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November 11, 2012

Five Jaguars receive GCAA honors

The British Isles connection provided three of five Jaguars that made the All-GCAA team and All-Tournament team recently selected by the coaches of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA.

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Freshman defender/midfielder Richard Mealey (London, England, Mill Chase H.S.) was named to the All-GCAA first team. Chosen for the second team were sophomore midfielders Danny Seabrook (London, Calthorpe Park H.S.) and Ross Nelson (Larne, Northern Ireland, Larne H.S.), along with freshman defender Johnny Resendiz (Atlanta, North Springs H.S.).

Resendiz and sophomore midfielder Cesar Espinoza (Lilburn, Parkview H.S.) made the GCAA All-Tournament team.

A versatile 6-foot-5 freshman, Mealey posted only four goals and three assists but was dominant on both defense and offense. He played defender, midfielder and forward at various points during the season. His last-minute game-tying goal against South Georgia College, scored with a shoulder in heavy traffic, was one of the highlights of the Jaguars’ season.

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“Richard has excellent header skills,” said acting head coach Allan Davie. “He provides maturity for the team. He is very composed, with good ball control.”

Nelson, who also played at forward, was the Jaguars’ top scorer with 24 points on nine goals and six assists. His specialty was advancing the attack on the wings. Last season he earned a spot on the all-conference first team with four goals and 16 assists.

“He is a very creative player with an eye for the goal,” Davie said.

Seabrook had eight goals and five assists for 21 points. He played much of the season in the defensive stopper position before moving up to the attacking center midfielder spot. He scored four goals in his first game at that position. Last year he was named to the All-Tournament team.

“Danny runs the offense skillfully, seeing the whole field,” Davie said.

Resendiz, whom Davie described as “an excellent attacker from the back line,” played in the state’s rugged junior college conference at only 17 years of age.

Espinoza, who moved to midfielder after playing on the defensive line for GPC in 2011, scored the Jaguars’ goal in their 2-1 semifinal loss to South Georgia. For the season, he had four goals and one assist for nine points.

“Cesar advances the ball up the side very well,” Davie said.

The coaches voted Darton State College midfielder Troy Tucker as Player of the Year and Darton head coach Bart Sasnett as Coach of the Year.

Others selected to the All-GCAA first team: Tucker, Carlos Cantano, Soren Yuhaschek, Jowayne Laidley (Darton); Moussa Ba, Lloyd Matthews (South Georgia); Basil Elimbi, Tomide Adable (Georgia Military College); Robert Egan (Middle Georgia College); Nick Jaffe (Andrew College).

Others on the All-GCAA second team: Jordon Crown, John Clifford, Theodore Brown (South Georgia); Andrew Palumbo, Jahmel Swan (Darton); Esgardo Arroyo (Andrew); Darren Tinnelly (Middle Georgia); Sean Kelly (Georgia Military).

Others on the All-Tournament team: Tucker, Alejandro Garcia, Jorge Chirinos (Darton); Brown, Alloy Buckle, Nathan Lopez (South Georgia); Victor Cardozo (Middle Georgia); Jaffe (Andrew).

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October 27, 2012

South Georgia nips Jaguars in semifinal

Cesar Espinoza headed in a goal on a perfect corner kick by Danny Seabrook, but it wasn’t enough for the Jaguars to continue their winning streak and the 2012 season.

Jaguar Cesar Espinoza battles South Georgia's Jacob Brinkley for possession. Photos/Larry Williams

Georgia Perimeter fell to South Georgia College 2-1 Saturday in the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Albany.

“We started bright and lively, but we gave the ball away softly, and this is what cost us the game,” said acting head coach Allan Davie. “Credit to South Georgia—they battled away and punished our mistakes.”

With the loss the Jaguars end the season with a 9-8 record. They were 6-4 in conference play and finished third in the standings behind South Georgia and undefeated Darton State College.

South Georgia (12-2) advances to the GCAA championship match with Darton (16-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. Darton defeated Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.) 1-0 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

The Jaguars, who came in with a three-game winning streak, dominated South Georgia in possession time. But a defensive mistake allowed the Tigers to strike first in the opening period.

Alloy Buckle outraced a lone defender and ran on Jaguar goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez to score in the fifteenth minute. In the 21st minute sophomore center midfielder Seabrook launched a corner kick from the right. The ball crossed the box to the opposite post, where Espinoza, a sophomore midfielder, expertly headed it into the open left side of the goal.

Danny Seabrook wins a challenge. Photos/Larry Williams

The teams were knotted 1-1 at the intermission but the tie didn’t last long into the second half. In the 55th minute, Buckle struck again, taking a pass at the left side of the box, faking to the left and sending the ball past Sanchez to the right.

