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GGC men rout Oakwood, women edged in Savannah

The Georgia Gwinnett College's men's soccer team erupted for five second-half scores, including two each from Alejandro Duque and Tom Butler, in a 5-0 win at Oakwood University on Friday in Huntsville, Ala.

The Grizzlies remain undefeated on the season and moved to 6-0-1 with their fifth straight shutout performance.

Georgia Gwinnett produced 11 first-half shots, but just two on goal as the game went scoreless into halftime.

With the Grizzlies holding the Ambassadors' attack in check, they finally got things going offensively with a 15-minute flurry.

In the 53rd minute, Butler pushed a ball into the corner past the charging OU goalkeeper and floated a ball in front to Duque who finished in the air for a 1-0 GGC lead.

Three minutes later, the Grizzlies were awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box and Duque capitalized again to make it 2-0.

Five minutes after that, GGC midfielder Andres Molano carved his way through the Oakwood defense and sent home his fourth goal of the year for a three-score lead.

Butler capped the scoring with his team-leading ninth and tenth scores of the season just over a minute apart as the Grizzlies posted the final 5-0 score.

Georgia Gwinnett held Oakwood without a shot for the first 60 minutes of the game and finished with a 25-4 edge in that category.

Goalkeeper Greg Hartley was called upon for just one save in the win.

"It took us a little while to get our feet under us this afternoon," Grizzlies head coach Steve DeCou said of his squad. "We eventually got it going though, and once we did, we produced some nice results."

The Grizzlies turn around to face sixth-ranked NCAA Division II squad Young Harris College on Sunday. Kickoff between the Grizzlies and Mountain Lions (6-0) in Young Harris is set for 2 p.m.

WOMEN

SCAD 1, GGC 0

The Georgia Gwinnett women's soccer team (4-3) dropped a tight 1-0 decision to the Savannah College of Art and Design (5-3) Friday night outside Savannah, ending the Grizzlies' three-game winning streak.

The contest remained scoreless for the first 70 minutes before the Bees put away the game's lone goal.

The loss ends GGC's streak of three straight shutouts, but the team's close defeat to a Bees squad receiving votes in the top 25 poll impressed head coach Domenic Martelli.

"I thought it was our best game of the season, by far," Martelli said. "We played well defensively for the full 90 minutes and that created some good chances for us on offense. We really battled out there and when you look at the effort and everything we did, I was very proud of the team."

Goalkeeper Mo Gutierrez helped keep GGC close by making several key stops in net.

"We need to use this to get better and now we recover and get ready for Sunday," Martelli added.

The Grizzlies will trek to Jekyll Island for a neutral-site showdown on Sunday with NCAA Division II opponent Palm Beach Atlantic University (3-1) at 1 p.m.