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Raevan Rapier goes up for a header in first half action against  South Georgia State. ABAC went on to win by the score of 5-1.

Photo: by: J. Roy Rowland / Tifton Gazette / October 15th, 2016

 

Fillies bounce back with big win on the road

By: J. Roy Rowland IV/ Sports Correspondent

Douglas – The Fillies season is 2016 soccer campaign is coming to a close with their final regular season game against top-seeded Darton State this afternoon. But as for their final road test against South Georgia State this past Wednesday, it ended with a 5-1 victory. ABAC has only had two blemishes on their near perfect mark, both of which have come on the road. The first one was against the Lady Cavs, and the other coming against Florida College.

Coming off of a disappointing result against Florida College this past weekend, the ladies got back to work in preparation for Wednesday’s contest, and it showed early on why ABAC has been so successful all season long.

For the first half of play, South Georgia received first possession of the ball, but it was evident very early that ABAC was trying to muster up some offense and score the first goal of the game.

Myesha Robinson and Katy Hunt tried to work something early, along with Starr Robertson attempting to find Blakeley Bergeron on a cross that came up just short. Courtney Moore also took a couple of throw-in’s in the visiting Fillies, and a free kick but there was no score just a few minutes into the game.

But it wasn’t a few minutes later, that Scout Hogan showed her presence on the field and took it away controlling the ball away from a few defenders which found Lexi Lloyd fire a shot at the goal, but once again the Fillies offensive attack came up empty.

At the 12th minute mark, however, it finally went in favor of the Fillies.

Lisa Macedo playing in the middle of the field caught beautiful air under the ball which the ball sailed to meet Bergeron’s foot, and just a short time later that found the net for the Fillies and put them ahead 1-0 early.

It was again Macedo on the corner kick a few possessions later, which her kick landed just right for Bergeron to control the ball long enough to find Breanna Gomez for the second score of the game which came six minutes later. ABAC lead was now 2-0.

ABAC had a great defensive effort throughout the game, and in Sorrow’s absence in the goal, Mary Beth Holec played a great first half allowing nothing to get past her. Ashley Hammonds and Hogan welcomed back Cassidy Ingram back to the starting line-up, after Ingram sat out the last several games with a minor turf-toe injury.

Gomez added her second goal of the game, her 10th goal on the year, at the 24 minute mark and the Fillies team was rolling against the winless South Georgia team.

South Georgia had limited opportunities in the first half, but were held in check on the scoreboard.

First half play saw many players rotate in and out for the Fillies team as getting late in the year in preparation for postseason play is important keeping players from any injuries. Bergeron, Gomez, and Robertson were the ones up front taking the shots, along with Lloyd in the early minutes.

Robertson has added some goals for the Fillies offense this year, and she finally broke through with her first goal since her last match up with the Lady Hawks. She recorded two goals in the first game against South Georgia and added her third goal at the 40 minute mark, with the assist by Bergeron. ABAC took a four goal lead at the half.

In the second half, ABAC seemed to set the cruise control for the remainder of the game, but the offensive approach still saw shots being taken.

Lloyd pulled the trigger early on trying to find the fifth goal of the game, but came up just wide for the Fillies. Lauren Lee also had an opportunity to put one to the back of the net.

A timeout was taken due to an injury to Hunt just a short time later. She was taken off the field, where she sustained a sprained ankle, and didn’t return to the field.

Again Lee and Carly Altman played a great half up front for the visitors, with Bergeron trying to get the ball down the field to try to locate the goal for the fifth time.

With 17 minutes off the clock, Bergeron finally found the back of the net one last time for the Fillies. The assist was by Macedo.

“I think we really maintained control throughout the game as far as communicating, passing, and counterattacks. We possessed the ball and waited for opportunities to open up which we took advantage of. I think both teams demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the game and although we were a bit nervous before the game because of all the missing players due to injuries, we went out and did our jobs which I feel gives us a confidence boost for the game against Darton.” Macedo stated.

Raeven Rapier and Robinson also took shots for the team in the second half, but that was all the goals that were put up in the second half.

South Georgia did break through the defense late in the game to put their only score up, but the Fillies were in control of the game where it ended with a 5-1 score.

