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Gordon State College currently participates in six intercollegiate sports – three for women and three for men. Women's sports include cross country, soccer, and fast-pitch softball while men compete in cross country, basketball, and baseball. Gordon State College also offers swimming as a club sport for women and men.

SCOREBOARD

Women's Soccer             August 27

Gordon State College          2

Emmanuel College              2

 

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Heat Wilts Highlanders in Tifton

09-01-2015

On a very hot and humid Sunday afternoon, the Lady Highlanders were welcomed by the ABAC Fillies with the host walking away with a 4-1 region victory. An improved performance in the second half let Gordon State take some positives from defeat. Alyssia Lowers was the sole goal scorer.

Team

Goals

Shots

On Goal

Corners

ABAC

4

22

11

12

Gordon State

1

11

4

0

The first half started quickly for ABAC as they created many chances early on. In goal, Samantha Conley did well to keep out the opposition’s efforts. However, a through ball in the 8th minute found ABAC’s striker behind the defense. Conley did well to block the first shot, but there was nothing she could do about the follow up. As the half wore on, it seemed certain ABAC would find another goal as the weary Highlanders were unable to put much effort into the attack. Finally, in the 28th minute, a corner for the Fillies led to the second goal as the ABAC player found open space for a free header in the box. Allowing such a goal seemed to motivate the Lady Highlanders as the moved the ball around much quicker from the resulting kickoff. This wonderful passage of play was topped off a minute later as Lowers found enough space to have a long range effort of about 25 yds. The ball floated in over the keeper’s head and Gordon State seemed to have a shot to get back into the game. Unfortunately, the heat had taken its toll on the Highlanders, and a few minutes later, the ball was again in the back of the Gordon State net. A final goal came off of a corner as Aaliyah Wazeeruddin mishit her clearance at the near post and spun the ball into her own net.

After halftime, Gordon State came out motivated to show just how good they could play. They created many more chances and kept the Fillies limited to long range efforts and corners. The best chance of the half came near the very end as Lowers set up for a long range free kick. The ball looked destined to fly into the near top corner but curled just wide and denied a consolation goal for the Highlanders.

This game saw Emily Betsill make a great return from her preseason injury as she battled hard in the midfield and defense. Other performances to mention were Kenya Ngote, whose second half improvement in the back solidified the defense, Samantha Conley, who made seven great saves over the 90 minutes, and Hayden Banks, whose solid overall performance in both halves kept Gordon State in contention throughout the game.

The Highlanders will travel to Virginia to take on out of Region opposition Saturday and Sunday.

Women’s Soccer Claims Draw at Emmanuel College

08-27-2015

A converted penalty from Alyssia Lowers in the first half and a goal from Liz Harris, assisted by Lowers, in the second half were not enough to preserve a victory against the Emmanuel College Lions as the lady Highlanders tied 2-2.


The Highlanders looked the better team overall, testing the Lions' keeper eight times. The chances for the Highlanders in the first half often came after a string of passes in the midfield as Kayla Messer, Hayden Banks, Reece McIver, Brailey Davis, and Alyssia moved the ball well. The best chance early on came from a Gordon State corner from Reece as Bailey Rawlins hit a nice volley which bounced back to her from the post. Her next shot was well defended as she struck wide. Then, a few minutes later, the referee was pointing to the spot for Gordon State as Liz Harris was brought down on left side of the box. Alyssia stepped up and easily slotted the ball in the left corner. The Lions struck back almost instantly as a miscommunication between Kenya Ngote and keeper Samantha Conley led to the equalizer. The two teams went into halftime tied 1-1.


