ALBANY — The Lady Cavaliers clinched their third shutout Friday as they beat Broward College, 5-0, at home.
Freshman Lyana Perez racked up four goals to lead Darton, scoring her first three minutes into the game.
It was an easier win than expected, as Broward is a talented, well coached young team. They did manage to challenge Darton’s goal, and forced goalkeeper Hong Tran to make seven saves.
“I think that team has a lot of potential,” Darton head women’s soccer coach Ken Veilands said. “They are a new program, and this was their first game.”
Veilands said his team planned to pressure Broward early on, expecting them to be weary from a long road trip and maybe even jittery about their first home game.
“I’m very happy with the way we executed,” he said. “We had to make some adjustments as we have a starter that’s out, but it worked out well and it showed that we can do some different things.”
Darton is ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA and is now 4-0 with three shutout victories. They’ve allowed one goal and have scored 18 in four games.
The Lady Cavaliers will host Broward again Sunday at noon. They’ll host Middle Georgia on Thursday in what should be a very challenging Region XVII matchup.
GSW MEN WIN OPENER, WOMEN FALL: With seven newcomers in the starting lineup for the Georgia Southwestern men’s soccer team Thursday evening there was anticipation for the season opener against Faulkner University at John Mark Stallings Field along with and a hint of uncertainty. The new-look Hurricanes took advantage of a late opportunity and Ron Calle — one of the new faces on the roster — scored in the 79th minute to give GSW a 1-0 victory.
Cesar Espinosa slid the pass to a closing Calle for the game-winning goal behind Faulkner goalkeeper Pritchard Ndaira.
The Hurricanes have now started two of their last three seasons with a win. Faulkner drops to 0-2 this fall and has yet to notch a victory against GSW in three meetings.
The Georgia Southwestern women’s soccer team was able to withstand a two-hour, 11-minute battle with Mother Nature in the form of a weather delay Thursday evening, but had no answer for Eckerd College as the Tritons rolled to a 6-0 victory in the season opener.
Michelle Spesshardt, Devon Morse and Arie Anahory took turns scoring consecutive goals as Eckerd fired 31 shots in the match with 15 coming on goal.
GSW trailed 4-0 at the half before Anahory rounded out the scoring with a pair of goals in the final 45 minutes.
Eckerd posted a 14-0 corner kick advantage and held the Lady Hurricanes to one shot in the contest.
Elyse Gowan saved nine for GSW.
Southwestern returns to action 11 a.m. today at No. 8 Tampa.
No. 2 Darton men lose to Eastern Florida State, 4-3
ALBANY – Despite an early 2-0 lead, the Darton State College Cavaliers fell to Eastern Florida State College 4-3 at home, Friday, in a hard-nosed battle that went down to the wire.
Cavalier forward Darwin Espinal bent a free kick around a wall of defenders to score in the opening minutes of the match. Twenty minutes later he broke away and scored again to give Darton a 2-0 lead. Then Eastern Flordia turned the tables.
In the last fifteen minutes of the first half, the Titans scored twice to tie it up before the half.
The match was deadlocked for thirty long minutes before the Titans scored again to take a 3-2 lead. Off of their following kickoff, Darton needed only 30 seconds to move into the Eastern Florida backfield and find midfielder Azimi Marwan, who blasted a well-placed shot into the lower corner of the Titan net to tie the game with 16 minutes remaining.
The Titans were able to score the game-winner by attacking along the right side and sending a cross into the Cavalier penalty area. A deflection sent the ball rolling outside of Darton’s 18, where a Titan midfielder sprinted in and slammed a shot into the upper left hand corner of Darton’s goal.
It was the Cav’s first regular season loss since 2011, and the first time Darton lost a regular season home game since 2010.
The No. 2 ranked Cavs play again Thursday as they host Middle Georgia in a GCAA conference matchup at 8 p.m.