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Fillies players pitched in at this year’s Manna Drop, which was another community service event at Charles Spencer Elementary. Fillies players pictured are (L-R): Taylor Gilmore, MaryBeth Holec, Starr Robertson, Ashley Winchell, and Ashley Hammonds
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Conrady signs to play for Fillies in 2017.

ABAC continues to fill roster for upcoming fall season, as they sign another quality player from Carrollton high school. This is their third player to put ink on paper for the upcoming 2017 Class.

Sara Conrady, center, signs her letter of intent two weeks ago surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and members of the faculty .
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Welcome to the ABAC Family, Sara! Go Fillies.

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Fillies add another signee to 2017 Class.

It may be the offseason here at ABAC, but it’s still a busy time as the Fillies are putting together a talented group of ladies for next season. This past week, our program signed another great player from Kennesaw Mountain High School!

Hannah Glass, center, signs her letter of intent this past week surrounded by family and friends. Pictured with Hannah is Fillies Assistant Coach Lindsay Partridge, along with other coaches, friends, and family members.
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Welcome to the ABAC Family, Hannah! Go Fillies.

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Fillies Soccer ink first signee to 2017 class.

After one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program, ABAC will add another talented player from Pike County High School.

Kelsey Smith, center, signs her letter of intent yesterday afternoon surrounded by family and friends. Pictured with Kelsey is her brother David, father Nate, and mother Christie.

Welcome to the ABAC Family, Kelsey! Go Fillies.

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Top Photo: Fillies players gather with Goldie one last time for the season and are from (left to right), Breanna Gomez, Scout Hogan, Lisa Macedo, and MaryBeth Holec. Players kneeling are (left to right) Ashley Hammonds, Courtney Moore, and Myesha Robinson.

Photos by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Bottom Photo: The Fillies players break it down coming out of the half. ABAC had a 1-0 lead at the half on a goal by Breanna Gomez.

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Fillies players bring home all-region honors after conclusion of postseason

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Tifton-  For ABAC Athletics, the women’s soccer program has accomplished a lot of great things on and off the field.

Although they came up one game short of where they wanted to be falling in the first round of the GCAA Conference Tournament this past Friday night to third-seeded Georgia Military. This season is something that will be built upon in the seasons to come.

ABAC concluded their postseason run at the hands of a 3-2 decision, in which they did secure a 1-0 at the half. Breanna Gomez netted the first goal for the Fillies team. It was then coming out of the half that ABAC was once again on the attack as Blakeley Bergeron scored the second goal, as they took a quick 2-0 lead.

Georgia Military would gain some speed and momentum as they would score three goals, as the final goal came with under six minutes left to play in the game.

The season can’t be judged on the outcome of one game, and the early exit from the tournament.

For the year, ABAC was an impressive 9-4 on the regular season, and with the two preseason wins, they finished 11-4.

All the way around the ladies fought from the first whistle to the last, and every player on the team showed importance. The Fillies team improved in every statistical category from a year ago, with the big category being goals scored. This would be the most goals scored by the team since 2012 for which that team scored 61 on the year, which includes Nikita Morris who netted 34, the next player being at six. A year ago, ABAC scored just 20 on the year. They would clip that mark just at home, with 21 goals, and a 5-1 mark. The team would 20 on the road, for 41 goals total.

This year ABAC was led by a solid group of returning sophomores that will be missed tremendously including Ashley Hammonds, Lisa Macedo, Myesha Robinson, Katy Hunt, and Taylor Gilmore.

As the season has now closed for the team, the all-region and all-tournament team were announced and for the first time in the history of the program the Fillies had seven players recognized. First Team All-Region Selections include Ashley Hammonds on defense, Katy Hunt as a Mid-Fielder, and Blakeley Bergeron as a Forward. Bergeron was second in the conference with 14 goals, including one goal in the semi-final game against Georgia Military, and second in points with 33. Second-Team Selections in the goal is Taylor Sorrows, and up front as a forward was Beanie Gomez. Other players receiving honorable mention include Macedo, and Robinson.

