Soccer

Navarro Soccer has arranged a spring schedule of four matches and capped by its annual alumni game. Coach Alicia Wilson released the Bulldogs' schedule that will include April 6 matchups against Sam Houston State at 11 am, and against Midwestern State University at 3 pm here at the Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex. Navarro's spring debut will be March 29 against Texas Woman's University at Denton. The annual Alumni Game will be April 27.  ...

Navarro Soccer's Valentina Carvajal signed Friday to attend Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and play soccer for the Mustangs of the Lone Star Conference. Carvajal, a Cali, Colombia, native, will transfer to MSU for the 2019 spring semester, according to Navarro coach Alicia Wilson. Carvajal was the top goalscorer (19), third in assists (10) and second-leading pointmaker (48) for Navarro's 15-2-2 NJCAA Tournament Qualifiers. The sophomore forward had two hat tricks during conference play, and also had a two-goal game in the Bulldogs' 3-2 win over Tyler here at The Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex. Midwestern State, now coached by Ryan Spence, has competed at or beyond the conference tournament semifinal level 19 of 24 seasons. The Mustangs also have advanced to NCAA Division-II South Central Regionals five times since 2010. Carvajal is the fourth member of Navarro's Region XIV finalists to sign and announce transfer plans. Earlier this month, Maitane Bravo and Andrea Rabanales signed with Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and Wasila Diwura opted for Lamar University in Beaumont....

Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura signed to attend Lamar University and to play soccer with the Southland Conference's Cardinals. The two-time, NJCAA first-team All-American's selection ended weeks of communications with coaches of four-year soccer programs all over the country, Navarro head coach Alicia Wilson said. Diwura will enroll for the spring 2019 semester at the Beaumont, Tx., school, Wilson said. Diwura scored 30 goals (9 game-winners), assisted on 28 others and totaled 88 points during her two-year Navarro career. Her 18-goal, 16-assist season in 2018 helped the Bulldogs reach the NJCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Coach Steve Holeman's 12-6-2 Cardinals reached the SLC Tournament Semifinals in 2018. In 2017, his first Lamar team fashioned a school-record 18-4-1 record that resulted in regular-season and tournament championships, plus an NCAA post-season bid. Holeman became the first Lamar coach to win Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors after the banner 2017 season.  He came to Lamar after building programs at Ole Miss and at Georgia.  His 16-year tenure at Ole Miss (158-119-23) included 13 straight SEC Tournament appearances and four NCAA Tournament berths.  In five years at Georgia (53-39-1), his teams landed two NCAA post-season berths. Diwura, an Accra, Ghana native, became the third NC sophomore soccer player this week...

Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura earned NJCAA First-Team All-American Soccer honors Wednesday. Diwura becomes only the third Navarro player in program history to be a two-time, first-team NJCAA Soccer All-American. She joins midfielders Trudi Carter (2013-2014) and Mandy Gomez (2004-2005) as the only Bulldogs accorded the honor. Diwura totaled 30 goals (including nine game-winners), 28 assists and 88 points during her two-year career here when Navarro soccer went 31-4-2 and earned Top 5 national recognition. She led the Bulldogs into the 2018 NJCAA Tournament after an 18-goal, 16-assist season.  Diwura had a five-goal game against Northeast Texas in the 2018 conference opener September 5....

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...