February 3, 2006
Albany - Two key members of Darton's national runner-up women's soccer team will try to take another young college program to a championship level next season.
Lady Cavalier soccer standouts Naomi Clark from Scotland and former Lowndes High star Ashley Elam will play next season at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.
Like Darton, Armstrong Atlantic has a young program that finished third in the Peach Belt Conference in just their second season of competition.
Naomi Clark was a consensus junior college All-American and region player of the year for the Lady Cavs where she had 30 goals and 33 assists in her Darton career.
Elam was the team captain and an academic All-American last season for the Lady Cavaliers and leaves Darton with 17 goals and 31 assists.
While at Darton, these two standouts, from different parts of the world, have become good friends and they are excited that they will remain teammates for two more seasons.
Ashley Elam said "When you start off at a new school you are not going to know anybody. And me being from Valdosta and her being from Scotland we became great friends and we never thought after this that we would get to play again."
Naomi Clark said "You never expect when you come here and I was scared to come and not know anyone but everyone is so friendly and Ashley is one of those. She is a good friend."
Ashley Elam won't be the only player that Naomi Clark will know at Armstrong Atlantic.
The coach of her devlopmental team in Scotland also plays for the Lady Pirates who are coached by former Thomas University women's soccer coach Eric Faulconer.