A very physical defensive struggle ensued, with numerous yellow cards flashing, but the Jaguars failed to mount a game-tying attack.

“We worked hard and created some chances, just not enough,” Davie said.

“But the majority are freshmen and young, raw talent,” he added. “They will learn from this experience and come back stronger next year.”

Video online broadcasts of the GCAA tournament semifinals and championship match can be watched through links at jockjive.com or at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 25, 2012

Jaguar Journal: GPC takes momentum to semifinals

An annual ritual takes place this weekend as the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team travels to Albany for the semifinals of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament.

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The Jaguars meet South Georgia College Saturday at 5 p.m. in the first semifinal. The last time Georgia Perimeter failed to make the semifinals was in another millennium, in 1998.

Since he restarted the soccer program in 1992, Marc Zagara’s teams have made the conference final four in 17 of his 20 seasons as head coach.

This year the Jaguars head into the event, hosted by Darton State College, with a mojo and momentum they uncharacteristically haven’t exhibited through most of their regular-season schedule.

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“Overall, we’ve played a very good possession game all season,” said acting head coach Allan Davie. “We just haven’t converted our possessions into goals. But we’ve got lots of talented, very creative players, and we’ve got momentum going into the tournament.”

Momentum, indeed. The Jaguars scored a total of 19 goals in their first 13 matches. They’ve scored 21 in the last three.

Davie—acting head coach while Zagara is on leave—believes his roster of young players just needed “seasoning.” Whether they have aged enough for the tournament remains to be seen. It’s a tough field ahead.

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Host Darton (15-0) is ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll, while South Georgia College (11-2) is No. 16.

The Jaguars (9-7) have fallen to South Georgia twice—2-1 in overtime at home and 2-0 in Douglas. They also took Darton into overtime at home on Sept. 1, but lost 3-2, and then fell to the Cavaliers in Albany 4-0.

Darton’s opponent in Saturday’s 7 p.m. semifinal, Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.), is unranked despite a 12-0-2 record. As champion of the Alabama Community College Conference, the Lions earned a berth in the GCAA tournament.

How young are the Jaguars facing this formidable field? The squad features only four sophomores among 17 freshmen.

The sophomores readily assumed their roles as leaders. Midfielder returnees Ross Nelson (Larne, Northern Ireland, Larne H.S.) and Danny Seabrook (London, England, Calthorpe Park H.S.) serve as co-captains and team workhorses. Last year Nelson, who sometimes plays forward, made the All-GCAA first team. Seabrook was named to the All-Tournament team.

“Danny is very industrious. He shows a lot of composure and he’s a calming influence on the midfield,” Davie said. “Ross leads by example. He’s a very creative player with an eye for the goal.”

Ranked fifth in the conference in scoring, Nelson leads the Jaguars with nine goals and six assists for 24 points. Seabrook is the second-highest scorer with 21 points on eight goals and five assists.

Another sophomore midfielder, Cesar Espinoza (Lilburn, Parkview H.S.), has contributed three goals and an assist He played left fullback last year but moved to midfielder this season and does a good job running the left side as a complement to Nelson on the right.

Top point producers among the freshmen are midfielder Kevin Naranjo (Lakeworth, Fla., Palm Beach Central H.S.) and forward Francisco Aguirre (Miami, Fla., American H.S.) with 14 points apiece.

Davie describes Aguirre as a “very fast-paced player” and the “Kevins”—Naranjo and freshman Kevin Lopara (Cape Coral, Fla., Cape Coral H.S.)—as “tricky, technical players” who have learned to play the more direct game along with their fancy styles.

On very quick freshman forward Kioki Hutchings (Macon, Howard H.S.), Davie said, “He’s really improved over the season and he’s a hard worker.”

Two of the youngsters, Johnny Resendiz (Atlanta, North Springs H.S.) and Emmanuel d’ Andrea (Milton, Milton H.S.) are only age 17. Davie likes how d’ Andrea has matured over the season: “He’s improved the speed of the game and he’s also a very hard worker.”

Resendiz and another freshman, Luke Nonayane (Lawrenceville, Central Gwinnett H.S.)—both defenders—“do a real good job of attacking from the back,” Davie noted.

“The defense has progressed with time. They’ve developed an understanding of their roles.”

Helping Resendiz and Nonyane hold down the back line duties is freshman Olivier Benedict (Cape Coral, Fla., Cape Coral H.S.), and Francis Akpa (Gonzac, Ivory Coast, L’ecele Protestant H.S.) has seen much action off the bench. Also, as the season progressed, Davie called on talented freshman midfielder Jose Cubillan (Zulia, Venezuela, San Vicente de Bul H.S.) to shore up the defense.