The second half started with a minute of possession for the Lions. However, in pushing so hard for a goal, they left themselves open in the back as a clearance dropped to Lowers. The Lions' two center defenders were pushed into the Highlanders' half, which meant Liz Harris, whose run started in her own half, was already beyond the defense when she ran onto Alyssia's through ball. Liz's pace was unmatched as she drove in towards the keeper. Her shot found its way past the keeper just inside the right post to put the Highlanders ahead early in the half. As Emmanuel pushed for another equalizer, it looked as if Gordon State might get another goal off the counter through Rawlins. However, her shot was well saved by the keeper. Gordon State created a few more chances that they may be disappointed not to have finished. Their disappointment was compounded upon when the Lions found the net with only four and a half minutes left. Neither team had much left in the tank to score a winning goal after that, as the game finished 2-2.


Now the Highlanders look forward to Sunday as they travel to their first region opponents, ABAC, in Tifton, GA. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00.

Late Goals Ruin Home Opener

08-25-2015

The Lady Highlanders dropped their home opener to the the Lady Eagles from Oxford in a disappointing 3-0 loss. Gordon State's defense once again put in a strong performance and kept Oxford scoreless until the 64th minute when Paige Lievsay was called for a foul in the box as she slid and cleared a ball from danger. Oxford converted the penalty kick and took the lead. A pair of goals in the final 5 minutes would seal the victory for the Lady Eagles.

Team

Goals

Shots

On Goal

Corners

Gordon State College

0

2

2

1

Oxford College

3

20

14

5

 

Gordon State was unable to establish posession but did create some good scoring chances on the counter attack. Alyssia Lowers led the team with four shots and turned in another solid performance. Kayla Messer helped to solidify the midfield defending while Aaliyah Wazeerudding and Alexis Greenstein continued to lock down the wings in the back.

The Highlanders will travel to Franklin Springs on Thursday to take on Emmanual College at 6:00 PM.

Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener

08-22-2015

The Lady Highlanders opened the 2015 season with a 1-0 win in Macon over the Wesleyan College Wolves. Although the Highlanders out-shot the Wolves 15 - 8, the game was an even contest until Taylor Broughton scored her first collegiate goal with six minutes left in the game.

Team

Goals

Shots

On Goal

Corners

Wesleyan College

0

8

3

1

Gordon State College

1

15

7

7

The first half saw many opportunities open up for Gordon State's number 9, Alyssia Lowers, who finished with 12 shots, with 6 on goals. Her best chance came late in the first half as a hard working Liz Harris created an opening but the shot was just outside the post. At the other end of the field, a hard working defense was holding the Wolves to only 5 shots. The Highlanders were fortunate to reach halftime even after a foul by hard-working Reece McIver in the box gave the Wolves a chance to strike first. However, the penalty-kick was high and rattled the crossbar, keeping the score tied at half time. 

The second half was much more balanced in chances as Sydney Moore, subbed in for Samantha at half time, found herself tested quite a few times early on. While the defense fought hard to keep the Wolves attack at bay, the Gordon attackers found themselves high pressed by the Wolves' back line. Finally, in the 84th minute, the Highlanders saw their hard work pay off. Bailey Rawlins headed the ball into the path of Taylor Broughton, who beat the defense with speed and slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. The closing minutes of the game saw Wesleyan press hard for an equalizer but the Highlanders stubborn defense could not be broken. Some of the stand out performances included Reece McIver, who worked hard offensively and defensively and caused the Wolves many problems, Kenya Ngote put in an excellent defensive performance, and Hayden Banks, who was the only player to go the full 90 minutes. 

The Highlanders next game sees them welcome Oxford College at home on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM

SOFTBALL TO HOLD OPEN TRY-OUT FOR POSSIBLE WALK-ONS

08-03-2015

The Gordon State College softball team will be holding walk-on tryouts for currently enrolled students on Tuesday, August 11th at the Gordon State College softball field. The try-out is scheduled from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

In order to be given the opportunity to tryout, interested participants must be a full-time student for the 2015 fall semester and provide the coaching staff with a current sports physical.  All participants will need to bring their own glove, helmet, bat and cleats.  If you plan on trying out as a catcher, you must bring your own catcher’s gear.   

