Deshae Darrell continued her prolific goalscoring form to help propel Brookhaven College into tomorrow’s final of the NJCAA Division III Women’s Championship in Dryden, New York.
The Bermuda Under-20 striker netted a second-half double in the No 2-ranked Lady Bears 3-0 win over fourth-ranked Rowan College at Gloucester County in yesterday’s semi-final at Tompkins Cortland Community College to take her tally at the tournament to four goals.
Texas-based Brookhaven led 1-0 at the half through Savanna Hernandez’s 22nd minute strike before Darrell took over after the break to kill the game off.
She scored her 19th goal of the season in all competitions in the 51st minute and her 20th in the 86th minute as the Lady Bears pulled away out of sight.
It was Darrell’s second brace at the tournament having also netted twice in a comfortable 3-0 quarter final triumph over Montgomery College, the No 7 seeds, the previous day.
The Lady Bears have scored six goals and are yet to concede in their two outings at the tournament so far and have surpassed last year’s third place showing having reached the final which guarantees them of at least a second-place finish. They will meet Herkimer College, the No 1 seeds, in tomorrow’s final.
Herkimer survived a scare after withstanding a second half fightback from Delta College in yesterday’s other semi-final.
The top seeds led 4-1 at the half but were forced to sweat it out until the end after their opponents scored twice in the second half to make things interesting.
Brookhaven are in the midst of 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.
Darrell has been in prolific form for the 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 Brookhaven, whose assistant coach Robert Williams, is a former Devonshire Colts player and youth coach.