Friday, October 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Already in the midst of a highly successful inaugural season, Georgia Gwinnett College's men's soccer team will host its biggest game to date when it welcomes Auburn-Montgomery to it's new soccer complex today at 1 p.m.
The Warhawks (8-2-1) come to town ranked No. 1 in the nation in the first modified RPI rankings released by the NAIA and are also receiving first-place votes in the coaches poll, where they stand at No. 3.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 7-1-1 in their first season of competition, including a 3-0-1 mark at home, and have shut out seven of their nine opponents.
"We look forward to the challenge of Saturday's match as Coach (Wulf) Koch has the Warhawks off to a great start this year," GGC coach Steve DeCou said. "It will be an opportunity to gauge the progress we've made in the month and a half of our existence, as well as to see what improvements need to be made."
GGAC has outscored opponents 17-1 at home this season, and senior Tom Butler leading the Grizzlies in scoring with 12 goals in nine games overall, while freshman and Berkmar grad Martin Lugo is close behind with eight goals.
Senior goalkeeper Greg Hartley has also been a big part of the Grizzlies' success this season with a 0.25 goals against average and having given up just two goals in over 700 minutes.
AUM comes into the game led by sophomore midfielder Elvar Sigurdsson, who leads the Warhawks with six goals and 16 overall points.
Today's game will also be the first for the Grizzlies on their new synthetic turf field. They played their previous four home games on the school's grass intramural fields.
Admission to today's game is free, with parking available across the street from the field.