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December 6, 2013

Rodriguez, Dunstan named to All-America team

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently selected Georgia Perimeter College standouts Brayan Rodriguez and Jordan Dunstan to the 2013 Division 1 men’s soccer All-America team.

Brayan Rodriguez, left, battling against Monroe Community College early in the season, made the All-America second team. Photos/Bill Roa

A sophomore striker, Rodriguez was named to the All-America second team, while Dunstan, a sophomore defender, made the third team. Both played for the Jaguars in 2011 but were red-shirted in the 2012 season.

Another Georgia Perimeter soccer player, Alexandria Truitt, was named to the NJCAA women’s Division 1 All-America team for the second time. Read more at the GPC women’s soccer site.

Rodriguez spearheaded the Jaguars’ attack, finishing the season with 15 goals and 16 assists for 46 points. He led the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA) in assists and ranked second in points and third in goals. The region coaches named him Co-MVP of the conference, an honor which he shared with the league’s leading scorer, Darton State’s Darwin Espinal.

“Brayan played big for us in big games at big times all season,” GPC head coach Marc Zagara said. “Glad to see his accomplishments rewarded with this honor.”

In 2011 Rodriguez tallied 42 points on 12 goals and had 18 assists, so his career total comes to 88 points, one of the highest totals in Jaguar history.

He was oddly overlooked for the All-GCAA team in 2011, but this year, in addition to the Co-MVP honor, he was selected to the all-conference first team and the all-tournament team.

Jordan Dunstan made the All-America third team.

Dunstan, who was the Jaguars’ center back two years ago but a fixture at left fullback this fall, also was named to the All-Region 17 first team. The 6-5 sophomore dominated attackers, goes high on headers, has a very powerful leg and throws in from near midfield to the box like it’s a free kick.

He posted two assists this year and in 2011 scored two goals and had two assists for eight points.

“Jordan had two good years for us and was a bit unlucky,” Zagara said. “He and Brayan both lost a region championship their freshman year in double overtime and this past year lost the championship game in penalty kicks. A couple of good breaks and they win two championships and advance to the national tournament with teams that could have been dangerous there.”

This season the duo led Georgia Perimeter to a 14-2-3 record. In the GCAA championship game, the Jaguars tied Eastern Florida State College 2-2 but lost 3-1 on penalty kicks.

In the final NJCAA poll, issued after the national tournament, Georgia Perimeter was ranked No. 8, finishing higher than six teams that went to nationals.

Also named to the 2013 All-America team were two other players from Region 17, which is also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Both played for Darton—Espinal, a freshman forward, made the first team and sophomore midfielder Alejandro Garcia was selected to the third team.

Rodriguez hails from Mableton and Pebblebrook High School, while Dunstan is from Mississisauga, Canada, and Rick Hansen Secondary School. Acccording to Zagara, both are being recruited heavily by four-year universities.

“They will have their choice of where to go,” Zagara said. “Happy for both of them.”

View the complete list of players on the NJCAA Division 1 All-America team. View the final NJCAA men’s soccer Division 1 national rankings.

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November 16, 2013

Jaguars dominate GCAA awards; Rodriguez earns league’s Co-MVP

Brayan Rodriguez earned a coveted Co-MVP trophy, and the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars placed seven players, more than any other team, on the all-conference team announced by the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association last week.

Mbodj

Johnston

Dunstan

Rodriguez

Additionally, four of the seven Jaguars were named to the GCAA’s all-tournament team, also more than any team in the tournament. The league’s coaches select the players to the All-GCAA team, and participating coaches select the all-tournament team.

Not only did Rodriguez, a sophomore forward, make both teams, all-tournament and first team all-conference, but he also was named GCAA Co-Most Valuable Player. He shared the award with Darwin Espinal of Darton State College.

Jordan Dunstan, Kyle Johnston and Oumar Mbodj joined Rodriguez on the 11-man All-GCAA first team, while Diego Fagundez, Kioki Hutchings and T.J. Carter were selected to the second team.

Hutchings

Carter

Fagundez

Named to the all-tournament team along with Rodriguez were Hutchings, Dunstan and Mbodj.

The only team close to that number of awards is the Jaguars’ rival, Darton State, which had three on each team, first, second and all-tournament. Darton’s Bart Sasnett was voted GCAA Coach of the Year.

Rodriguez, who played for the Jaguars in 2011 (12 goals, 18 assists) but was red-shirted last year, finished this season with 46 points on 15 goals and 16 assists (34 career assists is unusually high for a striker). He led the GCAA in assists and was second in points and third in goals.

In a 2-1 comeback victory over defending champion Darton State, Rodriguez scored on a header that was professional quality. A half-bicycle game-tying volley—scored against Eastern Florida State College in the GCAA championship match—was spectacular.

“Brayan was hurt his entire freshman season and still did a great job,” said GPC head coach Marc Zagara. “This past season he was big time. He scored big goals in big games at big times. At the beginning of the year, I said we didn’t have any stars on the team. I was wrong. He was a star.”

Dunstan—no doubt a star—also played for the Jaguars in 2011, and was a backbone of the defense then and this year at left fullback. He handed out two assists, produced impressive headers and his Premier League throw-ins and powerful free kicks often provided scoring opportunities for the offense.

Johnston, a freshman from Toledo, Ohio, led the GCAA in goals against average—0.87—which also is a tribute to the midfield and defensive line (Dunstan, Fagundez and Roberto Chavarria). He allowed nine goals in 14 appearances, 932 minutes, notched two shutouts, shared two shutouts, had 62 saves and led the conference with a .873 saves percentage.

That Mbodj made the GCAA first team and the all-tournament team is a tribute to the respect he commanded from opposing coaches as an impact center midfielder. Although the red-shirt freshman finished with no goals and only two assists, his utter dominance of the midfield was key to the Jaguars’ success.

Anchoring the back line, Fagundez is another Dunstan-style big man with a powerful kick and great heading ability. From the Jaguars’ season-opening kickoff, the freshman from Atlanta played like a seasoned sophomore, making big plays at center back. He scored two goals, one on a penalty kick that defeated Georgia Military 1-0.

Another big play freshman, forward T.J. Carter rolled up 20 points on six goals and eight assists. He produced perhaps the top highlight play of the season during that defeat of Darton. Carter sent a brilliant cross into the box that Rodriguez expertly headed into the goal to tie the game 1-1 in the 78th minute.

In 2012 Hutchings tallied a goal and an assist for the Jaguars. This year the sophomore forward-midfielder provided lightning speed to the attack, scoring seven goals and dishing off one key assist for 15 points. The assist demonstrated his knack for making clutch plays—he passed to Evans Ikpeoha for the game-winning goal in GPC’s victory over Darton.

GPC produced a nine-game winning streak during the season and a 7-1 record in the GCAA, which serves as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Jaguars finished with a 14-2-3 record and only a couple of missed shots and penalty kicks shy of winning the GCAA and returning to nationals.

2013 MEN’S SOCCER ALL-GCAA TEAM
Co-MVPs: Brayan Rodriguez, Georgia Perimeter, Darwin Espinal, Darton State. Coach of the Year: Bart Sasnett, Darton.
First Team
Goalkeeper: Kyle Johnston, Georgia Perimeter. Defenders: Jordan Dunstan, Georgia Perimeter; Omari Walker, Georgia Military College; Theo Brown, Darton. Midfielders: Oumar Mbodj , Georgia Perimeter; Alejandro Garcia, Darton; Andrew Preston, Middle Georgia State. Forwards: Brayan Rodriguez,Georgia Perimeter; Darwin Espinal, Darton; Levi Lewis, Middle Georgia; Tomide Adabale, Georgia Military.
Second Team
Goalkeeper: Adam Cahill, Darton. Defenders: Diego Fagundez, Georgia Perimeter; Carlos Sandoval, Middle Georgia; Tony Baza, Andrew; Enrique Bello, Darton. Midfielders: Kioki Hutchings, Georgia Perimeter; Teemu Vaarakallio - Georgia Military; Diogenes Medeiros, Andrew College; Jorge Chirinos, Darton. Forwards: T.J. Carter, Georgia Perimeter; Damieon Thomas, Georgia Military
2013 GCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Georgia Perimeter: Brayan Rodriguez, Kioki Hutchings, Jordan Dunstan, Oumar Mbodj. Darton: Theo Brown, Adam Cahill, Alejandro Garcia. Georgia Military: Taylor Dell, Damieon Thomas. Middle Georgia: Casey Zwitch. Andrew: Jose Antonito Baza.

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November 3, 2013

GPC season ends with heartbreaker; Eastern Florida wins Georgia’s crown

Penalty kicks are among the most excruciating ways to lose (or win) in sports, and it happened again to the Jaguars in a postseason classic, as they came up short in a double overtime-PK marathon.

Georgia Perimeter College tied Eastern Florida State College 2-2 in Sunday’s Region 8-Region 17 championship match but the team from the Sunshine State will be the one to advance in the postseason playoffs.

After the Jaguars rallied to tie the match twice, and the regulation draw wasn’t broken by two 10-minute overtimes, the Titans bested GPC 3-1 in penalty kicks.

“We’ve lost three or four of those in the postseason over the years,” said head coach Marc Zagara. “Before the game, the broadcaster (Mike Ridaught) asked what would be the keys to the game and I said, ‘You have to have a little luck.’ We didn’t.”

Eastern Florida, located in Melbourne, now advances to host Saturday’s Southeast District Championship against Louisburg College, the Region 10-Region 22 champion. The winner will go to the NJCAA national tournament in Tyler, Texas.

Georgia Perimeter’s season ends with a 14-2-3 record. One of the two losses was to Eastern Florida by a score of 2-1 in September.

GPC controlled possession throughout much of the game but couldn’t get the game-winner into the net in the frantic final minutes. Then the Jaguars stumbled in the penalty kick phase, missing three shots.

In the 14th minute of the match, Eastern Florida (13-1-1) took a 1-0 lead with a corner kick that led to a goal. Arturo Roosen scored, assisted by Brandon Loafman and Keenan King.

But with 29 seconds left in the first period, sophomore forward Brayan Rodriguez scored on a phenomenal half-bicycle volley to send the game into the intermission tied at 1-1. Yusef Seodi assisted by getting the ball to him through heavy traffic in front of the goal, and, back to the goal, Rodriguez’ sidewinder sent it into the upper left shelf from about seven yards out.

In the second half, Eastern again took the lead on a play that indicated not enough luck was going GPC’s way. Loafman scored on a direct kick with a header that trickled the ball across the goal line. King earned an assist.

GPC maintained possession throughout much of the remainder of the game, which boiled down to an old-fashioned limb-entangled, back-climbing wrestling match. Jaguar goalkeeper Kyle Johnston pounced on a couple of shots, including a dangerous one-on-one run, and the midfield and defensive back line held firm to turn the ball over to the offense repeatedly.

Then T.J. Carter dribbled down the right side and crossed to Evans Ikpeoha, running on the left post. Ikpeoha boomed it in to tie the game 2-2 with 9:24 left in the game.

The battle went into overtimes, and it was an even struggle. The Jaguars finished regulation play and the overtimes with 13 shots on goal, and Eastern Florida took 17. Johnston had 15 saves, and Eastern’s Jorge Madera had 11.

When the overtimes didn’t resolve the tie, each team received five penalty kicks to settle the matter via best-of-five.

On GPC’s first two attempts, Alejandro Mendoza and Devin Pope missed wide right and wide left, respectively. Meanwhile, Manuel Goldberg and Khori Foster drove the Titans’ first two kicks past Johnston.

Down 2-0, Carter stepped to the line with overwhelming pressure. He sent a hard grounder into the left corner of the net to keep the Jags alive.

But Jordan Muir sailed the third Eastern PK into the top right corner for a 3-1 lead. That meant GPC had to hit its last two attempts and pray the Titans missed theirs.

Kevin Naranjo kicked a high ball that Titan keeper Jorge Madera deflected over the crossbar, giving his team the championship.

“I think we played about as well as we could play,” Zagara said. “We improved this season and I’m grateful for that.”

GPC entered the championship match with a nine-game winning streak and a 7-1 record in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17 of the NJCAA). This was the Jaguars’ ninth appearance in the championship game in 11 years. During that stretch GPC went to nationals six straight years, winning the NJCAA championship in 2005 and finishing second in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

That 2009 national championship game also ended in penalty kicks. After battling Tyler College (Texas) to a double overtime 0-0 tie, the Jaguars lost the PK’s 5-3. In 2007 Georgia Perimeter lost the championship match 3-3 (5-4 penalty kicks) to Yavapai College (Ariz.).

Eastern Florida, an upstart start-up playing its first season in men’s soccer, was sent to the Georgia tournament because Florida’s Region 8 has only one other soccer program, Broward County Community College, which Eastern dominated.

The preseason arrangement became a little bizarre. Eastern Florida won all seven of its regular-season games against Georgia teams and was ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA national poll. However, the Titans automatically were seeded fourth in the tournament, behind GPC and Darton State, ranked sixth and fifth, respectively, in the national poll.

So, the Georgia champion this year is the fourth seed, a team from Florida.

Web video broadcasts of the semifinals and championship game can be viewed with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

SCORECARD
First Half

Eastern Florida State College, 14:00, Arturo Roosen (Brandon Loafman & Keenan King)
Georgia Perimeter, 44:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Yusef Seodi)
Second Half
Eastern Florida State College, 55:00, Brandon Loafman (Keenan King)
Georgia Perimeter, 81:00, Evans Ikpeoha (T.J. Carter)
First Overtime
(No scoring)
Second Overtime
(No scoring)
Penalty Kicks
Georgia Perimeter, Alejandro Mendoza, miss
Eastern Florida, Manuel Goldberg, goal
Georgia Perimeter, Devin Pope, miss
Eastern Florida, Khori Foster, goal
Georgia Perimeter, T.J. Carter, goal
Eastern Florida, Jordan Muir, goal
Georgia Perimeter, Kevin Naranjo, miss
Eastern Florida wins penalty kicks 3-1

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

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Nov. 2, 2013

Jags return to championship game with 4-1 semifinal win over GMC

A classic textbook combination gave Georgia Perimeter College the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over Georgia Military College at the region semifinals Saturday in Albany.

