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Babouli nets All-America honor
Southeast soccer recruiters don’t get to Canada much, but Mo Babouli found his way to a tournament in Florida. That’s where Georgia Perimeter College coach Marc Zagara first saw him. The encounter turned out well for all parties.
Babouli, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, came to GPC and made an immediate impact in his freshman season with his flashy moves as a striker near the goal. He recently was awarded second team All-America honors after being named to the conference first team.
With 49 points (17 goals, 15 assists), Babouli led Georgia Perimeter in scoring and was the No. 2 scorer in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association as the Jaguars finished 15-6-1, losing to Darton College 4-3 in double overtime in the final of the league tournament.
Babouli scored two goals in the final match, including a thriller with 8:44 remaining in regulation that led to overtime. He also scored the tying goal in the Jaguars’ late-season 4-2 comeback victory over South Georgia College that seemed to spark the team to a strong season finish. He scored three goals in a victory at Tri-County Tech in South Carolina.
His speed, rapid footwork and knowledge of the game drew praise throughout the GCAA. After the conference tournament, he was named to the all-tournament team by the conference, which also serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. All-America honors are awarded by the NJCAA.
Darton’s Diego Ramos was the top scorer in the GCAA and also won first team All-America honors, as did Cavaliers midfielder Troy Tucker, after the team went to the national tournament and tied for third place.November 17, 2011
GPC freshmen take region honors
Georgia Perimeter College was represented all over the field when all-region selections were made by the coaches of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA).
The Jaguars’ leading scorer (Mo Babouli), midfield playmaker (Ross Nelson) and defender (Jordan Dunston) were named to the first team.
All are freshmen. Babouli and Dunston are from Mississauga, Ontario, while Nelson is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Babouli had 17 goals and 15 assists, putting him second in the region behind Diego Ramos of Darton College and 17th nationally. Nelson had only four goals but added 16 assists.
Brayan Rodriguez was the No. 3 scorer in the league, 24th nationally, with 12 goals and 18 assists. He was oddly overlooked for the all-region team but made the all-tournament team, as did Babouli and GPC midfielder Danny Seabrook.
Rodriguez is from Mableton, Ga., while Seabrook is from Fleet, England. Both are freshmen.
The Jaguars (15-6-1) went to the final of the GCAA tournament but lost 4-3 to Darton, ranked No. 2 nationally, in double overtime.
Joining the three Jaguars on the first team were Ramos, Troy Tucker, Guilherme Frota and Carlos Catano of Darton; Tyler Daly and Anthony Grant of Middle Georgia College; Luke Adams of South Georgia College; and Sean Kelley of Georgia Military College.
Ramos was Player of the Year. The Coach of the Year was Karem Daser of Georgia Military.
GPC placed no players on the second team. South Georgia dominated the second team with four selections â€“ Jordan Crown, Ryan Davidson, Emanuel Goncalves and Matheus Silva. They were joined by Patrick Dacosta and Jowayne Laidley of Darton; Josimar Grissett and Rene Njiking of Georgia Military; Raymond Cousley of Andrew; John Paul Lowenthal of Middle Georgia; and Jalani Landburg of Gordon College.
Joining Rodriguez, Babouli and Seabrook on the all-tournament team were Ramos, Frota, Tucker and Andrew Palumbo of Darton; Jose Figueroa and Juan Matute of Middle Georgia; and Nathan Lopez and Kapasa Makasa of South Georgia.October 30, 2011
Darton wins title in double OT; Jaguars go “out with heart”
After 101 minutes of wild and wooly soccer, Darton College finally downed the scrappy Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars 4-3 in double overtime to claim the championship of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Sunday at Dunwoody Campus.
Georgia Perimeter shocked the Cavaliers, 17-1 on the season and ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association, with a quick 2-0 lead. The teams battled heroically and traded leads before Darton’s Troy Tucker ended it with the game-winning goal early in the second 10-minute sudden-death overtime.
As champion of the GCAA (Region 17 of the NJCAA), Darton advances to the Southeast District championship game next Saturday at the Region 10 winner,Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.). The winner of that match goes to the national tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. later in November.
It was a tough loss on a chilly day for the Jaguars, trying to get back to nationals after making the trip in six of the past seven years. They finish the season at 15-6-1.
“We went out with heart. We gave it everything we had,” said GPC coach Marc Zagara. “Darton is a good team. They’re a solid team. They’re the better team, but we should have beaten them today.”
The Jaguars opened the game with an astonishing attack. Leo Sanchez crossed from the right end line into the box, where Ross Nelson sent the ball through to Mo Babouli, running on the left post. Babouli drove it into the net with only one minute and six seconds of the game elapsed.
Five minutes later, Nelson received a pass from Brayan Rodriquez and scored from a steep angle along the right end line. In the sixth minute, the Jaguars had a two-goal lead over the nation’s second-ranked team, which had beaten them 4-2 and 4-0 during the season. GPC fans were going wild.
Through much of the first half, GPC’s midfield and back line dominated possession, and seemed to get a break when the GCAA’s top scorer, Diego Ramos, left the game with an injury, as did forward Carlos Filho. It seemed the Jaguars were set to reverse last year’s semifinal game with Darton, when the Cavaliers scored in the second minute of the match and held on to win 1-0.
But Darton’s offense eventually displayed its depth. Guilherme Frota hammered in a 30-yard goal with 6:20 on the board, making the score 2-1 at the intermission.
Early in the second half, in the 53rd minute, a throng of players batted the ball around in front of the Jaguar goal, and Darton’s Andrew Palumbo poked it in to tie the score. Only two minutes later, Palumbo drove the ball from the deep right corner to speedy forward Jowaine Laidley, who struck to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead.
Darton then shut down the GPC offense, double- and triple-teaming Babouli and Rodriquez, and as the clock wound down, it appeared the Jaguars were finished.
Then, with 8:44 remaining in the game, Rury Alvarez came up with the ball near midfield, got it to Rodriquez who passed it up to Babouli. He launched a bullet to knot the score again at 3-3, and that’s how the scoreboard remained at the end of 90 minutes of regulation play.
After a scoreless first overtime and moments after a controversial stoppage of play by the center referee, Laidley sent a line drive to the goal mouth that GPC goalkeeper Michael Polacek deflected. Tucker was there to stick it into the netâ€”only 1:50 into the second overtimeâ€”winning the championship for the Cavaliers.
