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June 21, 2011

A dozen Jaguars are moving up

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team may have missed out on a trip to the national tournament for the first time in seven years, but the demand for Jaguars hasn’t abated at the next level. Coaches know where to look for talent, and Marc Zagara’s team has a reputation for Division I-quality players.

Boubacar Toure, one of four Jaguars receiving Division I scholarships, will play for Appalachian State.

Twelve players are moving on up, including four headed to Division I schools. And every one of them has signed either a full or significant-level scholarship at the school they’ve selected, marking one of the best harvests in recent GPC history.

Forward Boubacar Toure, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America first team after scoring a Region 17-best 66 points (21 goals and 24 assists) will head for Appalachian State, a D-1 school.

Midfielder Juan Arbelaez, who made the All-Region 17 first team along with Kingsley Morgan, Momodou Sanneh and goalkeeper Jason Andrew, will head to Virginia Commonwealth for a D-1 opportunity.

Luke Bray, a defender, will head closer to his Miami Springs home with a D-1 scholarship to Florida International. And Aaron Rygiel, a second-team All-Region 17 selection and a midfielder from Buffalo, N.Y., will continue to his exploration of the country with a D-1 scholarship to Creighton in Omaha, Neb.

Morgan, a midfielder, Sanneh, a defender, and Andrew will again be teammates at Southern Poly in Marietta, along with GPC teammate Thierry Betole, a defender who made the All-Region 17 second team.

Julian Garcia, who shared goalkeeping duties with Andrew, will take his talents to Wingate College in North Carolina.

Midfielders Alejandro Duque and Aziz Izmour will remain teammates, moving on to nearby Clayton State.

Christian Ospina, a Miami native, will go back home to continue his career, playing at St. Thomas University.

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April 20, 2011

Sandoval back in Atlanta for second pro season

After a season playing professional soccer in the tropics, Junior Sandoval is back in the semi tropics of Georgia.

The former Georgia Perimeter College standout signed a contract with the newly revived Atlanta Silverbacks of the new North America Soccer League, and he’s logged plenty action at forward n the team’s first two games.

Junior Sandoval displays his footwork in the Silverbacks’ opener with the Minnesota Stars.

Sandoval joined the Silverbacks on loan from the Puerto Rico Islanders, the team that he first signed with after his freshman season at Georgia Perimeter. He saw action in four games for the Islanders in U.S. Soccer Federation Division-2 Pro League.

Several of those teams, including Puerto Rico, formed the eight-team NASL this year, and Atlanta joined after a two-year hiatus from professional soccer.

The Silverbacks’ next home games are this Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. against Fort Lauderdale and May 7 at 7:30, hosting Edmonton. For the schedule and the team’s website, visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com.

The son of a professional soccer player, a native of Honduras and graduate of Centennial High School in Alpharetta, Sandoval was instrumental in GPC’s runner-up finish in the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.

Plagued by an ankle injury, he played in 12 regular-season matches as a striker for the Jaguars, scoring nine goals and handing out 11 assists for 29 points, second on the team to Boubacar Toure’s 39 points. He was selected to the NJCAA All-Region 17 first team.

His scoring total might have been higher but for the injury and coach Marc Zagara’s winning system, which emphasizes balance and frequent substitution to keep players fresh. The Jaguars produced seven of the top 16 scorers in the region in 2009.

In the national championship game in Trenton, N.J., Sandoval and the Jaguars fell to Tyler College (Texas) on penalty kicks after two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. The Jaguars have gone to the national tournament in six of the past seven years, winning in 2005 and finishing second three times.

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December 8, 2010

Toure named to All-America first team

Sophomore forward Boubacar Toure last week was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America first team, the only Jaguar honored nationally this season.

Boubacar Toure.

Toure, a sophomore from Decatur who was the leading scorer in Region 17 with 66 points (21 goals, 24 assists), was also region Player of the Year.

In 2009 Toure led the Jaguars with 15 goals and nine assists for 39 points, making his career total at GPC 105 points on 36 goals and 33 assists.

He was a key contributor to the Jaguars’ 2009 national runner-up title. After winning the region and district titles and the first two games at nationals in Trenton, N.J., GPC’s run ended at the hands of Tyler College (Texas) in penalty kicks after a scoreless double-overtime.

Toure is one of five All-American soccer players from GPC this season, four from the women’s team. Freshman forward Esther Anyanwu, who led the nation’s women in scoring, was named first-team All-America after leading the Jaguars to a third-place finish in the NJCAA national tournament.

Midfielder Linda Chukwuji and goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu—both freshmen—were selected for the second team, while sophomore defender Victoria Klingensmith was honorable mention.

GPC’s men’s team dominated the All-Region 17 first team with five players but lost 1-0 to Darton in the final of the region tournament and were denied a seventh consecutive trip to the nationals. Their final record was 14-4-1.

Along with Toure, the other region first-teams were also sophomores—midfielders Juan Arbelaez of Oakwood, Kingsley Morgan of Norcross and Momodou Sanneh of Marietta and goalkeeper Jason Andrew of Atlanta. Sophomore Thierry Betole of Smyrna and freshman Aaron Rygiel of Alfred, N.Y., made the second team.

Toure’s exceptional skills on the field have generated full-scholarship offers from many four-year colleges. He currently is looking for the program where he will fit in best.

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November 17, 2010

Jaguars collect all-region, all-tourney honors

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars were denied a seventh straight trip to the national tournament but dominated the all-region team, led by Player of the Year Boubacar Toure.

Toure, a forward from Decatur who was the leading scorer in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, was one of five Jaguar sophomores selected for the first team, joined by goalkeeper Jason Andrew of Atlanta and three midfielders—Juan Arbelaez of Oakwood, Momodu Sanneh of Marietta and Kingsley Morgan of Norcross.

Morgan was a repeat selection, having won Player of the Year honors in 2009.

Freshman midfielder Aaron Rygiel of Alfred, N.Y., and sophomore defender Thierry Betole of Smyrna were named to the second team.

Two other midfielders—sophomore Christian Ospina of Miami, Fla., and freshman Jorge Torres of Duluth—made the all-tournament team as the Jaguars lost 1-0 to Darton in the semifinals.

Toure finished with 66 points (21 goals, 24 assists), ranking third nationally, as the Jaguars outscored opponents 82-15. He moved up to the first team after winning second-team all-region honors in 2009. Betole was also second team last year.

Andrew had a 0.50 goals-against average, tied for ninth in the country.

Arbelaez (four goals, two assists) and Sanneh (one goal, eight assists) tied for 22nd in scoring in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, with 10 points apiece.

Rygiel finished third in the region with 38 points (14 goals, 10 assists).

The other first-team selections in the region were Matias Aristegul, Mynor Perez and Diego Ramos of Darton; Diego Barrios and David Burke of Middle Georgia; and Felipe Nascimento of South Georgia.

Joining the two Jaguars on the second team were four players from Middle Georgia (Tyler Daly, Maxi Noccioni, Thomas Raffo, Juan Carlos Salazare), three from South Georgia (Emanuel Goncalves, Nuno Gourgel, Jonathan Waters) and one each from Darton (Jonathan Osorio) and Gordon (John Paz).

Joining Ospina and Torres on the all-tournament team were four players from Darton (Matt Tobin, Aristegul, Perez, Ramos), three from Middle Georgia (David Burke, Anthony Grant, Alan Lindahl) and two from South Georgia (Pierre St. Amour, Goncalves).

Vinny Gill of Middle Georgia was selected Coach of the Year by his peers.

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October 30, 2010

Darton upsets Jaguars in semifinals; 6-year title run ends

Freshman forward Diego Lara scored a goal only 1:07 into the game, and Darton College scratched and clawed to make it stick, upending Georgia Perimeter College 1-0 Saturday in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer semifinals.

With the win, the Cavaliers (14-5) advance to Sunday’s championship game, playing Middle Georgia College, which defeated South Georgia College 4-0 in the other semifinal.

Georgia Perimeter, which had won the tournament six consecutive years, finishes its 2010 campaign with a 14-4-1 record.

After Boubacar Toure, the NJCAA leading scorer, was roughly taken down at midfield with no foul, Lara got the ball in front of the goal and blasted it into the back of the net for the shocking early goal that eventually became the game-winner.

But the outcome was always in doubt. With 13:17 left in the first half, Sebastian Velljo received a red card, and the Cavaliers played a man down for the rest of the contest. Time and again the Jaguars tried to take advantage on the attack only to be turned away.

