Grizzly Soccer Teams Post Opening Day Sweep of TTU

soccer player Tom Butler on the field

Grizzlies Soccer player Tom Butler, left, during the Aug. 25 match-up against Tennessee Temple University 

The Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies began its varsity athletics program with a roar Saturday as the men’s and women’s soccer teams posted big victories over Tennessee Temple University in front of hundreds of cheering fans on campus in the first games in program history.

The women’s team won 9-1 to start the day, then the men’s squad handled the Crusaders in impressive fashion, 12-0. Amairani Almanza and Andres Molano posted the first scores, respectively, in team history.

“It was an outstanding day for Grizzly Athletics,” Director of Athletics, Dr. Darin S. Wilson, said. “This was the culmination of a lot of hard work from many people and our terrific staff. We were thrilled, both with the way our teams played today and how they conducted themselves. All in all, it was a great day to be a Grizzly.”

Women’s Game: GGC 9, TTU 1 (Box Score)

Sophomore forward Amairani Almanza netted the first two goals in program history Saturday as the Georgia Gwinnett College women’s soccer team raced their way to a 9-1 Opening Day victory over Tennessee Temple University in the school's first-ever varsity athletics contest.

A crowd of over 700 cheered on their home team for the first time on the Grizzly Soccer Field. The win opened a doubleheader sweep for GGC as the men’s team later defeated the Crusaders, 12-0.

“It was a fantastic start out there by our team today,” echoed head women’s coach Domenic Martelli. “We were so excited to see everything come together for the first time and we had a fantastic crowd out there. That gave us great energy to play really well, from the backs all the way up to the forward spot.”       

Almanza, a native of Lilburn, Ga., took a feed from freshman Grace Gresham just under 13 minutes into the game and beat Crusaders goalkeeper Donnae’ Bolden with an arcing shot that goes down as the first score of any kind in Grizzly Athletics history.

Nineteen minutes later, Almanza’s second tally of the game off a pass from Blake DiSpigna put GGC (1-0) ahead, 2-0.

Salina Orzikowski made it 3-0 for the Grizzlies with just 38 seconds remaining in the opening half and Martelli’s squad never looked back.

The men’s team returns to action next Saturday by hosting Emmanuel at 6 p.m. on the Grizzly Soccer Field.

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