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Crucial Region 8 Games Face Eastern Florida Women's Soccer Team
Sept. 26, 2013 - Two games in four days will go a long way toward determining the season for the Eastern Florida State College women's soccer team.
The Titans travel to Pembroke Pines, FL on Friday for the first of three games against Broward College – match time is 5 p.m. - and return home at 7 p.m. Monday for the second of three games against Polk State College.
Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.
Eastern Florida, Broward and Polk comprise NJCAA Region 8 and play each other three times each to determine who advances to the postseason. The Titans hold an early advantage having defeated Polk 4-1 at home on Sept. 7.
But five games remain and Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Carr expects each to be to a supreme challenge.
"We all know each other so well," Carr said. "There are no surprises when we play each other. The matches come down to execution and will and the occasional advantageous bounce for which soccer is so well known.
"To say we will have to be at our best is a cliché but it also is quite true."
Eastern Florida advanced to the postseason in 2012, finishing 15-2 and as the NJCAA Division I runner-up.
This season the Titans are 5-2-1 and ranked eighth nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and 11th by the NJCAA. Broward is 1-3, having lost 2-1 to Polk on Saturday. Polk is 2-2.
Sophomore Jenci Villaverde is leading Eastern Florida in scoring with nine goals and four assists. Nikki Mitchell has five goals and three assists and Amanda Lodge three goals and four assists.
Eastern Florida ranks fourth nationally with 193 shots. It is fourth in shots on goal with 132 and fifth in shots per game at 24.1. However, it ranks 32nd in goals with 27. The Titans rank 18th in assists with 23.
Defensively Eastern Florida has recorded four shutouts allowing only two goals in its last four games and eight overall.