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Soccer soars to 2nd in NJCAA poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The Navarro Bulldogs soccer team continued its steady rise through the ranks Wednesday when the latest NJCAA Division I poll was released.

Navarro (10-2) now has climbed to the No. 2 position nationally behind new leader Iowa Western.  The Bulldogs are coming off a successful weekend sweep of Monroe Community College and CC Rhode Island last weekend in Rochester, NY.  Navarro’s brandishing a eight-game winning streak in the process of catapulting from its pre-season ranking of 13th.

Region XIV foe Tyler (10-2) is ranked 4th this week, setting up a gigantic match here Wednesday, October 15 between the Bulldogs and the Apache Ladies with regional seeding and national rankings in the balance. Navarro defeated Tyler 3-2 in its previous meeting at Pat Hartley Field on the TJC campus.

In the latest poll, Iowa Western (10-1) took over the top spot from Paradise Valley, Az., (12-1) which suffered its first loss of the year — a 2-1 decision to Scottsdale last Saturday.  IWCC totaled 100 voting points and all five first-place votes.  Navarro jumped from fourth to second this week with 94 total points.

The Bulldogs have a 6-1 record against teams currently ranked or receiving votes among this week’s Top 20 — with two wins over 17th ranked Cisco, and one over 4th ranked Tyler, 18th rated Monroe Community College, 20th ranked Barton County, Ks., and Paris.  The loss? A 1-0 decision to Laramie County at Tyler in Game 2 of the season.

NJCAA DIVISION I SOCCER POLL / October 9

1. Iowa Western…………..10-1-0

2. Navarro……………10-2-0

3. Paradise Valley, Az…..12-1-0

4. Tyler………………..10-2-0

5. Georgia Perimeter,,,,,9-0-0

6. Butler…………………….11-2-0

7. Laramie County, Wy..11-2-1

8. Darton College, Ga….12-1-0

9. Lewis & Clark CC…….13-1-0

10. Southern Maryland.12-1-0

11. Jones County, Ms….11-0-0

12. Iowa Central…………9-1-1

13. Monroe College…….8-0-0

14. Johnson CC, Ks…….11-2-0

15. Louisburg CC, NC…13-1-0

16. Iowa Lakes…………..10-3-1

17. Cisco……………..8-4-0

18. Monroe CC, NY……9-4-0

19. St. Louis CC………..10-4-1

20. Barton CC, Ks………8-3-0

Others Receiving Votes

Paris………………….9-2-1

Schoolcraft, Mi………..10-1-0

Eastern Florida St…….7-2-1