The Darton State women will start the 2013 soccer season in a familiar place. After finishing last season number eight in the country, the Cavaliers are ranked in the same spot in this year's preseason polls.
But, just like any other year, Head Coach Ken Veilands has to deal with turnover on the roster. Darton State returns ten sophomores from last year's team, but fills the rest of the team out with freshmen and transfer students.
Even with a number of new players, the program's goals and style of play will stay the same. They want to win another region championship and, eventually, a national championship. But Veilands knows the Cavaliers won't go anywhere without doing the little things right and meshing as a unit.
"The base is there," Veilands said. "We've got some good speed. Our goalkeeping is quality. So, you know, we've got a lot of good things going, but we've got a long way to go."
The players think they have a chance to be special as well.
"We have a lot of speed, we have a lot of forward, and we can shoot the ball very well," sophomore Lexi Landers said. "Our defense is fast. All around, we're gonna be pretty good."
Darton State College will start their season on Thursday with a road match at Mississippi Gulf Coast.