If it is any consolation to the Jaguars, this was Darton head coach Bart Sasnett’s summation of the match: “Anybody deserved to win today. Both teams played very hard. I’m proud of both teams.”October 29, 2011
Seabrook, McGill goals send Jaguars to region final
Danny Seabrook and Mark McGill scored goals and the defense was solid as host Georgia Perimeter College shut out South Georgia College 2-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
The Jaguars (15-5-1) advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship game at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, playing Darton College. Earlier Saturday, Darton defeated Middle Georgia College 7-0 in the semifinal opener.
Jaguar head coach Marc Zagara praised the lift he got from his bench, especially pointing out performances by McGill, Arron Valentine, Victor de Lima and Kenny Adeshigbin.
“Arron Valentine played a spectacular game,” Zagara said. “Mark scored and Kenny had a hand in both goals.”
After a long defensive struggle in the first half, Seabrook put GPC on the scoreboard with a header into the left side of the net. Kenny Adeshigbin set it up with a pass from the right side into the box to Ross Nelson, who quickly dumped it off to Seabrook. Adeshigbin and Nelson both earned assists.
With the clock showing less than 17 minutes remaining in the contest, Adeshigbin dribbled inside the left side of the box and lined a hard shot at Jordan Crown, South’s goalkeeper. The ball rebounded off Crown to the right, and McGill, running alongside de Lima to the right post, stuck it in the goal. Adeshigbin was credited with the assist.
GPC earned its third consecutive shutout with a four-man line consisting of Leo Sanchez, Alex Joseph, Jordan Dunston and Andres Morales.
“Sanchez played a great game on the right side,” Zagara said. Both Sanchez and Dunston turned in extra duty on the attack, retreating to the back line when necessary.
South Georgia (11-7-1) sent 10 shots on goal, all saved by GPC goalkeeper Michael Polacek. GPC had nine shots on goal, seven saved by Crown.
“Not a great technical performance by us, but we did what we had to do,” Zagara said.
Darton comes into Sunday’s title game ranked second in the NJCAA national coaches poll. During the regular season, the Cavaliers, undefeated in the conference, beat GPC 4-2 and 4-0. Sunday’s final will be audio webcast, beginning at 1:50 p.m., and a link can be found at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”
DARTON COLLEGE 7, MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE 0
Diego Ramos tallied two first-half goals and an assist, and Darton College defeated Middle Georgia College 7-0 Saturday in the GCAA opening semifinal match at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus
The Cavaliers (16-1) drove in five goals in the second half, two by Javier Anor and one by Jowaine Laidley, Matthew Treuman and Troy Deem. Assists were by Ramos, Travis Rovillo and Aldo Neto. Carlos Cantano got the shutout.
Darton advances to Sunday’s championship game, which kicks off at 1:50 p.m. Middle Georgia finishes the season with a record of 10-6-4.
The GCAA championship game will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the results on Facebook and Twitter.October 25, 2011
Jaguars win play-in game, face South Georgia in semifinals
The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars punched their ticket to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals Tuesday afternoon with a 6-0 victory over Gordon College on the Dunwoody Campus.
The third-seeded Jaguars face No. 2 seed South Georgia College on Saturday at 3 p.m. The 11 a.m. semifinal matches top-seeded Darton College, ranked No. 2 nationally, and the winner of Wednesday night’s play-in between Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia College.
The GCAA semifinals and final will be on the Dunwoody Campus, with the final at 2 p.m. Sunday. All games will be webcast on NHSBN.com, presented by the GCAA. For links, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and look under “Game Webcasts.”
Gordon tied GPC 1-1 earlier this season in Barnesville, but the drama in Tuesday’s match had dissipated by halftime, when the Jaguars led 5-0.
“At this stage of the game it’s no longer about improving. It’s about surviving, and we survived today,” said GPC coach Marc Zagara. “We got lots of players in and got lots of shots off, so that’s good.” The Jaguars launched 15 shots on goal.
He noted that things had changed since the teams played opening day in August, with GPC winning 5-0 at home after a scoreless first half.
“That was a much-depleted team. They’re down about five players,” Zagara said. “But so are we. Jack Newbold got two goals off them in the first game.” Newbold and scrappy midfielder Andy Gamble have since been lost for the season with injuries.
The Jaguars’ goals came from six players—Rury Alvarez, Kenny Adeshigbin, Brayan Rodriguez, Humberto Silva, Mo Babouli and Victor de Lima. Andres Moreno had two assists, while Babouli, Rodriguez, Jordan Dunston and Ross Nelson had one each.
GPC’s three goalkeepers—Michael Polacek, Stephen Eigel and Anthony Pacifico—shared the shutout as the Jaguars’ defense kept Gordon at bay. The Highlanders took eight shots on goal, with Pacifico saving four, Polacek three and Eigel one. Dunston, Moreno, Alex Joseph and Leo Sanchez made up the stout back line.
On the offensive end, GPC pounded from the opening minute and never let up. Alvarez scored on a 15-yard shot from in front of the goal with 33:59 remaining in the first half, assisted by Rodriguez.
Adeshigbin made it 2-0 with 23:15 left, assisted by Dunston. Rodriguez, Silva and Babouli scored in rapid-fire fashion in the final 10:15 of the half.
The score went to 6-0 when de Lima lobbed in a goal that appeared to go in off a Gordon player 26 seconds into the second half.
The Jaguars, who have dropped out of the national top 20 but are still among teams receiving votes, improved to 14-5-1. Gordon, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, finishes 7-9-2.
The GCAA tournament is being played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the results on Facebook and Twitter.October 22, 2011
Jaguars roll 8-0 with second-half barrage
Georgia Perimeter College pumped in seven goals in the second half to defeat the Oglethorpe University JV team 8-0 Saturday in men’s soccer at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.
Neither team broke a defensive struggle in the first half until Alex Joseph found the net with one second showing on the scoreboard clock.
Early in the second half, however, the Jaguars ignited their offense for four goals in little over three minutes. Rury Alvarez scored with 35:42 on the clock and he tallied again at 32:27. Between those two strikes were two moreâ€”by Brayan Rodriguez and Ross Nelson.
Victor de Lima, Elvis Miller and Dewayne Dyer finished out the scoring for GPC (13-5-1). Assists were by Rodriguez (two), Ronald Calle (two), Leo Sanchez, Nelson and de Lima.
It marks the second straight game that the Jaguars erupted offensively in the second period. A week earlier, they scored four late goals in a 4-2 comeback win over South Georgia College.
