NC Soccer Wins Conference Opener, Climbs to No. 3 in Nation

Navarro College 2017-2018 Women's Soccer.

Members of the Navarro College 2017-2018 Women’s Soccer.

Corsicana Daily Sun
From Staff Reports
September 14, 2017

OK, Navarro’s women’s soccer team did give up a goal in the conference opener to Jacksonville.

Honest, it happened.

But it was late and backups were everywhere on the field, and after all the score was 8-1.

That 8-1 drumming means the Bulldogs are 1-0 in the conference race, and 7-0 for the season that has belonged to them. They have been moving up the national polls and jumped from No. 4 to No. 3 this week in the United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I women’s poll while coming in at No. 5 in the NJCAA poll.

The idea isn’t to climb polls, but to win it all.

“That’s our goal, a national championship,” said Wasila Diwura, who scored an early goal against Jacksonville to give her seven for the season.

It was a romp as Andrea Rabanales scored twice to keep her red hot streak alive. Rabanales scored twice and had an assist in Friday’s 5-1 victory over Cisco, scored a goal and had two assists in Saturday’s 4-0 shutout over Ranger and dropped in a pair of goals against Jacksonville. That’s five goals and three assists in the last three games.

Navarro, which began the week leading the nation in shutouts, has now outscored opponents 26-3. Coach Alicia Wilson played a ton of players Saturday and emptied her bench in the Jacksonville game.

But Lorraine Cavanan, who scored twice on Saturday, scored two more goals before hitting the bench against Jacksonville. Rush Pagan scored twice and Kelley Phillips scored her first goal of the season.

“We’re not trying to score and run it up,” Wilson said. “I played everybody, and we have been playing backups in our games.”

Everyone will get a break this weekend because two games that were scheduled to be played in Mississippi were canceled by teams that backed out at the last minute.

Navarro plays again in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday in a conference game against Northeast Texas, which always plays a physical brand of soccer against the Bulldogs.

Then the Dawgs play Paris on the road on September 23 before traveling to Tyler on the September 27 for a 7 p.m. showdown with their biggest rival, Tyler, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

SOURCE: Corsicana Daily Sun

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