by David T. Mann>
ALBANY – The Darton State College Lady Cavaliers scored four goals in the second half to beat Region 17 rivals Middle Georgia 7-3 in women’s soccer action, Thursday, at Darton.
The Lady Cavs led 3-1 at the end of the first half and seemed to be in a lull as the Lady Warriors managed a goal to narrow Darton’s second-half lead to a single goal. Soon after Darton head women’s soccer coach Ken Veilands made some small changes that brought huge results.
“I think Stephanie (Anes) is getting a little too relaxed when we put her in the back, and I thought we’d put a little fire under her by bringing into the midfield. But our backs just weren’t playing simple soccer, so we made some substitutions and I think that cleaned that up,” he said.
“But really Megan Thomas put a lot of energy out there that made a big difference,” Veilands continued. “She chased down balls and kind of changed the pace, and then Brianna (Lemerise) came off the bench and popped in a goal. It’s just – the energy changed.”
Lemerise, a freshman, scored twice and had an assist before it was all over. Anes, Shanese Bowen and Megan Gladden also scored Cavalier goals.
Lyana Perez scored two goals and gave four assists. Perez is now tied as the NJCAA’s second leading goal-scorer with 14 goals in six games.
Darton is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in GCAA conference play. They’ll travel to Columbus to play Georgia Military College, Sunday, at 1 p.m. They’ll return to play Gordon College at Darton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.