Goalkeeper Stephen Eigel played 58 minutes and had three saves. Anthony Pacifico had two saves in the final 32 minutes. With the regular season finished, Georgia Perimeter begins postseason tournament action with a play-in game Wednesday on its home field at Dunwoody Campus. Watch this site for the kick-off time.
GPC will host the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals next Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All tournament games will be broadcast online with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic.
The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.October 15, 2011
Stunning comeback sinks South Georgia, gives Zagara 400th win
Short of personnel both on the field and on the sidelines, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars dramatically changed the tone of their season Saturday on the Dunwoody Campus, rallying for four late goals to beat South Georgia 4-2.
Three of the scores came within a three-minute span, wiping out a 2-0 deficit after most of the faithful on Fan Appreciation Day had started to trickle to the exits with little hope in their hearts. After all, the injury-thinned Jaguars were playing a man short, having been called for a red-card foul late in the first half.
“This was a good win for us,” said GPC coach Marc Zagara, who now has 400 of them in a Hall of Fame JUCO career. “Down a man, down two goals, we finally decided to play hard. For the last 25 minutes we outhustled a team for the first time this year.”
The win may have implications come tournament time, two weeks hence. The Jaguars are through Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association play at 6-5-1 and will finish third, fourth or fifth. It depends on how Middle Georgia (4-4-2) and Georgia Military (5-5) do in their final two region games.
Finishing third or fourth is important because those seeds get to host play-in games against lower seeds on the 26th. The semifinals and finals will be the 29th and 30th on the Dunwoody Campus.
The Jaguars’ comeback started with an odd play. Jordan Dunston made a throw-in from the left side to the middle of the field, and Brayan Rodriguez touched the ball before it wound up on the foot of Ross Nelson, who boomed home a shot from the right side. The assistant referee on the line raised his flag, signaling Nelson was offside. But was he?
The center referee headed over for a consultation and decided the goal would stand, leaving the Jaguars behind 2-1 with 14:59 remaining.
A minute and 12 seconds later, Mo Babouli scored the equalizer, assisted by Rodriguez and Nelson.
With 12:13 left, Rodriguez scored on a header, assisted by Nelson and Cesar Espinosa. The punctuation to a satisfying afternoon came with 5:06 left when Rodriguez boomed home a 20-yarder.
Daniel Zevallos scored in the first half to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead at intermission. Alloy Buckle scored with 28:42 on the clock, and it appeared he’d iced the game. Each goal was assisted by Ricardo Morales.
Despite the loss, South Georgia (7-4 in the GCAA, 10-6-1 overall) is assured of at least hosting a first-round play-in game. GPC, which dropped out of the national top 20 into “others receiving votes” status this week, is 12-5-1 overall with one regular season game remaining, next Saturday at home against Oglethorpe University’s JV team.
The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.October 11, 2011
Last-minute goal tops Jaguars 1-0
For the second time, Tyler Daly has beaten the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team with the only goal scored in the match.
The first came a year ago when Middle Georgia College slipped by the Jaguars 1-0 in Cochran on a goal scored in the third minute of the game.
Tuesday on the Jaguars’ home field in Dunwoody, Daly reversed the procedure and scored the game-winner in the final two minutes.
The loss plunges GPC to 5-5-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, 11-5-1 overall. Middle Georgia (7-2-4, 4-2-2) is one of several teams threatening to pass the Jaguars in the league standings and drop them perhaps as far down as fourth or fifth place by tournament time.
Georgia Perimeter played good possession ball throughout the contest but couldn’t crack Middle Georgia’s staunch defense. “It’s hard to win if you don’t score goals. We had our chances,” said GPC head coach Marc Zagara. “They had only a couple good chances, but they made one count.”
The Warriors had 10 shots on goal, but most of them were nonthreatening. By contrast, the Jaguars had only eight shots on goal but several were quality drives. Warrior goalkeeper Bryant Allen saved all eight, while GPC’s Michael Polacek had nine saves.
Daly’s goal came after a misplay put the ball at Robert Egan’s feet and he raced a Jaguar defender around the right of the box to the end line. From there Egan sent a sharp cross to the left post, where Daly had slipped behind defenders, wide open to drive it into the net.
The loss puts the Jaguars at risk come tournament time in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The tourney format grants byes into the semifinals for the top two finishers in the regular season standings. The other two semifinalists must earn their berths by winning play-in games on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
GPC has all but forfeited its chances of finishing second or third and could end as low as fourth or fifth place. The No. 3 and No. 4 teams have home-field advantage in the play-in games.
Georgia Perimeter will host the semifinals, to be held Oct. 29 and 30.
Saturday the Jaguars get a visit from South Georgia College, which is eyeing the second-place bye. The kickoff time is 2 p.m.; the online broadcast begins at 1:50. It is Fan Appreciation Day, featuring free refreshments and children’s events beginning at 11 a.m.
The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.October 8, 2011
Alvarez spurs Jaguars with hat trick
Rury Alvarez scored three goals and Molham Babouli accounted for three assists as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team downed Andrew College 5-0 Saturday in Cuthbert.
The Babouli-to-Alvarez connection clicked twice. Babouli, normally on the finishing end of goals, also passed to Brayan Rodriguez to open the scoring five minutes into the match, while Alvarez needed no assist on his middle goal.
The Jaguars’ other goal was by Jordan Dunston on a feed from Arron Valentine.
GPC, which made the most of its 15 shots on goal, led 3-0 at halftime and put the game away by striking four minutes into the second half.
The Jaguars also defeated Andrew at home last month, coasting 8-0.
Goalkeeper Michael Polacek turned aside four shots by Andrew (4-7-1) before giving way in the middle of the second half to Stephen Eigel, who was untested.
The Jaguars (11-4-1, 5-4-1), rebounding from a decisive loss Thursday to Georgia Military College, play two key Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association games this week. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. they host the always-dangerous Middle Georgia College Warriors on the Dunwoody Campus.
GPC holds down second place in the conference and faces a showdown with third-place South Georgia College at home on Saturday at 2 p.m., which also is Fan Appreciation Day at the Dunwoody field. The second-place team in the final standings draws a bye into the conference tournament semifinals, which GPC will host at the end of the month. The third-place team has to play an extra play-in game to reach the semifinals.
The Middle and South matches will be broadcast online with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”
Bulldogs blitz GPC in conference upset
Spectators probably wondered if lighting struck the scoreboard at the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer field. The clock wasn’t working, and the other lights seemed similarly out of order.
After losing to GPC 7-1 in September on its home field, Georgia Military College stormed into Dunwoody Thursday, produced a lightning attack and scorched the Jaguars 4-1.
