What started back in early August in the middle Georgia heat on the GMC Soccer field has culminated in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) and NJCAA Region XVII Championship for the Women's Soccer team. With all the blood, sweat and tears behind them from the grind of the regulars season, the 14-2 Women's team defeated conference foe, Gordon State College 5-3 to earn a berth and a trip to Melbourne, Florida for the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament that will be held November 13th thru 18th. The fourth time was the charm for Georgia Military College in their battle with Gordon State College Friday night in Milledgeville. The two squads had recorded one win, one loss and one tie in their three games against each other during the regular season. Each team scored six goals in those first three games.
Coach Morgan and her staff have help take the Women's Soccer program to new heights. This year they have set the mark for the most wins in program history with 14. The record was 8, which was set just last year. "Last year the girls fell short of reaching their goals and so they came into this year very focused on not letting that happen again. It was fun to see them get rewarded last Friday night with the win and a berth to the National Championship Tournament in Florida", stated Head Coach Courtney Morgan.
In a physical match to decide the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Championship, former Eastside Lady Eagle Morgan Green helped break a scoreless tie when she sent a long flighted ball into the scoring area that the Gordon keeper could not totally stop.
GMC's own Freshmen Adisa Nwawel, the GCAA Player of the Year and the NJCAA leading goal scorer in the nation, tapped the ball into the net from close range as it rolled towards the Gordon goal to give the Lady Bulldogs the 1-0 lead with 10:40 left till halftime. Gordon tied the match with only 1:27 left on a great ball from Skylar Bertram on the far right that was headed into the goal by Nicole Reynoso.
But in the second half all that changed. GMC took a 3-1 lead before the teams exchanged goals four times in under seven minutes. The Lady Bulldogs of GMC (14-2-1) would go on to add another pair of goals to defeat the Lady Highlanders of Gordon State College (16-2-1). Nwawel had a "hat trick" for GMC as she assisted on one other goal which contributed to her leading the nation in points scored in which goal and assists are factored.
"With classes out this week and exams over, the girls can and are focusing on one goal….to keep this special season rolling. This is a good week for us to get a bit of rest, nurse a few minor injuries and continue to improve in areas we need to improve. We want to go to Florida and make an impact as we compete for the Championship. When you think about the fact that these are the last 12 teams standing right now, it's pretty special", mentioned Coach Morgan.
The #12 seeded Lady Bulldogs will travel down on Sunday, November 12th for the Championship Banquet. Pool play will begin on Monday, November 13th as the Bulldogs will take on #1 seed Phoenix College at 10am and then on Tuesday, November 14th they will take on #8 seed Lewis & Clark College at 10am. The rest of pool play will continue into Wednesday, November 15th where the Bulldogs will wait to see if they advance to the Final Four. Those that advance into the Final Four from pool play will begin their games on Friday, November 17th with the NJCAA National Championship game to be played at 7pm on November 18th. All games are being held at East Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.
Blueframe Technology and Eastern Florida State College (WEFS TV) will provide LIVE Web Streaming of all games, and will be available for viewing at NJCAA TV, http://www.njcaatv.com and at www.efsctitans.com/webcast. Tune it at 10am on both days to watch the Bulldogs compete in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament.