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BCC Women's Soccer Team Opens Regular Season Saturday vs. St. Louis CC
August 30, 2012 - After four scrimmages against four-year schools Brevard Community College's women's soccer team opens its regular season at home on Saturday taking on someone its own size.
Brevard, ranked in the top 13 in two separate national polls, hosts the St. Louis Community College Archers at 2 PM Saturday at Melbourne Central Catholic.
St. Louis opened its season with a 5-0 defeat by Lewis and Clark Community College of Godfrey, IL on Tuesday. It gets acclimated to Florida with a 6 PM Friday game against Brevard's in-state rival Broward College also at MCC.
Admission to the games is free.
Brevard's program, in its third year of existence, enters the 2012 campaign in a high-profile position after being ranked No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll and 13th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
BCC finished 9-4-1 last season coming within one goal of qualifying for the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, which it hosts for the second consecutive time Nov. 11-17 at Melbourne Central Catholic.
Brevard scrimmaged with NCAA Division II teams Flagler College, Florida Institute of Technology and Eckerd College and Webber International of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Those matches gave BCC head coach Jeff Carr and his staff, who have 17 freshmen on their roster, an in-depth look at the team's character.
"The four scrimmages allowed us to assess where we are and what needs to be corrected," Carr said.
"We were challenged playing older, faster athletes. We also have experimented with different formations and personnel to see what works best. Our last scrimmage was our best overall. We possessed the ball and had many chances and opportunities to score."
That being said the Titans remain a work in progress.
"We still have not played a complete 90 minutes yet," Carr said. "Our leadership is starting to appear on the pitch not only from our captains but it is emerging all over the field and bench to be honest. The team is starting to come together as a team and that is very exciting."
Just how much the Titans have progressed will be determined in the heat of competition that counts beginning on Saturday.
"St. Louis traditionally has a very strong team and is always competing deep into the playoffs," Carr said. "They are very well coached and it will be a difficult game for our home-opener. I hope we get better each and every game as we prepare for Polk and Broward. I would like us to compete in every game for 90 minutes."
BCC plays in-state rivals Polk State College and Broward College three times each and the outcomes will determine which of the three advance to the NJCAA postseason tournament.
The Titans are once again the host school for the tournament's championship round at MCC. Needless to say Carr's goal is for the Titans to be both host and participant in November. The drive to that begins on Saturday.
BCC is equipped to have a strong season, adding former high school All-American and NCAA Division I transfer goalkeeper Julia Kantor from St. Thomas Aquanis High School in Fort Lauderdale and Hofstra University and NCAA Division I transfer, and walk-on striker Courtney Hueston from Miami Coral Reef High and the University of Miami.
Sophomore returnee and co-captain Lois Edvardsson anchors BCC up top while sophomore co-captain Morgan Taylor Smith, sophomore Cat Hasell and a talented crop of freshmen hold down the midfield and the backline.