The upset threw a cloud of uncertainty over the race for second place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and the tournament bye it brings. GPC is 4-4-1 in the conference, while South Georgia College is 4-3. Those two teams will meet in Dunwoody on Oct. 15 in a showdown that may determine who gets the bye and who must undergo an Oct. 25 play-in game to reach the GCAA tournament semifinals on Oct. 29 at GPC.
Josimar Grissett scored two goals as the speedy Bulldogs blitzed a sluggish GPC defense. Meanwhile, the Jaguar offense pounded away at the other end of the field but struggled to maintain effective combinations and suffered numerous near misses.
Georgia Military (5-5, 4-4) seems safely embedded in at least fifth place, assuring a play-in spot on Oct. 25. The Bulldogs struck first on a header in the 11th minute by Steve Marion, with an assist from Corey Greary. They took a 3-0 halftime lead on a penalty kick by Rene Njiking and an unassisted goal by Grissett with 1:38 on the stopwatch.
Grissett increased the lead to 4-0 in the 50th minute, his goal assisted by an attacking header from Corbin Feit.
With 3:56 remaining, freshman midfielder Ross Nelson finally lit up the scoreboard for the Jaguars, scoring off the left post with a left boot after a hard cross from the right corner by Rury Alvarez.
The Jaguars had 11 shots on goal, 10 saved by GMC goalkeeper Tait Torstenson. Michael Polacek saved six of 10 shots on goal by the Bulldogs. GPC took a whopping 13 corner kicks, a tribute to the respectable pressure the forwards and midfielders placed on the visitors’ defense.
Saturday, the Jaguars hit the road again, visiting Andrew College in Cuthbert for another conference matchup. Georgia Perimeter beat Andrew 8-0 last month.
Returning to their home pitch Tuesday, the Jaguars host Middle Georgia College, whom they defeated 3-1 in August. The online broadcast begins at 4:20 p.m.—with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic—and the kickoff is slated for 4:30.October 4, 2011
GPC ends rocky road excursion with a win
The long, winding road ended on a peak for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team, which downed the Oglethorpe junior varsity squad 5-1 Tuesday on the Stormy Petrels’ campus.
The Jaguars (10-3-1) completed a five-match swing away from home, which included two losses and a tie. They will get reacquainted with their Dunwoody campus field Thursday in a 3 p.m. encounter with Georgia Military College.
GPC spotted the Petrels a 1-0 lead in a foul-filled match that resulted in three red cards, one for the Jaguars, and numerous yellows.
Paolo Dal Farra notched two goals and an assist for the Jaguars, while Molham Babouli managed a goal and two assists. Dal Farra drew GPC even 12 minutes before halftime, striking on assists from Babouli and Dewayne Dyer.
The Jaguars jumped ahead inside the three-minute mark of the second half. Dal Farra scored with help from Kenny Adeshigbin and Danny Seabrook.
GPC broke it open after two Petrels were ejected. Jordan Dunston tallied on a feed from Babouli, who recorded his team’s fourth goal just two minutes later. Jooheok Lee earned an assist.
Elvis Miller closed out the scoring, assisted by Dal Farra. Goalkeeper Stephen Eigel made four saves before being relieved by Anthony Pacifico. GPC unloaded 27 shots on goal.
Thursday’s game with Georgia Military will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”
Jaguars fall to No. 1 Darton
The wind was gusting at 40 mph at Darton College’s soccer field in Albany, and it was an ill wind for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team.
An injury-riddled Jaguar squad stumbled to No. 1 ranked Darton 4-0 Saturday in a match between teams aiming for top seeds in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament later this month.
GPC, 4-3-1 in the GCAA and 9-3-1 overall allowed three goals in the second half and mounted few threats at the other end of the field.
“They’re a good team. Tough day—I’ve had them before,” said GPC head coach Mark Zagara.
The Jaguars now turn their attention to beating out South Georgia College for second place in the conference. GPC lost last weekend to South Georgia College 3-2.
Guilherme Frota and Jowayne Laidley scored two goals apiece for Darton (10-1, 7-0). Frota, who scored two against the Jaguars in the teams’ first meeting Sept. 3, gave Darton a 1-0 halftime lead with a back post stick-in from a 35-yard direct free kick by Diego Ramos in the 38th minute.
In the second half, things went sour for the Jaguars in the first minute when Laidley slipped behind the defense and scored on a cross from Carlos Trombino Filho. Laidley repeated the act less than three minutes later, this time assisted by Ramos, the conference scoring leader.
“We were a little short-handed,” Zagara said, referring to Jaguar injuries that sidelined the likes of Brayan Rodriquez, the league’s third top scorer, along with starting midfielder Andy Gamble and reserve midfielder Marc McGill.
But “there were several sparks in there,” the coach noted, pointing out that several reserves stepped in and played well, including Humberto Silva and Kenny Adeshigbin.
The Jaguars conclude a five-game road stretch Tues. with a 5 p.m. match at Oglethorpe University, playing the Stormy Petrel’s JV squad.
They return to the home field on Oct. 6 to face Georgia Military College at 3 p.m. That match will be audio broadcast online at www.gpc.edu/athletic with a link under “Game Webcasts.”September 29, 2011
Babouli gets hat trick in GPC’s 8-0 win
Molham Babouli scored three goals as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with an 8-0 win Thursday over Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C.
The Jaguars (9-2-1) followed a loss and a tie with a decisive victory to tune up for Saturday’s crucial Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association rematch at Darton College in Albany. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 1 in the latest NJCAA national poll released Wednesday. GPC slipped from eighth to eleventh place.
The Jaguars jumped on Tri-County (1-9-1) quickly, leading 6-0 at halftime. In addition to Babouli’s three goals, Leo Sanchez, Humberto Silva, Matt Kilgore, Arron Valentine and Jooheok Lee scored one apiece.
The assists leader was Paolo Dal Farra with two.
Coach Marc Zagara was able to rest some of his regulars, including goalkeeper Michael Polacek, who got the day off. The netminding chores were split evenly between Stephen Eigel and Anthony Pacifico, with each recording two saves.
The Jaguars unleashed 24 shots on goal, scoring on one-third of their attempts.
Saturday’s showdown in Albany marks the fourth of five trips straight away from home for GPC. Darton (9-1, 6-0) dealt Georgia Perimeter its first loss, 4-2 in the Jaguar Invitational on Sept. 3. The next day the Cavaliers suffered their only defeat of the season, a 3-2 loss to Louisburg (N.C.) College, whom the Jaguars beat 4-0 on Labor Day.