Standing head and shoulders above all—including opponents—is 6-foot-six freshman Richard Mealey (London, England, Mill Chase H.S.). A natural forward, he started the season as a very dominating sweeper but now has moved up to stopper where he bolsters the attack. He has eleven points, four goals and three assists.

“He provides maturity for the team,” Davie said. “He’s very composed with good ball control and he controls the midfield well.”

Freshmen Bryan Sanchez (Dacula, Dacula H.S.) and Seraphin Asante (Lithia Springs, Lithia Springs H.S.) have shared the goalkeeping duties, with Sanchez starting most of the second half of the season. Asante leads the conference with 59 saves and is third in save percentage (.756) and goals-against average (1.90).

JAGUAR JOLTS: Fans can watch the GCAA tournament online by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking on the links under “Game Webcasts.” … The Jaguars have won the conference tournament 13 times during Zagara’s 20 seasons at the helm. … During a streak of six straight trips to the NJCAA national tournament, GPC won the national championship in 2005 and finished second in 2004, 2007 and 2009. … After a six-game slump that included four shutouts, the Jaguars rebounded last week with 8-0 and 10-3 victories over Georgia Military College and the Oglethorpe University J.V. team. Tuesday they continued the momentum with a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Andrew College.

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October 24, 2012

Jaguars advance to semifinals with 3-1 win

Danny Seabrook, Ross Nelson and Kevin Naranjo netted goals to lead Georgia Perimeter College over Andrew College 3-1 Wednesday, earning the Jaguars a trip to Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament semifinals.

Kevin Naranjo aggressively chases down the offense.
Photo by Bill Roa.

With the quarterfinal victory at Georgia Perimeter’s Dunwoody Campus, the Jaguars take a 9-7 record into this weekend’s GCAA tournament at Darton State College in Albany. Seeded third, they will play second-place South Georgia College Saturday at 5 p.m.

Wednesday the Jaguars effectively dominated most of the game, keeping Andrew out of the attack zone and eliminating the visitors from the postseason. The Fighting Tigers finish with a 4-9-3 record.

“We possessed the ball well today, showed some good ball control and good attacking combinations,” said acting head coach Allan Davie. “But we still need to convert opportunities and finish games off earlier.”

Seabrook opened the scoring in the 16th minute after a take-down penalty was called on an Andrew defender as three players collided inside the 18-yard box. Seabrook drove the penalty shot past Tiger goalkeeper Steven Arroyave to put the Jags on the board.

After staving off GPC’s relentless attack through the remainder of the half, the Tigers came out of the intermission with a more energetic game and penetrated into the attack zone numerous times.

The Jaguars celebrate the 3-1 win to advance to meet South Georgia College Saturday at 5 p.m. Photo by Bill Roa.

But in the 62nd minute GPC’s Kevin Naranjo sent a long pass to Emmanuel d’Andre in front of the goal mouth. d’Andre headed a powerful shot that caromed off the crossbar, drawing Arroyave to the right.

Ross Nelson trapped the rebound with a shin and poked the ball into the left side of the net for a 2-0 lead. Naranjo earned an assist on the play.

Andrew didn’t fold, though, and four minutes later Nick Jaffe scored from five yards out after GPC’s Richard Mealey blocked a shot in front of the goal.

“They got two strikes on it,” Davie said. “That’s not supposed to happen.”

The Jaguars regained the possession advantage in the final 20 minutes. Seabrook kicked a long pass from midfield to Naranjo, who ran one-on-one at Arroyave and scored from 10 yards out with 11:48 remaining on the clock.

Georgia Perimeter took 12 shots on goal while limiting the visitors to five, four saved by Sanchez. Arroyave had nine saves.

The GCAA semifinals Saturday and championship match Sunday will be video webcast live by Jockjive.com. To watch the games, visit http://thegcaa.com/information/101512soccerlinks. For the GCAA tournament brackets, visit http://thegcaa.com/information/101812gcaabrackets.

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October 20, 2012

Seabrook nets 4 goals as Jaguars win 10-3

Danny Seabrook collected four goals as the scoring spree of the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars continued Saturday with a 10-3 victory at Oglethorpe University against the Stormy Petrels’ junior varsity team.

Eight Jaguars registered points with goals or assists as Georgia Perimeter finishes its regular season at 8-7.

A sophomore midfielder, Seabrook kicked off the point parade four minutes into the game with a goal assisted by Ross Nelson and Francisco Aguirre.

Seabrook scored two more goals to lead the Jags to a 5-3 advantage at halftime. The defense shut off the hosts in the second half while the attack racked up five more strikes, led by Seabrook’s fourth goal two minutes into the period.

