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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

Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent
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.


Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

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.

Picture by: J. Roy Rowland / Sports Correspondent
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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Myesha Robinson Taylor Gilmore Katy Hunt
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Ashley Hammonds Lisa Macedo