Darton leads the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, while GPC is in second place. The top two teams in the final standings will draw byes into the semifinals of the conference tournament, which will be held at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus at the end of October.
The Darton game will be broadcast live with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.” The next match on familiar ground in Dunwoody is Oct. 6 against Georgia Military College.September 27, 2011
Gordon surprises Jaguars with a tie
The Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team is discovering that the conference it has ruled in seasons past is proving rebellious at unusual stops this year.
GPC fought Gordon College to a 1-1 tie Tuesday in Barnesville for its second straight non-winning effort in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Jaguars gave up a late lead and lost over the weekend 3-2 to South Georgia College, another member of the GCAA.
In the season opener on August 26, Georgia Perimeter, playing on its home field, defeated Gordon 5-0.
But Tuesday another substantial advantage in shots attempted meant little with the final score. GPC (8-2-1, 4-2-1) launched 26 shots, including 20 on goal, while Gordon’s numbers were 16 and 7.
The only Jaguar whose shot met the net was Kenny Adeshigbin. A teammate’s attempt caromed back, and the lanky forward from Lawrenceville scored with 20 minutes left in the first half. Arron Valentine and Leo Sanchez had the assists.
The Highlanders (4-4-1, 2-4-1) punched ahead eight minutes earlier on Jose Ruano’s goal.
GPC goalkeeper Michael Polacek was removed from the match late in the second half after a collision with a goal post. Anthony Pacifico slid in and helped the Jaguars secure a draw.
The Jaguars remain on the road but step out of state Thursday against Tri-County Tech College in Pendleton, S.C. Three away games loom before they are back home Oct. 6 to face Georgia Military College at 3 p.m.
Saturday the Jags travel to Albany for a 2 p.m. match with league leader Darton College, ranked second in the NJCAA national poll. To listen to the Darton game online broadcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”September 24, 2011
South Georgia upsets Jaguars with goals in closing minutes
A six-game win streak for the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team ended in excruciating fashion Saturday with a late blown lead and a 3-2 loss to South Georgia College in Douglas.
The loss drops the Jaguars to 8-2 overall, 4-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. GPC, ranked eighth in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association, fell into a tie with South Georgia for second place in the conference.
The Jaguars led 2-1, with both goals coming from Molham Babouli, until South Georgia’s Matheus Silva tied it with eight minutes remaining.
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) soon followed with the game-winning goal by Ryan Davidson, who also scored their first goal. Danny Zevallos, Joe Alexander and Shilton Jean-Noel earned assists.
The Jaguars launched 20 shots, but many of them came from too far out to cause any damage. They had 12 shots on goal.
It was South Georgia’s first win over GPC since 2003, possibly only the third all-time.
The battle for second place in the final GCAA standings is significant because the two top finishers draw a bye and automatic berths in the semifinals of the conference tournament, to be held at the end of October on Georgia Perimeter’s field.
The match began a five-game road stretch for GPC, which continues Tuesday against Gordon College in Barnesville. It is a rematch of the season opener, won by the Jaguars 5-0.
GPC’s next home match will be on Oct. 6 with Georgia Military College at 3 p.m. It will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic under the “Game Webcasts” heading.
GPC rolls 8-0; win streak at six
Showing no wear and tear from their weekend bus trip to Mississippi, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars stretched their legs Tuesday in an 8-0 win over Andrew College at the Dunwoody home field.
Mo Babouli and Victor de Lima each netted two goals, and Ross Nelson and Dan Seabrook handed out two assists apiece as the Jaguars put on a dazzling offensive display.
“Some of our goals were very pretty,” said head coach Marc Zagara. “Victor came off the bench and had a nice game, and so did Kenny Adeshigbin.”
Ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, the Jaguars sent off 28 shots, 18 on goal. At the other end of the field, the defense held the Tigers to six shots on goal and four other attempts.
Starting goalkeeper Michael Polacek made two saves in the first half. Stephen Eigel and Anthony Pacifico shared net-minding duties in the second half and had two saves apiece.
With the win, GPC extends its winning streak to six and improves to 8-1, 4-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA). Andrew drops to 3-4-1, 0-3-1.
Andy Gamble led off the scoring parade in the seventh minute with a 25-yard drive after Nelson sent the ball back from the box. Then Babouli added his two goals to put GPC up 3-0 at the half. Brayan Rodriguez and Nelson earned the assists.
Early in the second period, Adeshigbin ran on the right post, scoring on a long cross from Leo Sanchez. Adeshigbin, who was red-shirted last year for health reasons, missed the opening weeks of this season because of a paperwork problem.
De Lima followed with a brilliant header from the top of the box—assisted by Seabrook—and he finished the night’s scoring with another header off a dead-ball cross, again from Seabrook.
Ronald Calle scored on an assist from Paolo Dal Farra, and Jooheok Lee tallied with a double assist from Jordan Dunston and Arron Valentine.
The Jaguars won’t get to enjoy the home pitch for long, as they enter a five-game binge of road trips, starting with Saturday’s match at South Georgia College.
An anticipated matchup will take place on Oct. 1 at Darton College—the Cavaliers handed GPC its only loss of the season and are ranked No. 3 in the nation. Fans can listen to a webcast of that showdown via a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic. The next home game for the Jaguars, on Oct. 6 versus Georgia Military College, also will be broadcast online.
Jaguars win two on long road trip
The Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team completed a successful weekend road trip with Sunday’s with 2-0 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after a 3-1 triumph over Hinds (Miss.) Community College on Saturday.
Playing both matches at host MGCCC’s field in Perkinston, the Jaguars downed Hinds with goals by Dewayne Dyer, Paolo Dal Farra and Victor de Lima. The Eagles managed a goal late in the match when the verdict was clear.
GPC, ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll, rattled off 25 shots while improving to 7-1. Hinds (1-5-1), did not manage a single attempt on goalkeeper Michael Polacek in the first half. The Eagles did fire off four in the second.
Dyer presented GPC with a 1-0 lead at halftime, scoring off a feed from Dal Farra. The roles were reversed on the second goal, Dal Farra tallying and Dyer assisting. Jooheok Lee passed to de Lima for the final Jaguars strike.
Sunday’s match was a much tougher encounter as Mississippi Gulf Coast entered the day with a 7-1 record and home-field advantage. GPC did not finish many scoring opportunities, unloading 18 shots on goal, yet still produced enough goals to extend its winning streak to five.
Four minutes into the match, Andres Moreno tallied on a penalty kick after Lee was tripped in the box.
