Perry grad Martinez part of championship junior college team

Perry graduate Natalie Martinez (far left, hand on knee) celebrates Sunday with her Tyler (Texas) Junior College teammates after the Apaches won the NJCAA Region XIV championship. Photo submitted.

TYLER, Texas — A 2-0 win Sunday over rival Navarro College lifted the Apaches of Tyler Junior College to the NJCAA Region XIV Women’s Soccer Championship.

The Apaches (17-1) won the fall season title by avenging an earlier loss to the Bulldogs of Corsicana, Tex. Tyler has won the spring season national title and finished as national runner-up in the past two years.

Former Perry all-time leading scorer Natalie Martinez is a freshman on the Apache squad. Martinez was a Second Team All-State selection as a Jayette senior. She scored 93 goals in her prep career.


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