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Navarro Beats Eastern Florida, 2-1, on Carter's Goal

Nov. 18, 2013 - Trudi Carter's goal with 11 minutes and 28 seconds remaining lifted Navarro College past Eastern Florida State College 2-1 in Monday's final game of the first day of the NJCAA Division I Women's National Championship Soccer Tournament.

The victory on Eastern Florida's home field on the Melbourne Campus lifted Navarro to 15-3-1. Eastern Florida, last year's championship runner-up, dropped to 11-3-1.

EFSC goal
Eastern Florida co-captain Sue Kumaning scores the Titan's only goal of the match with a penalty kick that sails past Navarro's freshman goalkeeper Kenia Medina.

Navarro took the early lead at the 33:56 mark of the first half as freshman Shelby Evans found the right side of the Eastern Florida net wide open after a deflection.

Eastern Florida drew even at 1-1 at the 18:12 mark of the first half as sophomore and co-captain Sue Kumaning beat freshman goalkeeper Kenia Medina on a penalty kick. It followed Eastern Florida sophomore Amanda Lodge being knocked down inside the 18-yard box.

But in the end Navarro wasn't to be denied.

"It's a good one to get through, we're excited," said Navarro head coach Debbie Bonner. "We knew we were coming in against a very, very talented team plus it's the home team. So you have everything going against you.

"I just wanted us to get in here, play hard and play our game."

As for Carter's goal: "Trudi's a great kid," Bonner said, "Very, very skilled. She's a team player. She's always pushing everybody and to that affect she leads this team."

Sue battling
The hard-fought match was tied until the second half with under 12 minutes left when Navarro pulled ahead at 2-1 in what would be the final score.

Carter was elated with the winning goal and the outcome.

"I feel so happy, words can't explain how I feel," she said. "I just feel happy, speechless."

Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Carr took the defeat in stride.

"Unfortunate, I think they played very well," he said of his team. "The effort was there. Everyone laid it all on the line. Half the team's on ice. I was very proud of them. That's all you can do. Unfortunately it didn't go our way but you've got to commend Navarro for what they did tonight."

Carr said Eastern Florida being taken out of its game made a difference.

"At times if we possess the ball, we tried to play their game, a very direct game, which we're not very good at," he said. "We're a very possession oriented team. When we fall away from that bad things happen."

Third-seeded Navarro plays again at 7 p.m. Wednesday, meeting sixth-seeded College of Southern Maryland. Tenth-seeded Eastern Florida meets Southern Maryland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its final pool game.

The four teams with the best records in pool play advance to Friday's 5 and 8 p.m. semifinals on Eastern Florida's field.