Darton's Carlos Trombino Filho scored the Cavs' only goal in Tuesday's 1-0 win against South Georgia College.
ALBANY -- It took skill, heart and desire for the Darton men's soccer team to climb to the top of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College poll, which was released Tuesday.
Hours after the Cavs found out about their newly acquired ranking, they put that skill, heart and desire on display against Region XVIII foe South Georgia College.
Darton's Carlos Trombino Filho scored 10 minutes into the contest, and the stingy Cavs defense held South Georgia College scoreless the rest of the game to give Darton the 1-0 victory.
Freshman Troy Tucker assisted Filho on the game's lone score, and Darton coach Bart Sasnett said it was one of the best goals he had ever seen on his home field.
"I received the ball, and the guys gave me space," said Filho, who then fired a bullet that sailed off the right post into the back of the net. "It was perfect. It was a big game for us, and now we are first in the nation. I am happy for the team, and I am happy for me."
The win was the sixth in a row for the Cavs, who improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in region play.
SGC is now 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the region with two of their losses coming against the Cavs. The Darton women's soccer team also won Tuesday, beating SGC, 3-0.
"I am very proud of these boys for the way they played (Tuesday night)," Sasnett said. "The guys have really bought into the family concept, so we are fighting harder for each other."
The Cavs dominated the time of possession and gave up just three shots on goal to an SGC team that has the third-leading scorer in the region in Matheus Silva.
"Darton plays a very similar style to us," said SGC coach Ken Kirsch, whose Tigers defeated Georgia Perimeter on Saturday in a huge region game. "I think physiologically we were a little bit spent. But Darton is a very good team."
Kirsch, who is in his third year as head coach of the Tigers, said he expects to see Darton again for the region championship.
"We want to get that No. 2 seed. They are going to get the No. 1 seed," Kirsch said. "That will set us up with the opportunity to play them again."
Darton has been led all season by sophomore midfielder Diego Ramos, who is third in the nation and first in the region in scoring with 32 points.
"We were happy to win, but now we have to work all week to get ready for Saturday," Ramos said.
Saturday at 2 p.m. the Cavs host Georgia Perimeter, which is second in the region.
LADY CAVS 3, LADY TIGERS 0: Sophomore midfielder Sashanna Campbell had a goal and an assist Tuesday to pace the Lady Cavs, who haven't allowed a goal in region play this season.
Darton improved to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in Region XVII play and have outscored region opponents by an average of nearly eight goals per game.
However, the Lady Cavs defeated SGC earlier in the season on the road, 9-0, and Darton coach Ken Veilands said Tuesday's performance wasn't up to par.
"We played complacent and lazy, and quite honestly there isn't a fire right there that wins championships," Veilands said. "If this team doesn't turn the corner, then they will be disappointed."
Also scoring for the Lady Cavs on a pair of unassisted goals were Shelby Bush and Haisha Cantave. Their next game is 5 p.m. Friday at Georgia Perimeter.