CUTHBERT – Darton’s No. 1 ranked men’s soccer team did more than beat another conference team Tuesday – the Cavaliers captured the powerhouse program’s first undefeated regular season.
Flawless – 15 straight games, many of them against some of the nation’s best teams – and the Cavaliers’ record is perfect.
What’s more is the team’s continued drive toward success, as witnessed at a training session today. A perfect regular season – something that has never been done at Darton before – is just another milestone on the way to the team’s ultimate goal.
“We don’t talk about it, the record I mean,” said
. “We get the result and we think about the next game. We were good last year but we could’ve went farther. Now we really want to see the whole thing through.”
The 2011 Cavalier team Cantano referred to succeeded in earning a perfect conference record before winning Darton’s second consecutive Region title, a Southeast District Title and 3rd place tie at nationals. It was a tremendous team, but the 2012 Cavaliers are different.
“We all play together this year,” sophomore central defender Soren Yuhaschek said. “Our team chemistry is better than last year.”
“Everybody knows his own role and he’s good at it,” Cantano said.
“And there’s another good thing about our team, everybody is very humble,” Soren said.
The 3-0 win Tuesday against Andrew College came easy for the Cavaliers, but they can bet that every team that makes its way into the Region 17 Championship will be gunning for Darton.
The Cavs will host the tournament Oct. 27-28. A championship victory would secure a spot among the NJCAA’s top 12 at nationals, which is also going to be hosted by Darton.
But today, at least for a moment, the Cavaliers can reflect upon accomplishing a perfect record and making history at Darton. Darton head men’s soccer Coach, Bart Sasnett, might agree.
“Whatever happens from here,” he said, “in the Region tournament, whatever – this is a special team. That’s what matters.”