ALBANY -- It's a monumental year for the soccer programs at Darton College.
For the first time in history, both the women's and men's teams finished regular-season conference play with undefeated records and will enter the Region XVII Championships this weekend 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 an impressive 12-0.
"It's been surreal; it's been a great season," men's 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 against every team in the conference.
The Lady Cavs have also enjoyed one-sided games among region rivals, except Georgia Perimeter, which the women 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.
The Lady Cavs, along with the NJCAA's leading goalscorers, 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.