 yards out.

On Asson’s second shot, a falling-down left-footed kick in a crowd, the ball banged against the left goalpost, rolled along the goal mouth, hit the left post and spun over the goal line.

Back line

Stephanie Gutierrez, from left, Alex Truitt and Kyana Campbell have anchored the Jaguar defense that has eight straight shutouts. Photo/Sergio Jewell

In the first minute of the second half, Campbell streaked down the left sideline and passed to Marks, who dribbled a few steps and drove it home. Salako scored in close with an assist by Schmidt in the 55th minute. Then the floodgates opened as GPC struck three times in less than two minutes.

Marks chipped in a shot from 20 yards out that arched in just under the crossbar in the 69th minute. She then sent an assist 40 seconds later to Schmidt, who struck from 18 yards out.

Within a minute Schmidt scored again with her left foot from about five yards out, Asson getting the assist with a pass in heavy traffic.

Marks’ eight points propelled her into fourth place in GCAA scoring (25 points on 10 goals and five assists). Salako is in second place with 30 points (13 goals, four assists).

Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. the Jaguars and their new field will get a visit from Middle Georgia, which sits in third place in the GCAA. Then Friday at 3 p.m. they play second-place Darton, ranked ninth in the NJCAA, again on the new pitch in Clarkston. GPC beat both teams 2-0 on the road in September.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half

20:00, Sara Marks (Courtney Dobeck)
27:00, Marlique Asson (unassisted)
31:00, Marlique Asson (Sara Marks)
Second Half
46:00, Sara Marks (Kyana Campbell)
55:00, Bolanle Salako (Rachael Schmidt)
69:00, Sara Marks (unassisted)
70:00, Rachael Schmidt (Sara Marks)
71:00, Rachael Schmidt (Marlique Asson)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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October 1, 2013

GPC gets record 7th straight shutout; Nguyen paces Jaguars with two goals

Mary Nguyen Celebrates

Yamila Castro, left, congratulates Mary Nguyen after one of Nguyen’s two goals. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Mary Nguyen came off the bench to score two goals and the defense set a school record as Georgia Perimeter College blanked Gordon State College 4-0 Tuesday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston.

In recording their seventh shutout in a row, the Jaguars set a Georgia Perimeter record for women’s soccer. Previously the longest shutout streak was six straight, set by the 2011 team at the beginning of its season.

Guyen, a freshman reserve listed on the roster as a defender, scored both goals from the forward position in the first half. That gave GPC a 2-0 edge at intermission.

“Mary has tremendous speed up front and she’s doing amazingly well,” said head coach Bruno Kalonji, noting that Nguyen is transitioning well from defense to offense. “She comes into the game and puts pressure on the defense; she’s fearless; she puts numbers up front.”

The Jaguars are in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with an 8-0 record. They have outscored opponents 43-1.

Kyana Campbell

Defender Kyana Campbell moves the ball during the Jaguars’ record 7th straight shutout. Photo/Bill Roa

The defense was so solid that the Highlanders (2-6-2, 1-6-1 GCAA) didn’t penetrate until late in the first half and didn’t get a shot on goal. The defense has allowed only 19 shots on goal and one goal, making Michelle Hurst tied for third place in the nation in goals-against average (0.12). Also, GPC’s defenders have permitted no more than one or two SOG’s in six of the team’s eight matches.

“We’re doing good going into the second part of the season,” Kalonji said. “You can’t peak forever so we’re using a lot of our second-string players, which will be valuable to us down the road.”

Hanan Threats and Courtney Dobeck made two quick passes into the 18 box to earn assists on Guyen’s first goal in the 28th minute. Guyen beat a defender in traffic and drilled the ball past Highlander goalkeeper Tori Denton.

In the last minute of the half, Alexa Webb sent a cross into the box that ricocheted off goalkeeper Tori Denton. Nguyen trapped the rebound and boomed it into the top shelf from eight yards out.

Rachael Schmidt and Bolanle Salako produced a highlight reel play in the 54th minute, a long cross by Schmidt from near the right touchline and an Amy Wambaugh-style header by Salako from 10 yards out.

Bolanle Salako Chase

Bolanle Salako gets a step on a defender as Caroline Haaland (No. 11) follows; both scored second-half goals. Photo/Bill Roa

In the 68th minute, Threat got her second assist of the match with a chest trap. The ball bounced to Caroline Haaland, who stretched the back of the net with a 22-yard power shot.

