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Abraham scores in athletics, academics

August 30, 2011 1 comment

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

By Ashleigh Scarpinato

Rebecca Abraham, a freshman from Cumming, began her college experience not only as a hard-working student, but also as a hard-working athlete.

Following playing four years of high school soccer at Forsyth Central High School, Abraham decided to follow her passion for soccer by attending Young Harris College where she plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.

Abraham’s older sister attended YHC, and from that moment she knew that YHC was the college for her. Abraham’s family supports her and her decision to be a student athlete. Rhonda Abraham, her mother, attended both of her YHC scrimmage games to help cheer her daughter and the rest of the women’s team to victory.

Being a student athlete may come as a challenge to some people, but not Abraham. Abraham is one of only two freshmen on the Mountain Lions soccer team, which brings a whole new level of competition and challenge to be the best every day.

“It all comes pretty easy and is a lot of fun,” said Abraham. “Being a student athlete can teach a person how to truly manage their time between their sport, their classwork, and their friends.”

Abraham explained that the athletes on the YHC women’s soccer team are friendly and welcoming, but still have the desire to compete against anyone.

Abraham hopes to learn from her first year experience and help future freshmen soccer players balance studies and athletics.  This helpful spirit also extends to her goals post-graduation, when Abraham hopes to use her degree to help other people by possibly becoming a behavioral therapist.

Abraham also hopes to continue playing soccer in an adult league. Abraham enjoys the adrenaline of playing a good game and having confidence.  Playing a sport not only teaches a person what it means to be competitive— it also fosters a sense of togetherness, teaching players new life lessons as they work together to achieve a common goal, she said.

YHC Men’s soccer blacked out of first victory (UPDATE)

September 22, 2010 Comments off

by Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

MARIETTA, GA — On Wednesday, the Mountain Lions of Young Harris College led No. 22 Southern Polytechnic State University, 1-0 at Neusoft Technologies Field in what looked to be the first win of the season for YHC. The possible win was taken away, however, as lightning forced two delays and the game was stopped with 31:28 remaining, leaving both teams left in the dark with no result.

Southern Poly (2-2-2) dominated the first half by out-shooting Young Harris, 10-5, but the Mountain Lions would take one defensive mistake and play it in their favor.

In the 43rd minute, the ball was not cleared far enough by Sothern Poly and YHC senior Luis Salases was able to control the ball in the attacking third of the field. After beating his defender, Salaises dished the ball off to YHC freshman Niall McCabe. McCabe was able to fire successfully from 25 yards out to give the Mountain Lions a 1-0 lead.

“Niall had a great goal,” said YHC Head Coach Mark McKeever. ” He has really stepped up to the plate for his team this season.”

Sophomore Wezley Barnard had six saves in goal for Young Harris (0-3-3), while Eric Ati of Southern Poly recorded two.

Lightning forced the game to be stopped around 6:25 p.m., and when players returned to the field at 7:05, both teams were going through warm-ups when lightning forced the second delay. Not only was it a weather issue, but time was a factor as Southern Poly doesn’t have lights and the match was deemed unplayable due to dark skies.

“This was pretty frustrating,” said McKeever. “The guys worked very hard and were looking for their first victory.”

Because the match was stopped before the 70th minute, the game does not count as an official contest, and no statistics were recorded.

“This was not our best performance this season,” said McKeever. “We hope that the momentum from this game will carry over to our next.”

The Mountain Lions, seeking their first win of the season, return to action 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at Coker College.

UPDATE1 (9:42 p.m., 09/22/10): Added quotes from head coach Mark McKeever.

Lady Mountain Lions soccer takes 3-0 victory over Brevard (UPDATE)

September 21, 2010 Comments off

by Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

YOUNG HARRIS — On Tuesday, the Lady Mountain Lions soccer team broke the .500 mark for the first time this season, shutting out Brevard College in a 3-0 victory at home.

The first goal of the game was scored by Lady Mountain Lion Kelley Lyness after 25 scoreless minutes. Lyness, a junior, gave the Mountain Lions (3-2-1) a 1-0 lead as her shot from about 35 yards out went over Brevard goalkeeper Jordan Box for the goal in the 28th minute.

“I feel like all of our hard work was put together in this game,” said Lyness. “Our team has worked hard and we should be able to carry our momentum into the upcoming games.”

