LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton soccer a win away from first perfect regular season

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett has a chance to lead the Cavs to their first undefeated regular season today.

Darton men's soccer coach Bart Sasnett has a chance to lead the Cavs to their first undefeated regular season today.

ALBANY — Bart Sasnett has had plenty of success at Darton in his six years as head men’s soccer coach.

But he’s never been perfect.

That could change today when the Cavs, the No. 1-ranked junior college team in the nation, try to finish the regular season with an undefeated record.

They travel to Cuthbert today to face fellow Region XVII team Andrew, which the Cavs defeated, 5-0, in Albany on Sept. 5.

A win would give the Cavs the only unbeaten regular season in the program’s history and make them 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the region heading into the region tournament Oct. 27 in Albany.

“It would be a great milestone,” Sasnett said. “This team is a humble group, and they’re not letting anything go to their heads. I think that’s why, and with their maturity, we’re having so much success.”

And success has come with one of the toughest schedules in the country.

Darton has beaten five nationally-ranked teams: San Jacinto College, Tyler Junior College, Georgia Perimeter College, South Georgia College and Jefferson College.

Andrew Palumbo and Jowayne Laidley currently lead the Cavs in scoring this season with nine goals apiece, while Alejandro Garcia has eight goals and eight assists.

The Cavs have outscored their opponents 50-11 this season and have had seven shutouts.

Dating back to last season, the Cavs have won 26 regular season games in a row.

Andrew College is currently 4-7-1 overall and 2-6 in the region and has won two games in a row.

Darton XC finishes in Top 10 at Viking Open

MOUNT BERRY — The Darton State College men’s and women’s cross country teams finished fifth and eighth, respectively, at the Viking Open hosted by Berry College, Saturday.

Cody Mallchok and Jared Richmond both finished among the Top 10 in the men’s collegiate 8K race. Mallchok, a sophomore from Woodstock, paced 5:27-minute miles to finish eighth overall with a time of 27:07. Richmond, a freshman, was right behind him, finishing ninth (27:11).

Hank Campbell (27:52, 20th), Luis Navarro (28:43, 34th) and Ean Crawford (28:59, 39th) also added to the Cavs’ overall score of 105 points and average time of 27:58.

Emory College won the men’s 8K, pacing an average time of 27:18 and scoring 54 points.

The Lady Cavs ran their first 6K of the season and were led by freshman Alexis Skiles.

Skiles, running a 6:47-minute mile pace, finished 39th overall with a time of 25:19.

Elena Oslund (25:34, 43rd), Hayden Clapper (26:10, 57th), Jaichelle Thomas (26:18, 60th) and Daisha Ballard (26:48, 66th) all scored for the Lady Cavs, who totaled 195 points.

Emory won the women’s race, totaling a near-perfect 17 points.

The Viking Invitational concluded Darton’s regular season. The program will travel to Chattahooccee Technical College to try for its fourth consecutive sweep of the Region XVII championship on Oct. 26.