Also bringing home all-tournament team recognition would be Bergeron, and Gomez.  Gomez would be second on the team in scoring with 10 goals on the year, and add one of two goals in the playoff game. Hunt would had six goals. Robinson and Starr Robertson scored three, followed by Lexi Lloyd with two, and Miranda Young with one.

Another big honor came in after the votes were tallied, and the last award brought home by the Fillies soccer program was the 2016 GCAA Women’s Coach of the Year and that is Head Coach Jimmy Ballenger.

Coach Ballenger had this to say about the award, “Thank you.  The COY award could only be possible because of the AWESOME ladies I have on the Fillies 2016 team.  It has been a hugh honor to be a part of their lives.  They have taught me so much.  I am so excited to see the future unfold for the ladies on this year’s team.  We have some amazing people that are already doing great things and there is so much more they will accomplish!”

 He also gave much of the credit to his staff as he stated, “This award also represents the outstanding work of my two assistant coaches, Dusty Clark and Lindsay Partridge.  They both deserve awards for just putting up with me. Dusty has served the Fillies for 9 years and Lindsay for 5 years.  I am honored to be a small part of the 2016 Fillies team.”

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Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Blakeley Bergeron is congratulated by Myesha Robinson as they Fillies extend their lead over Georgia Military earlier in the season.

 

Fillies gameplan set, ready for semi-final game.

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Tifton-  Welcome to the postseason.

With one of the best season’s in school history, the Fillies soccer team is also riding the highest seeding in the history of the program. Putting all of the success of the season aside, they must now focus in as they will play Georgia Military this afternoon in the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region 17 Conference Tournament.

Earlier in the week, two games were played as the top two seeded teams awaited to see who they would face this afternoon. Andrew and Gordon was the first game on Tuesday, with Georgia Military and South Georgia playing in the second game. With a split in the games during the regular season, with scores of 1-0, it was the Lady Highlanders that came out on top in double overtime with just a 1-0 score. In the cap on Tuesday, South Georgia jumped on the board first in a back and forth affair, but Georgia Military pulled ahead 3-2, and added two more goals in the second half to win by the score of 5-2.

How does the bracket stack up for today?

In the first game this afternoon, top-seeded and host, Darton State will take on the fifth seed of the tournament Gordon State. The Lady Cavs have be untouched, as they posted a 10-0 mark against all conference opponents. As for how Gordon State fared against Darton in the last game of the season, the score went in favor to Darton by the score of 4-0. Darton State has been dominant in the scoring column as they have three of the top five scorers in the conference. They account for 37 of the Cavs 77 total goals on the year. For Gordon State, Hayden Banks and Alyssia Lowers leads the team in goals with ten out of the 16 total team goals.

For the nightcap, second-seeded ABAC will play the third seed, Georgia Military. For the Fillies this game is win or go home situation for either team. ABAC could play the game without Katy Hunt, and Katie Barton which will both be gametime decisions. If both are unable to go for the team, you will see some different players in different spots on the field which has been seen in practice this week. The Fillies team this year has boosted 39 goals this year, which is 23 more goals than they had all of last year. Offensively, Blakeley Bergeron led the team with 14 goals, but Beanie Gomez was right there with 10 on the year. Myesha Robinson, Lexi Lloyd, and Starr Robertson will see time up front as well with eight total goals. Taylor Sorrows in goal has been great all season long with Ashley Hammonds anchoring the defense with players such as Cassidy Ingram, Courtney Moore, and Scout Hogan.

Hammonds said, “I think we are going into the game with the mindset to win even though we have only had practice twice so far this week. Wednesday’s practice was really helpful. We worked on set plays and that’s always really helpful. I think we are going into the game prepared to beat Georgia Military.”

This is going to be a tough game for either team, and whatever the outcome might be the team will have to regroup to play in the Championship Game tomorrow at 3PM, which will more than likely play Darton State.

Gilmore stated earlier in the year, “Every one worked extremely hard and I would say it definitely gave us the confidence that we will need during the playoffs. I think the playoffs will be a memorable experience for us sophomores. We have a very competitive team that definitely has the chance to win this year. The reason we have been able to compete so well is because we’re not a team, we’re a family.”