Georgia Perimeter launched 13 shots on goal, and Denton made several excellent saves.

The Jaguars are back in action Friday, hosting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 4 p.m. The location is undetermined.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half

28:00, Mary Nguyen (Hanan Threats & Courtney Dobeck)
44:00, Mary Nguyen (unassisted)
Second Half
54:00, Bolanle Salako (Rachael Schmidt)
68:00, Caroline Haaland (Hanan Threats)

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September 27, 2013

Jaguars register sixth straight shutout

Bolanle Salako scored immediately after halftime and Marlique Asson added an insurance goal as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Middle Georgia State College 2-0 Friday in Cochran.

Marlique Asson

Marlique Asson

Once again the Georgia Perimeter defense dominated its opponent as the Jaguars moved to
7-0 overall and 7-0 atop the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings. Middle Georgia
(6-4, 5-2) slid into third place in the conference, a half game behind Darton State College.

On the very first combination of the second half, freshman defender Kyana Campbell advanced the ball 20 yards up the left touchline with a sharp pass to Sara Marks. The midfielder dribbled a few steps and booted it 10 yards upfield to Salako. Gaining a step on a defender while dribbling down the side, Salako launched a left-footed power shot from inside the 18 into the right corner of the net. Marks earned an assist on the goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.

With GPC maintaining intense pressure on the Knights, Campbell again had a foot in the second score during the 72nd minute. Collecting an assist, she sent another pass down the left side to Asson. The freshman forward caught up with the ball near the end line, pivoted and quick-triggered an 18-yard right-footed drive into the far corner.

The Jaguars have outscored opponents 39-1. Salako is in second place among league scorers with 26 points, 11 goals and four assists.

Ranked sixth in the nation in goals against average (0.14), Michelle Hurst had two saves at the net as once again the Jaguar defense allowed only two shots on goal. The defenders have given up either one or two SOG’s in five of their seven games.

GPC returns to its home field Tuesday at 3 p.m. to host Gordon State College in another GCAA match. The Jaguars blanked the Highlanders 5-0 two weeks ago in Barnesville.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
Second Half
46:00, Bolanle Salako (Sara Marks)
72:00, Marlique Asson (Kyana Campbell)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 20, 2013

No. 13 Jaguars shut out No. 5 Darton State

It was another classic clash between rivals and unbeaten, nationally ranked powers of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. A throng of chanting students at Cavalier Field added to the evening’s drama.

Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst

But the visitors overcame initial nervousness, ignored the home-field-advantage hoopla, stuck to their game and won the match.

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, ranked 13th in the NJCAA national poll, collected their fifth straight shutout with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at No. 5 Darton State College Friday in Albany.

Bolanle Salako scored late in the first half with an assist by Caroline Haaland, and Sara Marks sealed it late in the second half, assisted by Hanan Threats.

The Jaguars (6-0, 6-0 GCAA) shut down a high-powered offense and displayed their own multi-talented attack to hand Darton (8-1, 4-1) its first loss of the season.

“The girls played well as a unit,” said GPC head coach Bruno Kalonji. “They worked for each other and showed great team effort.”

Georgia Perimeter takes undisputed possession of first place in the conference with the win.

Goalkeeper Michelle Hurst had faced only 11 shots on goal in the Jags’ first five games, but she had to save six launched by the powerful Cavalier offense to secure the shutout. Kalonji credited the defense—led by Haaland, Alex Truitt, Stephanie Gutierrez and Kyana Campbell—for a masterful job keeping the hosts’ attack to the outside and diffusing penetrations in the middle.

“I’m just happy to see that unity back,” Kalonji said, referring to the disorganization the Jaguars displayed in their last encounter with Darton. The Cavaliers captured the GCAA championship game a year ago, beating the Jaguars 4-0, after GPC had won the season’s home-and-away series and entered the title match undefeated.

“This is a credit to the co-captains, Cari (Haaland), Alex and Stephanie and their leadership,” Kalonji added.

He also praised, among others, forward Marlique Asson for stimulating the attack. “She created everything by attracting their defense. They had two or three girls on her. And Rachael (Schmidt) was working up and down the field, creating.”

After a defensive duel that lasted into the 43rd minute of the match, Haaland sent a pass to Salako, who dribbled inside the 18 and drove in the first goal from close range.