With the win, ABAC sits now at 9-2 overall on the regular season, and 8-1 in conference play. Including the two preseason games, ABAC is 11-2 in games played for 2016. They have secured the highest seed in the history of the program entering the conference tournament and will be second behind Darton.

Bergeron at the end of this game takes a three goal lead over Darton’s leading scorer with 14 goals on the year and is also atop in points with 33. Gomez is right behind her with 10 goals on the year, and Hunt leads in assists with 10.

Gomez said after the game, “We went out tonight and played for each other, we didn’t care about how many goals were scored, all we cared about was getting on the field and playing how we know to play. The team that will play Darton will be the team that will fight from the first whistle to very last, win or lose we will leave everything we have on the field. Those girls are my family.”

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Photo by:  J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent
Katy Hunt (23) dribbles the ball around some defenders to try to set up an early score for the Fillies in the first half. She went on to score later in the half to give ABAC a 1-0 lead off of a header, which was her sixth goal on the year.

Fillies regroup, look ahead after tough road loss.

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent
Temple Terrance, Florida – With the bus rolling out early Saturday morning, the Fillies soccer team rolled on down I-75 to Temple Terrance, Florida to play Florida College. But this time the final outcome went in favor of the opposing team with three late second half goals as the Lady Falcons handed ABAC their second defeat on the year.
The game did see the first lead go to the visitors off the header by Katy Hunt, and that was good enough to take the lead in half, 1-0.
Coming out of the half with the 1-0 advantage, ABAC kept fighting and the game went back and forth early. After just 15 minutes into the second half, the offense found another score, and now has a 2-0 score. The second goal was by Myesha Robinson, assisted by Breanna Gomez.
Throughout the course of the game, more and more whistles were being blown, and the momentum seemed to take a swing for the home team late in the contest.
Three goals and the three cards went against the visitors, as the game ended with a 3-2 decision.
In the game, a few Fillies played were sidelined throughout the contest with different injury precautions. But with the season as long as it is the nagging injuries will occur, but the depth of the Fillies bench will be key from this game forward moving them into the playoffs.
Taylor Sorrows who played majority of the minutes in the goal for the ladies against Florida College will have to sit out tonight’s game against South Georgia College, which will give MaryBeth Holec the start in the goal.
As for tonight’s game against South Georgia, ABAC will look to positive things as their regular season is winding down with two games left. In the last game against South Georgia, it was the second game of the year for the ABAC women’s soccer team, and the offense rolled to scoring six goals amongst five different players. Although South Georgia scored three goals, ABAC matched them with six goals total which gave them a 6-3 decision.
ABAC will conclude the regular season on Friday in a game where the Fillies look to avenge a 10-1 defeat against the top team in the conference, Darton State.
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Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Katie Barton (18) played a great game for the Fillies on the defensive side of the ball, and has been a solid anchor in the backfield all year.

Fillies tame Tigers, keeps wins rolling.

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

CUTHBERT- At times for this Fillies team it takes a little longer to get up and running early on. But when they finally do, it’s like a well-oiled machine.

In the previous game against Andrew College, ABAC fell behind early, and trailed 1-0 in the game before Katy Hunt tied the game on a penalty kick, and the go ahead goal before half went to Breanna Gomez. ABAC would go on to win by the score of 3-2.

For this 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 as Payton Tullis slid one past Taylor Sorrows. Alexandria Felger set up the goal to Tullis for the assist.

That would be all the goals scored as the first half came to a close.

In the Fillies eight regular season games, and two preseason games they have only trailed once at intermission and that was a 4-0 deficit to Darton State.

When the second half started, ABAC came out with a lot more juice and things seemed to start to gel from the first possession. Although it took just a bit of time to find the first score for the Fillies, Lexi Lloyd recorded her second goal on the year, which netted the score at one apiece.

Miranda Young, and Lisa Macedo would take the next shots at the goal for the Fillies but the score would remain the same.

Myesha Robinson had one of many throw-in for the visitors and found Blakeley Bergeron, who passed it Macedo trying to sneak another one in past goalkeeper Sydney Moore who denied them the goal.

With the score tied now at one and with twenty-two minutes to play, there was a defensive foul that went against the Lady Tigers that set up ABAC at the line to take a penalty kick and to possibly take the lead. Hunt, who came into the game with three, took another shot at the goal and this time she went to the left and the score now went in favor of the visiting Fillies with the score 2-1.

