April 13, 2006
Albany - When the national runner-up Darton women's soccer team returned from the national tournament back in November, the first question they asked head coach Ken Veilands was when do we get our rings.
The answer was Thursday but with those rings also came a surprise announcement.
Head coach Ken Veilands and assistant coach David Mann handed those championship rings.
The Lady Cavs set national records for most wins in a season and most consecutive wins as they made it to the national junior college championship game in their first ever trip to the national junior college tournament.
The big news of the day is that if the Lady Cavs make it back to back trips to the nationals, they won't have to travel very far.
That is because Albany and Darton will host this year's NJCAA women's soccer tournament.
The event will bring eight teams and company to Albany for one week.
Last year's tournament was held in Phoenix which is warm in November but too big to give this tournament the attention it deserves.
Darton coach Ken Veilands said "You don't get the attention whereas here I think the city of Albany and Darton College can do a wonderful job making these kids feel special when they come here and it is a perfect size city for this tournament."
The NJCAA women's soccer tournament will be held November 16-19 at Darton College.