With the score tied 1-1 midway through the first half on the Darton State College field, Brayan Rodriguez gathered in a pass and ran on the left goalpost. Rodriguez waited until Georgia Military goalkeeper Susjed Garcia left the net, then slipped a cross to T.J. Carter, who was poaching the right post. Carter drilled it into the open right side of the goal from five yards out.

Georgia Perimeter (14-2-2), riding a nine-game winning streak, advances to Sunday’s NJCAA Region 8-Region 17 championship game with Eastern Florida State College. Eastern Florida defeated host Darton 2-0 in Saturday evening’s semifinal.

Sunday’s kickoff will be at approximately 2 p.m., depending on the length of the women’s Region 17 title match.

Kioki Hutchings blitzed the Bulldog defense and put GPC on the board early with a goal in the third minute. Brayan Rodriguez was credited with an assist.

Georgia Military (8-5) bounced back six minutes later to tie it with a combination by the Bulldogs’ dynamic duo—Damieon Thomas scored with an assist by Tomide Adabale.

After Carter broke the tie in the 25th minute, Kevin Naranjo scored a spectacular goal in the 25th minute to put the Jaguars up at halftime 2-0. Evans Ikpeoha assisted with a pass to Naranjo, who from about 25 yards out blasted it into far upper shelf of the net with his left foot.

In the 56th minute, Hutchings closed out the scoring with his second goal, a drive from the right side of the box in heavy traffic, and Rodriguez earned his third assist.

Georgia Perimeter peppered Garcia with 14 shots on goal, and he saved 10. Jaguar goalkeeper Kyle Johnston was well protected by an iron wall—the defense permitted only five SOG’s, four saved by Johnston. GPC dominated the battle of midfield, rarely allowing the Bulldogs to reach their attack zone.

Sunday, the Jaguars, ranked sixth in this week’s NJCAA national poll, will get a second chance at No. 4 Eastern Florida. In September the Titans, playing the school’s first season of soccer, downed GPC 2-1 on a rainy-day-soaked-field in Dunwoody.

After playing in the championship game in eight of the previous nine years, GPC missed it last year with a loss to South Georgia State in the semifinals.

The winner of Sunday’s match will host to the Southeastern District championship game on Nov. 9, playing the winner of the NJCAA Region 10-Region 22 championship match Sunday in Lancaster, S.C.

Darton, ranked fifth nationally and the top seed in the tournament via a 5-2 goal differential in the season split with GPC, regrettably drew Eastern Florida in the semifinal because only two NJCAA Region 8 colleges have soccer programs, Eastern and Broward County. The Region 8 regular season series winner was assigned to what normally is the GCAA tournament, but this year should be called the Region 8-Region 17 tournament.

Although higher than Darton and Georgia Perimeter in the national poll, Eastern was automatically seeded fourth and had to defeat Middle Georgia College 4-3 Wednesday to reach the semifinals. Third-seeded Georgia Military beat No. 6 Andrew College 2-0 Wednesday to advance to the semifinal bracket.

Fans can watch the championship game on Web TV at 2 p.m., presented by Jockjive.com. The link is available at www.gpc.edu/athletic or simply click here to watch the game.

SCORECARD
First Half

Georgia Perimeter, 3:00, Kioki Hutchings (Brayan Rodriguez)
Georgia Military, 9:00, Damieon Thomas (Tomide Adabale)
Georgia Perimeter, 25:00, T.J. Carter (Brayan Rodriguez)
Georgia Perimeter, 42:00, Kevin Naranjo (Evans Ikpeoha)
Second Half
Georgia Perimeter, 56:00, Kioki Hutchings (Brayan Rodriguez)

The NJCAA Region 8-Region 17 championship game will be held at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707.

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October 26, 2013

Jaguars rally with two quick goals; extend winning streak to eight straight

Down a goal late in the first half, Georgia Perimeter College got back-to-back strikes from Brayan Rodriguez and Eduardo Guevara and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Oglethorpe JVs Saturday at Oglethorpe.

Luke Nonyane dribbling

Sophomore Luke Nonyane brings the ball upfield. Photo/Gerald Moulder

The Jaguars (13-2-2) extended their winning streak to eight games, heading into next weekend’s Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament with momentum.

Oglethorpe scored a team goal in the 30th minute for a 1-0 lead. But Rodriguez tied it in the 38th minute, getting an assist from Bransom Garcia.

A minute later Guevara scored with an assist from Kevin Naranjo. That sent GPC into the halftime break with a 2-1 lead, and the defense took over from there. Neither team scored in the second half.

Kyle Johnston and Bryan Sanchez split the goalkeeping duties evenly for the Jaguars. Johnston, who leads the GCAA in goals against average (0.74), had 3 saves in the first half of four shots on goal.

Sanchez, third in the conference with a 1.54 goals against average, worked the scoreless second half and saved the only two shots sent his way.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars, ranked eighth in the NJCAA national poll, bombarded the Stormy Petrels with 22 shots and 14 shots on goal.

Next Saturday, Nov. 2, the second-seeded Jaguars travel south for the semifinals of the GCAA tournament at Darton State College in Albany. The championship game will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.

GPC and Darton, the top seed, have byes in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, in which Eastern Florida State plays at Middle Georgia and Andrew visits Georgia Military. The Jaguars will face the Andrew-Georgia Military winner Friday in the first semifinal match at 4 p.m.

Jockjive.com will video webcast the tournament with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

SCORECARD
First Half

Oglethorpe JV, 30:00, Team
Georgia Perimeter, 38:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Brandom Garcia)
Georgia Perimeter, 39:00, Eduardo Guevara (Kevin Naranjo)
Second Half
(No scoring)

The NJCAA Region 8-Region 17 tournament will be held at Darton State College, 2400 Gillionville Rd., Albany, GA 31707.

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October 22, 2013

Naranjo strikes in second overtime for victory

Sophomore midfielder Kevin Naranjo scored a goal late in the second 10-minute overtime to give Georgia Perimeter College a 3-2 win over Spartanburg Methodist College Tuesday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Evans Ikpeoha assisted Naranjo’s goal in the 109th minute of the game to prevent a 2-2 draw.

Thanks to a goal and an assist by Brayan Rodriguez, Georgia Perimeter (12-2-2) led through most of regulation play. But the Jaguars allowed two own goals in the 80th and 85th minutes, letting the match slip into overtime.

Rodriguez scored in the 13th minute of the match with an assist by T.J. Carter, and Luke Nonyane gave GPC a 2-0 halftime lead with a goal in the 32nd minute on Rodriguez’ corner kick.

Jaguar goalkeeper Kyle Johnston made seven saves out of the nine shots on goal allowed by the defense. GPC launched 17 shots at the net, and Pioneer keeper Tanner Eggers saved 14. GPC had the advantage in corner kicks, taking six and permitting none.

The Jaguars defeated Spartanburg 2-0 in September when the Pioneers were ranked 10th in the NJCAA national poll and GPC was 16th. In the current poll, GPC is eighth and Spartanburg (11-5) is listed as receiving votes.

