The Darton men's soccer team became the first in school history to finish the regular season 15-0 on Tuesday following the Cavaliers' 3-0 win against Andrew.
CUTHBERT — Perfect.
Say it, feel it — roll it around your tongue and let it sink in.
That’s how they feel at Darton, where the men’s soccer team made history Tuesday by beating Andrew College, 3-0, to complete the first perfect men’s soccer season in Darton history.
“It’s a milestone, and a part of history,’’ said Darton coach Bart Sasnett after watching his team wrap up the regular season at 15-0. “It may never be done again. I’m very happy for them. They put in a lot of hard work.’’
“They are a humble group and realized they had to play just like it was their last game every time,’’ Sasnett said. “There were times I would get excited, and they would turn to me and say, ‘Hey coach, it’s OK.’ That’s a sign of a mature, disciplined team.’’
Darton won easily to wrap up the perfect season. Jacob Iben, Jorge Chirinos and Barrington Wright each scored goals.
Allan Kuhne had an assist on Iten’s goal, Troy Tucker and Alejandro Garcia had a double assist on Chirinos’ goal, and Andrew Palumbo had the final assist of the remarkable run.
The Cavaliers went into the season with hopes of being special.
“This team is a little bit different,’’ Sasnett said. “They had a mindset and a goal; you could tell it in camp (before the season began). They wanted to make their own mark. They didn’t want to be compared to other Darton teams. We’ve had some real good teams the last couple of years that made it to nationals. They didn’t want to be compared to them. They wanted to make their own mark.’’
They certainly did.
The Cavaliers are not only unbeaten but ranked No. 1 in the nation as they prepare to host the region tournament Oct. 27 and 28. If they move on, the Cavs will be at home to host the NJCAA National Tournament, which runs from Nov. 12-17.
They’re six wins away from a national title, and that’s one reason there wasn’t a great deal of celebration after Tuesday’s win.
“We didn’t celebrate at all,’’ Sasnett said. “We’ve had our sights set on the region tournament for quite a while.’’
The Cavs will storm in with all the momentum in the world and respect from their coach.
“These sophomores went 12-0 in the region last year, and 10-0 this year,’’ Sasnett said. “They won 22 straight region matches. That’s just unbelievable. It’s a huge, huge accomplishment, playing on the road, playing in tough environments. No matter what, they just found a way to make it happen.’’
It has never happened like this, and that’s why this season is so memorable for Darton. But it is not over yet.
“We definitely want to win the region,’’ Sasnett said. “And have a chance to be at home in the nationals.’’
The Darton women's team also beat Andrew on Tuesday against Andrew, 9-0, for their sixth straight victory.