MELBOURNE, Fla. — When L&C’s Kara Crutchley’s volley found the inside of the goal in the second half of Friday’s NJCAA National Tourney semifinal against No. 1-ranked Monroe College, two things happened:
1. Lewis and Clark Community College found itself tied with the Mustangs 2-2.
2. Monroe’s attitude changed considerably from that of a team predestined to win to a team that suddenly found itself in a tight game - a tight game the Mustangs may have looked at as a walkover.
Monroe, however shaken, was also stirred enough to rally and post a 5-3 victory over the No. 4 Trailblazers, who because of injury and illness, L&C played the entire tourney with two subs, one of whom was the backup goalie.
The result ends L&C’s season at 20-4, a game short of a chance to win its third national championship. Instead, Monroe will play Tyler, Texas for its third national championship Saturday night. Tyler beat Eastern Florida State in Friday’s other semifinal, 2-1.
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