Saturday the Jaguars close out the regular season at home, hosting Oglethorpe’s JV team, which GPC defeated 3-2 three weeks ago.

Georgia Perimeter will be the second seed in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament Nov. 2-3 at Darton State College in Albany.

Darton State and GPC finished with identical 7-1 records in the conference, but Darton won the home-and-away goal differential to win the top seed. The Jaguars will face third-seeded Georgia Military College in the Nov. 2 semifinals.

The tournament will be video webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

SCORECARD
First Half

Georgia Perimeter, 13:00, Brayan Rodriguez (T.J. Carter)
Georgia Perimeter, 32:00, Luke Nonyane (Brayan Rodriguez)
Second Half
Spartanburg Methodist, 80:00, Team
Spartanburg Methodist, 85:00, Team
First Overtime
No scoring
Second Overtime
Georgia Perimeter, 109:00, Kevin Naranjo (Evans Ikpeoha)

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October 15, 2013

Hutchings collects 2 goals; Jags roll to 7th straight win

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars may be peaking at the right time.

Kioki Hutchings – awesome shot!

Kioki Hutchings, viewed under No. 13’s arm, scores the first of his two goals, assisted by Brayan Rodriguez in the background. Photo/Gerald Moulder

After a huge 2-1 win Saturday over rival Darton State—the No. 2 team in the NJCAA polls—the No. 12 Jags kept rolling Tuesday, shutting out the third-place team in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association at Jaguar Field in Dunwoody.

Kioki Hutchings scored two goals as Georgia Perimeter (10-2-2, 7-1 GCAA), blanked Georgia Military College 5-0. A week ago GMC threw a scare into the Jaguars when the two teams battled hard, and GPC managed to come away with a 1-0 squeaker.

Tuesday, it was another defensive gem by the Jaguars. Goalkeepers Kyle Johnston (60 minutes) and Bryan Sanchez (30) saw only five shots on goal by GMC. Johnston saved three, and Sanchez two.

Offensively, Hutchings scored two quick goals, and the Jaguars continued to produce a strong possession game, working combinations that kept pressure on the Bulldogs, who slipped to 9-4, 3-4. All of GMC’s losses have been to Darton and Georgia Perimeter.

Hutchings struck in the fourth minute and again in the 12th. Yusef Seodi and Brayan Rodriguez earned assists.

The 2-0 margin held through the first half, but within 13 minutes after the break, GPC posted its final three goals.

T.J. Carter, Jhovany Contreras and Roberto Chavarria all found the net, while assists went to Contreras, defender Jordan Dunston and Rodriguez.

Dunston’s assist came with his hands, one of his patented monster throw-ins that Contreras headed in. Rodriguez got his second assist with an indirect kick that Chavarria forwarded into the goal.

GPC sent 11 shots on goal toward Bulldog keeper Susjed Garcia, who saved six.

The Jaguars get a little rest and then hit the road next Tuesday, visiting 20th ranked Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College. In a September home match, GPC blanked Spartanburg 2-0.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
First Half

4:00, Kioki Hutchings (Yusef Seodi)
12:00, Kioki Hutchings (Brayan Rodriguez)
Second Half
50:00, T.J. Carter (Jhovany Contreras)
53:00, Jhovany Contreras (Jordan Dunston)
58:00, Roberto Chavarria (Brayan Rodriguez)

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October 12, 2013

Rodriguez and Ikpeoha net late goals as No. 10 Jaguars ambush No. 2 Darton

Brayan Rodriguez and Evans Ikpeoha scored dazzling goals in the final 13 minutes and Georgia Perimeter College stunned conference-leading Darton State College 2-1 Saturday at Jaguar Field in Dunwoody.

Brayan Rodriguez header

Brayan Rodriguez, right, between red jerseys, ties it with a header as T.J. Carter watches after his cross. Photos/Gerald Moulder

Trailing 1-0 from the second minute of the game, the Jaguars, ranked 10th in the NJCAA coaches’ poll, dominated the second half and most of the first in upsetting the nation’s second-ranked team.

Rodriguez and T.J. Carter teamed up to tie the game in the 78th minute with a highlight-reel play, and in the 87th Ikpeoha took a pass from Kioki Hutchings and booted in the game-winner through heavy traffic.

“The boys worked real hard—they came to play,” Jaguar head coach Marc Zagara said. “They not only played a good game against a good team, they played a good game against a good team and beat them. So, we’re moving in the right direction.”

Evans Ikpeoha game winning goal

The Jaguars celebrate Evans Ikpeoha’s game-winning goal (he’s obstructed from view; players are patting his back).

With the victory—Georgia Perimeter’s sixth straight—the Jaguars improved to 10-2-2 overall and 6-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, moving into first place, a half game ahead of Darton (11-2-1, 5-1). They also exacted a measure of retribution for a 4-1 road loss at Darton in August.

Saturday was a defensive masterpiece by the GPC midfielders, back line and goalkeeper Kyle Johnston. They stopped the league’s third leading scorer, Alejandro Garcia, and top scorer, Darwin Espinal. Espinal had racked up three of the Cavaliers’ four goals against GPC in August.

Still, Darton showed its pedigree (three-straight GCAA championships, NJCAA semifinalist) and opened Saturday’s match with a quick goal in the second minute by David Lazarof. Espinal had a hand in it, sending a pass from the left end line to Lazarof in the penalty box, and the big defender blasted the ball into the right corner of the goal.

Alejandro Mendoza header

GPC’s Alejandro Mendoza heads the ball to safety during the Jaguars’ defensive gem.

Throughout the remainder of the half, the Jaguars displayed an excellent possession game, winning the battle of the midfield and building good combinations in the attack zone.

The Jags decidedly dominated the second half, possessing the ball even more. Whereas the Cavaliers sent seven shots on goal in the first period, they managed only three in the latter half.

With 12:12 remaining, Rodriguez tied it up with a stunner, heading in a cross that Carter sent from the right corner into the box. Running in straight on the goal, Rodriguez leapt high and headed the ball into the goal from eight yards out.

“T.J. started it,” Zagara said. “He won a 50-50 ball at midfield, had a good run down the line, beat the guy with speed, turned the corner and sent a perfect cross into the box. And Brayan looked like a World Cup striker with that header. You can work on that play all day in practice with an open net and not get it like that.”

With only 2:46 left on the clock, Hutchings and Ikpeoha won the game with another eye-opener. From the left side, Hutchings passed the ball to Kikpeoha, who was surrounded by a crowd of red jerseys in the penalty box about 10 yards from the goal.

Ikpeoha trapped it, performed some fancy right-left footwork and drove it, left-footed, through two defenders and past Darton goalkeeper Adam Cahill.

The Jaguars totaled 13 shots on goal, with Cahill earning 11 saves. Johnston, who leads the GCAA with a 0.52 goals against average—which is eighth nationally—saved nine of Darton’s 10 SOG’s.