In late September and October, the Jaguars scored only four goals in a stretch of six games that included four shutouts. That worrisome streak ended last Tuesday with an 8-0 victory at Georgia Military College in which nine Jaguars collected points.

The offensive breakout is welcome as the Jaguars next begin postseason play with a 1 p.m. home match Wednesday against Andrew College. The winner of that play-in advances to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament semifinals on Saturday in Albany.

Saturday, sophomore midfielder Cesar Espinoza and freshman forward Francisco Aguirre added five points apiece to Seabrook’s onslaught. Espinoza had two goals and an assist and Aguirre had a goal and three assists.

Other points gathered for the Jaguars were by Nelson, three assists; Richard Mealey, a goal and two assists; Kevin Naranjo, goal and two assists; Kevin Lopara, goal; and Jose Cubillan, assist.

Georgia Perimeter pulled out its heavy artillery with 33 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez saved two of five shots on goal by the Stormy Petrels.

Andrew comes to GPC’s stadium Wednesday with a 4-8-2 record, 2-8 in the GCAA. The Jaguars have defeated Andrew twice by the same score, 2-1. They enter the postseason in third place in the league, behind second-place South Georgia College and undefeated Darton State College, which is ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

For the GCAA tournament brackets, visit http://thegcaa.com/information/101812gcaabrackets.Saturday’ssemifinals and Sunday’s championship game will be video webcast, with links at http://thegcaa.com/information/101512soccerlinks.

Wednesday's play-in game will be played at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338.

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October 16, 2012

Jaguars explode for 8 goals on the road

After scoring only four goals in the past six games—and suffering four shutouts—the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars marched a veritable point parade across the Georgia Military College soccer field on Tuesday.

Nine Jaguars collected points as they shut out the Bulldogs 8-0 in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match at the GMC campus in Milledgeville.

They were led by three Jaguars putting up four points apiece. Richard Mealey scored two goals and Francisco Aguirre and Ross Nelson each scored one goal and handed out two assists.

Georgia Perimeter (7-7, 6-4) finishes its GCAA schedule in third place, behind undefeated Darton State College and second-place South Georgia College.

The Jaguars will host a tournament play-in game Tuesday against Georgia Military (2-9, 0-9) at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus. The time is to be determined. The winner of that match advances to the Oct. 27-28 GCAA championship tournament in Albany on Darton’s home field.

Freshman forward Aguirre started off the scoring spree with a goal 14 minutes into the game. Kioki Hutchings earned an assist on the play.

Another freshman, Mealey, added a goal 10 minutes later, assisted by veteran sophomore Nelson. The Jaguars led 2-0 at halftime.

The floodgates broke open in the second period. Sophomore forward Cesar Espinoza scored in the 50th minute with an assist by Aguirre. Then Nelson found the net in the 57th minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Danny Seabrooke.

The bombs kept coming—64th, Kevin Naranjo (Aguirre assist); 69th, Mealey (Nelson); 78th, Jose Cubillan (Naranjo); 83rd, Seabrooke (Kevin Lopara).

It represents the Jaguars’ highest point total of the season.

The Georgia Perimeter defense allowed only one shot on goal, which goalkeeper Brian Sanchez saved to preserve his first shutout of the season. The Jaguars took 16 shots on goal.

Saturday, GPC finishes its regular season with a short hop to Oglethorpe University to play the Stormy Petrels’ junior varsity at 5 p.m.

Tuesday’s play-in will mark the third meeting between the Jaguars and Georgia Military. The Jags defeated the Bulldogs 3-0 in September.

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October 13, 2012

South Georgia blanks Jaguars, maintains grip on second place

Intent on catching up with the second-place team in their conference, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars fell short Saturday, suffering a 2-0 loss at South Georgia College in Douglas.

The setback drops Georgia Perimeter to 5-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, two games behind the Tigers. But the Jaguars are comfortably situated in third place, two games ahead of Middle Georgia College. GPC is 6-7 overall.

The team finishing second in the conference earns a bye into the GCAA semifinals on Oct. 27 in Albany. The third-place team has to host a play-in game with the league’s sixth-place team on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Currently, Georgia Military College resides in sixth place with an 0-8 conference record.

South Georgia (10-2, 7-2) scored two goals in the first half, both by Lloyd Matthews. He first scored in the 31st minute with a header off a 40-yard free kick by Shilton Jen-Noel.

Matthews’ second goal came in the 42nd minute on a penalty kick.

The Tigers sent six shots on goal, and GPC goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez saved four. Meanwhile, the hosts held the Jaguars to five shots on goal, all saved by keeper Jordan Crown, who earned the shutout.

