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BCC Defeats Polk State; Qualifies for NJCAA Soccer Postseason
October 8, 2012 - Playing without six regulars and with several others in different positions the Brevard Community College women's soccer team scored a 1-0 victory over host Polk State College on Monday night to qualify for the NJCAA Division I postseason for the second time in its three-year existence.
Sophomore transfer Courtney Hueston scored in the 34th minute on an assist from freshman Sue Kumaning and freshman transfer goalkeeper Julia Kantor made the goal stand up with six saves as BCC improved to 8-1 overall. More importantly the victory moved BCC to 4-0 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference and the NJCAA's Region 8 eliminating conference and region foes Polk and Broward College from postseason contention.
Polk fell to 1-2-1 while Broward sits at 0-3-1. The teams play each other three times apiece to determine which one team advances to the playoffs. BCC earlier defeated Polk 3-2 and beat Broward 2-1 and 2-0.
BCC will travel to Mississippi for the district playoff on Nov. 3 with a berth in the Nov. 11-17 NJCAA national championship tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic at stake.
BCC advanced to the district final in 2011 only to lose by one goal to eventual national finalist Darton College.
But that was last year. This is now and Tuesday night found Carr, who saw two starters leave Friday's physical victory against Broward with concussions and a third leave after receiving a red card, overjoyed.
Forced to juggle his lineup Carr and his staff decided to play a 4-5-1 alignment with striker and leading scorer Lois Edvardsson moving to the vital centerback defender position and it paid off.
"We kept our shape and took care of business," Carr said. "It's unbelievable. Girls played out of position. It was all about the team. We played as a team. I am ecstatic how the girls played as a team.
"I am thrilled that we are going to Mississippi."
BCC, ranked second nationally in the NJCAA Division I poll, has five games remaining including its final home match of the season at 11 a.m. Sunday at Max K. Rodes Park in West Melbourne against Middle Georgia. It also has conference games remaining at Polk on Oct. 23 and at Broward on Oct. 26.