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Navarro Defeats Southern Maryland to Reach Tournament Semifinals

Nov. 20, 2013 -  Navarro College freshman Trudi Carter scored on a long shot with 3 minutes and 7 seconds to play to lift the Bulldogs past College of Southern Maryland 1-0 on Wednesday night.

The victory moved Navarro into the NJCAA Women's Division I Soccer National Championship semifinals being played at Eastern Florida State College. It also eliminated Eastern Florida from the tournament with a 1-1 pool play record.

Navarro plays at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday's 1 p.m. three-team playoff between Darton State College, Owens Community College and Butler Community College on EFSC's Melbourne Campus.

The other semifinal pits top seed Iowa Western Community College and Laramie County Community College at 5 p.m. Friday.

The goal was Carter's second winner of the tournament and 23rd tally of the season. It came on an assist from freshman Shanise Foster as it appeared the game was destined to become the fifth of 12 in the tournament so far to be decided by penalty kicks.

Navarro freshman defender Morgan Nutley did her part to keep the Bulldogs even in the first half when she kicked the ball out of an empty crease with six minutes to play. It was the only real chance of the opening half which ended at 0-0.

Conversely, Southern Maryland freshman defender Taylor Superior turned away Navarro freshman Natalia Torres who had an unimpeded path to goalkeeper Jasmine Biggs, blocking Torres' shot with her leg with about 27 minutes to play.

Sixteen minutes later Biggs had to leap to block a Navarro shot with the tips of the fingers on her right hand to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

But Biggs couldn't stop Carter nor the Bulldogs drive to advance.

"It wasn't one of our best (games)," Navarro head coach Debbie Bonner said. "I think were more worried about slipping (on rain-slicked grass) and this and that, worried about dumb things and we didn't really come out and play the way we should have.

"I have to give credit to Southern Maryland. They wanted it and wanted it bad."

So did Carter.

"Trudi's special, Trudi's very special," Bonner said, "But at the same time my defense is very, very special. At any time your defense could have collapsed and that goal (that Nutley saved) could have gone in. But they were focused, Morgan, who we call The Eraser, made sure it didn't happen. We're proud of her."

Now that Navarro is in the semifinals, Bonner said she needs to re-focus her team.

"We've got to get set back up," she said. "We've got to get our bodies back, we've got to just work at playing our game again."

Navarro improved to 16-3-1. Southern Maryland finished its season at 17-3.

For her part, Carter took the winning goal in stride.

"It feels so good," she said. "My team needs to keep calm, keep working hard and not give up. I'm 100 percent confident."