PHOENIX — The Navarro College women’s soccer team managed to smile for the cameras of supporters Saturday night, despite the fact it came away with one win in three games of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (13-5-1) finished in sixth place of the eight-team tournament after falling to seventh-seeded Schoolcraft (MI.) Community College, 1-0, in the fifth-place game Saturday evening.

Schoolcraft’s LeighAnne Myers drilled a 25-foot shot over the outstretched arms of Navarro goalkeeper Glenda Perrett in the 56th minute for the game’s only goal. The victory gave the Region XII winning Ocelots (16-3-4) fifth place.

Both teams are one of four teams to make return trips to the national tournament in consecutive seasons. Schoolcraft, which fell to Navarro in the season opener back in August, posted a third-place finish in 2004, while Navarro was bounced after two games and finished eighth.

Myers’ goal was only the third goal allowed by Perrett in three games.

“It was just a nice shot,” Navarro coach Debbie Bonner said. “Even the best keepers can’t get to it. She followed to the bar, but it was just past her fingers.”

Navarro was outshot, 10-6, in the contest, but had several opportunities to tie the game in the waning moments. Mary Beth Lobaugh fed Lindsey Palmer in the box, but Palmer was not able to get a shot off. Moments later, Schoolcraft goalkeeper Meagan Farrell handled Mandy Gomez’s free kick from just outside the box. Navarro had one last gasp with 40 seconds to play, but Farrell easily handled Marianna Urtaza’s deflected shot from inside the box.

“There’s a big part of us wanted to win the game and finish with two (tournament) wins,” said Urtaza, who was named to the 2004 All-Tournament team. “Our hearts were in it, but it was a lucky shot that beat us.”

NOTES: Sophomore Sara Hernandez was taken to a local hospital after she was taken off the field after a collision late in the contest. A Navarro official said that Hernandez could have a broken leg.

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