Deshae Darrell virtually carried Brookhaven College through to the semi-finals of the NJCAA Division III Women’s Championship in Dryden, New York yesterday.
The Bermuda Under-20 striker scored her 17th and 18th goals of the season in all competitions and also had an assist in the No 2-ranked Lady Bears’s comfortable 3-0 triumph over Montgomery College, the No 7 seeds, at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Sophomore Darrell recorded her sixth assist of the season after setting up Joseline Sorto’s 19th-minute opener.
She then went from provider to goalscorer, finding the net in the 22nd and 43rd minutes to effectively end the game as a contest and all but secure the Lady Bears’s place in the last four of the national championship for the second straight year.
Darrell and her Brookhaven team-mates will meet the winner of yesterday’s other quarter- final match between third-ranked Erie Community College and Rowan College at Gloucester County in today’s semi-final.
Top-ranked Herkimer College will face Delta College, the No 4 seeds in today’s other semi-final.
The final will be held on Sunday following the fifth and third place play-offs.
The Lady Bears have had an outstanding season having won conference honours for the first time as well as the regional title to secure their place in the national championship.
Brookhaven finished third in the national championship last year and are hoping to improve on that showing this time around.
Darrell has been in prolific form for the Texas-based Lady Bears, scoring 14 goals during the regular season to claim the Region 5 MAC Conference’s Golden Boot award.
She plays alongside Bermuda Under-20 team-mate Micah Pond with the Lady Bears, whose assistant coach Robert Williams, is a former Devonshire Colts player and youth coach.