TONKAWA, Ok — It’s Back-2-Back-2-Florida!
District I and Region XIV champion Navarro advanced to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament with a 3-0 win Sunday over the Region II runner-up Eastern Oklahoma State Mountaineers.
Coach Debbie Bonner’s fifth-ranked Bulldogs (14-4-1) won their eighth straight match and recorded their sixth shutout during the streak. Sophomore All-American Trudi Carter scored a hat trick and the Bulldogs dominated play all afternoon in the EOSC end of the field.
One might say Navarro is riding a high wave as it prepares now for a return to the NJCAA Tournament set at Melbourne, Fla., Soccer Complex on the Eastern Florida State campus November 17-22.
Navarro advances to its 7th NJCAA Tournament since 2004. The Bulldogs went five consecutive seasons (2004-08) and now have strung together two more in consecutive years. They were 19-4-1 national finalists last year.
More in the area of increasing numbers for the program: NC now also has 7 NJCAA District titles to go along with 8 Region XIV Championships. The counting never gets old.
The 12-team field for Melbourne is set.
They will be seeded and placed into four, three-team pools. Pool matches will be played at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm (EST) Monday through Wednesday. From pool play, pool winners will advance.
Of the dozen district-champion qualifiers, 10 were ranked in the latest NJCAA D-I Poll Wednesday, Nov. 5, and 7 of the teams are returning qualifiers.
Qualifiers with Navarro include Pima College, Az., Butler CC, Ks., St. Charles, Mo.; Monroe College, NY; Waubonsee, Ill.; Owens CC, Ohio; Darton College, Ga.; Harford CC, Md.; Otero JC, Col.; 2013 champion Iowa Western and host Eastern Florida State College.
The teams most recently ranked by the NJCAA: 1) Iowa Western, 2) Monroe; 3) Eastern Florida State; 4) Otero; 5) Navarro; 10-Tie) Pima and Darton; 13) Butler; 16) St. Charles; and 19) Harford.
Returning from the 2013 qualifiers are 7 of the Top 10 seeds from that tournament. Along with the Bulldogs are defending champion Iowa Western, Monroe, Eastern Florida State, Darton, Butler and Owens.
MORE SOCCER TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
All matches will be streamed at www.njcaatv.com/efsc/
Tournament webpage www.easternflorida.edu/athletics/njcaa-soccer/
Tournament passes for all matches: Adults ($35) and Students ($15)
Individual match admission: Adults ($10) and Students ($7). Children Under 5 free.
Pre-Tournament Banquet at 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 16 at Maxwell C. King Center on EFSC campus
The 2014 NJCAA D-I Soccer Tournament Field By Districts (* = returning)
A — Pima CC, Az (16-4-2)
B — Butler CC, Ks (15-4-3) *
C — Otero JC, Col (13-1-1)
D — St.Charles, Mo. (15-4-0)
E — Monroe College, NY (14-2) *
F — Waubonsee, Ill. (14-3-2)
G — Owens CC, Ohio (13-4-2) *
H — Eastern Florida State (12-1-0) *
I — Navarro (14-4-1) *
J — Darton, Ga. (16-2-0) *
K — Iowa Western (18-0-1) *
L — Harford, Md. (14-3-1)