Again some time would pass as the Fillies held the ball in Andrew territory majority of the second half.

At the 84 minute mark, ABAC looked to increase their lead by two, as Bergeron went to the penalty line to attempt her try at her eleventh goal on the year. She went right as the goalie went left and now the Fillies led 3-1.

ABAC would tack on just one more goal three minutes later off a corner kick by Myesha Robinson. Young and Bergeron were ready for the kick and it first found Young, but Bergeron tapped it in off the deflection for the final score of the game.

With the differences seen in both half played for ABAC, Katie Barton said this after the win, “We weren’t playing as a team during the first half against Andrew. Our touch was poor and we weren’t playing the ball to our feet. After a couple minutes into the second half, we finally began to play like the great team that we are. We picked up our heads and passed the ball. With scoring our first goal we really pulled ourselves together and played Fillies soccer.”

The Fillies team is now (8-1, 7-1). With the win, 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.

Barton added, “Our team has worked very hard to get to where we are. We have worked as a team and played to the best of our ability. Although we have made mistakes, we have come out on top. It’s such an accomplishment to be the highest seeding in school history, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”

For the conference, as of 10/6, some Fillies players are leading the conference in statistical categories. Bergeron is ahead in the points category with 27 points, and up by two goals with twelve over the next player which in both categories which is Darton’s Kincheloe. Hunt is right behind Bergeron with 19 points total, and leads the assists category with nine. Gomez is the third Fillie player on the leader board with 17 points, and tied for third with eight goals. Starr Robertson also adds her name to the list as she has recorded five assists, and is tied for second.

Hurricane Matthew is going to determine the outcome of weather the Fillies team will travel on Saturday to Tampa, Florida to play against Florida College. The game is scheduled for a 2 o’clock start. As of the press deadline the game is still scheduled to be played. For updated game information, check the ABAC website.

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Photo by:  Sarge Dorsey

Blakeley Bergeron breaks through a few defenders on her way to her second goal of the first half. She added her third goal and recorded the hat trick for the Fillies as they went on to win 5-1.

Bergeron Records Hat Trick, Fillies Remain Perfect at Home

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent
TIFTON- ABAC continued their perfect mark at home this past Sunday afternoon 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 Blakeley Bergeron has had the golden-foot leading all Fillies scorers with 10 goals. With Bergeron leading the attack offensively, you add players like Breanna Gomez, Myesha Robinson, Katy Hunt, and Starr Robertson around her and that has seemed to be a great formulation for the Fillies team to score goals

Bergeron is tied atop the conference in goals, but Gomez is sitting at just two behind with eight total followed by Hunt with four goals, Robertson, and Robinson with two apiece. Miranda Young and Lexi Lloyd has also found the net once as well.

“Soccer is a team sport. One of my teammates has assisted me on every one of those goals. It is exciting to be the leading scorer, but it is more exciting to be part of a team that has only one loss. It is also rewarding to be a member of a team that is getting better everyday. It seems we are peaking at the right time and our hard work is paying off.” Bergeron stated in regards to her ten goals scored.

For Fillies fans as well as the players and coaches playing at home has been a treat for everyone this year and their continued dominance at home has continued to show.

Sunday afternoon was another great performance for the team. The home team made the most of their opportunities as four of their seven first half shots found the goal. Gomez added the first two goals on the scoreboard, with two nice assists off the foot of Young. Bergeron secured the last two goals before intermission, with one assist by Hunt and the other by Robertson. From goal to goal, the Fillies scores came within minutes of each other.

Young mentioned after the game, “We really connected as a team. We communicated and worked really well off the ball. I am really proud of how the team played and hope we get another great outcome against Andrew”.

Although ABAC was outshot by one in the first half, Taylor Sorrows and the defense made some great stops and kept the Lady Highlanders off the board.

The offensive attack continued for the Fillies as shots continued at the goal, Bergeron added her third goal, and the hat trick in the 60th minute.

Gordon State finally found the net at the 80:24 mark. Taylor Broughton recorded her first goal on the year, which was assisted by Alyssia Lowers.