The game was marred by excessive elbows, pushing, grabbing, tripping, vicious slide tackles and illegal take downs. Darton received five yellow cards along with Velljo’s red. GPC forward Juan Arbelaez had to be helped off the field, as did defender Momodou Sannaeh.

Aided by the physical assault, the Cavaliers’ defense shut out the high-scoring Jaguars, an abnormal statistic as Georgia Perimeter had scored 11 goals in beating Darton twice in the regular season 6-0 and 5-4 in overtime.

GPC took 18 shots on goal, 12 in the second half. Darton managed only six shots, and Jaguar goalkeeper Jason Andrew saved five.

October 29, 2010

Jaguar Journal: GPC faces challenges as men’s region tournament carried on web TV

The Georgia Perimeter College men will have to get past two tough conference foes to win the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Albany. And all the action can be watched online.

The Jaguars’ semifinal opponent at 6 p.m. Saturday is host Darton College, which beat Gordon 3-0 in the play-in game for the third seed.

All tournament games will be video webcast by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting, Region 17’s new partner for championship events. Fans can watch games by finding the links a at www.gpc.edu/athletic, www.psblive.com and www.gjcaa.org.

Middle Georgia plays South Georgia in the other semifinal at 8 p.m. Saturday. South Georgia earned a berth by edging undefeated Wallace State-Hanceville 1-0 Wednesday.

Sunday’s final will be at 3 p.m. The winner advances to a district match for a berth in the national tournament in Tyler, Texas.

The Jaguars (14-3-1) have been to the nationals six consecutive times, winning the championship in 2005. They finished second in 2004, 2007 and 2009. Georgia Perimeter is ranked seventh in the latest NJCAA poll. Darton (13-5) and Middle Georgia (13-1-1) were among teams receiving votes but out of the Top 15.

GPC’s two regular-season matches with Darton each produced odd results. At the Dunwoody Campus on Sept. 25, the Jaguars won a 6-0 blowout. In Albany on Oct. 9, the Jaguars came back to prevail 5-4 on a goal by sophomore Boubacar Toure late regulation and another in overtime.

Toure finished as the leading scorer in the nation with 66 points (21 goals, 24 assists). Freshman Aaron Rygiel was third in the GCAA with 38 points (14 goals, 10 assists), while sophomore Alejandro Duque was sixth with 27 points (10 goals, 7 assists).

The Jaguars’ defense and goaltenders also excelled all season. Jason Andrew finished with a 0.455 goals-against average, sixth nationally. Julian Garcia was at 0.857. Both are sophomores.

The Jaguars finished second in the region to Middle Georgia because of a paperwork foul-up involving a red card. GPC beat Middle 2-0 on the field at the Dunwoody Campus, but the result was reversed to a forfeit victory for Middle because of the mistake. It ended up making the Warriors the top seed in the tournament.

Darton is led by sophomore Mynor Perez, tied for sixth nationally in scoring with 54 points (24 goals, 6 assists). The Cavaliers have three more scorers in the region’s top 11—Carlos Trombino Filho, Guilherme Frota and Javier Anor. All are freshmen.

JAGUAR JOLTS: Three Jaguars, striker Rury Alvarez, defender Javion Green and midfielder Kenny Adeshigbin, have been redshirted, preserving their potential eligibility for next season. All are sophomores. ... South Georgia’s Felipe Nascimento finished fourth in the region in scoring, with Maxi Noccioni of Middle Georgia fifth. ... GPC ousted Darton 2-1 in overtime in last year’s semifinals, then beat Young Harris 4-1 in the final. Young has since departed the league, seeking NCAA Division II status.

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October 23, 2010

Andrew threatens, but Jaguars rally late to win regular-season finale

Second-year head coach Daniel Correa and Andrew College lived up to their mascot name Saturday. The Fighting Tigers, dwelling in the cellar of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, threw a second-period surprise into the nationally ranked Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team. But the Jaguars closed out their regular season with a late rally and a 5-2 victory in Dunwoody.

After Georgia Perimeter led 2-0 at the intermission, Andrew fought back with a run-on goal by Raymond Cousley, assisted by Elvin Mendietta, ten minutes into the second half.

Soon after, Cousley again made another run, and Thierry Betole, the last defender before goalkeeper Jason Andrew, took him down in the box. Betole received a red card, a setback for the Jaguars going into the region semifinal match next Saturday. With 28:28 showing on the clock, Mendieta pounded the penalty kick into the goal above the Andrew, who rightly dove to his left, and it was a new ballgame.

The score remained knotted at 2-2 until 11:40 remained in the game, when Boubacar Toure drew Andrew goalkeeper Junior Dorlus to the right side. Toure sent a brilliant pass from the endline to Saudin Garanovic, breaking into the box. Garanovic kicked the winning goal into the open net past the diving Dorlus.

Saudin Garanovic

Five minutes later, Toure, the nation’s scoring leader among two-year colleges, drove a penalty kick into the left corner of the net for an insurance goal. Toure got his second assist with 5:20 left, passing into the box through a crowd where Jorge Torres scored with a one-touch blast.

GPC ends the regular season 14-3-1 overall and 10-2 in the GJCAA (Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association). Andrew fell to 3-12, 1-11, finishing in last place in the region standings.

Georgia Perimeter, entering the game with some injured players on the sidelines, scored ten minutes into the first half when Luke Bray stole the ball and slipped it to Alejandro Duque. Mohamed Ahmed took a quick pass from Duque and drove it in.

Less than five minutes later. Elvis Miller launched a corner kick that bounced off an Andrew defender into the box, where Aaron Rygiel kicked a bullet into the right corner for an early 2-0 lead.

The margin looked comfortable for GPC, ranked ninth in the NJCAA national poll. But the Fighting Tigers never gave up, keeping the outcome uncertain for the next 27 minutes until the Jaguars scored three goals in a span of six minutes and twenty seconds.

Finishing the regular season in second place in the GCAA standings, the Jaguars receive a bye into next Saturday’s tournament semifinals at Darton College in Albany. As the No. 2 seed, they will play the winner of Wednesday’s play-in game between third-place Darton and fifth-place Gordon College.

Middle Georgia College, the regular season GCAA champion, also receives a bye and will face Wednesday’s play-in winner between Wallace State at Hanceville (Ala.) and fourth-place South Georgia College.

The semifinals and Sunday’s region championship game will be televised online by PSB Live. To watch the games visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 19, 2010

GPC overcomes injuries to down Oglethorpe JVs

Boubacar Toure, the nation’s leading junior college scorer, had a foot in every goal as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team blanked the Oglethorpe University junior varsity 4-0 Tuesday at the Jaguars’ field in Dunwoody.

Boubacar Toure gets loose and takes his shot on goal.

Toure, who began the day atop the points honor roll by a single point, scored twice and assisted on the other pair of goals. The six points (two per goal, one per assist) upped his total to 62..

GPC (13-3-1) is on a roll entering its final Georgia College Athletic Association (Region 17) match at home Saturday against Andrew College. Game time is 2 p.m.

The victory completed a GPC sweep of Oglethorpe, five weeks after a 1-0 win on the Stormy Petrels’ campus.

However, the Jaguars have been hard hit by injury. Seven Jaguars in the rotation have missed playing time recently, and veterans Rury Alvarez, Javion Green and Kenny Adeshigbin have been red-shirted for the season.

Toure provided GPC with the only goal it needed less than three minutes into the match, tallying on a pass from Alejandro Duque. Five minutes later, Toure served to Aaron Rygiel for a 2-0 Jaguars lead.

Toure fed Juan Arbelaez eight minutes into the second half for the third goal and finished off the scoring thanks to an assist from Momodou Sanneh.

Goalkeeper Jason Andrew handled duties in the net for Georgia Perimeter, registering his eighth shutout of the season. He stopped four Stormy Petrel shots.

GPC threatened throughout the game but missed on a few open-netters. Oglethorpe keeper Preston Freeman prevented five more promising chances from finding the back of the net.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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October 16, 2010

Short-handed Jaguars hang on for region win over South Georgia

Playing short-handed for two-thirds of the match, Georgia Perimeter College got the most out 10 shots on goal with a 3-0 men’s soccer win Saturday over South Georgia College in Douglas.

Luke Bray received a red-card ejection for rough play with about 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The Jaguars were fortunate to have forged a 2-0 lead by then, and they scored just once more while playing standout defense to blank the Tigers.

Ranked 10th by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Jaguars moved to 12-3-1 overall and 9-2 in Region 17 for state schools. South Georgia, which lost 5-1 to GPC last month, dropped to 6-6-2 and 5-6.

