(DUNWOODY) – They did it.
Since his own college athletic career in 1996, Darton Men’s Soccer Head Coach Bart Sasnett has been trying to beat NJCAA powerhouse Georgia Perimeter College on their own turf.
Today his sixth-ranked Cavaliers scorched them 4-2.
“It’s special to me personally,” said Sasnett from his Atlanta hotel room Saturday evening. “It feels really good.”
Sophomore Diego Ramos again led the way for the Cavs, scoring twice and assisting a goal to Guilherme Frota, a sophomore who also scored twice with a second assist from freshman Jowayne Ladley.
Frota’s first goal was a 30-yard blast that put the Cavaliers up 1-0. Although the Cavaliers kept the pressure high, Perimeter was able to tie it up before the squads trotted off to their coaches at the end of the first half.
“I told them to play like we don’t have a game tomorrow,” Sasnett said of his halftime speech, noting that his team has another difficult away game Sunday, “and that we had to keep the same tempo, and we have to finish.”
And finish they did, including a gorgeous goal by Ramos as he found the ball at his feet, beat two defenders and then burned the Perimeter goalie.
So, with three away wins and two of them being over two of the nation’s best programs, it might seem that the Cavaliers would unleash at least a little celebration now, but that’s simply not the case for this apparently hard-nosed bunch of soccer players.
“There wasn’t a celebration,” Sasnett stated. “This is a business trip. These guys are focused on winning tomorrow.”
And what a strange circumstance tomorrow brings, as they’ll face Louisburg College who last season gave the Cavaliers – ranked #6 in the nation and undefeated at the time – their first loss.
Going into the game scheduled at 2 p.m. on the Georgia Perimeter campus tomorrow, the Cavaliers are again undefeated and, yes, ranked #6.
“This is perfect,” Sasnett said. “It’s redemption time.”