Elton Ferriera put the game out of reach with five minutes gone in the second half. Ronald Calle and Ross Nelson assisted.
Meanwhile, the defense was stellar. The Bulldogs were unable to manage a single shot on Polacek in the first half. The defense restricted them to three after intermission.
The Jaguars are back home Tuesday, with a 5 p.m. date with Andrew College on the Dunwoody Campus. That match will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic.
Rodriguez leads Jaguars past Spartanburg Methodist 3-1
Brayan Rodriguez, Georgia Perimeter College’s most potent scorer early in the season, had a goal and two assists Tuesday afternoon as the Jaguars beat Spartanburg Methodist College 3-1 on the Dunwoody Campus.
Before the match, the Jaguars (5-1) moved up to No. 8 in the nation from No. 14 in the preseason poll.
They will have to improve a bit more to impress coach Marc Zagara.
“We’re going to have to score a lot of goals because we’re going to give up a lot of goals,” he said. “But a lot of guys are getting playing time now that wouldn’t have because we’ve had a lot of injuries.”
One player who has produced often is Rodriguez, a freshman forward from Mableton who has at least one goal in each of the Jaguars’ first six games. His 21 points (seven goals, seven assists) are tied with Darton’s Diego Ramos for the lead in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.
Rodriguez’ goal came in the 42nd minute and gave GPC a 1-0 halftime lead. He headed the ball home on a cross from Ross Nelson.
Spartanburg Methodist (3-2) got the equalizer less than 3 minutes into the second half when Sebastian Rodriguez controlled the ball during a scramble in front of the net and headed it twice, with the final bounce eluding Jaguars goalkeeper Michael Polacek.
Twenty-six seconds later, the Jaguars were back in the lead. Danny Seabrook scored from close range on a pass from Rodriguez.
A pass from Rodriguez produced the final goal in the 53rd minute as Mo Babouli tallied his fifth goal of the season.
The deeper Jaguars got the better of play most of the afternoon, putting 16 shots on goal. The Pioneers, who tied GPC last season in Spartanburg, had six.
The teams would be pleased to meet again in the district match on Nov. 5, which will determine the entrant to the national tournament. That match will be held at the home of the champion of Region 10.
In the meantime, there’s two-thirds of a regular season to be played, and the Jaguars face games this weekend in Perkinston, Miss. They play Hines Community College on Saturday and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. on Sunday.
Lee hat trick helps Jaguars rout Georgia Military College 7-1
Reserve midfielder Jooheok Lee helped turn a close match at halftime into a rout as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars beat Georgia Military College 7-1 Friday night in Milledgeville.
After the first half ended 2-1, the freshman from Dunwoody came off the bench and scored twice in a nine-minute stretch early in the second half, assisted the first time by Ross Nelson and then by Brayan Rodriguez. Lee scored his third goal with 7:36 remaining, assisted by Victor de Lima and Marc McGill.
Molham Babouli scored twice for GPC, which raised its record to 4-1 overall, 3-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Rodriguez and Dewayne Dyer also had goals.
After GPC took a 2-0 lead on goals by Babouli (assist to Rodriguez) and Rodriguez (assist to Paolo Dal Farra), Georgia Military’s Max Faublas cut the lead in half, assisted by Josimar Grissett.
The Jaguars surged ahead 4-1 with goals by Lee in the 55th and 65th minutes of the match. Then Babouli took over, assisting Dyer on GPC’s fifth goal and tallying off a feed from Rodriguez for the sixth, before Lee finished his hat trick.
GPC put 16 shots on goal, missing several good chances that could have put the scoring total in double digits. Georgia Military (1-2 in the GCAA and overall) launched eight shots on goal, with GPC’s Michael Polacek saving seven.
Next up for the Jaguars is a match with Region 10 contender Spartanburg Methodist College at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the Dunwoody Campus. The Pioneers tied GPC 1-1 last season in Spartanburg, S.C.
Tuesday’s match will be webcast on NHSBN.com. For a link, go to www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the “Game Webcasts” section.
The Jaguars’ home soccer games are played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.September 5, 2011
Rodriguez’ hat trick leads Jags over Louisburg College
Brayan Rodriguez scored three goals Monday as the No. 14-ranked Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars rebounded with a 4-0 victory over Louisburg College of North Carolina on the soggy Dunwoody Campus.
Leo Sanchez also scored for the Jaguars (3-1). Ross Nelson had three assists.
The result left the three teams in the Labor Day weekend Jaguar Invitational with one win and one loss apiece. GPC lost to No. 6-ranked Darton 4-2 on Saturday. The Cavaliers, in turn, lost to Louisburg 3-2 on Sunday.
Monday’s game was played in a downpour that varied from drizzle to fairly heavy. But the footing on the Jaguars’ pitch held up, leaving the rain but a small factor in the match, which GPC dominated.
“We played a little better than we did Saturday,” said head coach Marc Zagara. “Several people had good games. Ross had three assists—Brayan three goals—Elvis Miller came off the bench and played well. The defense was more organized.”
In the 11th minute of the first half, Rodriguez ran on the box, took a cross from Nelson on the right side and banged home the game’s first goal.
In the 19th minute, he made it 2-0 after a scramble. Rury Alvarez plopped a corner kick in front of the Louisburg net, and Piolo Dal Farra earned an assist, flicking the ball to Rodriguez for a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Jaguars wrapped up the match early in the second half. In the 46nd minute, Sanchez scored by heading home a cross pass from Nelson, who had broken free from a challenge down the right end line.
The final goal, again by Rodriguez, in the 52nd minute, came on yet another superior pass from Nelson. The hat trick gives Rodriguez five goals for the season, tops on the team.
The Jaguars’ defensive line—Jordan Dunston, Johnny Vanegas and Alex Joseph—and goalkeeper Michael Polacek did a superior job keeping Louisburg’s leading scorer, Josh Burdin, off the board. Polacek shared the shutout with backup Stephen Eigel, who came into the match in the final quarter.
Louisburg (2-1) is a perennial power in Region 10 of the National Junior College Athletic Association and could wind up representing the region in the district game against the Georgia champion. Region 10, which consists of the Carolinas and Virginia, will host the district game on Nov. 5.
The Jaguars’ next home game is Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. against another Region 10 contender, Spartanburg Methodist College. In the meantime, they visit Region 17 rival Georgia Military College in Milledgeville on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Spartanburg game will be audio webcast. 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.September 4, 2011
Louisburg upsets No. 6 Darton College
Carlos Reyes scored the winning goal in the 84th minute as Louisburg College overcame a 2-0 deficit to upset Darton College 3-2 Sunday in the second game of the Jaguar Invitational in Dunwoody.