Tuesday, the Jaguars take a shorter bus ride to Milledgeville to play Georgia Military in their final conference match. GPC beat the Bulldogs 3-0 in September. Next Saturday the Jags wrap up the regular season, hosting Oglethorpe University’s junior varsity team at 4 p.m.

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October 9, 2012

Jaguars end drought with 3-1 win

After suffering three straight shutouts, going goalless since Sept. 22, the Jaguars needed a lift.

They got it Tuesday on Ross Nelson’s broad shoulders. He scored two goals to lead GPC to a 3-1 victory over Middle Georgia College at the Dunwoody Campus.

“Happy with a victory today and good to start hitting the back of the net again, even though we still missed a handful of chances,” said GPC acting head coach Allan Davie, who is filling in for Marc Zagara.

Georgia Perimeter (6-6, 5-3) gained a solid hold on third place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. It is a coveted spot because the fourth-place team will have to play Darton State College in the semifinals of the GCAA tournament Oct. 27-28. Darton is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

Nelson and Kioki Hutchings ended the scoring drought—worst in the school’s 20-year “Zagara” era—in the 16th minute of the match. Working along the right end line, Hutchings drilled the ball into the six-yard box, and Nelson deftly deflected it into the left corner of the net.

With 29:40 on the clock in the second half, Danny Seabrook won a challenge at midfield and mailed a lengthy pass to Richard Mealey, running down the right side. He sent a pass into the penalty area that Nelson drove home with one or two touches. It was an all-Great Britain combo—Seabrook and Mealey are from London and Nelson is from Northern Ireland. Mealey earned the assist.

Emmanuel d’Andrea tallied on a corner kick inside the six with 11:29 remaining, flicking the ball with a heel through heavy traffic into the goal.

Middle Georgia (6-5, 3-5) ruined goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez’s shutout bid in the 89th minute. Tim O’ Donenell scored with an assist from the right endline by Ryan Barrick.

Sanchez had nine saves as Middle Georgia fired 10 shots on goal. GPC also had 10 SOGs, seven saved by Warrior goalie Bryant Allen.

“We played some good football in spurts and created good opportunities, but must continue to improve and cut out the mental mistakes,” Davie said. “Overall, the win will lift the lads and we will take the positives of today into the South Georgia game this Saturday.”

GPC visits South Georgia College (8-2, 6-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a chance to force a tie for second place in the conference. The Jaguars’ last goal before the drought came when they won a 2-1 overtime victory over South Georgia College at home on Sept. 22. South Georgia is ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA poll.

Tuesday’s match was audio broadcast online. To listen to the archived webcast, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the link under “Game Webcasts.”

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October 6, 2012

No. 1 Darton defeats Jaguars 4-0; stage set for big match Tuesday

Darton State College, ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll, beat the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars 4-0 Saturday in Albany.

The loss, GPC’s third straight scoreless outing, drops the Jaguars to 4-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 5-6 overall. The Jaguars are battling second-place South Georgia College and fourth-place Middle Georgia College for the second and third seeds in the conference tournament Oct. 27-28.

GPC hosts Middle Georgia Tuesday in a match that could impact the either team’s aspirations for a favorable tournament seeding.

Darton (12-0, 7-0) rests comfortably atop the conference standings and has been ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll for five weeks.

Speedy sophomore Jowayne Laidley, a Jaguar nemesis last season and this, scored two goals to lead the Cavaliers.

GPC held its own in the first half, despite missing key players Johnny Resendiz and Luke Nonyane— and with two starters playing through injuries. But the Cavaliers held a 2-0 lead at halftime, as the Jaguars’ offense failed to convert runs on the goal and the defense made mistakes.

“The psychology of the game changes if you score a goal,” said GPC acting head coach Allan Davie. “But based on the second half, they deserved the victory. We gave the ball away too much.”

Darton scored two additional goals in the final period to put it away. According to the Darton website, Cavalier head coach Bart Sasnett described his team’s second half as “the best soccer we played all year.”

Also scoring for Darton were Jorge Torinos and Andrew Palumbo. Earning assists were Palumbo, Alejandro Garcia and Troy Tucker.

Georgia Perimeter forced Darton into an overtime on Sept. 1 at GPC, and Laidley assisted the winning goal, downing the Jags 3-2. A year ago, Darton also downed GPC 4-0 after the teams played a close match in their first meeting.

Middle Georgia looms right behind GPC in the league standings with a 3-3 mark, so Tuesday’s 4 p.m. match is important for both teams in the chase for a favorable conference tournament berth.

