Soccer

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- Five sophomores who led Navarro soccer to consecutive NJCAA National Tournament appearances have signed national letters of intent to attend four-year institutions and continue to play soccer. Roneisha Frank opted to sign with Sam Houston State, Brianna Garza and Claudia Loredo chose Stephen F. Austin State, Samantha Moran inked with Prairie View A&M, and Tateyana Pitter signed with Alabama A&M. Frank scored 18 goals, issued 13 assists and totaled 49 points during two seasons at Navarro as the Bulldogs went 30-7-2. Frank, a St. George's Grenada, native, totaled five game-winning goals among 11 she scored during her sophomore season. The All-Region XIV performer scored two or more points in seven of her final nine matches, including two goals and an assist in a 4-1 NJCAA Tournament win over Hill. "We are very excited to sign Roneisha," Bearkats coach Tom Brown said. "She is a proven goal scorer in one of the most competitive junior college regions in the country. She has played with the Grenada Women's National Team and we feel these experiences will help continue to move our team forward." Meanwhile, at fellow Southland Conference program SFA, new coach Tom Minnati signed Garza and Loredo among his early recruits after his...

By MIKE MONTFORT -- Navarro College soccer coach Alicia Wilson has been selected to Jamaica’s coaching staff as preparations begin for the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Houston and in Edinburg, Tx. Coach Wilson arrived Saturday in Houston, where she met head coach Hubert Busby, Jr., and his staff. She will assist in game planning, strategies, team workouts and roster setting before the eight-team tournament starts January 28. Jamaica, in Group B, will compete in the round-robin stage with top-seed Canada, Mexico and Saint Kitts and Nevis in matches at 9,700-seat H-E-B Park in Edinburg. Jamaica opposes Mexico in the group opener Wednesday, Jan. 29; Canada, on Saturday, Feb. 1; and Saint Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Group A, playing at the Houston Dynamo’s 22,000-seat BBVA Stadium, includes Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti and the United States, FIFA’s top-ranked squad which seeks its seventh straight Olympics appearance. Group A matches will be played January 28, 31, and February 3. Top two finishers in each group will advance to the knockout stage and play semifinals February 7-9 at 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park on the California State University-Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, Cal. This special, short-term opportunity first presented itself to Wilson during October,...

BY MICHAEL PARSONS / EFSC Athletics Communication BREVARD COUNTY, FL - The Navarro College Bulldogs came into Tuesday’s Pool B game against Hill College knowing they didn’t just need to win … they needed to win by a lot. And that’s just what they did. Roneisha Frank had a hat trick and Laura Jansa followed up a header by Frank to score a crucial goal with just 21 seconds remaining as the ninth-seeded Bulldogs took out No. 5 Hill 4-1 at the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National Championship Tournament at Orlando Health Stadium on the campus of Eastern Florida State College. The win gives the Bulldogs (15-5) a chance to get out of pool play and into the semifinals depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s game between Hill and No. 4 seed Lewis & Clark. Should Hill win by shutout, Navarro would advance based on goal differential. It was quite an effort for the Bulldogs on Tuesday, especially after losing 2-0 to Lewis & Clark on Monday. “It was a fantastic game,” Navarro coach Alicia Wilson said. “I spoke to the team (Monday) and I told them if we really want to stay in the tournament, we’re going to have to score goals. “We got one early...

By MICHAEL PARSONS / EFSC Athletic Communications BREVARD COUNTY, FL - The Lewis & Clark Trailblazers were down three starters coming into Monday’s opening round of pool play at the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. But when you have a player like sophomore Boitumelo Rabale, you’ve always got a shot. Rabale, the nation’s leading goal-scorer, added two more to bring her season total to 54 as the fourth-seeded Trailblazers defeated No. 9 Navarro 2-0 at Orlando Health Stadium on the campus of Eastern Florida State College. “I just thought we hung in there,” Lewis & Clark coach Tim Rooney said. “We did what we had to do. Our numbers are down because of injuries and that kind of stuff. “I thought Navarro really put some pressure on us. There was one time where they must have had four or five shots in a row. But we know if we can get some corners, some free kicks … those kind of restarts … I know we’re dangerous. And that’s kind of the way it played out.” Rabale’s first goal came in the 34th minute on a corner kick from teammate Emma Lucas. Rabale was able to take a step back to create some room between herself and...

Three members of coach Alicia Wilson's Navarro Bulldogs earned slots on the All-Region XIV women's soccer team. Sophomore midfielder Tateyanna Pitter, freshman defender Manami Okada and freshman goaltender Grace Staunton were selected by Region XIV coaches on the 13-member all-conference team. Honorable-mention selections were Roneisha Frank, Laura Jansa and Claudia Loredo. The 11th-ranked Bulldogs (14-4) will compete next week in the NJCAA Tournament Championship at Orlando Health Stadium in Melbourne, Fl., beginning Monday, Nov. 18.  ...