Darton men's soccer ranked No. 2 in nation

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 -- The Darton men's soccer team is now the second-ranked NJCAA team in the nation, according to the NCJAA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America polls released Wednesday.

It's the best ranking in the history of the men's soccer program. The Cavss were ranked No. 3, before recent lopsided victories against Gordon College and Middle Georgia College.

However, coach Bart Sasnett is not letting it get to his head.

"I think it's great for the institution, and it's great recognition for the team for all of their hard work," he said. "But we're not even half way through the season, and we're staying focused on our next game."

Darton is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play. The team has scored 35 goals in eight games and has allowed only eight goals against.

The Cavs' next match is 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Broward College.

GSW AVOID 4TH LOSS IN A ROW: After losses on the road and at home, the Georgia Southwestern men’s soccer team hoped a neutral site game would change things. The Hurricanes avoided their fourth consecutive loss by earning a 1-1 draw against Lincoln Memorial (2-2-2) on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes first conceded a goal when a misplayed ball by the backline was taken by LMU’s Leonardo Germiani for a one-on-one with GSW keeper Garrett Blamire.

However, for the first time this season, the Hurricanes were able to answer with a goal of their own after going down in a match.

Junior midfielder KleesBatner Loembet-Makaya crossed the ball into the box from the left side where freshman Hunter Sams volleyed the ball in with his right foot for his first collegiate goal in the 30th minute.

With just minutes left in regulation, a Georgia Southwestern attack gave junior Ross Sellers a quality shot on goal that forced a big save from LMU goalkeeper Michael Watkins. The two teams would play through both overtime periods without scoring a goal to earn the draw.

Ties may seem like an unusual occurrence to fans of the Hurricanes, and that’s because they are. The last time GSW had ended a match in a draw was nearly six years ago.