The schedule isn’t getting any easier for the Jaguars in the upcoming weeks. Tuesday the GCAA’s third-place team, Georgia Military College—a team receiving votes in the NJCAA poll—comes to Jaguar Field for a 3 p.m. match. GPC defeated the Bulldogs 1-0 last week in another pitched battle.

Then on Tuesday, October 22, the Jaguars visit Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College, which is ranked No. 20. Last month GPC beat Spartanburg 2-0 at home.

SCORECARD
First Half

Darton, 2:00, David Lazarof (Darwin Espinal)
Second Half
Georgia Perimeter, 78:00, Brayan Rodriguez (T.J. Carter)
Georgia Perimeter, 87:00, Evans Ikpeoha (1) (Kioki Hutchings)

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

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October 8, 2013

Jaguars extend win streak to five

Evans Ikpeoha scored two goals and Brayan Rodriguez had a goal and two assists as Georgia Perimeter College downed Middle Georgia State College 6-2 Tuesday at Jaguar Field on the Dunwoody Campus.

Evans Ikpeoha dribble

Evans Ikpeoha, advancing up-field, scored two goals. Photos/Gerald Moulder

The win keeps the Jaguars in the hunt for first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and sets the stage for a showdown Saturday between the top two teams in the conference, GPC and Darton State.

Georgia Perimeter, 9-2-2 overall and ranked 13th in the NJCAA national poll, sits in second place in the GCAA with a 5-1 league record. Darton (10-1-1, 4-0), ranked No. 2 nationally, defeated the Jaguars 4-1 in August.

Rodriguez and T.J. Carter started Tuesday’s match out with a bang, Rodriguez scoring a goal only 19 seconds after the opening kickoff and Carter getting an assist on the play.

But Middle (3-8, 2-5) tied it on a GPC own goal in the 14th minute. The Knights’ Andrew Preston was credited with the goal and Levi Lewis got an assist.

Ikpeoha, a freshman forward, broke the 1-1 tie in the 16th minute with a goal assisted by Oumar Mbodj, giving Georgia Perimeter a 2-1 lead at the half.

Alejandro Mendoza

Eduardo Guevara (right) celebrates Alejandro Mendoza’s goal.

The Jaguars added two quick goals in the second period to provide a cushion for the rest of the match. Carter scored in the 50th, Mark Brown assisting, and two minutes later Brown tallied a goal, assisted by Yusef Seodi.

In the 61st minute, Ikpeoha struck again, with Rodriguez earning the assist.

Preston answered with a goal in the 72nd, assisted by Lewis, but it was too little, too late for the Knights. In the 79th minute, Rodriguez boomed a corner kick to Alejandro Mendez, who headed it into the net for the final point.

The Jaguar defense limited Middle Georgia to five shots on goal. Starting goalkeeper Kyle Johnston saved two and allowed two goals, and Brian Sanchez had one save coming off the bench for a 15-minute stint at the end of the match.

Georgia Perimeter triggered 13 shots on goal. Middle’s keepers, Shakir Jarrett and Tevin West split the game. Jarrett had two saves on four SOGs in the first half, while West saved four of nine in the second period.

Saturday’s match with Darton is at 2 p.m. on the Dunwoody Campus. Darton tied No. 7 Eastern Florida 2-2 last week, and Wednesday plays the GCAA third-place team, Georgia Military. The Cavaliers’ only loss was to Eastern Florida in September.

SCORECARD
First Half

Georgia Perimeter, 0:19, Brayan Rodriguez (T.J. Carter)
Middle Georgia, 14:00, Andrew Preston (Levi Lewis), GPC own goal
Georgia Perimeter, 16:00, Evans Ikpeoha (Oumar Mbodj)
Second Half
Georgia Perimeter, 50:00, T.J. Carter (Mark Brown)
Georgia Perimeter, 52:00, Mark Brown (Yusef Seodi)
Georgia Perimeter, 61:00, Evans Ikpeoha (Brayan Rodriguez)
Middle Georgia, 72:00, Andrew Preston (Levi Lewis)
Georgia Perimeter, 79:00, Alejandro Mendez (Brayan Rodriguez)

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

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October 5, 2013

Fagundez’ PK gives Jaguars 4th straight win

Freshman midfielder Diego Fagundez drove in a penalty kick late in the game to end a defensive standoff, and Georgia Perimeter College defeated Georgia Military College 1-0 Saturday at Georgia Soccer Park in East Point.

Diego Fagundez

Diego Fagundez

The shot lifted the Jaguars from a tie with GMC in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association to sole possession of second place in the conference standings. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Georgia Perimeter (8-2-2, 4-1 GCAA).

The teams took the pitch with national credentials. GPC is ranked 12th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, while Georgia Military (8-2, 3-2) received votes in the poll, placing them just below the top 20 in the rankings.

For 79 minutes the squads produced an impressive show of slide tackles, creative combinations, innovations (a behind-the-back flick pass by GPC’s Brayan Rodriguez), acrobatic saves and several just-misses.

GPC goalkeeper Kyle Johntson had to work to secure his second shutout. Defensive lapses allowed the Bulldogs’ to make some dangerous runs on goal. Johntson stopped one with a slide tackle and saved a hard second-half shot by Tomide Adabale with a dive and an outreached hand that slapped the ball away.

GPC forward Evans Ikpeoha and the Bulldogs’ Damieon Thomas launched good-look shots that came just shy of striking the nets.

Finally, in the 80th minute, Georgia Military committed a take-down of T.J. Carter in the penalty area. Fagundez calmly stepped to the penalty mark and drove the ball low past goalkeeper Edgardo Castro for the game-winner.

Georgia Perimeter launched 12 shots on goal, 11 saved by Castro. Johnston saved the nine shots GMC took on goal.

The Jaguars have a challenging week ahead. Tuesday Middle Georgia State visits for another conference match at 4 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. GPC hosts Darton State, the No. 2 team in the nation and leader of the conference. Earlier in the season, Georgia Perimeter defeated Middle 5-2 and fell to Darton 4-1.

JAGUARS’ SCORING
Second Half

80:00, Diego Fagundez (penalty kick)

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

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October 1, 2013

Garcia scores in final minute as Jaguars edge Oglethorpe JVs

Brandom Garcia scored a goal in the 89th minute to give Georgia Perimeter College a 3-2 victory over the Oglethorpe University JVs Tuesday at Oglethorpe.

Brandom Garcia

Brandom Garcia

Garcia, a freshman midfielder, found the net with a double assist from Jhovany Contreras and Yusef Seodi.

The Jaguars (7-2-2), ranked 12th in Wednesday’s NJCAA poll, took a quick lead in the first half when Kioki Hutchings struck in the fourth minute. He was assisted by T.J. Carter.

With 20:30 remaining in the period, Evans Ikpeoha booted a goal, assisted by Mark Brown, and the Jags led at the intermission 2-0.

But the Stormy Petrels rallied in the second half to tie the game with goals by Pablo Martinez (header on a corner kick in the 70th minute) and Austin Graham (85th minute).

Four minutes after Graham’s strike and with the clock ticking down, Garcia and Contreras combined for the game-winner.

Kyle Johnston had a good game as starting goalkeeper for GPC, getting four saves in 65 minutes of action.

