Navarro’s women’s soccer team had a difficult draw in the first game at the NJCAA national tournament on Monday in Melbourne, Florida, where the Bulldogs lost to No. 4-seeded Lewis & Clark. 2-0.
The Bulldogs (14-5) and seeeded ninth in the 12-team field, face No. 5 Hill Tuesday morning in the second game of the three-game pool play format.
They need to win and hope Hill kocks off Lewis & Clark on Wednesday.
“We’ve got ourselves in a difficult spot and we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this hole,” Navarro coach Alicia Wilson said. “We have to win and we have to score enough to get out of pool play.”
If Navarro beats Hill and Hill defeats Lews & Clark, it will come down to goal differential between the three teams, and Wilson knows her team doesn’t just need to win Tuesday but win by a lot.
“We need to win by three or four goals she said. “We’ve got to come out abd go all out and score as many goals as we can.”
The Bullldogs played well against Lewis & Clark, but had some trouble scoring.
“We dominated possession and played well,” Wilson said, “and we controlled the ball and played most of the game on our half of the field, but when we had opportunities to score we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“We had a corner kick hit the post in the first half, and we had some good opportunities in the second half but just didn’t finish. We were unlucky.”
Navarro was playing without Roneisha Franks, a sophomore who is one of the Bulldogs’ fastest players, but Franks has been cleared to play Tuesday against Hill.
Navarro has 18 freshmen on this year’s team that had won 14 of its last 16 games with the two losses coming to No. 3 Tyler. The Bulldogs are the only team to beat Tyler this season.
Lewis & Clark scored both of its goals on set peices, scoring on a header off a corner kick and scoring on a free kick.
“We had a lack of concentration on the corner kick and a lack of concentration on the penalty that gave them a free kick,” Wilson said.
“Now we have to take care of business Tuesday to have a shot at winning it .”