The fourth place team will play the top seed— most likely Darton— in a semifinal on Oct. 28. The more favorable spots will be the second and third seeds, which meet in the other semifinal.

Tuesday’s match will be audio broadcast online. To listen to the live play-by-play, 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 30, 2012

Jaguars suffer second straight shutout

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ offensive slump continued Saturday as they fell to Jefferson College 1-0 at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

The visitors from Hillsboro, Mo., struck little over seven minutes into the match on a highlight reel goal by Lance Kohler. Sanel Hasanovic earned the assist with a long pass from the defensive end to Kohler, who trapped the ball just beyond midfield and released a power shot from more than 30 yard out past the fingertips of goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez.

“That was a great goal,” said GPC acting head coach Allan Davie. “Nine out of 10 guys shooting from there would have sent it into the trees or off to the side. Bryan didn’t have a chance to stop it.”

Georgia Perimeter (5-5) dominated the midfield and possessed the ball most of the game, as the Jaguars often have this season.

“Once again we possessed the ball well but the final product wasn’t there,” Davie said. But the coach also credited the Vikings’ game.

“They had a stubborn defense, and some good attackers.”

Sanchez, making his first start in goal, made two diving saves on strong Jefferson shots midway through the second half. He had four saves as the defense held the Vikings to only five shots on goal, but Jefferson’s defense also allowed only five shots.

Jefferson (6-4-1) lost to Darton College 2-1 Saturday on the Georgia Perimeter field.

It doesn’t get easier for the Jaguars as they travel Saturday to Albany to visit Darton, ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll. Darton squeaked by GPC a month ago with a 3-2 overtime win at the Dunwoody Campus.

The next home game for the Jaguars will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9, versus Middle Georgia College at 4 p.m. That game will be audio webcast, and fans can listen to the live radio-style play-by-play by visiting www.gpc.edu/athletic and clicking 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, 2012

Spartanburg Methodist shuts out Jaguars

Spartanburg Methodist College has the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars’ number this year.

The South Carolina club got two goals from Juan Villa and defeated Georgia Perimeter 3-0 Tuesday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus, sweeping the season’s home-and-away series.

Georgia Perimeter (5-4) fell to the Pioneers 4-1 earlier this month in Spartanburg, S.C. Going back to 2006, the Jaguars have defeated SMC four times and tied twice, and the winning scores were lopsided—6-0, 6-1, 5-0 and 3-1.

Though the Jaguars dominated the possession game, they couldn’t get the ball into the net with 12 shots on goal. Pioneer goalkeeper Evan Rogers got the shutout with 12 saves.

Spartanburg sent eight shots at GPC keeper Seraphin Asante, and he saved five.

Villa gave the visitors a 1-0 halftime lead early in the game with a 35-yard direct kick from the right side that Asante and the Jaguars thought had been called an indirect kick.

As the ball sailed into the top shelf for a goal Asante could have stopped, Asante seemed surprised and confused that Villa didn’t kick to another player for the one touch required by an indirect kick.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Villa scored again with an assist by Joel Perez. Ibo Juhen completed the scoring in the 82nd minute, assisted by Brayan Aguirre.

Next the Jaguars host Jefferson College Sunday at 11 a.m. It is a weekend road trip for the visitors from Hillsboro, Mo., as they play Darton College on GPC’s Dunwoody Campus home field on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Darton is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll. Also ranked is South Georgia College at No. 12.

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

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September 22, 2012

South Georgia nips Jaguars in OT

For the second time this season, the Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team tied a match against a national contender late in the game and then let it slip away in overtime.

Richard Mealey scored the game-tying, highlight-film goal in the final forty seconds, but a Jaguar defensive lapse allowed South Georgia College to seize a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

Georgia Perimeter remains in third place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 4-2 conference record, 5-3 overall.

To the Jags’ credit, both frustrating losses came to formidable opponents. South Georgia (7-1, 5-1 GCAA) sits atop the league with the most wins. South Georgia and GPC each received votes in the latest NJCAA poll, but conference rival Darton College (8-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

On Sept. 1, GPC tied Darton (then ranked No. 3) with two late goals—the tying score coming with 1:58 remaining—and then the Jaguars lost in overtime 3-2.

Saturday’s match was even more dramatic in the second half. Down 1-0 at halftime, the Jaguar offense struggled to finish its attacks, though GPC won possessions throughout the game.

“Other than scoring, we dominated the game,” said GPC’s acting head coach, Alan Davie. “We need to score goals—it’s as simple as that.”

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Davie moved Mealey, the tallest and heftiest player on the field, from the back line to forward, planting him in the 18-yard box.

“I didn’t see any scorers, so I brought him up,” Davie said.