Threats won a challenge for the ball with three minutes remaining in the game and crossed to Marks, who beat a defender and the Cavalier keeper, Hong Tran, to score the long-awaited insurance goal.

By shutting down the Cavalier’s Lyana Perez, the Jaguar defense stopped the fourth-leading scorer in the NJCAA. Perez entered the game with 18 goals and 7 assists and 43 points.

Hurst is ranked ninth in the nation in goals against average (.18) and she leads the conference in goalkeeping stats.

On the season, the Jaguars have outscored opponents 37-1. With her goal, Salako (24 points, 10 goals, 4 assists) takes over second place in scoring in the GCAA.

Next the Jaguars will take another bus trip Friday to visit Middle Georgia State College in Cochran. Although idle Friday, Middle Georgia (6-1, 5-1) moved past Darton into second place in the GCAA.

Georgia Perimeter’s next home match is Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. against Gordon State College.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half:
43:00, Bolanle Salako (Caroline Haaland)
Second Half:
87:00, Sara Marks (Hanan Threats)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 18, 2013

Win sets stage for showdown in Albany

The nationally ranked Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars remained undefeated Wednesday, rolling to a 6-0 shutout of Georgia Military College at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston.

Rachael Schmidt scores on a sliding shot. Photo/Gerald Moulder

The victory sends the Jaguars into an old-fashioned showdown in Albany Friday with the other nationally ranked and undefeated team in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference, Darton State College. GPC sits atop the league with a 5-0 record (5-0 overall), while Darton is 4-0 in the GCAA and 8-0 on the season. Darton is ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, while GPC is No. 13.

Wednesday’s shutout of GMC (0-6, 0-6)—GPC’s second blanking of the Bulldogs—is the fourth straight for Georgia Perimeter’s defense and freshman goalkeeper Michelle Hurst. Head coach Bruno Kalonji expressed satisfaction with the Jaguars’ performance thus far in the season.

“The team is possessing well,” Kalonji said. “There are still a few things to work on, but we’re back to speed on possession.”

Adrienna Ramos gets set to pass out of a crowd. Photo/Sergio Jewell

Rachael Schmidt and Bolanle Salako each registered two goals and an assist for the Jaguars, and Sara Marks pumped in a goal and had two assists. Caroline Haaland added a goal, and Stephanie Gutierrez had an assist.

Salako got it started seven minutes into the game with a goal on a through ball by Gutierrez. Schmidt followed with a hard left-footed goal, assisted by Marks, and the duo teamed up again to provide a 3-0 halftime lead for the Jaguars.

In the 49th minute, Salako ran one-on-one for an unassisted goal, and soon after she gained an assist when Haaland boomed in a left-footer from 25 yards out. Marks closed it out in the 85th minute on a cross from Schmidt.

The offense launched 18 shots on goal while the defense limited the opponent to two for the second consecutive game. The Jaguars have outscored opponents 35-1 and allowed only 11 shots on goal in five games.

All that momentum will be necessary Friday in Albany when the Jags face the Cavaliers, a perennial soccer power.

“We’ll have to penetrate against Darton. If we can possess the ball we can dominate the game,” Kalonji said.

Goalkeeper Michelle Hurst comes out of the goal and plays it large, forcing a wide shot by GMC. Photo/Gerald Moulder

Six of the GCAA’s top 12 points leaders are from GPC and Darton. Lyana Perez leads the Cavaliers and the conference with 18 goals and 7 assists for 43 points. Tied for second place is Salako (9-4-22). Others top scorers are Darton’s Brianna Lemerise (6-7-19), Schmidt (6-3-14), Gutierrez (2-10-14) and Marks (6-2-13).

Hurst leads the conference goalkeepers in goals against average (.20), which is the number of goals scored per 90 minutes of play. Darton’s Hong Tran is second in the league with a .80 average.

Darton State is the GCAA’s two-time defending champion, and GPC won the title in 2010 to earn a trip to the NJCAA national tournament in Kansas and finish third in the final standings. Darton finished second nationally in 2011. Four games between the rivals have ended in ties during the last three seasons.

The match begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Darton’s Cavalier Field in Albany.

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September 13, 2013

Jaguars remain undefeated with 5-0 win

Bolanle Salako scored two goals and had two assists to lead Georgia Perimeter College to a 5-0 victory at Gordon State College Friday in Barnesville.