Oglethorpe took six shots on goal, with both goals coming on substitute keeper Bryan Sanchez.

Georgia Perimeter launched eight shots on goal.

Saturday at 5 p.m. the Jaguars take on Georgia Military College (7-1) in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association match-up. GMC, which received votes in the national poll, is in third place in the conference with a 2-1 record, behind the second-place Jaguars (3-1 in the GCAA).

Georgia Military’s field is under renovation, so the match will be played at the Georgia Soccer Park in East Point.

SCORECARD
FIRST HALF

Georgia Perimeter, 4:00, Kioki Hutchings (T.J. Carter)
Georgia Perimeter, 25:00, Evans Ikpeoha (Mark Brown)
SECOND HALF
Oglethorpe, 70:00, Pablo Martinez
Oglethorpe, 85:00, Austin Graham
Georgia Perimeter, Brandon Garcia (Jhovany Contreras & Yusef Seodi)

The Georgia Soccer Park is located at 3895 Ben Hill Rd.,  East Point, GA 30349.

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September 29, 2013

No. 13 Jaguars shut out No. 17 Jefferson College

Ranked 13th in the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Jaguars evened their record against Top 20 teams Saturday with a 2-0 shutout of Jefferson College (Mo.) at Jaguar Field on the Dunwoody Campus.

Kyle Johnston Save

Kyle Johnston makes a save on the way to a shutout.

Brayan Rodriguez drilled a first-half direct kick and Evans Ikpeoha scored in the second period to lift Georgia Perimeter (6-2-2) past the Vikings, who are ranked No. 17 in the NJCAA poll.

Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Johnson earned the shutout with splendid protection by the Jaguar defense, which allowed only two shots on goal.

This season the Jaguars have played five Top 20 teams. Their two losses were to No. 4 Darton and No. 8 Eastern Florida, while one draw was with No. 12 Monroe Community College. Two weeks ago GPC shut out another top-ranked team, ninth-ranked Spartanburg Methodist, also by a 2-nil score.

Rodriguez’ direct kick, in the 13th minute from about 20 yards out, is his 10th goal of the season. With 28 points, he ranks second among top scorers in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Brayan Rodriguez keeper

Brayan Rodriguez goes down in the box. Photos/Gerald Moulder

In the 62nd minute, Kevin Naranjo earned an assist on a pass upfield to Ikpeoha, who beat a defender on the right side and blasted a shot into the goal from inside the 18. It was the second consecutive game that the freshman forward has struck the net.

The Jaguars fired 14 shots on goal. Jefferson goalkeeper Robert Jones had four saves and Eric Beltran had eight.

Previously, Johnson served 14 minutes in the net in another Jaguar shutout, 6-0 over Andrew College in August.

Jefferson College (7-6) had a rough road trip from Missouri, as the Vikings also fell 2-0 at Jaguar Field on Saturday to No. 4 Darton State College.

Tuesday GPC visits Oglethorpe University for a 7 p.m. match with the Stormy Petrels JV team. Saturday at 5 p.m. the Jaguars meet Georgia Military College at the Stone Mountain Youth Soccer Association complex.

SCORECARD
FIRST HALF

13:00, Brayan Rodriguez (unassisted), direct kick
SECOND HALF
62:00, Evans Ikpeoha (Kevin Naranjo)

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September 24, 2013

Rodriguez’ 7 points lifts Jaguars over Middle

Sophomore forward Brayan Rodriguez scored two goals and handed out three assists to power Georgia Perimeter College past Middle Georgia State College 5-2 Tuesday in Macon.

Roberto Chavarria Chasing ball for possession

The Jaguars’ Roberto Chavarria races Andrew Preston for possession. Photos/Kim Hall

Rodriguez struck first in the match, played at Mount De Sales Academy in Macon, with a goal in the fifth minute and closed it with one in the 89th. In the meantime, he assisted Evans Ikpeoha, T.J. Carter and Devin Pope to goals.

Georgia Perimeter, ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA national poll, improves to 5-2-2 overall and 3-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

After Jhovany Contreras assisted Rodriguez’ first strike, Middle Georgia (2-6, 1-3) forced a 2-2 halftime tie with unassisted goals by Casey Zwitch and Andrew Preston, sandwiched around a goal by Ikpeoha that was assisted by Rodriguez.

But the Jaguars made defensive adjustments at the intermission and quieted the Knight’s offense in the second half while finding the net three times. Rodriguez assisted Carter in the 63rd minute for the winning goal, and Pope in the 85th.

Evans Ikpeoha challenge

GPC’s Evans Ikpeoha, who scored a goal, works a 50-50 ball against Middle Georgia’s Rickey Caneles.

Ikpeopha furnished a little pay-back, assisting Rodriguez on his second goal in the final minute. Rodriguez’ seven points boosts him into second place in GCAA scoring with 26 points on nine goals and eight assists.

GPC’s defense allowed only five shots on goal, three saved by goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez. The Jaguars had 10 SOG’s, and Knights goalie Tevin West saved five.

The weekend at Jaguar Field features a slate of nationally ranked teams. Jefferson College (7-4) will take on fourth-ranked Darton State College (8-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m., and then the face No. 13 GPC on Sunday at 2 p.m.

SCORECARD
FIRST HALF
Georgia Perimeter, 5:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Jhovany Contreras)
Middle Georgia, 17:00, Casey Zwitch (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 30:00, Evans Ikpeoha (Brayan Rodriguez)
Middle Georgia, 34:00, Andrew Preston (unassisted)

SECOND HALF
Georgia Perimeter, 63:00, T.J. Carter (Brayan Rodriguez)
Georgia Perimeter, 85:00, Devin Pope (Brayan Rodriguez)
Georgia Perimeter, 89:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Evans Ikpeoha)

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September 21, 2013

No. 11 Eastern Florida State puts damper on No. 13 GPC

When it rains, it pours, and the Jaguars got soaked and subdued Saturday in Dunwoody when Eastern Florida State College rallied to a 2-1 victory over Georgia Perimeter College in a collision of nationally ranked teams.

Kioki Hutchings (not pictured, off left) sends a goal into the net after assists by Devin Pope (No. 4) and Brayan Rodriguez (3). Photos/Gerald Moulder

In a steady rain that sometimes degenerated into a downpour, Georgia Perimeter (4-2-2) jumped off to a quick lead but couldn’t hold on.

Four minutes into the game Devon Pope sent a pass from the near right side into a crowd amassed in the middle inside the 18-yard box. Brayan Rodriguez forwarded it to Kioki Hutchings on the near left side with a glancing header.

Hutchings buried the ball into the left corner to put the Jaguars up 1-0. Pope and Rodriguez both earned an assist on the play.

But upstart Eastern Florida, 5-1 in the men’s soccer program’s inaugural season, slogged through the swampy field with a combative attack and tied it in the 24th minute. Romario Grant scored a goal, assisted by a long pass from out front by Brandon Loafman.

With 6:03 remaining in the first half, the Jaguars suffered a blow with a red card that put them a man down.

A rain-obscured photo depicts the bleak conditions as Brayan Rodriguez, left, challenges Eastern's Khori Foster.

