October 23, 2007
Albany -- It would be hard to call the Darton women's soccer team "underdogs" heading into this weekends region tournament.
After all, the Lady Cavs are the top-ranked team in the nation.
But Darton will be trying to do something no team has done: Beat Young Harris on its home field.
The Lady Lions have only lost once in the region tournament.
That was two years ago, when the Lady Cavs knocked off Young Harris in Albany on their way to a record-setting 25 wins in a row, and appearance in the national championship game.
Darton went into the tournament as the #1 team in the nation that season, and will be doing the same this weekend.
Lady Cavs head coach Ken Veilands is hoping the results are similar as well.
"I know in 2005 we were ranked #1 going into the tournament, and we got all the way to the national championship game," says Veilands. "Hopefully that's a positive omen for us, and the same thing can happen this year."
Young Harris exacted some revenge last season by beating Darton in the region tournament, and then winning the national title on the Lady Cavs home field.
The teams will likely meet again in the region tournament this weekend, and coach Veilands says his team is looking forward to the challenge.
"They won a national championship last year on our field," says Veilands. "I think we were good enough to do it last year, and quite honestly, I think we're good enough to do it this year. I think the attitude is right, the chemistry is right, the challenge is being on the road, and playing at their place. We've never beat them there, and I don't think anyone has."
Sophomore Cherrelle Albert adds, "Apparently they've never been beaten on their home field. I think things are about to change. We're ready for it."
If the Lady Cavs can advance through the region tournament and the district tournament, they would have the opportunity to play for the national championship on their home field in mid-November.