The move paid off in the 90th minute when Luke Nonyane sent a perfect high pass from deep on the left side to Mealey running on the goal mouth.

Mealey lept high for a header, but South Georgia goalkeeper Jordan Crown was right on him, attempting to claim the pass. Mealey was able to use only his right shoulder like a back header, driving the ball into the left corner of the net.

The clock showed 39 seconds remained until the buzzer and the game tied at one all.

But South Georgia won it in the third minute of the sudden-death overtime. With the ball bouncing around in heavy traffic a few yards out—and slipping out of goalkeeper Seraphin Asante’s arms—the defense failed to clear it.

The league’s two top scorers won the game. In the frantic confusion, Lloyd Matthews (31 points) tapped the ball off to the right to Moussa Ba (22 points). Ba drilled it into the left corner of the goal for the game-winner.

“After all the hard work, we let it slip away,” Davie said. South Georgia struck early and led 1-0 at halftime because of another Jaguar defensive lapse. Ba scored in the seventh minute on a free kick that slipped through GPC’s four-man wall and past Asante.

South Georgia sent 11 shots on goal, and Asante saved 9—he’s the GCAA’s saves leader with 48. The Jaguars had 10 shots on goal. It was a physical match—Georgia Perimeter committed 15 fouls and the Tigers had 10.

Tuesday the Jaguars host Spartanburg Methodist in a nonconference game at 4 p.m. The Jaguars lost to Spartanburg 4-1 on Sept. 11.

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

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September 15, 2012

Lopara goal gets road victory for Jaguars

Kevin Lopara scored a goal with 10 minutes left in the game to send Georgia Perimeter College to a 2-1 victory over Andrew College in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match Saturday in Cuthbert.

Georgia Perimeter (4-2, 3-1) and Andrew (2-6, 0-5) battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, but Danny Seabrook put the Jaguars on the board midway through the second with a penalty kick.

With 13 minutes remaining, Andrew’s Tony Baza tied the game with a free kick.

But three minutes later, Lopara scored the eventual game winner with an assist by Johnny Resendiz.

Jaguar goalkeeper Seraphin Asante registered six saves, while the GPC offense bombarded the Fighting Tigers with 10 shots. Andrew keeper Alejandro Leonides saved eight.

It was the second time the teams have played a tight match in the young season. GPC defeated Andrew 2-1 on August 28 at the Georgia Perimeter home field in Dunwoody.

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September 11, 2012

Spartanburg Methodist upends Jaguars

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars dropped a nonconference road game to Spartanburg Methodist 4-1 Tuesday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Clifford Okerulu scored a goal in the 81st minute for Georgia Perimeter (3-2), and Kevin Neranjo earned the assist, but it was too little, too late.

GPC couldn’t stop the Pioneers’ aggressive offense or penetrate their defense. The Pioneers got off eight shots on goal to Georgia Perimeter’s four.

Carlos Hernandez scored twice for Spartanburg Methodist (4-2), and Brayan Aguirre and Ibo Juhen each scored a goal. Joel Perez, Juan Villa and Steven Gonzalez each recorded an assist.

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September 8, 2012

Seabrook assists Jaguars’ road win

Sophomore midfielder Danny Seabrook had a foot in every score as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars defeated Middle Georgia College 3-1 Saturday in Cochran.

Seabrook handed out three assists, two in the first half and one late in the game, leading Georgia Perimeter to a 2-1 record in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 3-1 overall.

Jose Cubillan struck in the fourth minute of the game with Seabrook’s first assist. Less than 10 minutes later, Seabrook assisted Clifford Okerulu on another goal. The Jaguars took the 2-0 lead into the halftime intermission.

Middle Georgia wasn’t about to fold. Thirteen minutes into the second half, the Warriors (3-2, 1-1) scored on a penalty kick by Robert Egan to cut the lead to 2-1.

But in the 75th minute, Georges Benedict put the ball into the net to ice it for the Jaguars. Seabrooke and Kevin Neranjo each had an assist on the play.

Middle kept the Jaguar defense and goalkeeper Seraphin Asante busy. The Warriors launched 10 shots on goal, and Asante saved all but Egan’s penalty kick. Warrior goalie Caleb Graves saved six of GPC’s nine shots on goal.

