LOCAL COLLEGE NOTEBOOK/ROUNDUP: Darton men's soccer attempts to bounce back after first loss with 2011 home opener today; GSW golf wins 17-team S.C. tourney; ex-Darton star captures medalist

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett and his guys are now the second-ranked team in the nation.

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett and his guys are now the second-ranked team in the nation.

ALBANY -- For the second year in a row, Louisburg (N.C.) College has spoiled Darton's undefeated start to a men's soccer season.

The sixth-ranked Cavs lost, 3-2, on Sunday to unranked Louisburg and fell to 3-1 overall this season. The loss, which comes on the heels of Saturday's huge 4-2 win against No. 14 Georgia Perimeter, never should have happened, coach Bart Sasnett said Tuesday.

"It was one of those weird games," he said. "We had possession 75 percent of the time and were up 2-0. We just couldn't finish. We had probably 22 shots on goal, and they had just four chances, but they scored on three of the four."

Darton will try to bounce back in today's game at home against Georgia Military College at 7 p.m., while the eighth-ranked Lady Cavs (1-1) will play at 5 p.m. against Georgia Military College. It's the home opener for both programs.

"They are a lot better than they were last year," Sasnett said about the Georgia Military College men's team. "They opened up the season by beating Andrew College, 6-1. I understand that they are legit and a lot better than they were last year."


Former Darton golfer Taylor Welborn began his University of South Carolina-Aiken career with a victory Tuesday in the 17-team Kiawah (S.C.) Island Invitational by winning low medalist, while Georgia Southwestern won the team title with a 9-over 585 in the two-day event.

Welborn shot a 5-under 139 to edge out Georgia Southwestern's J.P. Griffin by one stroke. The two entered the final round of play tied after carding 68s in the first round of action, but Welborn's 71 on Day 2 gave him medalist honors.

Other scores for GSW were Lee County grad and former Herald Player of the Year Nate Gahman (finished 6th at even par), Craig Gibson (T-7th at 1-over), Chris Hall (63rd at 18-over) and Travis Oestmann (72nd at 20-over).

The Hurricanes led by nine strokes after the opening round but stumbled in the second round with a team score of 301. They still beat USC-Aiken by three strokes.