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Crucial Games Await BCC Women's Soccer Team
September 6, 2012 - Heading into an early season stretch of high-profile games Brevard Community College head women's soccer coach Jeff Carr believes his nationally top-ranked team is up to the challenge.
BCC, ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I national poll, is in El Dorado, KS for a game against ninth-ranked host Butler Community College at 5 PM Eastern time Friday and second-ranked and defending NJCAA Division I champion Tyler (TX) Junior College at 3 PM Eastern time Saturday.
Beyond them is a trip to Albany, GA next weekend for a 2 PM Saturday game against nationally ranked Darton College and then Sept. 18 and 21 games at in-state foes Polk State College, which is ranked sixth nationally in the NJCAA poll, and Broward College respectively.
It's the Polk and Broward games, the first of six, that will determine whether BCC qualifies for NJCAA postseason regionals, the first step toward the Nov. 11-17 national championship tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
"The most important games are our conference as it really does not matter what you do outside of conference if you can't win within conference," Carr said. "The only ranking that matters is the end of the season."
BCC won its season-opener, 4-0, against St. Louis Community College at MCC on Sept. 1 but Carr realizes many more challenges await.
"Hopefully we are ready to compete with the big guns, we have prepared playing the four-year schools in scrimmages to help get us ready for this," he said.
That the games are on the road should not be a factor.
"I think sometimes it is easier to play on the road as there are not as many distractions," Carr said.
"I think our out of town trips give us the opportunity to come closer together as a team and hopefully this trip will do that."
That will be necessary since BCC, being nationally ranked this early in the season for the first time in its three-year existence, is no longer in a position to surprise other teams.
"This team is different in that they have a target on their back based on last year's team," Carr said. "We were not ranked last year until half way through the season. We were not known in NJCAA women's soccer, this year that is not the case."
To that end, Carr will gauge his team's success on whether it can compete against the top squads in the nation.
"Expectations are high and it will take discipline and persistence on the field," he said. "The keys to victory is to eliminate soft goals. Last year in a lot of big games we gave up easy goals that definitely could have been prevented. Our mental preparation is the key to competing in these big games."
Sophomore co-captain Lois Edvardsson is BCC's leading scorer based on her two goals and one assist against St. Louis CC. Freshman Sue Kamaning and sophomore Courtney Hueston scored BCC's other goals while Palm Bay freshman Katelyn Bales and fellow freshmen Jess Fassnidge and Heather Williams tallied assists.
BCC freshman goalkeeper Julia Kantor made three saves against St. Louis CC.