04 Nov NC waits for at-large bid after TJC’s 2-0 win
By MIKE MONTFORT
TYLER – Fourth-ranked TJC broke open a scoreless match with two second-half goals and posted a shutout over sixth-ranked rival Navarro in the Region XIV Women’s Soccer Championship Sunday at Pat Hartley Field.
Coach Corey Rose’s Apache Ladies (17-1) advance to the Gulf South District Championship where they will face Holmes Community College of Goodman, Ms., for one of the eight automatic berths to the NJCAA Tournament in Melbourne, Fl., November 18-23.
Meanwhile, coach Alicia Wilson’s Bulldogs season has not ended. They will play the waiting game another year. Navarro (14-4) now is counting on obtaining one of the four at-large berths that will be selected to complete the 12-team field.
On Sunday, TJC claimed its fifth straight regional title and ninth in 12 seasons, thanks to goals from Jacksonville freshman midfielder Alexis Moriera (2) in the 56h minute, and an insurance score in the 84th from Mukarama Abdulai (19) of Ghana.
Tyler and Navarro met for a third time again this season. They split regular-season matchups as the Apache Ladies won 3-2 at home, while the Bulldogs claimed a 2-1 win October 22 at Corsicana.
Sunday’s 2-0 loss snapped a season-long, eight-match winning streak for NC.