PENSACOLA, Fla. — Two-time NJCAA All-American Deneisha Blackwood didn’t wait long to impact the University of West Florida Argonauts’ soccer program.
The Navarro College transfer from Kingston, Jamaica, scored three goals in the Argos’ season-opening wins last weekend, and for her efforts, was named Tuesday as the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week.
On Friday at Boca Raton, Blackwood turned the second half into a personal showcase — with assistance from former Bulldog Shantell Thompson — and broke open a close battle with Lynn. With passes from Thompson, Blackwood converted goals at the 48- and 67-minute marks and the No. 8 Argos cruised to a 3-0 win for their 10th consecutive season-opening win.
The first of the two goals came on a long ball over the top that allowed Blackwood to outrun the Lyon defense and find the net from inside the box. Thompson led Blackwood to the right side of the box for the second goal.
Then, Saturday in a 3-1 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, Blackwood punched in the tying goal with a 12-yard left-footed shot during the 55th minute of play that charged the Argos into second-half control again.
Her offensive firepower not only helped the Argos to a 2-0 start, but her personal work was rewarded Tuesday and her team’s ranking quickly soared to No. 5 in NCAA Division II. Blackwood’s Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honor is nothing unusual for the Argos, which last season claimed a league-high eight weekly awards.
Blackwood ranks sixth all-time among Navarro goal scorers with 36 during her two-year career — many coming via Thompson, who is the Bulldogs’ single-season assist leader.