In the 77th minute, the Mountain Lions would take a 2-0 lead after Brittany Webster of YHC landed a shot into the far post off of an assist by junior Emily Villas.

The third and final goal of the game was scored in the 85th minute by freshman Whitney Thomas of YHC. The goal was assisted by freshman Allison Burnham to give Young Harris a 3-0 lead.

The Mountain Lions out-shot the Tornados, 22-7, including 16-5 in the second half. Young Harris also had the 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Allie Matulia recorded five saves in goal for Young Harris, while Box had two saves in the first half and Webster added nine in the second half for Brevard (2-4-1).

The Mountain travel 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 to Bristol, Tenn., to take on King College.

UPDATE1 (11:01 a.m., 09/22/10): Edited lead sentence, fixed byline formatting


Men’s Soccer scoreless against Anderson’s six goals

September 17, 2010 Comments off

by Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

Anderson, S.C. — Looking for their first win of the 2010 campaign, the Young Harris College Mountain Lions traveled to 100 miles east to South Carolina to take on Anderson University. While defense has not been a weakness for the Mountain Lions to this point in the season, they were blanked 6-0 by a strong Trojan attack.

Anderson (3-2-1) tallied the first point seven minutes into the contest, with Ryan Messick scoring unassisted just under the crossbar. Fellow Trojan Lasse Sohrweide netted two more points, one on an assist from Zach Denson at the 15 minute mark and another at the 28th minute that caromed off of YHC goaltender Wezly Barnard and crossed the goal line. The Trojans added two more goals before half, taking a 5-0 lead into the locker room. Anderson would score one more goal at the 60th minute as Denson was fed by Sohrweide, and the Trojans took the 6-0 victory against YHC (0-3-3).

The Mountain Lion’s offensive woes continued in this contest as they were outshot 17-6. For the season, YHC has taken 115 shots on net, but only two have found the back of the net.  YHC opponents have been much more efficient, scoring 11 times on 73 shots. Both goaltenders – Barnard and Trojan Lukas Hesse – each had three saves in the contest.

The Mountain Lions travel 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22 to Marietta, Ga., to take on Southern Polytechnic State University.

Wez patrols pitch, campus

September 12, 2010 Comments off

By Brand Driver, Staff Writer

What do Scotland, South Africa and Young Harris all have in common?  While geography and culture might be very different, they all play the world’s game, and that is what has brought sophomore business major Wezly Barnard to Young Harris College.

Young Harris College men's soccer goalkeeper and captain Wezly Barnard.

Barnard, or “Wez” as he’s known around campus, is a 25-year-old from Johannesburg who has played soccer for nearly his entire life. At home Wez represented his national team when he was 12, and again when he was 17. He also played the sport in high school, where his coach in school was teammates with YHC men’s soccer head coarch Mark McKeever. This connection between McKeever and his high school coach led to Wez’s interest in the small, private Appalachian college.

“It sounded like a great plan to me, coming [to YHC] to play soccer and getting a good education on top of it,” Wez said.

Shortly after his visit to YHC, he was offered a scholarship and made plans to leave his home country. While it might seem tough making a transition from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to the peace and quiet of lYoung Harris, Wez fits in just perfectly, although he says that “[South Africa] is more of a comfort zone for me, because I have friends and family there.”

McKeever has always spoken highly of Wez both on and off the field. On the field he has appointed Wez captain of the team for this season, and off the field he works with Wez on both soccer and on life.

“Coach has helped me out ,” Wez said. “[He has taught me about] always having respect, believing what you are doing with some kind of desire, and most of all just be[ing] yourself.”

Besides soccer, Wez is also involved on campus as a police cadet, riding in police carts from time to time in the evening and monitoring campus safety.

“It’s nice to interact with students and [being a cadet] gives you respect [for authority],” Wez said. “You are always looking to better the campus [and get] rid of negativity on campus. I like how it makes you look at things from more of a mature aspect.”

After college, Wez has aspirations of playing some sort of professional soccer and maybe going into marketing or events managing. When asked about finishing his degree and his playing career as a Mountain Lion, Wez was optimistic and plans on staying, but given the uncanny circumstances that brought him here in the first place, he could only say that if something were to come up, “I’d have to take a look at it.”