TJC, Navarro set for soccer showdown Wednesday

TJC, Navarro set for soccer showdown Wednesday

TYLER — Top ranked Tyler and fifth-ranked Navarro extend their longtime Region XIV and District I rivalry onto the national center stage again as the unbeatens collide in their first meeting of the season Wednesday.

Coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs face coach Corey Rose’s Apache Ladies in a 7 pm match at Pat Hartley Field on the TJC campus.  Both teams bring nine-game winning streaks into Wednesday’s action.

The Bulldogs won their third straight conference game Saturday — a 9-0 shutout of the Lady Dragons at Paris — and recorded their sixth shutout of the season.  Navarro got goals from four players and assists from six in another solid team showing.

The Bulldogs got first collegiate hat tricks from Houston sophomore Yessy Hinojosa and Ghana freshman Belinda Anane, plus two goals and two assists from Forney freshman Lorraine Canavan.

Hinojosa became the fourth Bulldog to score a minimum of seven goals this season, joining Canavan, Wasila Diwura and Andrea Rabanales.  Anane scored her hat trick within a seven-and-one-half minute span of the second half that expanded a 3-0 Navarro lead to six goals.

Jessenia Rivera accounted for a final-minute goal on an assist from Melissa Hamilton to wrap up Navarro’s scoring.  The Bulldogs dominated the match by firing 31 shots and 22 on goal as they reached their high-scoring output this season.

Hamilton earlier assisted on Anane’s third goal at 62:53.  In addition to her two assists, Rabanales, Laura Duran, Maresa Carter and Sarah Mendoza each provided finishing passes that set up Bulldog scores.

Freshman goalkeeper Maitane Bravo secured her eighth victory in the nets, logged her sixth shutout of the season, and third in the last four matches.

Tyler, a 5-0 winner over Paris one week earlier, posted a 5-1 non-conference win Friday over ninth-ranked Monroe College behind Jullia Trabach’s hat trick.