For the Fillies team, the depth of the bench has been a great strength for the team. It has allowed the team to stay fresh throughout the course of the game with the rotation of all players. Players which include Carly Altman, Taylor Gillmore, Courtney Moore, Raven Rapier, Cassidy Ingram, Mary Beth Holec, and Lauren Lee have all come off the bench and done quality things on the field.

Scout Hogan had this to say about game against Gordon, “We played really hard and we’ve been working hard all week and I think the score really showed that. Our whole team played great and hopefully we can carry this momentum with us for the rest of the season”.

With just four games remaining for the Fillies, ABAC is in the second spot amongst conference opponents, with their only blemish on their record which is against Darton. Last night they played on the road against Andrew College. In their previous game against Andrew, ABAC fell behind 1-0 early in the game, but continued to fight as they took a 2-1 lead at the half. Andrew College would eventually tie the score at two apiece, but a goal scored by Blakeley Bergeron in the 74th minute of play slid by the visitors by the score of 3-2.

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Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Lexi Lloyd gets the ball around one defender which eventually found the back of the net for the Fillies third score of the game. Lloyd took shot at the goal for the third time and recorded her first collegiate goal.

ABAC Soccer Cages Bulldogs on the Road

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

Milledgeville- Overcoming a sluggish start after a three hour road trip the Fillies continued their winning ways handing the home team a 5-0 defeat. On the road the ladies took two out of three games on the road, dropping their only game to Darton State. In their third and final road contest, ABAC used four different strikers to secure their sixth regular season win, eighth overall.

In the opening possession, ABAC took control of the ball in which both teams went back and forth to start the game. The Lady Bulldogs did take the first shot at the goal but came up with nothing just a few minutes later.

Katie Barton and Myesha Robinson played the ball into visitor territory at the seventh minute mark, which led to a few corner kicks, but still nothing.

It was again a great defensive effort by Barton that continued to try to send the ball up the field along with Katy Hunt and Lisa Macedo. Lexi Lloyd took a shot at the goal for ABAC and was just wide.

Momentum seemed to start to build as the half progressed, but the Fillies just wasn’t attacking the ball early.

Blakeley Bergeron, Lauren Lee, and Hunt all took shots at the goal in the first half.

With less than five minutes to play in the half, ABAC took quick possession after a GMC throw-in which found Robinson and Bergeron on the move. Robinson put a nice touch on the ball over to Bergeron but too much juice on the attempt which sailed over the goal.

Neither team could find any openings in the first half, as ABAC took a few more shots at the goal under three minutes but were at a standstill at intermission 0-0.

Just about three minutes into the second half, Bergeron had some nice opportunities and finally capitalized on a solid pass from Starr Robertson. Bergeron had taken the first shot of the half for the Fillies and her sixth goal on the season put ABAC with a 1-0 advantage.

A good defensive stand by Ashley Hammonds, Cassidy Ingram, Katie Barton, and Taylor Sorrows in the goal gave possession back to the visitors.

ABAC held possession on their end of the field as again something was brewing. Robinson and Bergeron worked the ball down the field as the Fillies Offense struck again. Bergeron finished off the goal from Robinson off a deflection. Fillies now lead by two goals at the 54th minute mark.

Robinson and Bergeron were on the move again, along with Lloyd as the footwork by the three led to a corner kick.

After the corner, Lloyd made the most of her three shots taken at the goal, and the third time was the charm to score the third goal of the game for the Fillies. It was her first collegiate goal and Macedo was there for the assist.

Hunt was the next player to take some shots at the goals

Breanna Gomez the fourth goal of the afternoon, with Robinson on the assist to put the score at 4-0.

GMC had very few opportunities as ABAC took 16 shots in the second half and made the most of their openings.

Late in the game with 12 minutes left in the game, Macedo was set to take the corner kick for the Fillies. Macedo fired the ball off the half circle with a host of Fillies and Bulldogs at the goal. Fillies players that surround the goal as the shot was taken were Bergeron, Lee, Hunt, and Carly Altman. Hunt was the one to get air on the kick and the fifth and final goal went past the goalie off the header.

Wins keep rolling in for the Fillies team as they now sit in the second spot in the standings with a 5-1 conference record.

As for the Fillies players amongst other conference teams, Bergeron is tied for second in goals scored with seven, two behind Darton’s Kincheloe with nine. She is also third in points scored with 19. Gomez only trails Bergeron one goal with six on the year. Katy Hunt leads in one category with six assists, while she is sitting at 14 points on the year.

