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GGC ROUNDUP: Double OT goal pushes GGC women past Thomas

LAWRECEVILLE — Senior Amanda Dale tallied her team-leading third goal of the season in the 102nd minute to give the Georgia Gwinnett women’s soccer team a 1-0 double-overtime win over Thomas University Friday evening at the Grizzly Soccer Complex.

It was the second consecutive double-overtime affair for the Grizzlies, who improved to 4-1-1 on the season. GGC is 3-0 so far this year in Lawrenceville.

The Grizzly defense held the Night Hawks (1-3) without a shot on goal as Mo Gutierrez, a Dacula grad, and Alex Hays teamed up in goal for GGC’s second shutout win of the year.

“Today we got to the final third all day and that was really the difference because we kept coming and coming and coming,” Grizzlies head coach Domenic Martelli said.

Nikki LeFevre picked up her first assist of the year on the deciding tally as the Grizzlies made their 15th shot of the night count.

“Amanda had a great game and she went through everyone she needed to to get that goal,” Martelli said.

Dale and Bethany Johnson led the Grizzlies with a game-high four shots apiece.

Night Hawks goalkeeper Deanna Rivet made four saves in the game, including one on a shot in close by Mackenzie Bailey just minutes before overtime that looked to be a game-winner.

The Grizzlies established the pace of play early and produced several chances throughout the game.

Thomas had defeated eighth-ranked Mobile in its previous outing before traveling to Lawrenceville.

The Grizzlies continue their homestand by hosting Auburn Montgomery on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Pair of Grizzlies win in Athens

Senior Bruno Tiberti and sophomore Erik Moberg each recorded straight sets victories in the top singles division to lead the Georgia Gwinnett men’s tennis team Friday on Day 1 of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.

Playing the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I competition in any sport, GGC went 2-3 in singles action and 1-1 in doubles play. Two of the Grizzlies’ three singles defeats were three-set affairs while sophomores Tony Kostadinov and Evgeny Silitski scored an 8-4 doubles victory over Aleks and Nicholas Mitrics of Murray State.

“Overall it was a great opening day for our team,” Grizzlies head coach Chase Hodges said. “I was especially impressed with Bruno and Erik and the way they represented us in our first competition at this level. This got us off to a great start this season.”

Tiberti knocked off Portland’s Michel Hu Kwo by a 6-4, 6-3 margin while Moberg took out Murray State’s Adam Taylor, 7-5, 6-4.

Moberg will now face No. 2 overall seed Ben Wagland of host Georgia today at 10:30 a.m. in round 32. Tiberti will square off against Sebastian Yellera of ETSU at 9:30 a.m. with a potential matchup with number six overall seed Hernus Pieters, also of UGA.

“Bruno has to rely on his experience as he is very seasoned and that will be a big advantage,” Hodges said. “Erik is going to get great experience to build upon the rest of this tournament.

“We look forward to returning to the courts in the next round tomorrow.”

In other action, GGC senior Hernan Hatem dropped a first-set tiebreak in falling to College of Charleston’s Charlie Ghriskey, 7-6, 6-2.

Kostadinov and Silitsky each claimed a set before falling in three to players from Virginia Tech and Liberty, respectively.

The doubles match between Moberg/Hatem and Virginia Tech’s tandem of Joao Monteiro and Florian Nicoud had not finished prior to 10 p.m.