Fillies soccer team prepares for postseason play
By: J. Roy Rowland IV
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.