ABAC will return to the field at home against Gordon College Sunday at 2:00 PM.

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Blakeley Bergeron has shown great offensive skill as she knocked one in the back of the net for the Fillies, her fifth goal on the year.

Bergeron Lifts Fillies in Overtime Over Gordon State

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

BARNESVILLE — ABAC suffered its first lost its first regular season game a week ago at the hands of the conference’s most elite team, Darton State. ABAC could only find the net once. Myesha Robinson scored the only goal of the game for the Fillies, but the team fought hard the entire game and took away some valuable things from that game, which was we have to keep improving and continue to work.

With their lone loss behind them, they moved forward to their next road game, against Gordon State this past Friday night. This time it was that one goal that propelled them to their fifth regular season win.
ABAC dominated the first half as Gordon didn’t have one shot. Offensively, the Fillies seemed to be tuned in, but neither team capitalized on their opportunities in the first half as the score was knotted at 0-0.
ABAC outshot the home team 7-0 in the first half, and 6-5 in the second.
The beginning of the second half was a bit shaky for ABAC, Gordon came out fighting in the second half but we pulled together as a team and the pressure flipped midway through the second half. ABAC kept crossing the ball to try to push a goal in, but once again both teams came up empty in regulation.
Overtime, however, the visiting Fillies managed to stay patient, as they would get the reward from all our hard work. It took an extra period. But Blakeley 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.
Bergeron has now recorded a goal in all but one game for the Fillies, and has five goals on the year.
ABAC (5-1, 4-1) continued their road trip last night against Georgia Military College. In their last game against GMC, ABAC won by the score of 4-1 with two goals by Blakeley Bergeron, and one goal apiece by Starr Robertson, and Breanna Gomez. The Fillies will return home October 2nd against Gordon College.

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Photo by: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent
Miranda Young (21) takes control of the ball for the Fillies late in the second half, as  Katy Hunt (23), Breanna Gomez (25), Ashley Hammonds (1), and Courtney Moore (6) look on.

Fillies Look to Rebound Against Gordon State

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

ALBANY- It was the toughest game to date for the Fillies. It was a game where the Fillies knew what they up against in their first road game.

The two teams came into the contest with perfect records, but it was the high powered offensive attack that kept rolling for Darton as they won easily by the score of 10-1.

ABAC went back and forth with the Lady Cavs to start, but the possession went heavy into the hosts favor just a short time into the game.

It took Darton seven minutes to slide the first goal past the defense to take a 1-0 lead.

Another shot was taken by the home team, but went high over the goal and the score remained the same.

Shots continued to be fired at the goal until another one found the back of the net to put Darton ahead by two goals as ABAC continued to try to cross midfield.

There were some positive light for the Fillies as Katy Hunt, Miranda Young, and Starr Robertson broke away from Darton in enough time to take aim at the net in the first half.

Two more goals were scored by Darton to take a 4-0 lead at the half.

ABAC fought hard coming out of the gate, as they earned possession and took an early shot at the goalkeeper. But Darton came out just like they did in the opening minutes and scored three goals and now the ladies were down by six.

Myesha Robinson got the ball on the far sideline and controlled the ball away from the defender to clear one right past the goalkeeper in the 51st minute to break the ABAC silence. The goal was her second goal on the year, and turned out to be the only Fillies score.

Another shot that was taken later in the game was off the foot of Carly Altman, who played some hard quality minutes for the visitors. Final score was 10-1.

Altman stated, “Tonight showed us that we need to continue to work on things as individuals to know what we need to do next time. Darton is our biggest competition thus far and we’ll be ready for them.

The game against Darton did show positives, and the ladies returned to practice with this game behind them and on to their next game this afternoon.

As for the next game today against Gordon, it will be another road test for the ladies. Both games last year went in favor of ABAC by the scores of 4-1, and 2-1. The Fillies are still in control of their destiny as the season is still young, and a lot of games are left to be played.

Katy Hunt mentioned after the game, “We now need to focus on the game against Gordon and bounce back with a win, we are still a very good team and we still have a lot to achieve in the rest of this season.”