Bolanle Salako

Bolanle Salako

The victory is the third consecutive shutout for goalkeeper Michelle Hurst and the Jaguar defense, which allowed the hosts only two shots on goal.

It also sets up a showdown next Friday in Albany between the two unbeatens in the conference, GPC and Darton State College. Both have been ranked this season in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. GPC currently is No. 15, and Darton State was eighth in the preseason poll but strangely dropped out of last week’s Top 20.

Georgia Perimeter improves to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA. Darton is 7-0, 3-0 in the GCAA.

Gordon State (2-3-1, 1-3) couldn’t resolve Salako Friday, as the freshman forward had a foot in every Jaguar score but the last.

She handed an assist to Courtney Dobeck, who opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game. Four minutes later the pair teamed up again, this time Salako finding the net and Dobeck assisting.

Only three more minutes lapsed until Marlique Asson took an assist from Salako and scored. In the 26th minute, Stephanie Gutierrez assisted Salako’s second goal, giving the Jaguars a 4-0 cushion at halftime.

With two minutes remaining in the match, Alexa Webb drove in the final goal unassisted.

The Jaguars took 10 shots on goal. Georgia Perimeter’s stalwart defense has allowed only nine shots on goal and one goal in four games. The offense has outscored opponents 29-1.

Darton and GPC have dominated the conference since 2010, when the Jaguars won the championship, beating Darton on penalty kicks, and finished third at nationals. Darton won the championship in 2011 and 2012 with wins over runner-up GPC. Over those three seasons, the rivals have battled to four ties.

Before taking on the Cavaliers Friday in Albany, however, the Jaguars have to get past Georgia Military College Wednesday, at 3 p.m. at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. GPC beat the Bulldogs 7-0 two weeks ago.

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 12, 2013

Lady Jags crack nation’s Top 20 at No. 15

For the fourth consecutive year, the Jaguars are ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll.

Georgia Perimeter College (3-0), unranked in the preseason poll, is ranked 15th in the nation in the poll released Wednesday by the NJCAA.

The pollsters apparently recognized GPC’s hot start. With two shutouts in three matches, the Jaguars have outscored opponents 24-1, and the defense has allowed only seven shots on goal.

What’s more, the Jaguars haven’t lost a regular-season game since October 2009. They won the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship and went to nationals in 2010, finishing third in the nation. They were ranked as high as fourth in 2011 and 10th last season, when they went undefeated during the regular season but lost to Darton State College in the GCAA championship game.

The previous year the Jaguars and Darton tied 1-1 twice in their home-and-away series, and Darton won the championship game 5-2.

Two more ties came in 2010—the rivals played to a 1-1 draw in Albany; GPC won 4-0 at home and then won the championship in Albany 2-2 (5-3 PKs).

The Jaguars’ first encounter with the Cavaliers this season will be on Sept. 20 in Albany.

Georgia Perimeter had more good news Wednesday—the men’s team also was ranked in their national poll at No. 16.

Friday GPC travels to Gordon State College (2-2-1, 1-2 GCAA) in Barnesville for a 5 p.m. conference game. The next home match will be with Georgia Military on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m.

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 6, 2013

Defense shines as Jaguars win 6-0

The Jaguar defense—led by fullbacks Alex Truitt, Stephanie Gutierrez and Kyana Campbell, defensive center midfielder Caroline Haaland and freshman goalkeeper Michelle Hurst—remains virtually impassable.

Georgia Perimeter College blanked South Georgia State College 6-0 in Douglas Friday, the Jaguars’ second straight shutout.

Sara Marks led a diverse attack with two goals while Georgia Perimeter (3-0, 3-0 GCAA) saw its defense repeat the dominance it inflicted on Georgia Military College in a 7-0 win Wednesday.

South Georgia State (1-2, 2-4) managed only two shots on goal, both saved by Hurst, who earned both shutouts.

An exceptional corps of midfielders and attackers also deserves much of the credit for the Jaguar’s outstanding defensive performance in the young season.

“When we are winning by a huge margin, we make so many subs at every position it’s hard to keep track of,” said assistant coach Shawn Wash. “Five or six different girls played in the back line Friday, I believe.”

