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Former area soccer players shine at college level

Tyler Peoples picked a perfect time for his first goal of the season. The Heritage graduate and sophomore at Furman scored the lone goal in the Paladins’ 1-0 victory over Vermont Sunday.

The game was scoreless until Michael Gandier had a shot that deflected off Vermont goalkeeper Conor Leland and Peoples scored on the rebound in the 39th minute. Peoples has played in five games, which equals his total as a freshman at the Greenville, South Carolina school, and has a goal and assist.

Furman, which is 4-2, travels to Johnson City, Tennessee to play East Tennessee State tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Drish starring for South Alabama, Gray for LaGrange

Another pair of Heritage graduates, Melissa Drish and Brittany Gray, are starring for their respective teams. Drish, a senior goalkeeper, is a big reason why the South Alabama women’s soccer team is off to such a fine start, going 5-1-1 with just eight goals allowed in seven games (1.09 goals against average) as South Alabama is 7-1-1 heading into tonight’s road game at South Florida.

Drish picked up her third shut out in a 2-0 victory over Murray State September 13, but didn’t play in the Jaguars’ 11-0 win over Alabama A&M Sunday.

Gray, also a senior, is second on the LaGrange College soccer team with four goals for the 4-2 Panthers. LaGrange, which has won three consecutive games, including a 1-0 victory over Millsaps September 13 in which Gray picked up the only goal.

Young leads Panthers on the pitch

Though the Georgia State women’s soccer team is struggling, Jordan Young can be considered a bright spot through the first month of the season.

Young, a Salem graduate and redshirt-senior at the Atlanta school, has two of the Panthers’ four goals during a 1-4-1 start. The forward came off the bench to score the only goal in Georgia State’s first victory of the season against Tennessee-Martin, September 13. Georgia State, which has lost three games by one goal including a pair of 1-0 losses, continues its season-long four-game road trip at Samford tonight at 8:00 p.m.