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Darton Blanks Muskegon; BCC Next
November 13, 2012 - Darton State College pounced on Muskegon Community College for two goals in the first 15 minutes and cruised to a 4-0 victory on Tuesday's second day of the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
The victory for eighth-seeded Darton set up a showdown with top-seed and nationally No. 1-ranked Brevard Community College at 9 a.m. Wednesday to determine who advances to Friday's semifinal round.
BCC defeated Darton, the 2011 tournament finalist, 2-0 during the regular season at Darton.
Tuesday's defeat eliminated 12th-seeded Muskegon, which lost 2-0 to BCC on Monday, from contention.
Darton jumped on two Muskegon mistakes, the first a foul that set up a Stephanie Anes free kick from 40 yards out that beat freshman goalkeeper Emily Manchester and the second an own goal from Muskegon freshman Nikole Heining that made it 2-0.
Darton put the game away with a goal by sophomore Deanna Reali for a 3-0 lead a minute and a half into the second half. A penalty kick goal by Darton's leading scorer freshman Shenika Williams made it 4-0 at the 34:40 mark.
Darton improved to 14-5. First-year program Muskegon finished at 8-8-2.
Anes, whose bend-it-like Beckham goal set the tone for Darton, said the first 15 minutes were the key that hadn't played in two weeks.
"Coach said at the beginning there's always 15 minutes of madness when a game starts," she said. "Coach said let's set the pace. We tried to set the pace and everything just follows."
To that end Darton head coach Ken Veinlands believes his team worked out the jitters inherent in the layoff.
"It showed," he said of the downtime. "We've got to take all the good things and extract it and get ready for tomorrow and forget about the negative."
As for the BCC game, Veinlands doesn't expect to make any big changes.
"We're not going do any major adjustments," he said. "It's going to be mental."
The same could be said for Muskegon whose head coach Josh Watson saw the tournament as a learning experience.
"We know that just being regional champs doesn't mean you're going to win a game or you're going to be successful at the national tournament," he said.
"It shows how much work we have to do and what we have to strive for for next year. There's a standard to be met and we obviously have some work to do.
"What's good about this is the girls who have been here now, the girls that are coming in. They know what to expect."