Boubacar Toure, who began the weekend as the NJCAA’s leading scorer, failed to find the back of the net but assisted on the first and third goals. He has amassed 56 points on 18 goals and 20 assists.

Aaron Rygiel also assisted on the opening goal, claimed by Alejandro Duque. Then defender Mohammed Issahaku came forward on a corner kick by Duque to make it 2-0. Kingsley Morgan completed the scoring in the 75th minute.

The Tigers nearly matched GPC’s shots total with eight. Jason Andrew repelled three attempts.

The injury bug that has hit the Jaguars extended to the coaching staff. Veteran assistant Ron Moore missed his first match in 17 seasons because of complications from knee surgery.

The Jaguars are back in action Tuesday at 3 p.m. against Oglethorpe University’s junior varsity squad on the Dunwoody Campus.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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Jaguar Journal: Red card red tape complicates postseason picture

On the field, most everything is clicking for the Georgia Perimeter College’s men’s soccer team. The Jaguars avenged a defeat against Middle Georgia College, swept Darton College and routed Georgia Military College.

Showing why they rank 10th in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association poll, the Jaguars (11-3-1, 8-2) are rounding into form as they try to reach the NJCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season. Sophomore forward Boubacar Toure is scoring at a nation-leading pace, his 18 goals and 18 assists for 54 points shattering his 2009 team-leading total of 39 points.

The defense posted eight shutouts through 15 games, as sophomore goalkeeper Jason Andrew’s goals-against average of 0.50 ranked seventh in the nation. In short, they are looking every bit like a first-place team on the field.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars learned the hard way how important off-the-field concerns can be. Because GPC was late turning in paperwork concerning a red-card violation in the Oct. 5 rematch with Middle Georgia, the Jaguars were forced by an NJCAA rule to forfeit their victory over the Warriors. Their hard-earned 2-0 victory now is officially recorded as a 1-0 defeat, matching the one they actually suffered on the field Aug. 31 in Cochran.

The technicality handed Middle Georgia the lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) standings with the region tournament approaching. With the race for first place in the league a three-team contest between GPC, Middle Georgia and Darton College, the object is to finish in first or second place in the standings. The top two teams in the final standings receive byes into the region tournament semifinals, while the third-place team must qualify through a play-in match three days before the semis—a distinct disadvantage.

With two victories over Darton this season, GPC will win the second-place seed and avoid the play-in even if they end up tied with the Cavaliers in the win-loss columns. But GPC still would have to play the winner of Darton’s play-in game against the sixth seed, which the Cavaliers assuredly will win.

Assuming Middle Georgia wins its remaining games, especially the Oct. 22 home match with Darton, the Warriors would face the weaker No. 4-5 winner, probably South Georgia. A semifinal against Darton (8-2 in region play) is more ominous than one against South Georgia (5-5). The extra effort to advance out of the semis can weigh on the team’s Saturday championship performance. So, the red tape mishap knocking GPC out of the top seed presents a postseason challenge for the Jaguars.

But if visiting Darton beats Middle in Cochran, the three teams should end up tied with two losses apiece and tiebreaker rules would apply. That may be too chaotic to consider at this point.

Regardless, after the Jaguars visit South Georgia College Saturday, play a non-region game with the Oglethorpe junior varsity Tuesday and host Andrew College Oct. 23, they hope to be heading for the region tournament semifinals on Oct. 30 in Albany.

The Andrew game will be GPC’s final audio webcast for the men’s season. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcast begins at 1:50 with the pregame Jaguar Journal.

JAGUAR JOLTS: The region tournament semifinals on Oct. 30 and championship game, Oct. 31, in Albany will be video-broadcast online by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB Live). The GCAA, led by commissioner David Elder, signed a contract for PSB to broadcasts six tournaments—men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. Georgia Perimeter will provide links to all the broadcasts. For more information on the GCAA-PSB partnership, visit http://www.gjcaa.org/main. ... With 18 goals and 18 assists, Toure continues to lead the NJCAA in scoring with 54 points. Behind him with 50 points is Ashton Bennett of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, which beat the Jaguars 3-2 at the Jaguar Invitational Labor Day weekend. Mynor Perez of Darton ranks seventh with 45 points. GPC’s Aaron Rygiel, a freshman midfielder, is No. 32 with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. ... Andrew, ranked seventh among the nation’s goalkeepers with a 0.50 goals against average, has allowed only four goals in 11 games. Teammate Julian Garcia is ranked 25th with a 0.86 GAA, six goals in nine games. ... Sophomore midfielder Rury Alvarez has been red-shirted, along with sophomore defender Kenny Adeshigbin, joining midfielder Javion Green on that list. Alvarez was a major force at last year’s national tournament, making the All-Tournament Team.

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October 12, 2010

Rygiel helps Toure to nation’s scoring lead

Boubacar Toure and Aaron Rygiel were feeder and finisher Tuesday as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team blanked Georgia Military College 7-0 in Milledgeville.

Boubacar Toure

Toure, who entered the game ranked third among National Junior College Athletic Association scorers, fed teammates for all three goals in the first half, then finished twice in the second period. The seven points (two per goal, one per assist) lifted his season total to 54, temporarily ahead of the leader with 50.

Rygiel tallied two goals and assisted on both of Toure’s strikes.

Aziz Izmour opened the scoring 9:30 into the game with a blast off of a cross from Toure. Rygiel kicked in his first goal, assisted by Toure, with 3:20 remaining in the half.

Momodou Sanneh squeezed in a goal, again with Toure assisting, just before halftime for a 3-0 GPC lead.

The teams jostled for 25 minutes in the second period with no score until Toure tallied, assisted by Rygiel.

Six minutes later, Christian Ospina fed Rygiel for the freshman midfielder’s second goal.Rygiel then aided assisted Toure with six minutes remaining.

Erwin Boonacker, a freshman midfielder from The Netherlands brought up from the reserve squad to fill in for injured players, completed the scoring in the waning seconds with Sanneh assisting.

Goalkeeper Jason Andrew saved four GMC shots among seven attempts by the home team in posting Georgia Perimeter’s eighth shutout, his fourth. The Jaguars launched 30 shots.

GPC bettered its record to 11-3-1 and 8-2 in the Georgia College Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA), which includes a 9-0 win over the Bulldogs at home. GMC, though improved since the first meeting, is winless in nine matches, with one tie.

The Jaguars remain on the road Saturday, facing South Georgia College, then are back on the Dunwoody campus next Tuesday to confront the Oglethorpe junior varsity team at 3 p.m. Page

October 9, 2010

Jaguars complete season sweep of Darton in overtime

Sophomore forward Boubacar Toure scored late in regulation time and again two minutes into overtime, giving No. 10-ranked Georgia Perimeter College a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Darton in Albany on Saturday.

Toure also had two assists for the Jaguars, 7-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 10-3-1 overall. Darton, which lost to GPC in Dunwoody earlier, is also 7-2 in the GCAA. The Cavaliers fell to 11-4 overall.

The game was billed as a battle for sole possession of first place in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. But at the end of the match neither team held first place.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Middle Georgia, also contending in the league, got a big break after Tuesday’s loss to Georgia Perimeter. Because of a red card paperwork violation, GPC forfeited the 2-0 victory after a ruling by the GCAA.

The Warriors thus move into first place past GPC and Darton with a 7-1 record in the region. The ruling significantly affects the postseason picture, as the top two teams in the standings receive byes into the semifinals of the tournament Oct. 30-31 in Albany. Without the ruling, GPC would have had a firm hold on first place and the more favorable seed.

After a goal by Juan Arbelaez six minutes into the match gave the Jaguars an early lead, the Cavaliers went ahead 2-1 at halftime.

Each time the Jaguars needed an equalizing goal in the second half Saturday, they got it—first from Leo Sanchez, then from Aaron Rygiel and finally from Toure with 2:32 left on the clock. Sanchez was fresh off the injury list after missing several games.

Sophomore midfielder Momodou Sanneh assisted on Toure’s goal in overtime. Rygiel and Sanchez also contributed assists for the Jaguars.

GPC goaltender Julian Garcia was credited with eight saves.

The big day gave Toure 41 points for the season (14 goals, 13 assists), tied with Darton sophomore Mynor Perez, who kept pace with two goals on Saturday. Dwayne Brown and Guilherme Frota also scored for Darton.

The Jaguars have two Region 17 road games upcoming, Tuesday against Georgia Military in Milledgeville (6 p.m.) and Saturday against South Georgia in Douglas (2 p.m.) Their next home game is Oct. 19 against Oglethorpe University’s JV team at 3 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus.

