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DARTON ROUNDUP: Men's soccer scored huge win, improves to 3-0; cross country teams sweep home meet

DUNWOODY -- Since his own college athletic career in 1996, Darton Men's Soccer Head Coach Bart Sasnett has been trying to beat NJCAA powerhouse Georgia Perimeter College on their own turf.

Today his sixth-ranked Cavaliers scorched them 4-2.

"It's special to me personally," Sasnett said. "It feels really good."

Sophomore Diego Ramos led the way for the Cavs, scoring twice and assisting a goal to Guilherme Frota, a sophomore who also scored twice with a second assist from freshman Jowayne Ladley.

Frota's first goal was a 30-yard blast that put the Cavaliers up 1-0. Although the Cavaliers kept the pressure high, Perimeter was able to tie it up before haltime.

"I told them to play like we don't have a game tomorrow," Sasnett said of his halftime speech, noting that his team has another difficult away game Sunday, "and that we had to keep the same tempo, and we have to finish."

And finish they did, including a gorgeous goal by Ramos as he found the ball at his feet, beat two defenders and then burned the Perimeter goalie.

So, with three away wins and two of them being over two of the nation's best programs, it might seem that the Cavaliers would unleash at least a little celebration now, but that's simply not the case for this apparently hard-nosed bunch of soccer players.

"There wasn't a celebration," Sasnett stated. "This is a business trip. These guys are focused on winning tomorrow."

And what a strange circumstance tomorrow brings, as they'll face Louisburg College, which last season gave the Cavaliers - ranked sixth in the nation and undefeated at the time - their first loss.

Going into the game scheduled at 2 p.m. on the Georgia Perimeter campus today, the Cavaliers are again undefeated and ranked No. 6.

"This is perfect," Sasnett said. "It's redemption time."

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SWEEP HOME MEET: The Darton College cross country program took top honors Saturday while hosting its second annual campus race.

Sophomore Shay Wright, of Griffin, beat teammate Jeronda Stringfield (Pensacola, Fla.) at the finish to claim the individual race champion trophy with a time of 21:17. Following Stringfield were teammates Hayden Clapper, Ashley Tosky, Lacey Webb, Vanessa Pina, Taylor Hall and Chelsea Battle, respectively, finishing fifth through 10th and helping the Lady Cavs put eight runners among the top ten finishers.

"I was real pleased with the way the girls ran today," Head Coach Bruce Skiles said. "I was happy with everybody, actually. I don't think any of them ran badly, and we're ahead of ourselves compared to last year."

The men's team finished strong as well, with sophomore Kingsley Cajuste again leading the way and winning a trophy. Darton sophomore Heath Lamb was right on his heels, however, finishing only four seconds behind him and placing second.

The men's race, scheduled to be an 8K, was short by almost exactly a half mile, resulting in inaccurate times.

However the top ten finishers were all Darton athletes. Third through tenth, respectively, were Cody Mallchock, Luis Navarro, Nathan Norton, Ryan Judson, Arthur Casey, Hank Campbell, Nick Mascardo and Nikenson Charles.

Other teams attending were Region XVII rivals South Georgia College and Andrew College, as well as Wesleyan College.