The Darton women’s soccer team had a great run, but came up just a bit short as they fell in the NJCAA Women’s National Championship Game for the second time in six years, falling to Tyler, Texas 1-0. The game wasn’t without controversy though.
Lady Cavalier player Kelly Polk scored a goal with a header off of a corner kick. For many of the Cavalier faithful, it looked good. Unfortunately, the referee took the goal way, saying Polk made contact with the goalie. Darton head coach Ken Veilands received a virtual torrent of people reaching out to say they thought the call was bogus too. Unfortunately, there was nothing anyone could do.
Tyler later scored in the second half when a pass took a bizarre bounce and skittered past goalie Sarah Storey.
The Darton women finish the season 18-3-2. Both ties came to Georgia Perimeter College, who Darton later defeated in the regional finals. One of the teams they lost to was Brevard, who they beat in the district tournament. The other two losses? Those were to Tyler, with the first coming in the second game of the season.
Veilands believes that his team was the better team, telling a local newspaper, “It’s so disappointing. We did everything right, and I truly believe we were the better team. This (loss) is definitely more frustrating than the last one (2005).”
Veilands started both the women’s and men’s programs in 2000.