Offensive stars Rachael Schmidt and Marlique Asson also worked the right fullback spot Friday, permitting Gutierrez to move up on offense with her outstanding playmaking skills.

The defense has allowed only one goal in GPC’s three games and only seven shots on goal.

Meanwhile, GPC has outscored opponents 24-1 in the three matches.

The Jaguars launched 16 shots on goal Friday (South Georgia goalkeeper Kenna Seitz saved 10), and GPC led 4-0 at the intermission.

Marlique Asson started it off with a goal in the 18th minute, assisted by Gutierrez. Gutierrez, the conference assists leader, gathered three assists.

In the 21st minute, Courtney Dobeck fed Marks, who netted her first of two scores. Dobeck also scored in the 87th minute.

Marks and Bolanle Salako are tied for third among GCAA scorers with five goals apiece. Gutierrez is fourth in points (12); Salako is fifth (11) and Marks is tied for sixth (10).

The Jaguars visit Gordon State College next Friday at 5 p.m. for another GCAA match. Their Sept. 10 home match with Andrew College has been rescheduled for October 16. The next home match will be with Georgia Military on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half:
18:00, Marlique Asson, (Stephanie Gutierrez)
21:00, Sara Marks, (Courtney Dobeck)
38:00, Rachael Schmidt, (Stephanie Gutierrez)
44:00, Adrienna Ramos, (Rachael Schmidt)
Second Half:
46:00, Sara Marks, (Salako Bolanle)
87:00, Courtney Dobeck, (Stephanie Gutierrez)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 4, 2013

Jaguars produce 7-0 shutout of GMC

Rachael Schmidt and Bolanle Salako each scored two goals and the defense was airtight as Georgia Perimeter College shut out Georgia Military College 7-0 Wednesday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston.

Rachael Schmidt

Rachael Schmidt

GPC’s defense allowed only one shot on goal, which goalkeeper Michelle Hurst saved.

The Jaguars improve to 2-0 overall and in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, while GMC drops to 0-3. GPC hosted the “away” match because Georgia Military’s field was not ready for play.

Caroline Haaland and Salako scored unassisted goals to give the Jaguars a 2-0 halftime edge. Then the hosts’ attack rolled up five more strikes in the second half.

The Jaguars took 12 shots on goal against GMC’s keeper, Chelsey Lewis.

Salako, the GCAA’s fourth-leading scorer in the young season, leads the Jaguars with five goals in two games, while Schmidt has three goals and two assists. Stephanie Gutierrez and Courtney Dobeck lead the conference in assists with five and three, respectively.

Friday the Jaguars travel to Douglas for a conference match with South Georgia State College.

GPC’s Sept. 10 home match with Andrew College has been rescheduled for October 16. The next home match now will be with Georgia Military on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m.

JAGUARS’ SCORING:
Caroline Haaland (unassisted)
Bolanle Salako (unassisted)
Bolanle Salako (Stephanie Gutierrez)
Rachael Schmidt (Stephanie Gutierrez)
Rachael Schmidt (Courtney Dobeck)
Marlique Asson (Shannon Dieffenderfer)
Yamila Castro (unassisted)

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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September 4, 2013

Today’s game to be played at home

Today’s women’s soccer game between GPC and Georgia Military College has been changed and will be played at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston at 4 p.m.

The match originally was scheduled as an away game, but the Georgia Military field in Milledgeville has undergone renovation and is not yet ready for action.

Hallford Stadium is adjacent to GPC’s Clarkston Campus off Memorial College Ave.

The Jaguar’s home matches are played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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August 30, 2013

Marks, Salako net hat tricks in opener

Sara Marks and Bolanle Salako opened the 2013 season with three goals apiece, and the Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team defeated Andrew College 11-1 in Cuthbert Friday.

Bolanle Salako

Bolanle Salako

Sarah Marks

Sarah Marks

Salako, a freshman forward, scored the Jaguars’ first goal, unassisted, in the first ten minutes of the game.

Rachael Schmidt followed with a goal assisted by fellow sophomore Courtney Dobeck.

Marks, also a sophomore, gave the Jaguars a 5-0 lead at halftime with her first goal, assisted by Schmidt. In the second half, sopomore Stephanie Gutierrez scored two goals and dished off two assists.

The Jaguar defense restricted Andrew to only four shots on goal, all but one saved by freshman goalkeeper Michelle Hurst. Jordan Whitehead scored in the second half with an assist by Rayni Maybury.