Although we can go off of previous scores, and accolades of what happened during the season. It’s a brand new season, and any team can win on any given day.


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The Fillies Soccer team participated in the annual, “Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes Event”, making signs and cheering on all the participates and organizations on October 25th, 2016 in the front of ABAC’s campus. More photos are to come!

Photos by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

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Fillies Soccer players Ashley Hammonds, Cassidy Ingram, and Carly Altman take a break from practice as they prepared signs for the upcoming “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event which will be held this Tuesday at ABAC. An annual event that raises awareness for domestic violence.

 

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Fillies huddle one last time for the regular season.

Fillies soccer team prepares for postseason play

 By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Sports Correspondent

TIFTON — The season has concluded, but the Fillies soccer team will get back to work this afternoon after a few days off as fall break was next on the schedule after the Darton game last Friday.

It has been a long season, an exciting one, but ABAC will use this week to rest and get healthy before postseason play starts next week. The last couple of games to conclude the season saw a few players go down due to injuries, but hopefully by the start of the conference tournament all of the Fillies will be 100 percent as ABAC will receive a first round bye.

A recap on the year for the Fillies entering postseason play, They started the year on a roll, starting off with two preseason wins against Brewton Parker by the score of 7-1 and Georgia Southwestern with the final score 2-1. That propelled them into their first conference game against Georgia Millitary, as Starr Robertson netted the first regular season goal in a game that was decided by the score of 4-1.

In the next game against South Georgia, it was another winning result as six goals was recorded by the Fillies team. Starting the year 2-0, they would continue with two more wins against Florida College in a non-conference win with the score being 3-0, and Andrew College with the score 3-2.

ABAC had more offensive production through six games than a season ago and were led up front by Breanna Gomez, with five regular season goals and has scored in each of the four regular season games. Former Blue Devil Blakeley Bergeron was one behind with four goals entering the game against Darton, and had scored in all games but one.

Katy Hunt and Miranda Young had also been staples in the middle of the field for the Fillies, where they each have one goal, while Hunt has added a few more goals on penalty kicks. Also two other important scorers for the ABAC team to this point was Robertson, with a goal against GMC and South Georgia. Myesha Robinson has also added one in the back of the net against South Georgia.

Although they would drop that game against Darton, they would get back on track with a win against Gordon State.

This time it was that one goal that propelled them to their fifth regular season win. Overtime, however, would be what the Fillies would need as they managed to stay patient, as they would get the reward from all our hard work. Bergeron finally put one in the back of the net just a short time into the overtime period. Katy Hunt set her up nicely for the goal, and she recorded the assist.

In their next road game against Georgia Millitary, ABAC again would overcome a sluggish start to record five goals in the second half to take two out of three on the road trip. The final would be 5-0, and the Fillies defense would record the shutout. Bergeron would record two goals in the game. Breanna Gomez, Lexi Lloyd, and Hunt would also score in the game.

ABAC continued their perfect mark at home against the Lady Highlanders by the score of 5-1. The magic number of goals in the last two games was five, and now the win total at home is now five total for the Fillies Soccer team. Through five home games, the ladies have scored 16 of their 28 goals at home which is the same as the season total a season ago.

The offensive mind of this year hasn’t been a surprise to many as Bergeron has had the golden foot leading all Fillies scorers with 10 goals. With Bergeron leading the attack offensively and adding players like Gomez, Robinson, Hunt, and Robertson around her and that has seemed to be a great formulation for the Fillies team to score goals

For the next game, it was just about the same start for the ladies where the attack wasn’t there, and the crosses weren’t going anywhere as once again the Lady Tigers took an 1-0 advantage at the 19 minute mark. The Fillies team was on the attack to start the second half and although it took just a bit of time to find the first score for the Fillies, Lloyd recorded her second goal on the year, which netted the score at one apiece.

 Hunt would record one on another penalty kick, and Bergeron would record two goals as the ladies would win by the score of 4-1.

ABAC would drop two out of the next three games on the schedule, falling to Florida College on the road and to Darton State at home. Their final win of the regular season would come against South Georgia by the score of 5-1.

