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Soccer season is over for HCC women's team in national tourney

MELBOURNE, Fla. - An amazing 2014 season came to an abrupt end Tuesday for the Harford Community College women's soccer team.

Just one day after earning an opening-day victory, the ninth-seeded Fighting Owls (15-4-1) fell to No. 5 Navarro College (15-4-1), 2-0, and were eliminated from the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament.

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Harford and Navarro battled to a scoreless tie in the opening half, but Trudi Carter gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead early in the second half on a through ball and a chip to the upper corner. The Fighting Owls were still in good shape but struggled to get anything going offensively while Navarro packed the box to limit scoring chances.

After a modest Harford chance was thwarted, Shanise Foster sent another ball quickly to a streaking Nicole Broderick for a 2-0 lead in the 66th minute and the Fighting Owls had their backs against the wall.

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With the two-goal deficit, the Bulldogs stopped every Harford opportunity in the final 24 minutes to eliminate the Fighting Owls.

Head coach Jason Muffoletto guided the Fighting Owls to their fourth national tournament appearance since 2006. This year's group won the MD JUCO Championship, the Region XX Championship and the District L Championship behind a stingy defense and prolific offensive attack. Only three teams in school history have won more than 15 games in a season (2011, 16 wins, 2006, 16 wins, and 2009, 19 wins).

Sophomore Karley Bush (27 goals, six assists); Nicole Wojcik (John Carroll, 19 goals, 11 assists) and Savannah Humphreys (C. Milton Wright, 18 goals, eight assists) ranked in the top three in the region and conference in scoring. Freshman Brooke Nigrin's (Fallston) 14 assists led the conference and region and ranked 13th in the nation. Classmate Ashley King's (CMW) 1.06 goals-against average ranked second in the conference and first in the region.

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