Georgia Perimeter bombarded Andrew keeper Laura Darden with 24 shots on goal.

This week the Jaguars continue on the road, traveling to Milledgeville Wednesday for a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association game with Georgia Military College. Friday they go to Douglas for a match with South Georgia State College.

GPC will host Andrew for the Jaguars’ first home match of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m. at the Clarkston Campus.

JAGUARS’ SCORING:

FIRST HALF: Bolanle Salako (unassisted); Rachael Schmidt (assist, Courtney Dobeck); Caroline Haaland (Courtney Dobeck); Bolanle Salako (unassisted); Sara Marks (Rachael Schmidt).
SECOND HALF: Bolanle Salako (Stephanie Gutierrez); Stephanie Gutierrez (Marlique Asson); Stephanie Gutierrez (Shannon Dieffenderfer); Marlique Asson (Stephanie Gutierrez); Sara Marks (unassisted); Sara Marks (Stephanie Gutierrez).

ANDREW SCORING:

SECOND HALF: Jordan Whitehead (Rayni Maybury).

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August 28, 2013

Jaguars to kick off season at Andrew

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s soccer team, stacked with veterans, will open its 2013 campaign Friday at Andrew College in Cuthbert. The Jaguars will be seeking to extend their phenomenal streak of three seasons without a regular season loss.

Alex Truitt

Alex Truitt

Caroline Haaland

Caroline Haaland

Friday’s 2 p.m. match also opens the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule for both teams.

Georgia Perimeter is coming off a 16-1 campaign in 2012, the program’s first undefeated, untied regular season. The Jaguars won the GCAA regular season championship with a 14-0 conference record, but stumbled in the tournament.

Their lone loss was a 4-0 setback at the hands of Darton State College in the GCAA championship game, after they had beaten the Cavaliers twice during the regular season.

But a word about The Streak—GPC has not suffered a regular season loss in three years. Head coach Bruno Kalonji’s Jaguars have won or tied every regular season match since Oct. 20, 2009, when Young Harris College beat them 1-0.

Seven returning sophomores anchor a powerful roster that makes extension of the streak a possibility. GPC’s 2012 defensive line allowed only 10 goals in its 14-0 regular season, and major defenders return this year.

Stephanie Gutierrez

Stephanie Gutierrez

Alex Truitt, named to the 2012 NJCAA All-America first team, is back to anchor the defensive line. Caroline Haaland, a first team all-conference selection (as was Truitt), returns to anchor the defensive center midfield position.

The offense features veterans Rachael Schmidt at forward and possibly Stephanie Gutierrez at center midfield, both ranked high among last year’s conference scoring leaders. Gutierrez was named to the GCAA second team, and Schmidt received honorable mention.

But so talented is a horde of new attackers that the versatile Gutierrez may bolster the defensive line at right fullback, which will feature left-footed freshman Kyana Campbell (Lilburn, Parkview H.S.) at left fullback. With them, Truitt in the middle and Haaland in front of her, the Jags may have a steel wall before talented freshman goalkeeper Michelle Hurst (Holzgerlingen, Germany, Lise-Meitner School).

Other returnees adding experience include two forwards who will score and assist, Sara Marks and Courtney Dobeck, and forward/defender Phuong Vo.

Kalonji and his staff—goalkeeper assistant coach Shawn Wash and assistants Sone Ngolendelle and Atlanta Silverbacks forward Borfor Carr—have a good balance of 11 freshmen on the squad.

Freshman strikers Bolanle Solako (Lagos, Nigeria, Model His & Hers College) and Marlique Asson (Couva, Trinidad, Miracle Ministries Pentacostal H.S.) and other talented freshmen complimenting the veteran corps make the season outlook bright for the Jaguars.

Truitt, Haaland and Gutierrez are the team co-captains, and Kalonji's excellent staff returns—goalkeeper coach Shawn Wash and assistants Borfor Carr and Sone Ngolendelle.

All of Georgia Perimeter’s games this season are conference games. The GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, promises to be very competitive. Defending champion Darton State College is ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA preseason poll, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Middle Georgia State College will put notably good talent on the field.

GPC will visit Darton on Sept. 20. The Jaguars’ first home match is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. against Andrew.

The Jaguar’s home matches will be played at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Ga., 30021.

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