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Navarro Soccer ranked No. 9 in USC 2017 Preseason Poll

Coach Alicia Wilson’s Navarro Bulldog soccer team earned the No. 9 ranking in The United Soccer Coaches 2017 Preseason Junior College Division I Women’s Poll released on Thursday, Aug. 3.

The Bulldogs (13-5 Region XIV Finalists in 2016) will open their 2017 regular season on Saturday, Aug. 26 against the USC’s Preseason No. 7 ranked Iowa Western Reivers at Pat Hartley Field in Tyler.  One week later on Friday, Sept. 1, the Bulldogs will Preseason No. 5 Butler at the same venue.

Neither the preseason ranking surprises the Bulldogs, nor the fact that IWCC and Butler — perhaps their two biggest NJCAA national powerhouse rivals outside Region XIV — are also included in the mix for 2017.  The Bulldogs’ chief rival in Region XIV, Tyler, is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll.

Navarro scrimmages Brookhaven here Saturday, Aug. 12, and also at Commerce against Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday, Aug., 17 as it prepares for the season opener.

The 2017 USC Preseason Poll:

  1. Tyler
  2. Paradise Valley
  3. Monroe Community College
  4. Eastern Florida State
  5. Butler
  6. Laramie County
  7. Iowa Western
  8. Monroe College
  9. Navarro
  10. Lewis & Clark Community College
  11. Peninsula College
  12. Daytona State
  13. Cape Fear Cc, NC
  14. Chandler-Gilbert CC, Az.
  15. Community College of Spokane
  16. Utah State University-Eastern
  17. Northern Oklahoma
  18. Highline
  19. Pima
  20. Spartanburg Methodist