10/1/11 (ALBANY)– JoWayne Laidley put the nail in the coffin Saturday and then buried any hopes of a comeback to assure a 4-0 win for Darton College over possibly its biggest conference rival.
Thanks to a clean-up goal by Guilherme Frota in the first half, Darton College had a 1-0 lead against Georgia Perimeter College at halftime before Laidley, a freshman from Orlando, Fla., set a serious tone to the remainder of the match when he scored twice in only the first four minutes of the second half.
“He just came out on fire,” Head Coach Bart Sasnett said.
Laidley’s first goal came only 43 seconds into the second half when he shocked the GPC goalkeeper from a lengthy 30 yards. Minutes later teammate Diego Ramos would assist Ladley on what would be his seventh goal this season.
Frota was awarded a penalty kick near the 60th minute and thus would find the goal again to end the game 4-0 and send the Region XVII rivals packing.
“It was a very intense game,” Sasnett said. “It was very chippy.”
Seven yellow cards were issued, four of them to Perimeter. Two of Perimeter’s players were seen leaving the field and entering their travel bus at halftime after having some words with their coach.
“After we scored the first goal, they started self-imploding,” Sasnett said of Perimeter.
Such is seeming to become a theme for the program’s first No. 1 ranking – irritate the opponents until they turn on themselves, and then crank up the attack.
For example: on Sept. 24, Darton was tied with Broward College 1-1, then scored twice in the second half to win 3-1; Darton was tied with Middle Georgia on Sept. 19, 1-1, and then crushed them by scoring four in the second half to finish 5-1; and the first time Darton faced Perimeter on Sept. 3, the score was tied 1-1 at half before Darton finished it 4-2.
Georgia Perimeter, which is consistently one of the NJCAA’s top programs, having won the national title in 2005 and with runners up finishes in 2007, 2008 and 2009, has given up only 15 goals this season. Darton is responsible for over half of them.
Diego Ramos, who had two assists Saturday, centers the Darton attack. The sophomore from Deerfield Beach, Fla., leads the nation in assists and is tied for sixth in overall points (35).
He and the Cavaliers are scheduled to head for Cuthbert tomorrow, where they’ll face Andrew College at 5 p.m.