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October 5, 2010

Jaguars occupy first place with win over Middle Georgia

Editor’s note: Because of a red card paperwork violation, Georgia Perimeter College forfeited this victory after a ruling by the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The report that follows is what took place on the field.

On an afternoon when Autumn’s chill finally could be felt, Aziz Izmour broke the ice; Boubacar Toure iced the game and Jason Andrew chilled a potent offense as Georgia Perimeter College won the big grudge match with Middle Georgia College.

After a fierce defensive struggle, Izmour scored late in the first half and Toure scored 10 minutes into the second to give Georgia Perimeter a 2-0 victory over Middle Georgia in men’s soccer Tuesday at GPC Dunwoody.

Jason Andrew gets a save against Middle Georgia.

The win moves Georgia Perimeter into first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA). The Jaguars sport a 7-1 region record, 10-2-1 overall. Losing for the first time this season, Middle Georgia (7-1-1, 6-1 Region 17) drops into a second place tie with Darton College (9-3, 6-1).

It was a much anticipated match, given that the 1-0 victory the Warriors inflicted on GPC on August 31 accounts for the Jaguars’ lone loss in the region.

But the showdown mostly was controlled by the Jaguars, who maintained possession probably 70 percent of the time with an array of speed dribbling, back passes, bicycle kicks, defensive headers and other show stoppers.

But not everybody on GPC’s end of the field was satisfied with the performance.

“We’re still not clicking very well,” head coach Marc Zagara said. “But we scored more goals.”

Undoubtedly among the coach’s concerns was the fact that GPC took 20 shots on goal but lit the scoreboard with only two of them. The Jaguars held Middle Georgia to eight shots on goal, with Andrew making eight saves.

Andrew put on a one-man talent show. Midway through the first half, Middle’s Alan Lindahl fired a long, hard drive destined to sizzle in just under the cross bar, but Andrew double-fisted it to the ground and pounced on it as Tyler Daly was about to boot in the rebound.

Late in the half, with the score still knotted at zero, Andrew dove to his left to save a free kick and then dove back to the right to save a shot on the rebound by Juan Matute. Another time, in the second half, the lanky keeper leapt to save a shot by Daly that came in so hard it skipped off Andrew’s fists and whistled over the crossbar.

The big blow for the Warriors came with 11:57 remaining in the first half. Kyler Richmond, a freshman midfielder, received a red card for throwing an elbow, putting the visitors down a man.

Taking advantage, Alejandro Duque got the scoring started for the Jaguars when, working in a crowd at the top of the box, he fed fellow sophomore Izmour, breaking in from the left side. Blessed with a sudden one-on-one, Izmour hammered the ball past Warrior goalkeeper Tomas Raffo into the right side of the goal with 1:52 on the clock. GPC took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Ten minutes into the second period, Aziz cut inside from the left and slipped a pass to Toure, streaking in from the right. Toure drove it in for the insurance goal, his 14th on the season, with 35:43 showing on the clock. With 13 assists he leads the region scoring with 41 points, 11 ahead of Darton’s Mynor Perez, and he’s tied with two others for second place in the nation.

GPC, ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll, dominated in corner kicks, taking nine to the Warriors’ five.

The top two teams in the final region standings get byes into the semifinals of the region tournament at the end of October. The third-place team has to qualify through a play-in match three days before the semifinals.

Middle and Darton play Thursday for the second place spot in the standings, and then the Jaguars travel to Darton for another crucial region match Saturday at 2 p.m.

GPC’s next home game will be on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. versus Oglethorpe University’s JV squad.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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Win streak ends as Spartanburg Methodist ties Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College scoring machine, which had churned out 32 goals in the past four games, sputtered Saturday in a 1-1 men’s soccer tie at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College.

The Jaguars (9-2-1), coming off a seven-game winning streak and a 9-0 victory Friday in nearby Sumter, S.C., could muster up only a penalty kick tally by Alejandro Duque with 28 minutes remaining. Spartanburg had been charged with a handball just inside the box.

Christain Bono’s goal 10 minutes into the game put Spartanburg on top until the penalty kick.

GPC generated 11 shots against the formidable Pioneers (9-1). One, by Aziz Izmour, was launched just inches away from the goal line during the first half but struck the crossbar and bounced away.

Stout defense by the visitors salvaged the draw. Julian Garcia managed nine saves in goal for GPC, which faced 14 shots in the nonconference encounter. The defense shut down freshman midfielder Sebastian Velasquez, who came into the game ranked 26th in scoring nationally.

The Jaguars are back home Tuesday for a crucial Region 17 grudge match with Middle Georgia, which dealt GPC one of its two defeats this season. Game time is 4 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus. To listen to the web audio broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcast begins at 3:50 with the pregame Jaguar Journal.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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October 1, 2010

Jaguars handle USC-Sumter 9-0

Alejandro Duque and Aaron Rygiel scored two goals apiece Friday as No. 7-ranked Georgia Perimeter College defeated USC-Sumter 9-0 on the first day of a weekend road trip to South Carolina.

The Jaguars’ Saturday opponent, Spartanburg Methodist College, is listed among “others receiving votes” in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll. GPC moved up from 12th place to seventh this week.

After Spartanburg comes the league game everybody has been waiting for—against Middle Georgia at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the Dunwoody Campus. It’s a rematch from Aug. 31 in Cochran, where the Warriors shut down the Jaguars’ potent offense and won 1-0.

That loss is the only blemish on the Jaguars’ record in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA. GPC is 6-1 in the league, 9-2 overall.

After David Egri scored on a cross pass from Rygiel 2½ minutes into the game, Duque found the net twice in the next 8½ minutes, assisted both times by Boubacar Toure, the NJCAA national player of the week.

Goals by Toure (from 2009 All-American Kingsley Morgan) and Saudin Garanavic (from Rygiel) put GPC ahead 5-0, and the Jaguars made it 7-0 by halftime on Rygiel’s pair of goals. He was assisted each time by Ahmed Mohamed.

In the second half, defenseman Thierry Betole moved up to forward and scored on an assist from Toure with 36 minutes remaining. Another defenseman, 2008 All-American Fode Diallo, tallied the Jaguars’ final goal on an assist from Garanovic.

With his goal and three assists, Toure padded his scoring lead in Region 17. He has 13 goals and 13 assists for 39 points, also ranking among the leaders in the country—he was sixth coming into the game. Wednesday, the NJCAA named him the national player of the week.

The Jaguars fired 19 shots on goal. USC-Sumter (0-10) couldn’t manage any against GPC goalkeeper Jason Andrew. He and the Jaguars’ other goalkeeper, Julian Garcia, each rank among the NJCAA statistical leaders. Garcia is third with a 0.25 goals against average, and Andrew is 15th (0.81).

Tuesday’s Middle Georgia game will be broadcast on the web. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcast begins at 3:50 with the pregame Jaguar Journal.

But the road first goes through Spartanburg Methodist (8-1), and the Pioneers may be dangerous. Sophomore goalkeeper John Prochak is ranked fourth (0.48) right behind Garcia. Freshman midfielder Sebastian Velasquez is 26th in scoring with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 28, 2010

Jaguars continue in first place with another high-scoring shutout

Boubacar Toure extended his red-hot scoring streak with two goals and two assists as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Georgia Military College 9-0 in men’s soccer Tuesday at the Dunwoody Campus.

But the scoring was well-balanced for the Jaguars as 11 players tallied goals or assists during the Region 17 match.

With the win, Georgia Perimeter improved to 8-2 on the season, and lead the region (also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) with a 6-1 record. Georgia Military slipped to 0-6, 0-6.

Toure surpassed Darton College’s Mynor Perez as the top scorer in the region. The sophomore forward has 13 goals and 9 assists for 35 points, while Perez, who plays Wednesday at South Georgia College, has 28 points. Toure also will move up in the National Junior College Athletic association rankings. He came into the game ranked twelfth in the nation, but could move as high as third, depending on other top scorers’ production.

For the second consecutive match, a Jaguar goalkeeper registered an assist with a long punt. Julian Garcia kicked the ball to Mohammed Issahaku, who hammered it home to give the Jaguars a 4-0 lead at halftime. Saturday, goalie Jason Andrew got a similar assist against Darton.

Mohammed Issahaku advances the ball, on the way to scoring the Jaguars’ fourth goal.

Georgia Military held the Jaguars for nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, but then GPC scored three times in three minutes. Toure started it with 36:29 showing on the clock, getting an assist from Momodou Sanneh.

At 34:09 Alejandro Duque scored, assisted by Toure. A minute later, Aaron Rygiel scored at 33:08 with an assist by Aziz Izmour.

GPC pumped in five goals in the second half—Rygiel, assist Toure; Toure, assist Rygiel; Saudin Garanovic, assist Elvis Miller; David Egri, assist Miller and Miller, assist Christian Ospina.

The Jaguars bombarded GMC goalkeeper Eddie Webb with 26 shots on goal and took three corner kicks.

It was Garcia’s third shutout of the season. Georgia Military mustered only two shots on goal, one in each half. Going into the game, Garcia was ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 0.25 goals against average.

Friday the Jaguars board the bus for a road trip to South Carolina, playing USC-Sumter at 3 p.m. and then visiting Spartanburg Methodist College on Saturday at 2 p.m. Spartanburg promises a scrap; the Pioneers received votes in the NJCAA poll.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Middle Georgia visits GPC for a big region showdown at 4 p.m. It will be a grudge match as the Jaguars seek revenge for a 1-0 loss at Middle in August. To listen to an audio webcast of that match, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 25, 2010

Jaguars surprise Darton 6-0

It was Fan Appreciation Day in Dunwoody and an anticipated clash of titans. Instead, the clash turned into a one-sided match, with fans leaving the stadium fully appreciating the talents of the Jaguars.

Sophomore striker Boubacar Toure scored three goals and added two assists to lead Georgia Perimeter College to a 6-0 victory over Darton College in a key men’s soccer Region 17 match Saturday at the Dunwoody Campus.

Elvis Miller, No. 2, assists Saudin Garanovic, left, on GPC’s fifth goal.

Goalkeeper Jason Andrew not only got the shutout for the Jaguars, but he earned an assist with a long punt that bounced nicely for Toure to head into the goal over the Darton keeper, Sean Duble. The goal came with 27 seconds remaining in the first half, giving the Jaguars a commanding 3-0 lead at the intermission.

Andrew received outstanding protection from the defense, led by Thierry Betole, Mohammed Issahaku, Luke Bray and others. Darton got only two shots on goal, and the defense shut down Mynor Perez, the region’s leading scorer..

The victory moves Georgia Perimeter (7-2, 5-1) into a favorable position in Region 17 of the NJCAA. The Jaguars, in first place in the region standings, are wrestling with Darton and Middle Georgia College for the top seeds in the region tournament at the end of October. The top two teams in the final standings receive byes into the semifinals, while the third-place team has to qualify through a play-in match three days before the semis, which represents a distinct disadvantage.

The three teams are nationally recognized. GPC is ranked No. 12 in this week’s NJCAA national poll, while Darton (7-2, 4-0) and Middle Georgia (5-0-1, 4-0) received votes for the top 15.

Boubacar Toure, top, and Aaron Rygiel celebrate one of Toure’s three goals.

Head coach Marc Zagara appeared to be pleased with the improvement of his squad since two early season losses, but he noted that the Cavaliers played with a handicap.

“They were missing a bunch of players,” the coach said. “But we played good soccer for the first 10 or 15 minutes. After that the game got rough.”

Darton’s Perez received a yellow card in the first half, furthering the Cavaliers’ production problems. Perez leads the region with 28 total points, but Toure, who was in second place with 19 points, nearly caught up with him with his eight points for the day.

Toure and Alejandro Duque scored early in the game, electrifying the crowd that expected a close contest between the two region leaders. Toure struck in the sixth minute with an assist by Aaron Rygiel. Less than three minutes later, Duque took a pass from Toure and netted the ball to put GPC up 2-0 eight minutes into the match.

The Jaguars struck even sooner in the second half when Juan Arbelaez scored in the third minute, assisted by Toure.

With 18:28 remaining in the game, Saudin Garanovic got an assist from Elvis Miller and scored with a run on Duble. Toure finished the shot barrage with 6:33 left, assisted by Kingsley Morgan. GPC took 12 shots on goal during the game.

Tuesday the Jaguars host Georgia Military College in another region contest, beginning at 6 p.m. The game will be audio webcast—fans can listen in by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The broadcasts begins at 5:55 with the pregame Jaguar Journal.

After two nonregion games on the road next weekend in South Carolina, Middle Georgia visits GPC on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. That match represents another showdown as the Jaguars seek further advantage in the region’s standings race and payback for a 1-0 loss at Middle in August. The match also will be broadcast online.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 23, 2010

Jaguar Journal: Two hurdles as Jaguars seek road back to top seed

As the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars near the halfway point of the Region 17 schedule, they find themselves in an unfamiliar position, trying to catch two teams ahead of them in the Region 17 standings. The Jags have been playing catch-up since an August 31 1-0 loss to Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

But Marc Zagara’s crew has been resilient. The Jaguars (6-2, 4-1 Region 17) have rattled off four straight wins since that opening week upset and a 3-2 nonregion loss to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College at the Jaguar Invitational Sept. 5. Cincinnati State is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

To no one’s surprise, the region seems to be boiling down to a three-way brawl between Middle Georgia (5-0, 4-0), Darton College (7-2, 4-0) and Georgia Perimeter. The drop to fourth place South Georgia is steep—the Tigers are 2-3 in the region.

Now comes the showdown with Darton College this Saturday at the soccer field on the Dunwoody Campus. Darton is a dangerous adversary at a time the Jaguars are trying to build momentum into the postseason.

The Cavaliers were ranked sixth in the NJCAA national poll, but fell back to “receiving votes” after last week’s disaster at an invitational in Louisburg, N.C. They lost 1-0 to Community College of Baltimore County-Essex (also “receiving votes”) and 2-1 to Louisburg, a perennial soccer power. So, the two losses may be deceiving.

The game features the two top scorers in the region, both sophomore forwards. Darton’s Mynor Perez, from Los Angeles, leads with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. No. 2 scorer is GPC’s Boubacar Toure, from Decatur, with seven goals and five assists, 19 points.

Furthermore, the game features the three top goalkeepers in the region, all sophomores. Georgia Perimeter’s Julian Garcia has allowed 0.25 goals per 90 minutes played to lead the conference. Darton’s Kel Markert is in second place with a 0.713 average. Standing in third place, GPC’s lanky netminder, Jason Andrew (Atlanta), has a 1.014 average.

Why it is important for GPC to catch Middle Georgia and Darton—the top two seeds get first-round byes in the region tourney in Albany. The top seed plays the lowest seed of the winners of two play-in games. An easy semifinal round is always desirable at a weekend tournament.

Darton already has played two matches at Dunwoody, and won both. They defeated No. 3 Cincinnati State 4-2 and Cuyahoga Community College 4-0 at the Jaguar Invitational. The Jags defeated Cuyahoga, but lost to Cincinnati, making this the rare season where they’ve already suffered two setbacks. Georgia Perimeter has the talent to win Region 17.

The polls agree, placing the Jaguars 12th in the nation, even above Darton and Middle Georgia, both of which “received votes.” The question is can the Jaguars put the early losses behind them and run the table? A win over Darton Saturday could go a ways toward momentum-building into the postseason.

Last year Coach Zagara’s club lost the national championship match in Trenton, N.J., on penalty kicks to Tyler College. Getting back to that title match—which will be held in Tyler in November—is undoubtedly on every Jaguar’s mind.

GPC hosts Middle Georgia on Oct. 5 and visits Darton Oct. 9. The road to Tyler goes through Darton and Middle—and then possibly Louisburg in the District 10 championship—and it’s no easy road.

JAGUAR JOLTS: Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day at the Georgia Perimeter College soccer field on the Dunwoody Campus. The gala event will feature fun activities for children and their families, beginning at 11 a.m.; Q 100 will broadcast a live remote and Skip’s Hot Dogs will cater a free lunch for all. ... The webcast for the game airs at 1:50 p.m. with Jaguar Journal, and the action starts at 2 p.m. To listen, go to www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on Game Webcasts. ... GPC has five of the top 16 scorers in the region. In addition to Toure, tied for sixth place are Jaguar midfielders Aaron Rygiel (five goals, one assist, 11 points) and Alejandro Duque (4-3-11). Forward Leo Sanchez is tied for 10th (3-2-8) and midfielder Saudin Garanovic is tied for 13th (2-2-6). ... Darton’s Carlos Filho (tied for eighth place) and Matt Tobin (tied for 13th) are the only other Cavaliers besides Perez among the top 16 region scorers. ... On the national front, Darton’s Perez is ranked 12th among NJCAA scorers, while Toure is No. 28. The Jags’ Garcia is ranked ninth among the nation’s goalkeepers with a 0.25 goals against average per 90 minutes. Teammate Andrew is No. 43. Darton keeper Sean Duble is listed at No. 15, while Markert is No. 37, though he’s above Duble in the region listing.  ... The Jaguars have missed talented sophomore striker Rury Alvarez. He strained his quad muscle in the Cincinnati State game, but may be back in time for the critical match with Darton. Another starter, midfielder Javion Green is out for the season with a PCL injury incurred in the season opener. ... Hats off to the Jaguar defense in last Saturday’s 5-1 victory over South Georgia as Felipe Nascimento—at the time the region’s leading scorer—was kept off the scoreboard.

