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BCC Seeks to Defend No. 1 Soccer Ranking
October 18, 2012 - With his team sitting at 10-1, holding top-three positions in two national polls and with an NJCAA postseason berth assured, Brevard Community College women's soccer head coach Jeff Carr is balancing his approach heading into Saturday's match with Dakota County Technical College in Auburndale.
Carr has to prepare for what he expects to be a strong challenge from Dakota County and fine tune his Titans as they wrap up the regular season and plan for their district championship game on Nov. 3 in Mississippi. That game determines whether BCC advances to the Nov. 11-17 NJCAA Division I national tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
Dakota County, of Rosemount, MN, is 7-8 following Wednesday's loss to host Polk State. Dakota County plays Broward College on Friday.
BCC is ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll and third in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings.
"We are excited about starting to get players back as we prepare for the playoffs," said Carr whose team suffered an inordinate number of injuries over the middle part of the season.
"Dakota is another strong challenge, we are thankful we have only one game this week to give our girls' legs a rest as we prepare for our trip to Mississippi. We are working on being sharp as we get ready for the playoffs in all aspects of our game. There are certain things that you work on at this point to prepare: set pieces, defending set pieces, our team shape and penalty kicks just in case a game goes to that in the playoffs."
Beyond Dakota County are matches at Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference and NJCAA Region 8 foes Polk on Oct. 23 and at Broward on Oct. 27. While BCC wrapped up the conference and region title and the playoff berth, the games at Polk and Broward will factor into seeding at the national tournament should BCC qualify.
Heading into Saturday, sophomores Lois Edvardsson and Courtney Hueston lead BCC in scoring with six goals apiece. Freshman Sue Kumaning has four. Kumaning and Hueston lead in assists with three apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Kantor has 13 saves.
BCC has scored 21 goals to eight for its opponents and has recorded five shutouts in 10 games. One of its wins was by forfeit.