GHC soccer teams begin play

womens soccer team

Women’s soccer team at KSU tourney: (bottom row from left) Ashley Solorio, Barbara Mata, Grace Wooley, Madelyn McAmish, Liz Arias, Mikayla Goulding; (middle row from left) Coach John Spranza, Olivia Nix, Maria Lopez, Maria Lawrence, Francisca Rodriguez, Haley Pittman, Maria Acosta; (top row from left) Denisa Reyes, Savannah Varner, Chloe Cochran; (not pictured) Esmeralda Hernandez. Contributed Photo

Mens soccer team

GHC men’s soccer team huddles during halftime Oct. 14. Contributed Photo

GHC’s soccer fall league men’s and women’s teams are playing soccer against teams from all over Georgia as well as from other states.

Student Life Director John Spranza coaches both the women’s and men’s teams.

He said, “I started the soccer fall league because there was such an increased interest in soccer. I knew we had a lot of students who played in high school, in local leagues and for fun. I wanted to give them an opportunity to keep playing.”

The GHC soccer fall league teams are affiliate members of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. The teams must play at least three games this fall to be eligible to become full members of NIRSA.

Once the GHC soccer teams become full members of NIRSA, in fall 2019 teams will have their schedules set up for them by NIRSA, will be able to play in post-season games and will have the opportunity to compete in championships’.

The women’s team has 16 players from four campuses. The men’s team has 24 players from three campuses.

The men had an away game on Oct. 12, against Bryan College in Tennessee, which they lost 1-0, and a home game against Jacksonville State University on Oct. 14, which GHC lost 5-4.
Scorers for the men’s team were Cartersville’s Julio Medina with three goals and Marietta’s Amadou Touray with one goal in the JSU game. Alejandro Cornejo, Floyd,  made two assists and Charlie Cruz, Floyd, made one.

The men’s team goalie, Brandon Romero, Cartersville, had 10 saves in the game against JSU and 13 saves against Bryan College.

The women’s team has played two games against Kennesaw State University and the University of Mississippi at a tournament at KSU Oct. 14. The women lost 3-0 to KSU and 7-0 to Ole Miss.

Liz Arias is the goalie for the women’s team. She had seven saves in the KSU game and four saves against Ole Miss.

Denisa Reyez, Floyd, plays for the women’s team. She said, “Soccer is a very fun sport, gets you very active and I’m glad I can continue to play soccer in college because I played in both middle and high school.”