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Photo by Sarge Dorsey:  Blakeley Bergeron, #30, tries to sneak one past the goal keeper early in the second half to try to tie the game at Fillies Field.

Fillies Soccer Expectations High Heading into Regular Season

By: J. Roy Rowland IV — Special to the Gazette

Things are coming along quite well for Coach Ballenger’s Fillies soccer team, as they enter the regular season this afternoon.

ABAC played host in an exhibition game against Georgia Southwestern this past Saturday, and used two second half goals to help propel their way past the visitors by the score of 2-1 in front of a strong fan base at Fillies Field.

In the first half of the game, both teams couldn’t find the back of the net, as Fillie Goal Keeper Taylor Sorrows made some great stops.

At 21:59 in the first half, tied 0-0, ABAC took possession and had a shot on goal, but the Lady Canes came right back and exchanged a shot on goal. As far as the possession arrow, it was ABAC that seemed to be more on the defensive end of the field. In the 19th minute, a throw-in by the visitors put them in great shape to score yet again, but Ashley Hammonds was there to make the stop. As the game went back and forth, the offense couldn’t get the spark they needed to cross anything in the back of the net, although the host’s had opportunities.

Two corner kicks came towards the two minute mark right before halftime for ABAC, but came up just short as time expired, 0-0 at the half.

As for the second half, the Fillies made some second half adjustments early and was on the move from the first whistle.

Lexi Lloyd and Myesha Robinson worked together up the sideline to start the offensive attack but was denied ABAC’s first goal. It was just minutes later on the next possession that the score went in favor of the opponents as one went right, as the score was 1-0 at the 43 minute mark.

For the first ten minutes of the game, ABAC had most of the offensive possession and things working in their favor and finally broke through in the 26th minute on a cross from the corner, where Breanna Gomez found Star Robinson in front of the goal to tie the game at one apiece.

With 20 minutes left to play, ABAC’s offensive effort again found the visitors deep in the box as Miranda Young secured the ball on the sideline. She executed the ball down the field to Gomez once again, and set up Robinson’s second goal, which gave ABAC a 2-1 advantage and the win.

All of the Fillies players rotated in and out, but played without Katy Hunt as she had to sit due to a minor injury. Both players, Gomez and Robinson, are both freshman that found the back of the net for the Fillies. Other Fillies that had a great performance on the field were Taylor Gillmore, who anchored the middle of the field, and played the whole game. Lisa Macedo, Carly Altman, and Cassidy Ingram, and Sorrow, in the goal, had a great performances as well.

ABAC had 15 shots at the goal, and also had four corner kicks.

This afternoon, ABAC will play host to Georgia Military College at 5:00 PM. Last season, the Fillies stayed perfect against GMC winning by the score of 4-2, and 4-0.


Fillies Soccer Ready to kick off the 2016 Season

By: J. Roy Rowland IV — Special to the Gazette 

School is back in session at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and this means a new soccer season is upon us.

The Fillies soccer team started practice two weeks ago as they played their first friendly scrimmage against Brewton-Parker this past Saturday. They will host their final tune-up before the regular season tomorrow afternoon against Georgia-Southwestern before the regular season starts August 31st against Georgia Military College.

ABAC will start its eleventh season of women’s junior college soccer and as many things have changed throughout the years, but one thing has stayed the same which is their goals on and off the field.

Head Coach Jimmy Ballenger, who has built the program from the ground up has had the same mind set for his team. He wants his players to not only be competitive on the field, but also in the classroom, and out in the community.

Last season, his team finished 3rd overall in the conference finishing 5-7 overall. They did move on to advance in the second round of the playoffs before falling to Darton State by the score of 1-0 in a hard fought game.  But the one quality that separates this year’s team from year’s past this group of players is a more offensive-minded team, which will play with a lot of confidence come the first regular season game.

For this new crop of Fillies soccer players, they will be led by a great core of sophomore talent which will provide leadership and experience to the team. But the talent from the freshman players will also be exciting to watch as well. 

Top offensive players to watch that will be relied upon on the offensive side will be sophomores Myesha Robinson, Katy Hunt, and Tift County standout Blakeley Bergeron. All three ladies have scored goals against Brewton-Parker last week.

