By David Mann
It’s a monumental year for the soccer programs at Darton College.
For the first time in history of DC athletics, both the women’s and men’s teams finished regular conference play with undefeated records and will enter the Region XVII Championships as the top seeds.
Both teams ended regular season play at Gordon College on Friday, as Darton’s women’s and men’s teams took 9-0 and 5-1 wins, respectively. The Lady Cavs finished with a 12-0-2 conference record and the men a meaningful 12-0.
“It’s been surreal; it’s been a great season,” head men’s soccer coach Bart Sasnett said, adding that his present focus is winning the coming Region XVII Championships. “Everything else is inconsequential.”
But what a ride it’s been. His men’s team, while currently ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA, held the top spot for weeks. Sasnett’s midfielder/forward, Diego Ramos, leads the league in assists and in overall points. And the Cavaliers have earned landslide wins over every team in the conference.
The Lady Cavs have also enjoyed one-sided games among Region rivals, excepting Georgia Perimeter College, whom they’ve twice tied in double-overtime matches, 1-1. It’s very likely the two sides will match up for a finale at noon Saturday in Clarkston, for the Region XVII championship final.
The Lady Cavs, along with the NJCAA’s leading scorers, Sashanna Campbell (No. 1) and Shelby Bush (No. 5), enter the tournament in a semifinal on Friday at noon, in Clarkston, vs. the lowest seed remaining after two prior play-in matches.
The Darton men’s soccer team enters the tournament, hosted by Georgia Perimeter College, in a semifinal game at 11 a.m., Saturday, in Dunwoody, vs. the lowest seed remaining after play-in matches, as well.