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Georgia College Men's Soccer 1969-1985

MEN’S SOCCER

Historical Background

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In 1968 when Floyd Anderson became the first Athletic Director at GC, he initiated the creation of Varsity Men’s Soccer Program. The first Soccer Coach was Bill Fogarty, who at the same time was the Dean of Students. The second Soccer Coach was Mr. Larry Bosserman. The next Varsity Men’s Soccer and Varsity Men’s Baseball Coach was Mr. John Kurtz. Mr. Geza Martiny volunteered in 1979 to take over the soccer coaching responsibilities until 1984. In 1984 the new Athletic Policies allowed each coach to coach only one varsity sport per season. Therefore, since Mr. Martiny already coached the Varsity Women’s Gymnastics Team Mr. Kurtz returned to coach the Varsity Men’s Soccer Team. Mr. Kurtz coached the Varsity Soccer Team in the Fall and coached the Varsity Men’s Baseball Team in the Winter and Spring. After one year when Mr. Kurtz’ became only the Baseball Coach, the Varsity Men’s Soccer Program was dropped. There were 7 All-District Players in the history of GC Men’s Soccer: Lee Bivens, Chris Robinson, Mike Crumbly, Jim Gunter, Robert Ligas, Michael Beriault and Rick Young. Bivens and Robinson were also All-Conference.

 

In 1981, freshman David A. Leviton, from Homerville, Georgia, striker and a top scorer for GC, received a serious skiing injury after the soccer season was completed. The world famous orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrews had done a perfect job on David’s knees. At the 1982 International Medical Association Conference, Dr. Andrews made a presentation based on his inventive new surgical procedures done on David Leviton. David Leviton was determined and fully immersed himself in rehabilitation. Returned in 1982 stronger that ever and became the All Time highest scorer for GC.  David Leviton was awarded the Soccer All-America Award after the completion of the 1982 season. David Leviton was the only All-American awarded by the National Intercollegiate Soccer Coaches Association.

[A big thank you goes out to Geza Martiny for supplying a large part of this information, as well as the following list of interesting games from Georgia College's Men's Soccer history]

September 30, 1980

Georgia College vs Augusta College   9-0

Scorers for GC Clay Allison, Mike Mucillo, Jim Gunter, Tom Dickey, Charlie Hamby and Jerry Archbold

 

October 8, 1980

Georgia College vs Berry College

The officials allowed the game to get out of control, which resulted in unnecessary violence. A fight broke out and the officials got into the “pile” of players. The game result was protested.

 

October 13, 1980

Georgia College Colonial Soccer Team took three straight shut-outs in a row when they defeated Mercer University-Atlanta, Augusta College and Mercer University-Macon

 

October 25, 1980

Georgia College vs Mercer University    4-0

Goalie Mike Crumbley recorded his fourth shutout

 

October 27, 1980

Georgia College vs Georgia Sothern  1-0

Goalie Mike Crumbley recorded his fifth shutout of season

Colonials improved their record to 7-3

 

November 9, 1980

Georgia College vs Armstrong State College   2-0

The Colonials bound for the NAIA District 25 playoffs

 

November 10, 1980

Georgia College vs Lander College   7-0

The offense chalked up seven goals and the defense got their sixth shut-out

 

November 12, 1980

Georgia College vs Columbus College   5-1

The Colonials, who finished the season with a 10-4 record, go to Berry College Friday for the Distric 25 Tournament. Georgia College, seeded third, plays Oglethorpe at noon. The Colonials make a valiant effort in the District 25 playoffs against Oglethorpe, but were defeated in two overtimes, with a score of 2-1. The game was played for over two hours. After the game the NAIA All District 25 first and second teams were chosen. First team Robert Ligas and Rick Young. Second team Mike Crumbley and Tom

McCormack.

 

November 26, 1980

Goalie Mike Crumbley named All-American

Crumbley’s teammates helped his efforts by booting 276 shots on goal during the regular season and allowing only 148. The Colonials scored 50 goals and allowed opponents to score only 18 times in regular season matches. Robert Ligas and Rick Young are nominated for NAIA All-America Team

 

May 16, 1981

Colonial Soccer Team in Colombia, South America

The Colonial Soccer Team played five friendly soccer games against local teams. The first game was against a farm club of the professional team of Deportivo Cali and GC lost 5-1.  Next game was against a

professional soccer team America. The game was played in the Pan American National Soccer Stadium. This team won the Columbian National Championship and GC lost 4-0. Two days later GC played against a Columbian Friendship Force team and lost by 4-3.  Finally the game against Macabi Soccer Club was successful with scores from Tommy Dickey, Mike Reed, Robert Ligas, Charlie Hamby and Mike Reed again - GC vs Macabi 5-1. The last game GC played against Berman College and lost 3-2. Coach Martiny did not make the trip with the team to Columbia but was very proud of the team’s performance against such international soccer teams.

 

November 30, 1981

Colonials End Season With Victories

GC vs Columbus College   4-1

GC vs LaGrange College   7-0

GC vs Armstrong College   1-0

 

September 12, 1982

Georgia College Wins Soccer Opener

The Colonials opened up the 1982 season win 4-3 win over Lander College

 

October 5, 1982

Colonials win fifth straight game

GC vs Georgia Southwestern   4-0

GC vs LaGrange College   8-0

GC vs Augusta College   3-0

GC vs North Georgia College   3-2 (overtime)

GC vs Mercer University of Atlanta   1-0

The wins gave the Colonials a 6-3 record

 

October 29, 1982

Colonials Improve to 11-5 With Win over LaGrange College

GC vs LaGrange College 2-0

 

November 3, 1982

Colonials end season with win

Georgia College beat Georgia Southwestern College with a score of 9-1. Although the victory upped the Colonials’ record to 12-6, it was too late to propel the Colonials in the NAIA District 25 playoffs. This was the first time the NAIA used a complex rating system. The system classifies teams according to their winning percentage listing them as either A, B, C, D or E teams.

 

October 1, 1983

Georgia College Colonials upset the University of Kentucky by a score of 2-1. The Soccer America Magazine ranked the NCAA Division I soccer powerhouse 23rd in the nation. “It was the most exciting game we have ever played,” said Coach Martiny. The Colonials jumped to an early lead of 2-0 in the first half and held off the University of Kentucky during the second half to one goal. GC’s first goal came from a pass from Mike Bell to Joao Thome, from Brazil, who booted the ball in. Keith Harper of GC missed the penalty shot. The second goal came from a pass from Keith Harper to Joe Peal who scored for the Colonials.

 

November 3, 1983

GC’s playoff foe will be Oglethorpe University in opening of the NAIA District 25 playoffs at St. Augustine, Florida

 

November 17, 1983

John Smith was tied with Abner Henk of John Brown University (Ark) for ninth place in the NAIA in goals given up, averaging 0.75 per game in 20 games. He gave up 15 goals, had 154 saves and registered six shutouts. The Colonial Soccer Team qualified for the NAIA 25 District playoffs and advanced to the second round where they lost to Flagler College by a score of 3-0. Flagler College went on to the NAIA Area playoffs

 

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