soccer signings

Blackwood, Swift sign to play soccer at West Florida

Navarro sophomore soccer players Deneisha Blackwood and Victoria Swift signed national letters of intent Wednesday to attend The University of West Florida and play soccer for the Argonauts.

Blackwood, a forward who earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors, and Swift, an All-Region 14 defender, will play at the NCAA Division II school in Pensacola, Fla., for veteran coach Joe Bartlinski.

The signing ceremony occurred Wednesday afternoon at the soccer fieldhouse where the sophomore girls were joined by head coach Alicia Wilson, assistant Oscar Lopez, and Navarro College Athletic Director Roark Montgomery.

Blackwood, the Region XIV Most Valuable Player, led regional finalist NC to a 13-5 record.  Blackwood was a two-time NJCAA Player of the Week during a 2016 season in which she totaled 22 goals and 13 assists. Blackwood led Region XIV in points (57) and shots (87) and tied for second in assists.  She had five game-winning goals and two games in which she scored five goals.

In December, 2015, Swift became the youngest member of the Trinidad & Tobago women’s national team and had an opportunity to play in an international friendly against the United States at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  She was part of a sophomore core that gained NJCAA and NSCAA rankings and compiled a 24-11-2 two-year record at Navarro.