For the conference, ABAC holds the second position with a 4-1 overall, 3-1 conference record behind Darton State. Georgia Military and Andrew follow, and Gordon is in fourth with a 1-2 mark.

Lexi Lloyd said, “Last night we learned how to think on our feet and we’re able gain experience in adapting to a strong team. Many players were put in positions they weren’t use to playing, but it was great to see everyone try their hardest and do their best. After scoring, our team rallied together and played a strong rest of the game. It gave way to show the potential we have to succeed the rest of the season even when against strong teams.”

ABAC will play one more road game next Wednesday, September 27th against Georgia Military before returning home against Gordon State, October 2nd.

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Katy Hunt (23) high fives Myesha Robinson (11) on a goal scored earlier in the year against South Georgia State at Fillies Field. Hunt and Robinson combined have score four of the total 16 goals entering tonight.

Fillies Soccer to Face Biggest Test Tonight Against Darton

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

TIFTON-Riding a six game win streak and an unblemished record to this point of the season. The ABAC Fillies soccer team will put it all on the line tonight as they travel to Albany to play the undefeated Darton State.

Since, ABAC has fielded a women’s soccer team Darton has won the conference nine out of eleven years and has been one of the toughest competitors for not only the Fillies team, but the conference as a whole.

It’s no surprise that Darton State is also perfect on the year heading into tonight’s contest, as they haven’t had much of a game outscoring their opponents 26 to 2. The Lady Cavs started the year beating Gordon State by the score of 6 to 1, Georgia Military College in a 7-0 fashion, and their last game against the South Georgia State Hawks 13 to 1.

But the Fillies bring all cylinders firing against the most elite team in the conference tonight as this core of sophomores still remember the last season’s games against Darton, which unfortunately didn’t see many goals in the three games including a 1-0 defeat in the second round of the playoffs.

This is a new season, and the Fillies this season is scoring goals.

ABAC has had more offensive production through six games than last season up front led by Breanna Gomez, with five regular season goals and has scored in each of the four regular season games. Former Blue Devil Blakely Bergeron is one behind with four goals entering tonight, and has scored in all games but one. Katy Hunt and Miranda Young has 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 is Starr 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 scoring goals is important in soccer having a solid defense and goalkeeper is also key. Taylor Sorrows has been phenomenal in the goal for the Fillies through six games and has shown her skills time and time again only allowing three true goals out of six. We have seen different players work in and around Ashley Hammonds, including Taylor Gilmore, Katie Barton, and Cassidy Ingram which have all played an important role defensively.

The depth of the bench could be the gamechanger throughout the year and for tonight’s game against the Cavs. Each and every Fillies player has played a vital role in the team’s success and all has gotten playing time on the year.

In preparation for the game Ashley Hammonds stated, “We have all been working super hard and have done different competitive possession drills and scrimmages to prepare us to play Darton because this is going to be hardest game of the season.”

Katy Hunt added, “The preparation for Darton has been good. We’re going into the game confidently and undefeated. Darton is going to be a very good opponent but we have a very good team also. We should respect Darton but not be scared of them. This years team is full of talent and people that want to win. There is a good chemistry throughout the team.

As for the tale of the tape on the season, Hunt also mentioned, “I’m very happy with the start of the season but we need to push on now from now till the end of this season. This year’s team is full of talent and people that want to win. There is a good chemistry throughout the team.”

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Breanna Gomez, scored three goals for the Fillies in their two wins this past week.

Fillies Remain Perfect as they Notch Two More Wins

by: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

TIFTON- The Fillies Soccer team remains unblemished on the year after posting two wins this past weeks. It started with a win against Florida College last Saturday by the score of 3-0, and ended Tuesday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Andrew College.

On Saturday, ABAC used three goals in the first half to extend their win total to three as Breanna Gomez led the offensive attack with two goals. Miranda Young recorded her first goal of the season and put the final score on the board for the Fillies.

As for this past Wednesday rain swept through Tifton prior to the game which led to a slippery and wet game for the Fillies team. ABAC fell behind 1-0 early in the game, but continued to fight as they took a 2-1 lead at the half. Andrew College would eventually tie the score at two apiece, but the ladies were relentless as they put together a goal scored by Blakeley Bergeron in the 74th minute of play to slide by the visitors by the score of 3-2.

Andrew was on the attack early as they fired a few shots at the hosts, but Taylor Sorrows made the saves which held the visitors off the board.

