Darrell and Pond play part in title triumph
Deshae Darrell and Micah Pond helped Brookhaven College complete an impressive double at the weekend.
The Lady Bears claimed their second title in a week with a 2-0 win away to conference rivals Richland College in the District F Region 5 MAC Championship last weekend, with Bermuda Under-20 women's striker Darrell assisting in both goals.
Brookhaven took the lead when defender Brenda Hernandez headed in Darrell's corner in the fourth minute.
The Lady Bears doubled their lead in the 85th minute when Darrell whipped in another corner which team-mate Joseline Sorto stabbed home after Richland failed to clear their lines.
Darrell's under-20 team-mate Pond was also instrumental in her team's triumph as she put in another solid shift in midfield.
“This win came down to who wanted it more,” Jimmy Elder, the Brookhaven head coach, told The Royal Gazette.
“The girls were up for the fight and they played like true champions.”
Robert Williams, the Brookhaven assistant coach and former Devonshire Colts player, added: “To win the tournament title along with the conference title is the type of stuff that you dream about.
“This is what we trained and fought so hard for from day one.”
The Lady Bears clinched a maiden Region 5 MAC Conference Championship the previous weekend, with Darrell netting two goals in a 4-0 victory over North Lake.
Sophomore Darrell has had an outstanding season and claimed the Conference's Golden Boot award with 14 goals.
Brookhaven earned the right to compete at next week's NJCAA Division 3 Women's Soccer Championship in Dryden, New York, with a win over No 2 ranked Richland College.
It is the Lady Bears' second straight trip to the tournament where they finished third last year.
“We're excited to get the double victory and to be able to play in New York for the play-offs,” Darrell said.
“Hopefully, we're able to get a triple victory by winning the tournament.”