If you have any questions prior to the try-out, please contact Coach Deyton at kend@gordonstate.edu

Mizell Selected By Astros In MLB Draft

06-11-2015

Another former Highlander baseball player was selected in the 2015 Major League Draft as Aaron Mizell was taken in the 32nd round by the Houston Astros.  The McRae, Georgia, native completed his final two years of eligibility in the outfield at Georgia Southern University.  In 2015, he led the Eagles with 12 home runs along with posting a .292 batting average.  Mizell's combined two-year totals at GSU tallied 25 home runs, 93 RBI's, and a .301 batting average.  At Gordon State College, he was named All-Conference twice and was named to the NJCAA Division I College World Series All-Tournament team as a freshman.  Congratulations Aaron!

Massey’s Name Called In MLB Draft

06-10-2015

Former Gordon State College standout Grant Massey was drafted Wednesday in the 26th round by the Chicago White Sox.  Massey just completed his collegiate career at Lipscomb University (TN) where he was a two-year starter at shortstop.  In 2015, he led the team in three statistical categories including batting average (.345), hits (79), and stolen bases (18).  The Bison finished the year with a 39 - 20 record and were eliminated in post-season play at the Vanderbilt regional in Nashville.  Congratulations Grant!

Baseball Tryouts for 2015-2016 Team

06-04-2015

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The Gordon State College baseball coaching staff has announced tryouts on Wednesday, June 10th at 11:00 AM.


The Gordon State College baseball coaching staff is having a tryout for 
the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 team, underclassmen are welcome.   Any player 
that would like to tryout will need to be at the Gordon State College 
baseball field 10 - 15 minutes early to fill out a player information 
questionnaire and a liability waiver.  It is recommended but not necessary 
for players to provide the coaching staff with GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and 
transcripts are preferred.  The tryout will consist of a timed 60 yard dash,
players fielding and throwing from their positions, batting practice, and 
pitchers throwing a bullpen.  Please check this web site for cancellation
of this tryout due to weather.  The coaching staff will announce any changes
on this website.  For those who cannot attend this tryout, the Gordon State 
College baseball coaching staff may have another tryout in the upcoming weeks.  

Vote For Mizell!

06-02-2015

Former Gordon State baseball standout Aaron Mizell is one of 18 finalists for the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Fan's Choice Award and voting is now open at FansChoiceAward.com.  Mizell closed out his collegiate career as a two-year starter at Georgia Southern University and capped off his senior season with solid numbers across the board.  He led the Eagles with 12 home runs and posted a .292 batting average while recording 12 doubles, 40 RBI's along with a .539 slugging percentage.

The annual award recognizes college baseball players for their inspiring accomplishments on and off the baseball field. Finalists must demonstrate leadership, commitment in all aspects of life, stay active in the community and dedicated in the classroom.  The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2015 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.  Fans can view profiles of the finalists and vote daily by visiting www.fanschoiceaward.com

The first round of voting ends on June 8.  The top-8 student-athletes advance to the second round of voting, which runs June 8-15.  The final round of voting begins on June 15 and the winner will be announced on June 22.  Good Luck Aaron!

 

Courtesy of Georgia Southern University Athletics

 

College World Series, Round Two!

05-21-2015

It has been quite a softball career for former Gordon State College standout Meagan Stover!  The pitcher from Union Grove (GA) High School played two years at GSC and ended her junior college eligibility at the 2012 NJCAA Division I College World Series in St. George, Utah.  To qualify for the event, the Highlanders won the 2012 GCAA Region Championship in a thriller against Darton State College.  For her efforts, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Stover will now end her collegiate career as a senior at the University of North Georgia in another national event.  The Nighthawks are in Oklahoma City for the NCAA Division II College World Series and play the University of Indianapolis in the first round on May 21.  After transferring from the University of West Georgia, Stover finished the regular season at UNG with a 6 - 2 record while sporting a solid 1.40 ERA on the mound.  She'll have another shot at a national championship as the winner will be crowned on May 25 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in OKC.  Congratulations and Good Luck Meagan!

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