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September 21, 2010

Late flurry gives Jaguars 8-0 margin over Gordon College

A second-half explosion of goals gave the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team its most decisive win of the season, 8-0 Tuesday over Gordon College in Barnesville.

The Jaguars led 2-0 nearly two-thirds into the 90-minute match when freshman midfielder Aaron Rygiel tallied off a pass from Boubacar Toure. Eleven minutes later, Alejandro Duque struck, with an assist from Aziz Izmour, triggering a run of four goals within a six-minute span. All told, eight different Jaguars scored amid a flurry of 24 shots on goal.

The Jaguars (6-2 overall, 4-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletics Association) displayed superior passing and team play in winning their fourth straight. The Highlanders (4-4, 2-3) also entered the game on a streak of three victories.

GPC’s first-half goals were notched by Christian Ospina, with Luke Bray assisting, and Mohammed Issahaku on a header that capped a set piece started by Alex Joseph.

The Jaguars padded their advantage on goals by Izmour (Momodou Sanneh assisting), Toure (Raul Arciniega), Ahmed Mohamed (Kingsley Morgan) and Saudin Garanovic (Jorge Torres).

Goalkeeper Julian Garcia, fronted by stout defense, was required to make just three saves.

GPC returns home for a key region encounter with Darton College (5-2, 2-0), which was ranked sixth in the national junior college poll last week before suffering two losses at a weekend invitational tournament in Louisburg, N.C. The Cavaliers fell to Louisburg College 2-1 and to the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex 1-0.

Saturday also is Fan Appreciation Day at the field on the Dunwoody Campus, featuring fun family activities beginning at 11 a.m, free lunch by Skip’s Hot Dogs and a remote radio broadcast by Q100. Game time is 2 p.m. To hear the GPC-Darton online play-by-play broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The pregame Jaguar Journal begins at 1:50 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 18, 2010

Jaguars deliver in second half to down South Georgia

Sophomore striker Boubacar Toure had a goal and two assists as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team defeated South Georgia College 5-1 Saturday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

The Jaguars exploded for four goals in the second half to improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

“We progressed a little bit today, but not a lot,” said GPC head coach Marc Zagara. “The midfields—both first and second units—played well.”

The coach pointed out another positive note: “We didn’t get any injuries and we didn’t have any cards. That’s the first time this year.”

Juan Arbelaez reacts after scoring the first goal.

The Jaguars took an early lead—with 35:12 showing on the scoreboard—when Boubacar Toure sent a cross pass to sophomore midfielder Juan Arbelaez, who drilled it in from the right side. The teams settled into a defensive struggle, and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.

Toure got the ball rolling in the seventh minute of the second half with a score on an assist by Alejandro Duque. Less than a minute later, Toure returned the favor for his second assist as Duque scored.

With 18:53 remaining, Aziz Izmour made the score 4-0 with a goal, assisted by Leo Sanchez. And once again only a minute later the Jaguars struck again. This time it was a goal by Raul Arciniega, with Sanchez picking up his second assist.

The Jaguar defense stopped the Tigers’ All-Region forward Felipe Nascimento, who led the league in scoring last year. South Georgia (2-3-2, 2-3) averted a shutout when Matt Sutton scored with 1:01 remaining. Patrick Olschlager earned an assist on the play.

Georgia Perimeter took 16 shots on goal, while the Tigers had nine. Jaguar starting goalkeeper Jason Andrew registered seven saves. Julian Garcia served in the net for the last six minutes and gave up the goal to Sutton.

Thierry Betole comes to keeper Jason Andrew’s aid.

The Jaguars hit the road for Barnesville Tuesday, visiting Gordon College for another region match. Next Saturday, Sept. 25, is Fan Appreciation Day and a key region match-up with undefeated Darton College at 2 p.m. Darton and GPC are both ranked this week in the NJCAA national coaches poll—the Jaguars at No. 13, and Darton (5-0, 2-0) at No. 6.

Fan Appreciation activities begin at 11 a.m. with fun family activities such as face painting, air brush tattoos and a remote radio broadcast by Q 100. Skip’s Hot Dogs will provide a free lunch for all.

Fans who can’t make it to the stadium for the festivities should visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.” The pregame Jaguar Journal begins at 1:50.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 14, 2010

Georgia Perimeter edges Oglethorpe JV 1-0

After a scoreless first half, sophomore striker Boubacar Toure scored two minutes into the second half to give the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team all the scoring it would need in a 1-0 victory over the Oglethorpe University junior varsity Tuesday.

The National Junior College Athletic Association counts game results with four-year college JVs, so Georgia Perimeter improves to 4-2 on the season.

The Jaguars controlled the ball through most of the match but couldn’t build a comfortable lead. Sophomore midfielder Aziz Izmour, who earned the assist on Toure’s goal, put the ball in the net three times, but officials nullified each score for offside infractions.

GPC took 13 shots on goal, while the Jaguars’ stingy defense limited the Stormy Petrels to one SOG. Goalkeeper Jason Andrew made the save and recorded the shutout, his first of the season and the Jaguars’ third.

The Jaguars next face some tough NJCAA Region 17 challenges on their home field. They host South Georgia College Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. The match will be audio broadcast on the web, beginning with the pregame Jaguar Journal at 1:50 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

Undefeated Darton College (5-0) visits on Sept. 25 for a 2 p.m. match and Fan Appreciation Day. The festivities will feature free food by Skip’s Hot Dogs and fun activities for families beginning at noon. That game also will be webcast with the pregame show beginning at 1:50 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 11, 2010

Egri-to-Toure combo spurs GPC at Andrew

In control from the get-go, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team took awhile Saturday to find the back of the net.

GPC downed Andrew College 5-1 in Cuthbert, moving the guests back above the .500 mark overall (at 3-2) and in the Georgia College Athletics Association (at 2-1). but not before some anxious moments.

The match was scoreless until all but four minutes had expired in the first half. David Egri fed Boubacar Toure for a score that broke the ice.

Kingsley Morgan, a 2009 All-American, moved the count to 2-0 on an assist from Momodou Sanneh. But Andrew (2-3, 0-2) answered on a header by Shabaka Mathlin, putting the Tigers back in contention.

The Egri-to-Toure connection clicked again, pushing the Jaguars ahead 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining. During the game’s final stretch, Aaron Ryigel tallied with help from Christian Ospina, and Saudin Garanovic closed out the scoring off a pass from Ahmed Mohamed.

The difference in shots on goal—24 for GPC, three for the Tigers—illustrated the visitors’ dominance. Goalkeeper Julian Garcia was required to make just one save.

The Jaguars have a short commute to their next game, Tuesday afternoon against the Oglethorpe junior varsity in north Atlanta.

They return to Region 17 action and their home field on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., hosting South Georgia College. The following week will be Fan Appreciation Day, with fun and festivities, as Darton College visits on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the web, beginning at 1:50 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 5, 2010

Surge surges to rise above Jaguars 3-2

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College rallied to overcome Georgia Perimeter College 3-2 Sunday in the final match of the Jaguar Invitational at Dunwoody. And the Surge, the visitors’ mascot, left the Jaguars wondering if they are experiencing a surge of the sophomore jinx.

Ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll after going to the national championship game last year, and blessed with a plethora of experienced sophomores, Georgia Perimeter (2-2) suffered their second loss in five days. They grabbed an early lead Sunday but couldn’t hold it.

“We have too many guys doing their thing instead of working as a team,” said GPC head coach Marc Zagara. “We’re not very cohesive—we’re making too many wrong choices. And that shouldn’t be happening with so many sophomores.”

Sophomore Alejandro Duque gave the Jaguars a 1-0 lead with a goal off a dead ball in the seventh minute. Both teams battled for control until midway through the half, when Cincinnati State (4-1) hit pay dirt.

The Surge’s Ashton Bennett scored on a crisp pass from the left wing by Garrett Listo, and the score remained tied at the intermission.

The second half featured numerous outstanding dives and punches for saves by both goalkeepers, GPC’s Jason Andrew and Cincinnati’s Austin Morgan.

With 23:25 left in the second half, Andrew made a fine save near his left post, but the ball rebounded to Bennett in the middle. He earned an assist with a short pass to Dylan Hoop, who drilled it into the left corner for a 2-1 lead.

The Surge nailed the victory when Bennett sent a cross from the left corner to Nathan Hudson who got off a shot that Marc Hannson guided into the net with his chest.

Cranking up its attack, Georgia Perimeter sent a barrage of shots at Morgan in the closing minutes. With 2:36 remaining in the game, striker Leo Sanchez scored from the near right side, assisted by a pass from midfielder Momodou Sanneh. It was the fourth goal of the young season for Sanchez.

Darton College emerged from the four-team Jaguar Invitational with two victories. The Cavaliers beat Cincinnati State 4-2 Saturday and Tri-C 4-0 on Sunday. Georgia Perimeter and Cincinnati each lost one match and Tri-C lost two.

The Jaguars return to NJCAA Region 17 action next Saturday at Andrew College, beginning at 2 p.m. They visit the Oglethorpe University Junior Varsity on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m., and then return home for another region matchup with South Georgia College on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.

That game will be audio webcast beginning at 1:50 p.m. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars’ home games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

Darton wins Jaguar Invitational with shutout

Darton College came away from the weekend with the only unblemished record in the Jaguar Invitational, defeating Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) 4-0 Sunday for the Cavaliers’ second victory in as many days at GPC’s field on Dunwoody Campus.

All of Darton’s goals against Tri-C came in the first half. Mynor Perez started it off with a strike in the 18th minute.

Others scoring goals were Freshman Diego Aching, with 11:37 remaining in the half; Richard Westerfield (8:47) and Guilherme Frota (6:09).

The Cavaliers (4-0) fired 12 shots on goal, while their defense protected goalkeeper Kel Markert perfectly, allowing Tri-C (0-2) no shots on goal.

Darton will return to Dunwoody on Sept. 25 for the first of two region matches with Georgia Perimeter. The game will be Fan Appreciation Day for the Jaguars.

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September 4, 2010

Host Jaguars kick off invitational with victory

Boubacar Toure and Leo Sanchez each scored two goals as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team downed Cuyahoga Community College 6-0 Saturday at the Jaguar Invitational on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

Sanchez, a freshman striker from Fitzgerald, Ga., opened the scoring in the sixth minute of play on an assist by Toure. But then Georgia Perimeter (2-1) and the visitors from Cleveland, Ohio, battled through the first half to a 1-0 ballgame.

The second half opened like the first, with freshman midfielder Aaron Rygiel scoring within the first five minutes. Another frosh, Saudin Garanovic, earned the assist.

Ten minutes later the floodgates opened. Within a span of seven minutes the Jaguars posted three goals. Raul Arciniega got an assist from fellow freshman David Egri and scored with 30:42 showing on the scoreboard clock.

Next, Toure, last season’s leading scorer for the Jags, pumped in two goals in a four-minute span. The first came after goalkeeper Julian Garcia earned an assist by saving a shot and kicking the ball far downfield to set up a run on goal by Toure. Freshman Elvis Miller assisted on Toure’s second goal at 23:48.

Sanchez closed out the scoring with an assist by Rygiel with 4:44 remaining. GPC took 29 shots on goal while the Jaguar defense limited the Challengers (0-1) to only five shots on goal, all saved by Garcia. Georgia Perimeter outflanked Tri-C in corner kicks by a 12-1 margin.

The victory may help ease the pain for the Jaguars after their 1-0 loss to region rival Middle Georgia College Tuesday in Cochran. But there is no time to celebrate. Sunday GPC meets a strong squad from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Cincinnati State (3-1) has fourteen returning sophomores, including four who were selected to the All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team. But the Surge fell to Darton College (2-0) in the second match of the invitational Saturday. GPC’s match with Cincinnati State will be audio broadcast online beginning at 12:15. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.“

The Jaguar Invitational will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

Darton tops Cincinnati State 4-2 in Jaguar Invitational

Darton College spread the scoring around to defeat Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 4-2 Saturday in the second match of the Jaguar Invitational at the Dunwoody Campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

Guilherme Frota struck first on a penalty kick with 8:12 remaining in the first period. He also got an assist on a second-half goal by fellow freshman Kevin Arellana.

In the last two minutes of the first half, Diego Aching netted a goal on an assist by Javier Anor to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead at the break.

Mynor Perez tallied early in the second half, assisted by Matt Tobin. Perez and Tobin were the only sophomores to register points for Darton (2-0).

Midway through the second half, Grant Kercher put Cincinnati State (3-1) on the board. Dylan Hooper was credited with the assist. Logan Gumbert finished the scoring for the Surge with a belt-high side-foot kick from out front with 14:23 remaining.

Darton launched 11 shots on goal to Cincinnati’s six. Cavalier goalkeeper Kel Markert had 4 saves, while Austin Morgan had seven saves for the Surge.

Sunday at 10 a.m., the Cavaliers play Cuyahoga Community College, while Cincinnati state takes on GPC at 12:15 p.m. The GPC-Cincinnati State game will be audio broadcast online beginning at 12:30. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.“

The Jaguar Invitational will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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September 2, 2010

National powers highlight Jaguar Invitational event

This weekend the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars get to see how they stack up with another team that figures to be a national power. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, which narrowly missed going to the NJCAA tournament last season and returns 14 sophomores, will play the Jaguars at noon Sunday in the Jaguar Invitational on the Dunwoody Campus.

Before that, the Jaguars meet another team from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, Cuyahoga Community College of Parma, at noon Saturday.

Darton College is the fourth team in the blue-ribbon event, playing Cincinnati State on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Cuyahoga on Sunday at 3.

Cincinnati State has four first-team OCCAC players among its returnees—Dylan Hoop, Grant Kercher, Austin Morgan and Cody Clark. Hoop was the leading goal scorer last season for the Surge, who have won the conference title five times in seven years. Morgan was the conference’s top goalkeeper, and Mike Combs was Coach of the Year.

The Surge, who received votes in the preseason NJCAA poll but didn’t crack the top 15, opened their season in Michigan, whipping two Region 12 rivals by a combined score of 15-0. They finished 15-2-1 last season but fell 2-0 in the region final to Schoolcraft College of Michigan. GPC narrowly defeated Schoolcraft on penalty kicks in the national semifinals when Jaguar goalkeeper Jason Andrew stopped four of six penalty kicks.

The Jaguars, ranked No. 2 in the preseason, are 1-1. They beat Gordon 6-0 at home before losing 1-0 to Middle Georgia in Cochran. GPC’s Saturday opponent, Cuyahoga, was 5-7-1 last season.

Darton, expected to contend in Region 17 along with GPC and Middle Georgia, visits Atlanta for its second and third matches of the season. The Cavaliers beat USC-Salkehatchie 6-0 at home in their opener as Mynor Perez scored three times.

Darton is led by a returning first-team all-Region 17 defender, Matias Aristegui. The Jaguars also have a returning first-teamer, midfielder Kingsley Morgan, who was Player of the Year in the region.

GPC’s games will be audio webcast beginning at 11:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:55 a.m. Sunday. To listen, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguar Invitational will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Click on Schedule/Results for times of the other games in the invitational.

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August 31, 2010

Early miscue costly in 1-0 loss at Middle Georgia

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars committed a defensive lapse early and spent 86 frustrating minutes trying to catch up. But despite dominating on offense in the second half on Tuesday, they lost 1-0 to Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

The rare conference setback left the Jaguars 1-1 in the Georgia College Athletic Association as well as overall. Middle Georgia (2-0) was playing its opener in the league, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

The Warriors’ Tyler Daly took a pass and slipped behind the defense to score from the right side with 41:20 remaining in the opening half. Running on goalkeeper Jason Andrew, the freshman forward drove a bullet to the upper left side of the net for the eventual game-winner.

As the match moved to its middle stages, Middle’s defense, led by sophomores Juan Salazare and Diego Barrios, frustrated the Jaguars, as did goalkeeper Thomas Raffo, who made several outstanding saves.

After GPC coach Marc Zagara reinserted his rested starters for the stretch run, the Jaguars produced chance after chance for the equalizer. They never got it. At one point they had an open net after Juan Arbelaez drew Raffo away from the right post along the baseline, but GPC failed to convert on his skillful cross.

The Warriors had few chances to score in the second half but didn’t need them.