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September 4, 2012

Jaguars defeat USC-Salkehatchie 2-0

Goalkeeper Seraphin Asante and the Georgia Perimeter College defense posted their second shutout in the young season Tuesday as the Jaguars tripped undefeated University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie 2-0 at Dunwoody Campus. With first-half goals from Ross Nelson and Kevin Lopara, the eighth-ranked Jaguars (2-1, 0-1) got back on the winning track after a disappointing conference loss Saturday to No. 3 Darton College. Nelson, who leads the Jaguars with seven points on three goals and an assist, scored in the 24th minute to put his team on the scoreboard. Freshman Jose Cubillan earned an assist, his first point of the season. A little more than three minutes later, Kevin Lopara netted the second goal with an assist by Matias Carrera. Both are freshmen getting their first college points. Salkehatchie (2-1) managed only two shots on goal against the Jags’ solid defense, both saved by Asante. GPC had six shots on goal, and Indians keeper Kane Pierce saved four. Saturday the Jaguars travel to Cochran to meet Middle Georgia College in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match.

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September 1, 2012

GPC rallies but falls to rival Darton in overtime

They did it again. When Darton College and Georgia Perimeter College play a men’s soccer match these days, count on a classic.

Francisco Aguirre (white uniform) scores, sending the match into overtime, assisted by Ross Nelson (background). Photo by Bill Roa

The teams that have dominated the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association for a decade met Saturday and had to go into overtime to settle the score. As often has been the case in recent years, the game was a clash between top ten teams. Visiting Darton, ranked third in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll, eked out a 3-2 victory. Eighth-ranked Georgia Perimeter fell behind 2-0 and then tied it with a dramatic comeback in the final minutes. With only 8:26 remaining in the game, Jaguar midfielder Danny Seabrook scored on a penalty kick to narrow the score to 2-1. Each team proceeded one player down, as each had suffered a red card on the play leading to the penalty kick.

Richard Mealey heads the ball as teammate Luke Nonyane and Darton's Jaylon Bather look on. Photo by Bill Roa

Six minutes later Seabrook advanced the ball upfield with a nifty pass to fellow sophomore Ross Nelson, who dribbled up the left side and broke open. Nelson sent a perfect assist into the box to freshman forward Francisco Aguirre, who booted the ball into the net from five yards out to send the game into overtime with only 1:58 showing on the clock. In the 10-minute sudden-death overtime, Jaguar goalkeeper Seraphin Asante made one of his several remarkable saves with a two-fisted punch. But in the 98th minute, the Jaguar defense failed to clear the line, and Asante couldn’t prevent the game-breaker. Jowayne Laidley, a nemesis to the Jaguars last season, sent a cross to Jahmel Swan, who scored the winning goal from the left side of the box. The loss dropped GPC to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the GCAA. Laidley had a hand in every score for Darton (4-0, 2-0). The Cavaliers took a 1-0 halftime when he earned an assist with a pass from the left corner to Jaylon Bather, who scored a one-touch goal from 10 yards out. The speedy Laidley scored in the 79th minute in a one-on-one run on Asante. Troy Tucker garnered the assist with a long pass. The Jaguars took eight shots on goal, while Darton had nine. Asante made six saves, as did Cavalier keeper Cory Walter.

Last October Georgia Perimeter fell to Darton 4-3 in double overtime to win the GCAA tournament championship. Tucker scored the winning goal with an assist from Laidley.

At the time the Cavaliers were ranked No. 2 in the nation, and they finished in third place at the NJCAA national tournament. GPC had won the GCAA title and gone to nationals for six consecutive years, until Darton knocked them out of the conference tournament in 2010 with a 1-0 win and went on to defeat Middle Georgia College for the championship. Next the Jaguars host the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Tuesday at 5 p.m. at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus. Their next conference game is slated for Saturday at Middle Georgia College at 2 p.m.

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August 28, 2012

Nelson’s goals lead Jaguars in opening win at Andrew

Sophomore forward Ross Nelson scored two goals as Georgia Perimeter College opened its 2012 men’s soccer season with a 2-1 road victory over Andrew College at Cuthbert.

The Jaguars enter the season ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll. Saturday they return to their home field to play the No. 3 nationally ranked team, conference rival Darton College.

Nelson scored his first goal 23 minutes into game with an assist by forward Francisco Aguirre, giving Georgia Perimeter a 1-0 edge at halftime.

In the eightieth minute, the same duo struck again, with Nelson scoring and Aguirre earning an assist.

The Fighting Tigers got their goal in the 87th minute from Fedson Hilarie with an assist by Tony Baza.

Jaguar goalkeeper Seraphin Asante registered six saves. GPC had 10 shots on goal, while limiting Andrew to seven.

The match also was GPC’s opener in the conference, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA. Andrew fell to 0-2, 0-2.

The Jaguars’ game Saturday with Darton matches the teams that have dominated the league for almost a decade. GPC won the GCAA championship six consecutive years, from 2004 to 2009, and Darton won the title in 2010 and 2011.

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