05 Dec Soccer’s Bravo, Rabanales sign with Ball State
By MIKE MONTFORT —
Navarro goaltender Maitane Bravo and midfielder Andrea Rabanales signed national letters of intent to attend Ball State University and play soccer for the Mid-American Conference Cardinals.
The two sophomores played instrumental roles as two-time regional finalist Navarro compiled a 31-4-2 record and kept coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs among the NJCAA’s Top 5 ranked clubs.
Bravo will enroll at the Muncie, Ind., university for the spring 2019 semester, while Rabanales will begin the fall semester in August, coach Wilson said.
Bravo, from Bilbao, Spain, compiled a 30-3-1 record in goal two years for Navarro. She made 89 saves during her career and allowed only 15 goals. During the 2018 season when the Bulldogs reached the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals, she yielded 7 goals while compiling a 14-1-1 record with 40 saves.
Rabanales, a native of Guatemala, scored 19 goals and dished out 31 assists during her two-year career at Navarro. She scored 10 goals her freshman campaign and assisted on 17 in her sophomore season.
Bravo and Rabanales will compete for coach Craig Roberts’ Cardinals, who went 14-3-3 last season for the third time in four years. Ball State’s won four regular-season championships (2006, 2007, 2015, 2016) and has competed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament eight straight years.