The physical nature of the match left both sides circling the date Oct. 5 on their calendars. That’s when the rematch will be played on the Dunwoody Campus.

The Region 17 loss was only the third in six-plus years for the No. 2-ranked Jaguars, who are aiming for their seventh consecutive trip to the NJCAA tournament. Their next games are at home in the Jaguar Invitational against Ohio teams—Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday at noon and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Sunday, also at noon.

Both games will be carried on nhsbn.com, with a link available through www.gpc.edu/athletic.

The Jaguar Invitational will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Click on Schedule/Results for times of the other games in the invitational.

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August 28, 2010

Jaguars roll in opener to give Zagara 300th win at GPC

Despite a roster loaded with sophomores duly ordained by last year’s 22-2 record and national championship appearance, neophyte freshmen boldly joined the scoring procession in their college baptismal rite. And they all helped Marc Zagara celebrate his 300th victory at Georgia Perimeter College.

Freshman Aaron Rygiel scored two goals and sophomore Alejandro Duque tallied a highlight-film goal and two assists to lead the Georgia Perimeter men’s soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Gordon College Friday in the season opener for both teams at GPC Dunwoody.

Alejandro Duque scored twice, including a shot from midfield.

The win extended Zagara’s phenomenal GPC record to 300-74-13. His overall college coaching record stands at 375-147-19.

The contest also was the opening match for both teams in the conference, the Georgia College Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Despited the lopsided score, Zagara said, “We’ve got more work to do. We’re not organized enough, not cohesive enough. But we scored six goals and we have a lot of horses.”

Duque’s second-half goal was a bomb lofted from near midfield that stunned the crowd and put the Jaguars up 3-0 and out of reach. Alex Joseph, another freshman, was credited with the assist.

Sophomores opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute when Boubacar Toure sailed a long cross from the left wing to the right post, where Aziz Izmour drove it into the net. But the lone freshman starter, forward Leo Sanchez, struck next with an assist from Momodou Sanneh.

The game was not as one-sided as the score indicates, as Georgia Perimeter freshmen scored three goals in the final 21 minutes after Gordon’s scrappy defender, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, left the game with a red card.

With the visitors down a man, the GPC freshmen went to work. Ahmed Mohamed scored to give the Jaguars a 4-0 lead, and Rygiel finished it with his two strikes. A corner kick by Duque and header by sophomore transfer Luke Bray assisted Mohamed, and the same duo registered assists on Rygiel’s goals.

The Jaguars kept coming with lines of fresh substitutes and visibly wore the Higlanders down. Despite an impressive showing by freshman goalkeeper Dushane Lue and a freshman defense led by Fitzpatrick and Alex Rodrigo, GPC launched 25 shots on goal and six corner kicks.

GPC’s midfielders and defenders dominated the game, giving little ground to the Gordon attack beyond the midfield line. The Highlanders managed only six shots on goal, all saved by sophomore goalkeeper Julian Garcia, who sat out last season after a sterling 2008 season in the Jaguar net.

“The defensive line was a little sloppy, but our middle is going to be tough to handle all year,” Zagara said.

As GPC’s waves of fresh talent came into the game, the Highlanders fell into fatigue and a ragged physical game. Javion Green, a steady defender for the Jaguars last season, left the game with an apparent ACL injury after a hard Gordon tackle. Tests Monday will determine the extent of Green’s injury.

Tuesday, the Jaguars travel to Cochran to meet region power Middle Georgia College. Both teams are ranked in the preseason NJCAA national poll. GPC sits at No. 2 behind defending champion Tyler College, while Middle Georgia received votes. The game will be audio webcast beginning at 3:50 p.m. To listen visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

Next Saturday and Sunday, Georgia Perimeter will host the Jaguar Invitational, featuring visitors Darton College, Cuyahoga Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Darton and Cincinnati State both received votes in the national poll. The Jaguars play at noon on both days, Sept. 4 against Cuyahoga and Sept. 5 versus Cincinnati State.

The Jaguar Invitational will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Click on Schedule/Results for times of the other games in the invitational.

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August 27, 2010

Veteran GPC soccer team sets sights on ‘winning it all’

Does finishing national runner-up to Tyler (Texas) College in such excruciating fashion—a shootout after a scoreless tie—still bother Georgia Perimeter College’s Hall of Fame coach, Marc Zagara?

Boubacar Toure

“I’d be lying if I said no,” he admits.

Though he says GPC’s returning players feel likewise, last year’s NJCAA men’s soccer championship outcome has no effect on the Jaguars’ hunger this season. “Whether we won or lost last year, we’d still be trying to win it all this year,” he says.

The Jaguars, 22-2 last year, approach every season like that. GPC has reached the elite eight six straight seasons and advanced four times to the title match. It’s dynasty material.

This Friday, Aug. 27, the Jaguars kick off the 2010 season against Gordon at 5 p.m. at GPC’s Dunwoody campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, 30338. Admission is free.

Jason Andrew

Thirteen players return, along with two 2008 standouts and a sophomore transfer—the most veterans Zagara has had in 19 seasons at GPC, eclipsing the nine who came back for the 2005 season. “Of course, that was a good year,” he says, smiling at the memory of the school’s lone NJCAA national soccer championship.

Besides three ineligible players, Zagara replaces five 2009 players—four who earned D-1 scholarships at four-year institutions and a fifth, striker Junior Sandoval, who gave up another year of eligibility to join the Puerto Rico Islanders in America’s second-highest pro league.

“We have some very, very strong players,” Zagara says.

Kingsley Morgan

One is forward Boubacar Toure, a potential NCAA Division 1 player who led GPC with 39 points (15 goals and 9 assists) last season. “But he’s got some competition for a starting job,” Zagara says.

Similarly, Alejandro Duque (7 goals and 10 assists for 24 points), Juan Arbelaez (6-9-21), Rury Alvarez (6-6-18) and Kingsley Morgan (6-4-16) are top four-year-college prospects forming a dynamic strike force.

Additionally, midfielders Aziz Izmour and Momodou Sanneh are D-1 caliber in the eyes of Zagara and press observers.

Wearing down opponents with waves of fresh, gifted players is a familiar Jaguars M.O. That depth allowed Morgan to become an All-America selection despite playing barely half of each game on average.

Icing the cake is the reappearance of two 2008 standouts who were ineligible a year ago. Defender Fode Diallo was a freshman All-American. Goalkeeper Julian Garcia will challenge incumbent Jason Andrew.

Last year’s defense allowed only 18 goals in 24 matches. On Oct. 1, the Jaguars were 13-0, having allowed only four goals, while scoring 60. They permitted but two goals in three games at nationals.

Returning starters Thierry Betole and Mohammed Issahaku were defensive anchors. Diallo and a veteran midfield should produce phenomenal protection for Andrew and Garcia.

“Our defense will determine how far we go,” Zagara says. “They play well—we’ll go a long way. They struggle—we’re going to have troubles.”

Though strong rival Young Harris has left Region 17 and become a four-year college, a seventh straight conference title is no given for the Jaguars.

“Every one of the teams will be better,” says Zagara, citing Middle Georgia, Darton, South Georgia and Gordon.

Zagara will allow potential playoff brackets to fall the way they may, focusing on immediate concerns.

“You can control excellence,” he says. “You can’t control championships.”

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June 25, 2010

Sandoval makes leap to pro soccer

A few months after helping Georgia Perimeter College finish second in the NJCAA tournament, Junior Sandoval has made the big leap to pro soccer.

Junior Sandoval

Sandoval, who had nine goals and 11 assists for 29 points in 12 regular-season matches as a striker for the Jaguars last season, signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the U.S. Soccer Federation Division-2 Pro League.

So far this summer, he has played in several matches with no statistics. His listed position with the Islanders is midfielder. Sandoval, a 20-year-old native of Honduras, made the leap from Centennial High School to the pros with a one-year stop at GPC. He was All-Region 17, and his 29 points ranked eighth in the conference.

As the Jaguars’ leading scorer, Sandoval’s stats might have been more gaudy had he not missed a few matches because of an ankle injury. Also, GPC coach Marc Zagara’s system emphasizes balance. The Jaguars produced seven of the top 16 scorers in the region.

GPC reached the national championship game last fall, playing Tyler College of Texas to a scoreless tie. After two scoreless 10-minute overtimes, Tyler won the national championship on penalty kicks.

The Jaguars have gone to the national tournament six consecutive years, winning in 2005 and finishing second three times. Their 2010 season begins Aug. 27 with a home conference match against Gordon College.

The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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