One could certainly not tell that the Jacksonville College women's soccer team was playing in its first season Thursday when the JC ladies went into hostile territory in Corsicana to battle the NJCAA's No. 4-ranked team.
As the final horn sounded, Navarro was able to escape with a 3-1 win over the Lady Jags, but it certainly did not come easy.
Navarro (7-2, 4-0 in Region 14) got on the board first early in the opening half and then moved ahead, 2-0, later in the segment courtesy of a JC own goal.
"We made some silly mistakes early on that came back to hurt us in the end," JC head coach Rafael Gonzalez said.
The Lady Jags trailed 2-0 at the break. The teams then exchanged scores in the final period of the Region 14 match.
JC's goal came off of the foot of Nashena Richards, a midfielder, from about 20 yards out.
"Navarro beat the No. 1 team in the nation (Tyler Junior College) 3-2 not long ago, so far us to be playing as competitive as we are against a top five team in the nation at this point tells me that we are in the loop," Gonzalez said.
The JC women (2-5, 1-2) will take a break from conference play when they travel to Richland College for a 6 p.m. match on Saturday.