MELBOURNE, Fla. —
“They hadn’t played like freshmen all (year), but tonight they played like freshmen,” Navarro assistant coach Aric Bonner said. “That’s kind of the good news/bad news that you’ve got 25 freshmen. The bad news is that sometimes they’re going to play like freshmen and tonight was one of those nights.
“Iowa Western played very, very well. … They played better than us, and they deserved to win.”
The Bulldogs looked like they might have a chance to turn things around when they came out aggressively in the opening minutes of the second half. Shanise Foster fed Carter with a perfect pass to allow the freshman forward to split two defenders and score her 24th goal of the season to make it 2-1with 40:35 to play in the game.
Less than six minutes later, Foster saw her attempt to tie the game foiled when Iowa Western keeper Kelsey East came out and blocked the shot with her body.
Several more Navarro attempts either went wide of the net or were blocked by East.
The tide turned, once again, after Iowa Western scored its final goal with just over 22 minutes to play.
Bast was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Back while Carter and Morgan Nutley were both named to the all-tournament team.
As devastating as the loss was, there was still so much for the players to take to heart. After all, they went 2-0-1 against their arch rival, Tyler Junior College, and they had the best season the Navarro women’s soccer program has ever had.
“I thought they did a great job,” head coach Debbie Bonner said. “This team has always been as good as Tyler Junior College. Everybody’s always made Tyler Junior College out to be something, but we play at the same level. We play those kinds of games all the time.”