Defensively the Fillies lost their two anchors in front of the goal from a season ago, Alexis Holtman, 2nd team all-conference, who is now a junior at ABAC, and Shelby Bursey, who has took her soccer skills to a higher institution of learning in Florida while continuing her education. The backbone of the defense this season will be built around sophomore Ashley Hammonds. Former Blue Devil Cassidy Ingram will also play an important defensive role beside Hammonds as a couple more options are still to be determined.

Freshman players that have caught the eye of the coaching staff early on and will be ones to definitely to watch are Taylor Shawver, and Breanna Gomez along with Miranda Young and Starr Robertson.

Talking with Head Coach Jimmy Ballenger, each young lady plays an important role on the team, and it is a team effort.

As for the conference, two dates have been circled against the team that has won the conference nine times since ABAC has fielded a women’s soccer team, Darton State in the months to come. ABAC will first travel to Albany on September 21st, then host the Lady Cavs in the last game of the regular season October 14th. Other teams in the conference that fill the competitive conference slate of games include Georgia Military College, South Georgia College, Andrew College, and Gordon College. Outside of conference play, the Fillies will play Florida College twice.

Some goals that go unchanged for Ballenger’s squad year-round from season to season is to be the top team in the conference, and win the state tournament, but most importantly they strive to be the best student-athlete’s in the classroom scholastically, and to give back to the Tifton community.

Off the soccer field, the Fillies team this year has partnered with the Fulwood Garden Center. Once a month, they team up and work with the Garden members and help with any landscaping duties that might be needed. Some of the other things include working with Ruth’s Cottage, and Character Traits Curriculum, where the ladies pair up and go to local schools and daycares, which features a day filled with activities and mini life lessons.

On Campus, they help every year with the town and gown event, and “Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes” event, and host in conjunction with Health and Human Sciences Department a “healthy relationship” presentation for students every September.

Being a student-athlete is a tough job, but the dedication from all the training year-round, to studying academically, to getting out in the community is what makes this Fillies soccer program complete.

“We know that playing ability is extremely important on the field, but we also put a lot of time into making sure their character fits our program and represent ABAC as well.” Ballenger noted.

Although many things throughout the year can change on the soccer field the standard of excellence for this program on and off the field will be exciting to watch as the season unfolds.









2015 – 2016 ABAC Fillies Team: Pictured Above: First Row: L to R: Dalis Driggers, Ashley Hammonds,Ashley Burton, Taylor Gilmore, Sarah DelToro, Emily Coleman, Catherine Wood, Bailey Shirah, Katalyn Harbeke.  Second Row: L to R: Bridgett Anchinges, Sierra Jenkins, Lisa Macedo, Myesha Robinson, Katy Hunt, Sydney Humphrey, Taylor MacDonald, Alexus Holton, Jessica Hargrove, Shelby Bursey, Danielle Clark, and Kim Cooper.

FALL 2015 – Soccer

Congratulations to Alexus Holton & Bridgett Anchinges (photos below) for making 2nd Team All-Conference.

 14 Alexus Holton Bridgette Anchinges

Honorable Mention: Shelby Bursey & Katy Hunt (photos below)

 15 Shelby Bursey 12 Katy Hunt

All-Tournament Team: Katy Hunt & Brigette Anchinges (photos below)

 12 Katy Hunt  Bridgette Anchinges



Fillies Advance to 2nd Round of Playoffs, Friday, October 30, 2015

 ABAC Soccer Fall 2015

The ABAC Soccer Team will travel to Darton College on Friday, October 30, 2015 to play in the 2nd Round of Playoffs.
Come out and support your Fillies!

Fillies Soccer Team Face Playoffs at Home on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ABAC Soccer Beats GMC 2015

The ABAC soccer team will host Georgia Military College at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the first round of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. The two teams played twice during the regular season. Coach Jimmy Ballenger’s Fillies won the first match 4-2 and then recorded another win in the second contest when GMC forfeited its 4-0 victory because of an ineligible player. ABAC takes an overall record of 4-6-1 into the game. GMC is 5-9 on the year. If the Fillies win, they will travel to Darton State for the second round.




2015 Fall Soccer Schedule














Bridgette Anchinges