Reyes took a pass from the left end line and fended off a challenge in the penalty box to get a shot off into the upper right corner of the net for the game winner.
Darton (2-0), ranked sixth in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a goal by Carlos Filho, assisted by Javier Anor. With 10:56 remaining in the first half, Diego Ramos launched a 35-yarder into the right top shelf to put the Cavaliers up 2-0. Kevin Arellana earned an assist on the play.
Late in the first period, Louisville (2-0) came alive when Josh Burdin chipped the ball from the left baseline into the box, where Gabriel Cevallos drove it in, cutting the lead to 2-1 at the intermission.
With 19:21 remaining in the game, the Hurricanes’ Jagdeep Singh Makh tied the game from 25 yards out, setting up Reyes’ late heroics. Kenson Badeau got the assist.September 3, 2011
No. 6 Darton’s second-half barrage downs Jaguars in region showdown
Darton College got two quick goals in the 73rd minute to secure a 4-2 victory over Georgia Perimeter College in the Jaguar Invitational opener Saturday at Dunwoody.
With the score tied at 1-1, Diego Ramos scored with 17:56 remaining in the game, assisted by a pass from Jowayne Laidley on the left side. Twenty-seven seconds later Guilherme Frota unleashed his second long goal of the day, assisted by Jayson Bather, giving the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead that GPC couldn’t surmount.
The game dropped GPC, ranked 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, to 2-1 on the season and 2-1 in Region 17 of the NJCAA. Darton, ranked sixth nationally, improves to 3-0 (2-0). The Cavaliers won the region last year and finished sixth at the national tournament.
“It was a tough loss,” said Jaguar head coach Marc Zagara. “But I’d rather lose early in September than at the end of October.”
Darton scored first when Frota hammered in a goal from 35 yards out in the 18th minute. Ramos was credited with the assist.
GPC answered with 10:39 left in the first half. Leo Sanchez sent a sharp pass from deep left to Molham Babouli, running into the penalty box. Babouli headed it into the net to tie the score.
Ramos iced the outcome with 6:20 remaining in the game, netting a long ball from the left side that squirted by Jaguar goalkeeper Michael Polacek. Defender Matt Kilgore valiantly got a foot on it at the goal line but it rolled in to give Darton a 4-1 lead.
With only three seconds left in the game, Babouli scored the final goal on a cross from Brayan Rodriguez.
Polacek saved seven of the 11 shots on goal launched by Darton. GPC took nine shots on goal, seven saved by Darton goalie Carlos Catana.
The Jaguar Invitational continues Sunday as the Cavaliers meet Louisburg (N.C.) College at 2 p.m. on GPC’s Dunwoody field. Monday, Georgia Perimeter and Louisburg play the final match of the invitational at 2 p.m. That game will be audio broadcast online at www.gpc.edu/athletic, beginning at 1:50 p.m.
The Jaguar Invitational Sunday and Monday will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Follow the Jaguars on Facebook and Twitter.August 30, 2011
Jaguars defeat Middle Georgia 3-1 in Cochran
Having negotiated two preliminary obstacles, the No. 14-ranked Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars now face a matchup that could burnish their national resume.
The Jaguars beat Middle Georgia College 3-1 in Cochran on Tuesday afternoon, moving to 2-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Jack Newbold, Brayan Rodriguez and Leo Sanchez scored the goals.
Next up: Sixth-ranked Darton, which opened its season impressively with a 4-0 victory over No. 9 San Jacinto College of Texas at an event in Pensacola, Fla. The Cavaliers are the defending Region 17 champions, having defeated the Jaguars 1-0 in the region tournament semifinals last season.
The big matchup at 2 p.m. Saturday headlines the Jaguar Invitational on the Dunwoody Campus. Darton plays perennial national power Louisburg of North Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m., while GPC returns to face Louisburg on Monday, Labor Day, at 2 p.m.
The Jaguars had their hands full on a hot afternoon in Cochran with Middle Georgia (0-1-1), but got enough defense and big plays to avenge a 1-0 loss a year ago on the same field.
Newbold put the Jaguars ahead in the 30th minute, winning a scramble in front of the net after a long pass from Paolo Dal Farra—who earned the assist—and punching the ball past the Middle Georgia goalkeeper Bryant Allen. It was Newbold’s third goal of the young season.
After the half ended 1-0, Middle Georgia scored the equalizer in spectacular fashion, with John Paul Lowenthal banging home an over-the-head bicycle kick off Jose Figureroa’s corner kick in the 51st minute. Figueroa got the assist.
Ten minutes later, GPC took a 2-1 lead when the speedy Rodriguez took a long pass from Mo Balbouli in the middle of the field, split two defenders and beat Allen one-on-one.
The Jaguars’ defensive line—Jordan Dunston, Andres Moreno and Johnny Vanegas—played stoutly as Middle Georgia pressed for another tying goal. It wasn’t to come.
GPC wrapped up the scoring with another highlight-reel play. Rodriguez sharply headed the ball from the top of the penalty box several feet toward Leo Sanchez, who faced him with his back to the goal.
Matching Lowenthal’s showmanship, Sanchez executed the perfect backheader, driving the ball downward into the net in the 80th minute. It was the insurance point GPC needed to glide to the final whistle.
The Jaguars produced 10 shots on goal. Middle Georgia had nine, eight of them saved by Michael Polacek.
Saturday’s game will be webcast on NHSBN.com, with a link available at www.gpc.edu/athletic. Go to the Game Webcasts section and click on the link.August 26, 2011
Jaguars open season with second-half goal fest
After an out-of-sync first half that ended scoreless, the 14th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars broke loose for a 5-0 victory over Gordon College on Friday afternoon at the Dunwoody Campus.
It was the season and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams.
Jack Newbold, a freshman from Birmingham, England, made his Jaguars debut memorable with two goals. Brayan Rodriguez, Andy Gamble and returnee Leo Sanchez also scored for GPC.
“It was a win. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win,” said Marc Zagara, who is beginning his 20th season at the helm of the Jaguars.
GPC got the better of play in the first half but couldn’t get a ball past Gordon goalkeeper Chase Daniel, who normally plays on the back line. That changed quickly as the sunny, warm afternoon wore on and the Jaguars were able to call on a deeper bench.
