NC, Reivers battle for Pool C supremacy, semifinal slot

NC, Reivers battle for Pool C supremacy, semifinal slot

FOLEY, Al. — Navarro got second-half goals from Roneisha Frank and Valentina Carvajal about one-minute-and-a-half apart, and the sixth-seeded Bulldogs went on to eliminate Paradise Valley’s Pumas from Pool C  and championship contention, 2-1.

Navarro (15-2-1) and third-seeded Iowa Western meet at 3 pm Wednesday to determine a Pool C winner who will advance to Friday’s NJCAA Tournament Semifinals.   An outright win or a victory via penalty kicks will allow one team to jump from the pool into the final four.

Navarro outshot the Pumas 7-1, launched three shots on goal and had two corner kicks during the first 45 minutes and kept firing blanks.  After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs finally broke through at the 55:57 juncture, when freshman Roneisha Frank planted her seventh goal of the season firmly into the back of the netting.

At 57:30, team-leading goal scorer Valentina Carvajal took Wasila Diwura’s feed and drilled her 19th into the net for some quick insurance.  PVCC, stunned Monday by Iowa Western’s four-goal flurry within five minutes, was unable to respond.

PVCC avoided its third shutout loss of the season when team-leading scorer Katie Townsend tallied her 26th at 88:45.

Wednesday will be decision day in all pools.

Monroe CC of Rochester, NY, and Tyler (both 1-0) face off in Pool A.

Monroe College of New Rochelle, NY., and Lewis and Clark (both 1-0) tangle in Pool B.

Navarro and Iowa Western (both 1-0) square off in Pool C.

And, for a different storyline in Pool D, Eastern Florida (1-0) and Arizona State (0-1) meet, while fainly hopeful Laramie County’s (1-1) fate rides on the outcome.