Young made the pass to Starr Robertson, who tried to find Bergeron on the cross, but no goal was recorded as Katie Barton took an early corner kick for the Fillies in the early minutes of the game.

All of the Fillies made a great effort in the first half of play. Myesha Robinson was another player that took shots at the goal for the home team.

Katy Hunt and Young went stride for stride in the middle to try to win possession for ABAC as Robinson, Robertson, and Bergeron tried to work something up but no goals were scored for either team in the 35th minute.

The visitors finally broke the silence just a couple minutes later as they found the back of the net for the first score of the contest to take a 1-0 lead.

Now with under 20 minutes left to play in the half and trailing 1-0, ABAC took advantage on a foul in the box to send Hunt to take a penalty kick. Hunt didn’t waste much time, as she stepped right up and took the shot which tied the game 1-1.

13 minutes passed for both teams, and no other goals were scored thanks to a great defensive stand by Ashley Hammonds, Taylor Gilmore, and Barton.

Gomez scored her first goal of the game and secured the lead for the Fillies at intermission as she scored on a nice set up from Bergeron. ABAC led 2-1 at the half.

Andrew got possession to start the second half, and tied the game 2-2 in the early minutes

Many shots again were going towards the net for both teams, as both Young and Raevan Rapier took quality shots at the goal but came up just wide.

A back and forth effort eventually led to a break away as Hunt started with possession of the ball and found Bergeron at the 74th minute mark to regain a one goal advantage, 3-2, which was enough to send the ladies out with the win.

ABAC improves to 4-0 on the regular season, 6-0 including the two wins against Brewton Parker and Georgia Southwestern in the exhibition games. For the offensive-minded Fillies, they have now scored 16 goals on the year, led by Gomez with four goals, and Bergeron with three.

The attention now is on to next Wednesday at 7 PM as the Fillies will be on the road against Darton State.

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Freshman Fillies player Scout Hogan (19) goes for the header defensively against South Georgia to win possession of the ball, as fellow Fillies Miranda Young (21), and Courtney Moore (6) also battle for ABAC this past Wednesday.

Fillies Soccer Rolls in Second Win of Year

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent
TIFTON-As for this second game of the year for the ABAC women’s soccer team it was a little bit better offensively as six goals were spread out amongst five different players. It took a whole half to score the goals, but the second half was all the Fillies needed to pick up their second win on the year against South Georgia this past Wednesday afternoon at Fillies Field. Although South Georgia scored three goals, ABAC matched them with six goals total which gave them a 6-3 decision.

Offensively, it seemed ABAC was on the move from the start as Courtney Moore tried to set up Mesha Robinson in the early minutes for an early goal for the home team. Another shot followed for ABAC but nothing could find the net.

On the next possession, South Georgia took control of the ball and dribbled the ball past Ashley Hammons and the defense but the shot taken was high.

Lexi Lloyd tried to work the ball to Miranda Young, who eventually found Breanna Gomez which led to an ABAC throw-in alongside the visitor’s end of the field, but was well defended by South Georgia.

Still no score in the contest as shots were being fired.

Goalkeeper Taylor Sorrow got up in the air just before the 35th minute of the game to save one for the hosts.

In the 30th minute of the game, Starr Robertson gave herself a great chance score the first goal on the afternoon, but again came up empty.

Freshman Scout Hogan got some touches on the ball later in the first half, and played hard for the Fillies.

Three shots at the goal came with under eight minutes to play in the half, as Katy Hunt found Robertson on the final shot for what Fillies Fans thought was the first goal of the game. But, an offsides call reversed the goal for the hosts as ABAC and South Georgia were tied at intermission 0-0.

ABAC saddled up at the half, as the juices were flowing offensively for the Fillies as both teams exchanged shots early. Hunt started the half trying to cross the ball to Robertson again early, but they never seemed to connect. Hunt, however, scored the first goal for the Fillies in the 50th minute, as she took the first penalty kick as there was just a little too much shoulder to shoulder contact by South Georgia in the box.

Hunt again assisted in scoring the Fillies second goal within minutes as she found Robinson. Just like that the home team was up by two goals.

Another great stance by Sorrows, Hammonds, and Cassidy Ingram gave ABAC another shot at the goal on the next possession.

Miranda Young gave ABAC a solid foundation in the middle of the field, as she kept a leg up on the opposing team as he continuously fought for the possession of the soccer ball.

Robertson had chances in the first half, as a couple early in the second, but finally found the back of the net for ABAC’s fourth goal of the game, which came right before Hunt scored her second goal on another penalty kick at the 64th minute mark.

A few minutes later, South Georgia finally broke through with one of their own. They would eventually add two more in the game. Their third goal came in the 67rd minute and final goal came in the final minutes of the contest.

South Georgia scored all three of their goals on free kicks.

Blakely Bergeron fought hard down the field, and broke through with her third goal on the season at the 73rd minute mark. Taylor Shawver was right there with Bergeron on the goal.

It was Shawver that moved around the field late for ABAC as found Gomez on a beautiful cross in the 10 minutes for the final goal of the game.

“It was exciting to see the ladies this afternoon play hard, and the results of their hard work be rewarding at the end of the day.” Head Coach Jimmy Ballenger stated after the win. “Also to my coaches Dusty Clark, Lindsay Partridge, and manager Sammy Humphrey for what they do daily for the ladies during practices and games.” He also stated.

ABAC improves their record to 2-0 on the year, and will return to Fillies Field against Florida College on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Their next home game after Florida College is on schedule to be a 5:00 start against Andrew College next Wednesday.

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Freshman Carly Altman, from South Carolina goes stride for stride with a GMC defender late in the second half and takes a shot at the goal for the Fillies in the season opener.

Fillies Soccer net first win of year over GMC

By: J. Roy Rowland IV
Sports Correspondent

Tifton- Win. That’s how Fillies Soccer team kicked off the 2016 season on a positive note this past Wednesday as they played host to Georgia Military College by the score of 4-1.

It didn’t take long for the Fillies to get one on the board as the first goal of the year went to freshman Starr Robinson, from Waycross as they took an early 1-0 advantage in the 33rd minute. That was all of the offensive mojo either team could leg in the first half of the game.

ABAC has a solid defensive effort in the first half, as both teams exchanged shots at the goal. Ashley Hammonds, Cassidy Ingram, and Courtney Moore locked down the effort of GMC trying to attempt to score anything. Taylor Sorrows had another exceptional performance in the goal as well, making some key stops in the first half to keep them scoreless.

With 13 minutes left to play, Breanna Gomez had the one on one with the defender but came up just and found the net to give ABAC a 2-0 at the half.

Blakeley Bergeron, and Myesha Robinson also had shots at the goal as well in the first half.

Many players got minutes throughout the contest, as the Fillies weren’t as healthy with some players on the sideline, but relied on the depth of freshman around the solid core of sophomore talent.

Miranda Young, and Katy Hunt played solid in the middle for the hosts as both ladies set up some scoring opportunities later in the game.

ABAC held possession to end the first half, and to start the second half they were on the move as Sorrows made a great stop in the score and got the ball out where Bergeron would take the first shot for the ladies at the opposite end of the field. She would eventually take another shot again in the 34th minute that again which missed the goal.

The Lady Canes only goal came right before the clock stopped due to injury, but ABAC continued to press forward and execute their game plan.

From the last exhibition game to this game, the Fillies looked a lot more comfortable with their crosses and after the timeout Bergeron finally broke through the result that she was looking for as she was set up by Young in the 23rd minute of the game to make it 3-1. She would later add the fourth and final goal of the contest.

Freshman Scout Hogan came in and got some quality minutes for the team as she played aggressively and was should for shoulder with the Lady Canes.

GMC had a free kick that was no good and another great stop by Hammonds and the defense crew in the 20th minute.

Bergeron tried to work the ball up the field to try to set up Robinson on a few scoring opportunities in the second half but couldn’t find the net, along with freshman Taylor Shawver trying on an assist to set up another scoring chance.

Another freshman that was aggressive on the outside was Carly Altman, as she took some took some shots deep into the visitors territory later in the second half.

Sorrows got some rest out of the goal as Mary Beth Holec came in to seal the win for the Fillies in the season opener by the score of 4-1.

ABAC will return to action next Wednesday, as they will play host to South Georgia College. Game is on schedule to be a 5:00 start.

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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.

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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.

 

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