November 20, 2006
Albany -- The Darton College women's soccer team played for the National Championship last season.
The Lady Cavaliers didn't qualify this year, but did host the tournament, and it could pay big dividends.
The Cavaliers coordinating events for schools from as far away as Wyoming and Arizona.
It would be Georgia based Young Harris winning the championship, defeating Iowa Western 2-0 on Sunday.
There were plenty of Division I coaches on hand to follow the tournament from schools like Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama, and Lady Cavs head coach Ken Veilands says the success Darton had running the tournament could help keep their team strong in the future.
"We had colleges from all around the country," says Veilands. "They're recruiting, scouting, looking for players for next year. That helps us as well. They got a chance to see our campus, and were impressed. I think we'll end up with some players out of this."
Players who don't qualify academically at the division one level are often set to two year schools with strong programs.
The Lady Cavaliers soccer team is 42-3 over the past two seasons.
The community was also helped with the influx of revenue from visiting teams and fans.
Veilands says the school would enjoy the opportunity to host the national tournament again in the future.
"This is a plus for everybody," says Veilands. "I'd love to have it back. Except be standing out there at the middle of the field next year with our players celebrating."