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Jeff Carr, Soccer Head Coach

Telephone:  321-433-5600 

Challenging Season and Lofty Goals Await Soccer Team

May 31, 2012 - With its first two seasons in the books and a spot in the NJCAA national tournament it hosts for the next two years as an impetus, the Brevard Community College women’s soccer team has high hopes for 2012.

Head coach and Athletic Director Jeff Carr has assembled a roster blending aggressive strikers, stout defenders and hopefully a stingy goalkeeper as the Titans seek to improve on the 2011 season that saw them miss the national tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic High School by one goal.

That one goal was the difference in a 2-1 loss to Georgia’s Darton College in the district finale that determined the field for the NJCAA finals. Darton went on to lose 1-0 in the championship game to two-time national title winner Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

But that was then and this is now.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season and the recruits we have assembled,” Carr said. “We are going to miss our sophomores that have graduated as they led the way for our success this past season. We have our hands full with our schedule in and outside of our conference. We have no easy games on our schedule and we will see how quickly we gel as a team."

If Carr has his way, the Titans will find themselves among the 12 teams competing for the Division I national championship on MCC’s artificial surface come Nov. 15-18.

But first things first, which means defeating strong in-state foes Polk State College of Winter Haven and Broward State College of Fort Lauderdale, a challenge that stands in the way of BCC qualifying for the postseason. BCC plays each three times, once at home and twice on the road.

Those are not the only challenging games on the 2012 docket. Ahead are trips to Butler, Kan., to play Tyler and 2011 national tournament participant Butler Community College, and to Georgia the next weekend to play Darton and highly ranked Georgia Perimeter.

Nine of the Titans’ regular-season games will be played on the road. The Titans will play five at home: St. Louis Community College in the Sept. 1 season opener, also Broward, Polk, and South Georgia at Viera Regional Park and Middle Georgia College at Max Rodes Park in West Melbourne.

BCC, which finished 9-4-1 last season and 8-2-1 in 2010, faces a new path to the national tournament. It has been moved to the Mississippi district from the stronger district that includes Darton. But the bottom line remains the same: win or watch from the sidelines once again.

Carr will once again be assisted by Mark Nicole, Mike Martin – who doubles as the head girls soccer coach at Melbourne Central Catholic – and Calvin Dixon. They will direct a squad of nine sophomores led by returning captain Lois Edvardsson and a promising crop of 16 newcomers. Carr expects the Titans, who begin practice on Aug. 1, to be strong from front to back, to be aggressive and to be quick.

They will need to be against the high level of competition in junior college soccer.