Gomez and Bergeronwould score two in the game, followed with one by Robertson.

ABAC has clinched second in the conference, and is their highest seeding in the history of the program. It’s been an exciting year watching these ladies every game, and they could be peaking right when they need to be as the conference tournament is right around the corner.

Bergeron has finished the regular season with 14 goals, and 33 points total which as of the press deadline is atop the conference stats. Gomez follows with 10 goals and 22 points, and also adds a few assists. Hunt is atop the stat line with 10 assists, where she also adds six goals and 22 points. Robertson and Robinson has three goals on the year, while Lloyd has two, and Miranda Young has one goal.

The first postseason game will be on Oct. 28 against the winner of the number three seed and number five seed.

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Sophomores Ashley Hammonds (1), Lisa Macedo (3), Myesha Robinson (11), Katy Hunt (23), and Taylor Gillmore (28) take a minute before the game and are honored for their hard work on and off the field around the painted artwork.

Fillies conclude regular season, have high hopes for postseason

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

TIFTON — It has been an exciting season to watch unfold for the women’s soccer program at ABAC. As the season has now come to a close, they now will regroup as they will have two weeks to get healthy and rested before their first game in the conference tournament will be on Oct. 28.

On Friday afternoon, one group of players would play their last game at Fillies Field. A special group of leadership on and off the field which included five sophomores. The defensive unit for the Fillies this season was built around the play of Ashley Hammonds. Sophomores Lisa Macedo, Katy Hunt and Taylor Gillmore were a dominant force in the middle of the field. Lastly, Myesha Robinson was up front and helped in adding three goals for the offense.

For the season, ABAC finished the regular season at 9-3 overall, and 8-2 in conference play. The record did not include two preseason wins against Brewton Parker, and Georgia Southwestern which would eclipse the ten win mark, with 11 total.

The game against Darton Friday was a much better effort all the way around, and although the Fillies were held off the board in the game and fell by the score of 3-0 a lot of positives would come out of the game.

From the very first whistle, the ladies kept Darton on their toes, as the defense made up of Hammonds, Courtney Moore, Scout Hogan, and MaryBeth Holec kept the visitor’s in check before the first goal went on the board 20 minutes into the game.

Starr Robertson, Miranda Young, Lexi Lloyd, and Macedo fought hard for possession in the middle and sent the ball up the field early to find Breanna Gomez as she fired at the goal for the home team.

Darton only found the net twice in the first half which was two goals different heading into intermission from the previous matchup.

With the scorecard favoring Darton for the contest the effort from the Fillies team didn’t change from the first half to the second.

One more goal for Darton came in the 65th minute of the game as they won by the score of 3-0.

Other players to play hard minutes for the Fillies were Myesha Robinson, Lauren Lee, Carly Altman, Cassidy Ingram and Blakeley Bergeron.

ABAC kept the rotation and management the same throughout the course of the year, as nagging injuries have plagued the team the last couple of games. One key player that had to sit during the contest was Hunt, with a sprained ankle in the last game against South Georgia.

She said after the game, “I have never been so proud of the team, the way the girls came together yesterday and gave everything they could was inspiring to watch, we are carrying a lot of injuries at the moment and a suspension and it was amazing to see the girls overcome that and give a very good team a hard fought win, all the sophomores have given everything from game 1 to their last game, I am truly gutted that I couldn’t be apart of the game yesterday but watching the girls play like they did has given me so much more determination to get back fit for the playoffs.”

The season has been long for the ladies as they will return to practice Wednesday, with a couple of days off for fall break.

Robinson added after the game about her time spent on the field at ABAC, “My two years at ABAC, have been my best years of playing soccer. It’s such an honor to play at the collegiate level. Coming from a small town, where soccer isn’t strong, and playing for a college team and winning 10-plus games in my last year has been an awesome experience. I am proud to be apart of. I’m going to miss playing for Coach B (Ballenger) and my teammates.”

The regular season has come to an end, but a new season will start in two weeks. The bracket hasn’t officially come out, but it is looking like ABAC will play either Andrew College or Gordon in the second round, as the top two seeds receive a bye in the opening round.

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