With 39:23 remaining, Rodriguez scored from close in, with Mo Balbouli getting one assist for a cross pass and Danny Seabrooke the second for redirecting the ball with his chest.
The Jaguars took a 2-0 lead with 27:13 remaining when Gamble pounded home the ricochet of a shot by Sanchez, who received the assist.
Then it was Newbold’s turn, with powerful kicks at 25:02 and again at 16:33, assisted the first time by Marc McGill and then by Elvis Miller.
Sanchez put the punctuation mark on the day with a highlight reel play, curving home a 30-yard direct free kick over a wall of Gordon defenders with 7:21 remaining.
The Jaguars peppered Daniel with 16 shots on goal, while the Highlanders managed only three against GPC freshman goalkeeper Michael Polacek, who posted a shutout and three saves in his collegiate debut.
GPC entered the opener ranked No. 14 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.
The Jaguars next play Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. against GCAA rival Middle Georgia College in Cochran.
The next home game is Saturday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. against another region rival, Darton College, in the Jaguar Invitational on the Dunwoody Campus. Darton, the defending conference champion, finished sixth in the nation last season and the preseason poll ranks the Cavaliers in that spot.
To listen to radio-style play-by-play accounts of both games, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”
New-look Jaguars open 2011 season Friday
By its sky-high standards, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team endured a difficult season in 2010. The numbers tell the tale: four defeats, one tie and no trip to the national tournament after six straight visits.
All but four Jaguars and two red-shirts from the 2010 roster have moved on. The returning group brings limited junior college seasoning, three of them having spent most of the year rehabbing from injuries.
If this sounds like a program on an inexorable path to a lull, well, let the words of the GPC head coach drown out such a notion.
The lack of experience “is not a big issue,” Marc Zagara said. “It’s not unusual at this level. We’ve been through this before.”
Recently, in fact. The 2009 squad reached the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament—attaining Zagara’s annually stated goal of “excellence”—with just two sophomore starters.
The 2011 version of the Jaguars opens the season at home Friday at 5 p.m., hosting Gordon College in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams. The statewide conference is also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.
GPC’s new look will extend beyond the new faces. There likely will be fewer creative players with individual flair, occasionally stepping outside the framework set by the coaches. The Jaguars may miss forward Boubacar Toure, who in two seasons accounted for 36 goals and 33 assists for 105 points.
The pendulum could swing to a more technical style. ’I don’t think we are going to struggle in that area as we have in the past sometimes,” he said. “We will be a hard-working team, a cohesive unit.”
Prompting the transition in part was the arrival of five newcomers from Ireland and the United Kingdom, an area known for its fundamentally sound, unflashy brand of soccer. The recruits embody the efforts of GPC assistant coach Allan Davie, a Scotsman by birth.
Zagara, an NJCAA Hall-of-Fame coach entering his 20th season at GPC, was responsible for signing a pair of Canadians spotted at a Florida tournament over the year-end break. He expects striker Molham Babouli and center back Jordan Dunston to contribute once they get acclimated to the southern heat. “They are struggling a bit with it,” the coach said.
With the usual international flavor and two nations additionally represented for the first time in the Zagara era, he joked, “I think we’ve now got the four corners of the globe covered.”
Still, the bulk of the roster is home-grown, especially with only one incoming freshman from Florida, a state that Zagara has heavily mined in the past.
All four veterans have Georgia roots. The quicksilver forward Leo Sanchez (Fitzgerald High) could pace the team in scoring. Sanchez missed most of the season but still played more than midfielder/forward Rury Alvarez (Stone Mountain High) and midfielder Kenny Adeshigbin (Central Gwinnett High), both of whom were red-shirted after being felled by injuries.
Alvarez, another top scoring prospect, played a key role in the Jaguars’ 2009 national second-place run, scoring 18 points on six strikes and six assists, including a game-winning overtime goal over rival Young Harris College. He made the NJCAA All-Tournament team after scoring a game-tying, 35-yard field goal in the Jags’ semifinal victory on penalty kicks.
Among the returnees, midfielder Elvis Miller (Meadowcreek High), a deft passer who finished his freshman year on a tear, was the only player to avoid a season-shortening ailment last year.
Along with Babouli and Dunston,a standout in the fresh crop of freshmen might be striker Brayan Rodriguez, yet another local product, from Pebblebrook High. Goalkeeper Michael Placek (McIntosh High), also has local roots.
The Jaguars would have been much stronger had rising sophomore Aaron Rygiel not signed with Creighton University. He was the team’s No. 2 scorer last year with 14 goals and 10 assists. What’s more, three blue-chip high school prospects in Florida received Division I offers after finding favor with GPC.
Zagara never rues such developments. His oft-repeated ultimate aim is to place players with four-year programs. While the won-loss ledger from last year was uncharacteristic, he labeled it a success because 14 players landed scholarships, four on the D-I level.
In that context, “The season wasn’t a disappointment by any means,” he said.
Still, the Jaguars hope to avenge last year’s ouster in the conference tournament semifinals by Darton College, win the Southeast District Championship and reclaim their rightful place at nationals.
Even with the extreme roster makeover, Zagara believes that GPC’s typical role as the team to beat remains intact.
“I’d rather be us than anybody else in our league,” he said. “I like our chances.”July 1, 2011
Jaguars open men’s soccer schedule at home on Aug. 26
The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars, bidding for their seventh trip to the national tournament in eight seasons, open their 2011 schedule on Friday, Aug. 26, with a home game against Gordon College.
Game time is 5 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road in Dunwoody.
The Jaguars have 19 regular-season matches, 12 against region rivals from the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Non-region opponents include two defending National Junior College Athletic Association regional champions, Spartanburg Methodist College and Hinds Community College of Mississippi, and perennial power Louisburg College of North Carolina.
The Jaguars were 14-4-1 last season, losing to Darton College 1-0 in the semifinals of the GCAA tournament in Albany.
This season the first Darton match comes early, Sept. 3 in Dunwoody. Earlier that week, on Aug. 30, the Jaguars go on the road to play another GCAA contender, Middle Georgia.
The tournament semifinals and final of the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA, will be hosted by Georgia Perimeter on Oct. 29 and 30, game times to be announced.
The Southeast District championship game will be Nov. 5, with the national tournament in Phoenix on Nov. 17-20.
Last season broke the Jaguars’ streak of six appearances in the nationals. They were national champions in 2005 and finished runner-up in 2004, 2007 and 2009 under coach Marc Zagara, a Hall of Famer who will be entering his 20th season at GPC.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.
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.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.
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.