MILLEDGEVILLE -- How does it feel to be No. 4?
That's No. 4 in the nation, That's where the Darton women's soccer team stands today in the latest NJCAA national poll.
"I truly believe we are as good as anyone in the country, but the reality is that so is Georgia Perimeter (No. 7) and we would have to beat them to get to the final eight,'' said Darton coach Ken Veilands after he heard the news.
"You also have a very good squad in Middle Georgia who will be upset minded at tournament time,'' he said. "Not an easy task ahead of us, but these young ladies have what it takes, that something special to make it.''
The Lady Cavaliers celebrated their new ranking by drubbing Georgia Military, 9-0, on the road Thursday to improve to 13-1-1. They have three games left until they set their sights on the postseason.
It was easy enough against Georgia Military -- so easy that even goalkeeper Fiona Ryan scored a goal. That's right, Ryan fired one into the back on the net on a penalty kick, then dropped back into her own net to post the shutout.
Darton saw nine players score: Shelby Bush, who also had three assists, Brittany Fox, who also had two assists, Josefine Debroen, who had an assist, Christine Kelly, Rachel Hatch, Taylor Benton, Shenel Gall, Sashanna Campbell and Ryan.
"We don't want to be one-dimensional, so (a game like) this is what we're working toward," Veilands said. "When you're playing bigger teams, (they don't know which single player to focus on)."
So did Thursday rout help?
"The bottom line is you have to beat people to be (ranked high in the poll) at the end of the season anyways," Veilands said. "We're proud of where we are."
CAVS WIN BIG, TOO: The Darton men also had a romp against Georgia Military, winning 11-0.
Sean Duble, a backup goalkeeper, got his third shutout of the year, and Mynor Perez led the scoring with a four-goal evening. He also had an assist.
Matt Horner scored twice an John Osorio, Guiherme Frota, Carlos Trumbino, Dwayne Brown, and Javier Anor all scored goals. Diego Ramos had three assists and Diego Aching had two assists.
The Darton men are now 12-4 and 8-2 in region play.