Work bears fruit for goal machine Darrell
Deshae Darrell is on a roll. The Brookhaven College sophomore has been outstanding for the Texas-based Lady Bears, scoring five goals in her past two outings, including a maiden hat-trick in a 3-0 home win over Mountain View College, to take her season tally to 13 in 11 appearances.
Darrell appears to be reaping the benefits from a hard work ethic.
“I attribute it [good form] to hard work on a consistent basis out here,” the Bermuda Under-20 forward said. “My coach expects nothing less from me and the whole team.
“I have been in better form because of the under-20 games in Bermuda [Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-20 qualifiers].
“Coming out here early for preseason has also allowed my fitness level to increase.”
Darrell was delighted to have achieved a maiden hat-trick but ranks her goal against Jamaica at July’s Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-20 qualifiers higher.
“It [hat-trick] is ranked second because I rank my goal against Jamaica for my country as my greatest feat because it was an international game in front of my country and I got to show who I am,” she said.
Darrell won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 5 Division III Player of the Week accolade last month for scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory away to division rivals Richland College.
“It is an honour to receive this award because it is something that many people don’t get,” she said.
The Lady Bears — based near Dallas in Farmers Branch, Texas — are ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III with an overall 8-3-1 record before last night’s match at home to North Lake.
“Our goal is to win the Region 5 tournament so we can go to the national tournament,” Darrell said. “We are on track but we still have to win next week to accomplish that goal.”
Darrell is one of two Bermudians on the Lady Bears roster, the other being Bermuda Under-20 team-mate Micah Pond.
The compatriots were both on target in their school’s 9-0 demolition away to Cedar Valley in their previous outing, with Darrell scoring a brace and Pond grabbing her team’s seventh.
Pond played in goal for Bermuda during this summer’s Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-20 qualifiers but has demonstrated her versatility as a midfielder for the Lady Bears.
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