By MIKE MONTFORT
The Navarro Bulldogs have stated their case and made their claim.
Coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs (9-0-1/7-0) completed an eventful week Saturday by getting goals from five players and recording their seventh shutout of the season during a 5-0 Region XIV Women’s Soccer victory over the Blinn Buccaneers.
Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs stopped No. 1 ranked Tyler’s 19-match unbeaten streak and beat the Apaches for the third straight season in Corsicana. Against first-year program Blinn Saturday, the Bulldogs successfully tested the visitors’ side of the new soccer scoreboard at Brenham’s Rankin Field, lighting it up with three first-half goals.
Sophomores Andrea Rabanales (3), Valentina Carvajal (10), Maresa Carter (1), Wasila Diwura (13) and Lorraine Canavan (3) accounted for Navarro’s goals.
Diwura and Rabanales each assisted on two goals. Diwura dished out assists on the goals by Rabanales and Carvajal; Rabanales, on the goals by Diwura and Canavan.
Carvajal assisted on Carter’s first goal of the season.
Navarro, winner of eight straight matches, appears poised to take over the No. 1 positions next Tuesday when new NJCAA and USCA polls are released.
The Bulldogs have appeared in 27 consecutive NJCAA soccer polls since November 4, 2015. Should Navarro advance to the No. 1 ranking, it would be the program’s first since October 30, 2013, when the Bulldogs held that spot in consecutive weeks of a national-tournament-qualifying season.
Navarro is scheduled to play a Region XIV conference match against Northeast Texas at 4 pm Wednesday at the Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex.