October 4, 2006
Albany - The number one ranked and unbeaten Darton soccer team has been putting scoreboards to the test.
In 11 games, the Lady Cavs have already scored 89 goals.
A third of those goals have come off the foot of freshman Cherrelle Alberts who right now is leading the nation in scoring.
After coming within one win of a national junior college women's soccer championship last year, Darton coach Ken Veilands knew he would have to find replacements for three of his top scorers if the Lady Cavs were to make a second straight trip to nationals.
That player turned out to be Cherrelle Alberts who arrived from England just two weeks before the start of the season.
Veilands said "She was that piece that we needed. I knew we had some kids that score but we needed one special player that could really finish."
And Alberts play has been special.
In just 11 games, she has scored 30 goals.
Add that staggering number to eight assists and you have the leading scorer in the national junior college ranks.
Alberts said "That is a big ratio. My whole family is proud."
The Ole Miss soccer team wasn't happy when Alberts sports based high school curriculm in England kept her transcripts from being approved by the NCAA's clearinghouse.
Fortunately for Darton, the Lady Rebels sent her to the Lady Cavs where Cherrelle has learned the weather in south Georgia is nothing like back in jolly old england.
Alberts said "I am used to the cold weather back in England and playing 90 minutes in cold weather. Out here I probably get 70 minutes."
And that adjustment is one reason why her coach is careful on how many minutes Alberts plays. If not, her eye-popping goal scoring numbers would be even higher.
Veilands said "She easily could have alot more goals but have been holding her back if you will."
Veiland will not be holding his star player back on Thursday when the top ranked Lady Cavs play a 4th ranked Young Harris team that has never lost a game at home.
Alberts said "I am fired up. I can't wait to score on them. I am fired up."
Cherrelle Alberts plans to transfer to Ole Miss after she graduates from Darton.