Darton freshman Katherine Blumhardt shakes and bakes past a GPC defender Saturday during the Region XVII Championship game in Clarkston, which the Lady Cavs won. (Darton College/Special to The Herald)
CLARKSTON — The dominating Darton College Lady Cavaliers soccer team left no question Saturday about who’s No. 1 in the region.
After two previous 1-1, overtime ties with rival Georgia Perimeter College, the Darton women’s soccer program pummeled its way to a 5-2 win Saturday in the Region XVII Championship — and did so on GPC’s home field in Clarkston.
“I think we finally put it all together in our attack,” Darton coach Ken Veilands said. “We got in on them, put ourselves in position to score — and (Saturday) we (finally) scored.”
The big lead began after about the first 15 minutes of the match, which were at first a struggle for the Lady Cavs, Veilands said.
“I don’t know why, but we’ve always been afraid of that team,” Veilands said. “Then Shashanna (Campbell) beat three defenders in the middle, took it to the goal and scored.”
And the rout was on.
Campbell’s goal would give the team the confidence it needed to go on and find Perimeter’s net another four times, Veilands said. Campbell, now the NJCAA’s leading goal scorer, would score one more before the final whistle. Haisha Cantave, Shelby Bush and Nikki Terrell also added scores.
“We’ve been working hard for so long,” Campbell said. “One mission is accomplished. We have a lot more to do.”
The big win moves Darton (15-2-2, 14-0-2), which is ranked No. 9 in the nation, forward in the quest for a national title.
The Lady Cavs are scheduled to face Brevard Community College at home Saturday in the District F Championship. The game time has not been announced.
Also, First-Team Region XVII selections that were announced went to Darton College’s Campbell, Bush, Lindsey Warner, Shennel Gall, Renee Hurd and Kimberly Treutel.
Cantave and goalie Sara Story were named 2nd Team All-Region XVII.
The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association also named Veilands The Women’s Coach Of The Year.
DARTON MEN REACH TITLE GAME TODAY VS. GPC: The Darton College men’s soccer program shut out Middle Georgia College on Saturday, 7-0, in a semifinal showdown in its quest for the Region XVII Championship.
The Cavaliers (16-1, 13-0), who are ranked No. 2 in the nation behind unbeaten Schoolcraft College, will now face Georgia Perimeter College (No. 3), which beat No. 2 seed South Georgia College, 2-0, on Saturday in the other semifinal. The championship final is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at the Georgia Perimeter College campus in Dunwoody.
“We came out clicking on all cylinders,” Darton coach Bart Sasnet said following the game. “I was very pleased with my team (Saturday).”
Diego Ramos and Javier Anor led Darton’s scoring with two goals each. JoWayne Laidley, Troy Deem and Carlos Trombino Filho also scored for Darton.
Darton’s defense held Middle Georgia College to just three shots on goal.
“After that kind of performance you certainly feel confident,” Sasnett said. “But you can’t get over-confident. We haven’t won anything yet.”