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Bulldogs roll Jacksonville to stay unbeaten in league

BY MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun

—  The temperature might be dropping but they have turned up the heat on the soccer field at Navarro, where the Bulldogs dropped Jacksonville, 4-1, Monday in a game totally dominated by Navarro.

It could have been a lot worse. Navarro had a bag of missed chances, and what would have been Tiffany Robinson’s second goal was wiped out by a questionable offsides call.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 in the nation, had 12 shots on goal. Jacksonville managed four.

Navarro dominated Paris 4-0 on Saturday and has picked up the pace in the win column and on the field after losing to Richland 2-0 last week.

“The difference is they are playing a little bit harder, but we still have a long way to go to get where we were last year,” Coach Aric Bonner said. “The real test to see how much we’ve learned will come Saturday when we play Richland again.”

Navarro (5-1-1, 3-0 in Region XIV) made it look easy Monday. All-American Trudi Carter scored early and late and had a nice assist on a goal by Shanice Foster, who scored with 8:48 left after Carter drove the field and then slipped a quick cross inside to Foster, who took the ball on the right and fired in her goal.

Foster returned the favor with 7:16 left when she drove down the right side and found Carter in front of the net on the left side, just to the goalkeeper’s right. By the time the goalkeeper looked up, it was too late.

Carter’s first goal Monday came with 8:24 left in the half as she drove down the right side and darting back to the middle, weaving her way through traffic until there was nothing left but her and the goalkeeper.

Robinson scored the first of three second-half goals on an unassisted goal with 33:58 left in the game to give Navarro a 3-0 lead.