Capstones Fall 2013 - page 47

orge is flat-out one of the best
playmakers in the league. He
leads the conference in assists
and his aggressive, in-your-
face style of play doesn’t go
unnoticed.
As a freshman he was
an integral part of the 2012
Cavaliers who went completely
undefeated in the regular
season, won the conference
and finished 3rd at the NJCAA
National Championships.
It was during that year when
a member of the women’s team
complimented his play, and he
replied, “Thanks, but my sister
is better.” Lyana was in another
hemisphere and playing soccer
at the international
level when Darton head
women’s soccer coach
Ken Veilands heard his
team speaking of what
Jorge had mentioned.
She was playing with
Peru’s national team,
and was already receiving offers
from two of Darton’s big-time
rival schools when she flew into
Albany for a tryout.
Lyana was immediately
impressed by the campus and
the athletic facilities of Darton,
but there was a catch to her visit
– she had arrived on head men’s
soccer coach Bart Sasnett’s
alumni weekend, and she would
have to try out with the men’s
teams. Not a problem, she said.
“She played exceptionally
well,” Sasnett recalled. “I tell
you, the impact that those two
have had here… we’re getting a
lot out of that family.”
Lyana became one of the
most dangerous scoring threats
in the NJCAA, and entered the
2013 post-season with 33
goals and 11 assists in only 18
games. She scored five more
goals as Darton cruised through
the Region 17 Championship
tournament, and became
the Region 17 Player of the
Year. Plus she’s a soccer
spectator’s dream, as she’s
going to score some exciting
goals, and she’s such a fervent
player on the field.
“Lyana has adapted well to
playing with her teammates,”
Veilands said. “Her success on
the field is a combination of
hard work and simply loving the
game. Lyana is one of the most
passionate players I have ever
coached. She just loves playing
soccer!” It’s surprising that she didn’t
begin to play the game until she
was 12 years old. By the time
she was 14, she was playing for
Peru’s U-17 national team.
Jorge didn’t play soccer until
he was nine, when his father, an
engineer and former member
of Peru’s military Special
Forces, told him he needed to
get an academic and athletic
scholarship to an elite high
school academy. Jorge has been
all business ever since.
“Some come to Darton just
to play,” Sasnett said.
“Jorge came here to win
championships and go on to
the next level. He’s one of the
few who takes advantage of
opportunities he’s given.”
His work-rate is ever
obvious on the soccer field.
He’s a relentless central
midfielder gifted with tactical
awareness and strong technical
ability. Teammates
rally around him, and
his leadership and
ability to effectively
communicate with
them has led to the
captain’s band affixed
to the cuff of his jersey.
Fall 2013 marked Jorge’s
last season with the Cavaliers,
and after Lyana spends another
season, she will move on as
well. They will both be missed,
but you never know what’s
ahead. Recently, when
complimented on how well
she plays the game, Lyana said,
“Thanks. But 14-year-old little
brother is better…”
- DAVID MANN
“I tell you, the impact that
those two have had here…
we’re getting a lot out
of that family.”
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