The Titans seized the advantage to tally the winning goal in the 53rd minute. Keenan King passed from the left endline to Kevyn McFarlane, who scored from close in.

The teams splashed their way through the remainder of the game in a defensive struggle that featured valiant heroics by the Jaguar back line.

The Jags even played the final eight minutes two men down, after another red card was pulled on a player’s second yellow, but the defense clung to the 2-1 margin.

“All the backs played really well,” said head coach Marc Zagara, complimenting the fullbacks—Jordan Dunston, Diego Fagundez and Roberto Chavarria. “And Oumar (Mbodj) worked his tail off for 90 minutes in the center midfield position.”

He added, “I think we’re improving. As long as we keep improving we’re going to be in the running.”

Goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez produced some superb saves and finished with six as Eastern (formerly Brevard Community College) took eight shots on goal. GPC also kicked eight SOG’s, and Titan keeper Justin Walker had seven saves.

Eastern is ranked 11th in the NJCAA national poll and is No. 13 Georgia Perimeter’s fourth ranked opponent this season (Monroe Community College, Darton State College and Spartanburg were the others). Next week a fifth comes calling at Jaguar Field as No. 17 Jefferson College (Missouri) will test the Jaguars Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

Zagara seemed assured Saturday’s setback doesn’t spoil the season outlook. “Tournaments aren’t won in August and September,” he said.

Before taking on Jefferson, the Jaguars will visit Middle Georgia State College at Mount De Sales Academy in Macon Tuesday at 5 p.m. Middle Georgia is 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, behind GPC and Georgia Military College, both at 2-1. Darton State College (3-0) leads the conference.

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September 14, 2013

Jaguars upset No. 10 Spartanburg

Brian Sanchez Save

Goalkeeper Brian Sanchez goes up and claims the cross under pressure. Photos/Gerald Moulder

In a showdown of nationally ranked teams, the Jaguars came out on top when the dust settled.

Brayan Rodriguez and Devin Pope scored second-half goals and Bryan Sanchez and the defense registered another shutout to give 16th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Spartanburg Methodist Saturday at Dunwoody Campus.

Georgia Perimeter (4-1-2) benefited from a Spartanburg red card and a man advantage to subdue the scrappy Pioneers (5-1).

Devin Pope Dribble

GPC’s Devin Pope, shown advancing the ball, scored a second-half goal.

After the teams battled to a nil-nil first half, the red card was issued in the 53rd minute. In the 54th Kevin Naranjo sent a perfect corner kick from the right side that deflected off a player to Rodriguez, who slapped it into the right corner of the net with the left side of his head. It was Rodriguez’ seventh goal and Naranjo’s fifth assist of the season.

Ten minutes later Rodriguez did his own hand-off thing, getting his fourth assist. After a sharp combination of passes around the box, he crossed from the right to Devin Pope, who buried the ball into the right corner of the goal.

“This may be the first time in two years that we showed some character in winning a game,” said Jaguar head coach Marc Zagara. “And maybe we weren’t the best team on the field. It was a throwback to the old days when we beat teams that were better than us.”

Sanchez recorded his second straight shutout in the goal, this time with only four saves as the defense allowed only four shots on goal. But Spartanburg’s quick attack provided several heart-stopping moments for the Jaguar defense.

GPC took nine SOG’s, seven saved by Pioneer goalie Tanner Eggers.

Jordan Dunston Header

Defender Jordan Dunston heads the ball during the back line’s second straight shutout.

The national contenders keep coming at the Jaguars. Next Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. they host Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College). Eastern is ranked 12th in the NJCAA poll and will be GPC’s fourth ranked opponent so far this season (Monroe Community College, Darton State College and Spartanburg were the others).

“We have a long way to go,” Zagara added, “but we took little baby steps in the right direction today.”

SCORECARD
Second Half
Georgia Perimeter, 54:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Kevin Naranjo)
Georgia Perimeter, 64:00, Devin Pope (Brayan Rodriguez)

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

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September 12, 2013

Jaguars ranked No. 16 in NJCAA poll

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars are back in the Top 20.

GPC is ranked 16th in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches’ poll released Wednesday.

The news sets up a showdown for Saturday, when the Jaguars (3-1-2) host No. 10 Spartanburg Methodist College (5-0) at the Dunwoody field at 2 p.m.

The annual match between the two schools has become a bit of a rivalry. Last year the Pioneers beat GPC 4-1 in Spartanburg. The Jaguars won 3-1 in 2011 and the teams tied 1-1 in 2010. Before that Georgia Perimeter dominated the series.

Wednesday’s poll placed Darton State College at No. 6. The Cavaliers are defending champions of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA. GPC lost at Darton in August but will get another shot at the Cavs on Oct. 12 at Dunwoody Campus.

GPC didn’t crack the Top 20 last year after being ranked for seven consecutive seasons. The Jaguars went to the national tournament six straight times in that stretch, winning the national championship in 2005 and placing second in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

Georgia Perimeter had more good news Wednesday—the women’s team also was ranked in their national poll at No. 15.

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

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September 10, 2013

Jaguars earn shutout but settle for 0-0 tie

Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez earned a shutout, but Georgia Perimeter College battled to a scoreless tie Tuesday at the University of South Carolina-Salkahatchie in Allendale, S.C.

The nonconference match was a defensive struggle as Georgia Perimeter (3-1-2) managed only nine shots on goal while Salkahatchie registered seven. Sanchez saved the seven SOG’s sent his way, while Dieusel Jeannot saved nine for the Indians.

Jaguars Brayan Rodriguez and Kevin Naranjo sent three and two shots on Salkahatchie’s goal, respectively. Devin Pope, Alejandro Mendez, Luke Nonyane and Jordan Dunston each took one SOG.

Sanchez had six saves in a 1-1 tie in the Jaguars’ season opener with Monroe Community College (NY). Four days later he worked 76 minutes and shared a shutout with backup keeper Kyle Johnston as GPC blanked Andrew College 6-0.

Next for the Jaguars: they host another nonconference match, facing Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dunwoody Campus.

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

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September 7, 2013

Rodriguez’ hat trick rallies Jaguars past Andrew 4-2

Brayan Rodriguez drove in three second-half goals, all assisted by Kevin Naranjo, lifting Georgia Perimeter College over Andrew College 4-2 Saturday in Cuthbert.

Brayan Rodriguez

Brayan Rodriguez

Georgia Perimeter (3-1-1, 2-1 GCAA) had to come from behind to subdue the Fighting Tigers in the second meeting of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association foes. The Jaguars defeated Andrew at home 6-0 on August 27.

Andrew (2-2, 0-2) took an early lead when Alex Blanco scored an unassisted goal 10 minutes into the game.

Kioki Hutchings scored in the 27th minute to give the Jaguars a 1-1 halftime tie. T.J. Carter earned an assist on the play.

Naranjo and the hot-footed Rodriguez took over in the second half, giving GPC a 3-1 lead within the first nine minutes.

Andrew’s Jose Torres narrowed it to 3-2 with an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute, but Rodriguez’ third strike six minutes later provided insurance for the Jags.

