Men’s Soccer Set to Host Tennessee Temple

GGC Grizzly

After picking up a home-opening victory on Tuesday over Truett-McConnell, the Georgia Gwinnett men’s soccer team was looking to keep the good times rolling at the Grizzly Soccer Complex when they welcomed Tennessee Temple in on Saturday at 1 p.m

GGC, who entered the weekend with a 3-1 record and a No. 16 ranking in the NAIA coaches’ poll, has now taken home wins in four consecutive home encounters dating back to last season. In all, the Grizzlies boast of a 15-4-1 mark in Lawrenceville since the start of the program in 2012.

The player to watch in the Grizzly side on Saturday was newcomer Jamie King. The Englishman has played a big role  this season, finding the back of the net a team-best three times in the opening four games. Martin Lugo, who scored the opening tally in Tuesday’s win, is the only other GGC player with multiple goals, and he’s coming off a season that saw him bag a team-leading eight goals to go along with six assists.

Lugo’s most frequent collaborator on Tuesday was Ibrahima Sissoko, who has the team lead in assists with two. The Norcross native has frequently been a thorn in the side of TTU as he’s banged in a goal each time he’s played vs. the Crusaders. Last season, he was the only scorer in a 2-0 win, and he scored twice over a pair of meetings in 2012.

In net, Lewis Sharpe has continued to hold court, combining with the GGC defense for two shutouts this season, making 12 saves and surrendering three goals over the first four matches.

TTU, the alma mater of GGC head coach Steve DeCou, was looking to put an end to a series of one-sided results since the two teams began play in 2012. The Crusaders were the first-ever opponent for the Grizzly men in 2012, and they were out-classed in the game 12-0. In the two meetings since, GGC has won by a combined score of 8-0.

TTU entered the game on the heels of their first on-field victory of the season, winning 5-1 over Oakwood earlier this week. Thanks to a forfeit in the season’s first weekend, the Crusaders are 2-3 on the year.

Kickoff at the Grizzly Soccer Complex was scheduled for 1 p.m and the Grizzlies took home a 2-0 win.

Kaitlyn Richards-Lynn is a senior at Duluth High School. She has been an active member of her school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past three years. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Student Body Vice President.

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