August 22, 2005
Albany - It wasn't that long ago that Darton College didn't even have a soccer program, and in the five years since the inception of the team, all the Lady Cavaliers have done is win over fifty games, and consistently finish near the top of the region standings.
Now in year number six, Darton is garnering some pre-season national attention, and they couldn't be happier.
Darton Soccer coach Ken Veilands says the Cavaliers have had plenty of reasons to cheer early in the preseason.
Ken Veilands: "It's nice to know the preseason polls both teams are mentioned in it, so our program's grown quite a bit in those five years."
The Lady Cav's have finished second in their region four of the last five years, and are relying on players from all over the globe to get to number one this season.
Veilands: "We've got Rachel McLoughlin, she's from Ireland, she was our leading scorer last year.
Naomi Clark is from Scotland, she was out number two scorer, and then Ashley Elam, from Lowndes high in Valdosta was our number three scorer, and all three were in the top ten in the region last year."
The sophomore McLoughlin says the incoming freshmen class should have a big impact as well.
Rachel McLoughlin: I think this is the best that the program has had in the last five years.
We've got really good freshmen coming in this year."
And the goal for this years team will be to bring home their first region championship.
Veilands: "Every year, we shoot to win the region championship.
We want to win the region.
McLoughlin: "Definetely, we really want to get to the tournament because we're hosting it as well."
Darton College will be the host site for the region seventeen semi-final and final games in late October.
The Lady Cavs start the season this Saturday at Hinds College, with the home opener Sepember third against Polk.