Rodriguez has five goals in the past two matches, scoring two in a 7-1 Labor Day win over St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. He ranks second in goals (six) and scoring (15 points) in the GCAA. Naranjo is tied for second in assists with four.

The Jaguars took 15 shots on goal. Meanwhile, Jaguar goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez saved five of the seven shots on goal by Andrew. Kyle Johnston had one save in 28 minutes minding the net.

Tuesday the Jaguars return to the road for a match at University of South Carolina-Salkahatchie in Allendale, S.C. Their next home outing is with Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.) on Saturday at 2 p.m.

FIRST HALF:
Andrew, 10:00, Alex Blanco (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 27:00, Kioki Hutchings (T.J. Carter)

SECOND HALF:
Georgia Perimeter, 47:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Kevin Naranjo)
Georgia Perimeter, 56:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Kevin Naranjo)
Andrew, 62:00, Jeffrey Torres (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 68:00, Brayan Rodriguez (Kevin Naranjo)

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

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September 2, 2013

Jaguars reap 7-1 holiday victory; Brown, Rodriguez each score 2

Mark Brown and Brayan Rodriguez kicked in two goals apiece and Georgia Perimeter College beat St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley 7-1 in a Labor Day match Monday at Jaguar Field in Dunwoody.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Georgia Perimeter (2-1-1) jumped on the visitors early as Roberto Chavarria struck in the fifth on a corner kick by Rodriguez, who earned an assist.

Though the Fury tied it four minutes later with a goal by Carlos Burbano, Rodriguez netted two goals and Brown and Devin Pope added one each to lift the Jaguars to a 5-1 lead at halftime.

Jaguar goalkeepers Bryan Sanchez and Kyle Johnston shared halves for the win. Johnston saved the two second-half shots on goal sent at him, while Sanchez saved three of four.

GPC launched 18 shots on goal on St. Louis keepers Joshua Hampton and Austin Golden.

The Jaguars travel for their next two matches—at Andrew College in Cuthbert on Saturday and at University of South Carolina-Salkahatchie in Allendale, S.C., on Sept. 10. They host Spartanburg Methodist College in their next home match on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

FIRST HALF:
Georgia Perimeter, 5:00, Roberto Chavarria (assist, Brayan Rodriguez), From corner kick
St. Louis Community College, 9:00, Carlos Burbano (unassisted)
Georgia Perimeter, 11:00, Brayan Rodriguez (T.J. Carter)Georgia Perimeter, 17:00, Brayan Rodriguez (unassisted), PK foul in box
Georgia Perimeter, 31:00, Devin Pope (Kevin Naranjo)
Georgia Perimeter, 35:00, Mark Brown (unassisted), Took off defender

SECOND HALF:
Georgia Perimeter, 63:00, Mark Brown (Mauro Ayala)
Georgia Perimeter, 81:00, Pedro Perez (T.J. Carter)

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

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August 31, 2013

Hat trick carries No. 8 Darton past GPC

Darwin Espinal and three-time defending conference champion Darton State College were too much for the Jaguars Saturday in Albany. The nationally-ranked Cavaliers defeated Georgia Perimeter College 4-1 behind Espinal’s three goals.

Luke Nonyane

Luke Nonyane

It is Georgia Perimeter’s first loss of the young season, dropping the Jaguars to 1-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Darton State, ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll, improves to 2-0, 1-0 in the GCAA.

The Jaguars trailed 4-0 when they finally lit the scoreboard with a goal by Luke Nonyane in the 88th minute. He was assisted by Brandom Garcia.

Espinal produced his hat trick for the game’s first three goals, and Alejandro Garcia capped the Cavalier scoring with the fourth goal. Espinal leads the GCAA in scoring with six goals and an assist, and Garcia is second with three strikes.

Jorge Chirinos had two assists for the Cavaliers, and Allen Kuhne and Adam Cahill had one each.

Monday the Jaguars host St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley at 11 a.m. at Dunwoody.

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

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August 27, 2013

Late barrage sends Jaguars to 6-0 victory

With five second-half goals, Georgia Perimeter College opened its conference schedule with a 6-0 shutout of Andrew College Tuesday at Jaguar Field on the Dunwoody Campus.

T.J. Carter

T.J. Carter

T.J. Carter scored two goals for the Jaguars (1-0-1), and Brayan Rodriguez and Mark Brown each handed out two assists. The match was the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams.

A pair of goalkeepers shared the shutout for GPC, as the Jaguar defense limited Andrew (1-1) to three shots on goal. Bryan Sanchez minded the net for 76 minutes and saved two shots, and Kyle Johnston saved one in 14 minutes of play.

The Jaguars hit half of their 12 shots on goal. Diego Fagundez started it off in the first half with an unassisted goal in the 37th minute.

Richard Mealey scored early in the second half with an assist by Rodriguez. Then the floodgates opened.

A minute later Kevin Naranjo scored with an assist by Jordan Dunston to make it 3-0. In the 71st minute, Rodriguez assisted Carter, who scored a minute later with an assist by Brown. Just four minutes after that, Brown handed an assist to Mauro Ayala, who netted the final score.

Rodriguez and Carter lead GPC in scoring with four points apiece in two matches.

Saturday the Jaguars travel to Albany for a 2 p.m. match at archrival Darton State College.

Darton won the GCAA championship the past three seasons and finished fourth last year in the NJCAA national tournament. GPC won the conference title six straight seasons before Darton’s three-year streak.

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August 23, 2013

Rodriguez’ goal ties No. 4 Monroe Community College

Sophomore forward Brayan Rodriguez scored in the 80th minute to give Georgia Perimeter College a 1-1 tie with Monroe Community College in the Jaguars’ 2013 season opener Friday at GPC’s Dunwoody Campus.

Brayan Rodriguez Challenge

Brayan Rodriguez, left, trying to avoid a tackle, scored the game-tying goal in the final ten minutes. Photo/Bill Roa

Monroe, ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason coaches’ poll, broke a
nil-nil halftime tie in the 77th minute when Charles Wheaton scored unassisted.

But three minutes later, with 10 minutes left in the match, Rodriguez received an assist from Oumar Mbodi and netted the game-tying goal.

GPC goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez saved six of seven shots on goal, while the Jaguars sent 10 SOGs at the Tribunes goal, nine saved by keeper Fernando Meza.

Monroe (0-0-1), of Rochester, N.Y., plays Darton State College Sunday at GPC’s field.

Georgia Perimeter (0-0-1) opens its Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule Tuesday at 2 p.m., hosting Andrew College at the Dunwoody Campus.

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

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August 22, 2013

Jaguars open season Friday vs. tough opponent

The Georgia Perimeter College men’s soccer team opens the 2013 season with a home match Friday at 2 p.m., hosting Monroe Community College of Rochester, New York.

Monroe is ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll. The Tribunes made the NJCAA national tournament final four last year, finishing in third place with an 18-1-1 record.

Georgia Perimeter posted a 9-8 record in 2012. NJCAA Hall of Fame head coach Marc Zagara was out on personal leave but has returned to the helm for the 2013 campaign. The Jaguars have earned trips to nationals in six of the last nine seasons.

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

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