ORLANDO, Fla. — Four former Navarro Soccer players are on the current Senior Jamaican Women’s National Team that begins qualifying play Wednesday for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Games start Wednesday for the Jamaican National Team that includes Navarro’s former NJCAA All-Americans Deneisha Blackwood, Shantell Thompson, Trudi Carter, along with brief signee, Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw.
Blackwood and Thompson next fall will be seniors on coach Joe Bartlinski’s University of West Florida Argonauts. Carter — one of two two-time, first-team All-Americans here — played two seasons at The University of South Florida and graduated in August, 2017. Shaw originally signed with Navarro, but transferred to Eastern Florida State College where she earned NSCAA and NJCAA All-American honors in 2016. Shaw returns next fall for her senior season at The University of Tennessee after leading the nationally-ranked Volunteers to a 15-4-1 record and the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Jamaica’s senior “Reggae Girlz,” a 20-member squad coached by Hue Menzies, benefitted from a one-week training camp at Orlando courtesy of the Bob Marley and the Alacran Foundations, along with the Jamaica Football Federation.
The first phase of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s World Cup Qualifiers begins Wednesday against Guadeloupe, continues Friday with Martinique and concludes Sunday with host Haiti.
The group winner will advance to final stage of the Caribbean Round July 21-29.