Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015 6:30 pm
From Staff Reports, DailySun
She was a brilliant flash of light on the soccer field, flying across the season and leaving her mark everywhere for a Navarro team that came within a eyelash of reaching the nationals.
So it is no surprise to anyone who followed Navarro’s soccer team this fall to see Deneisha Blackwood make the NJCCA D-1 All-American team.
“She had a great season, and despite of all the challenges we went through we are real excited to have an All-American,’’ said Navarro Coach Alicia Wilson, who had to recruit her team at the last minute. “Having an All-American speaks volumes about the future of the program and where we are headed.’’
Blackwood, who led Navarro with a team-high 14 goals and seven assists and played her heart out in the playoffs, battling through a serious ankle injury, was named to the All-American second team.
Blackwood, a freshman forward from Kingston, Jamaica, scored 35 points and led Navarro to an 11-6-2 record and into the District I Championship match against Tyler, which Tyler won 1-0 with a gal with 1:54 left. Blackwood had to leave the game twice because of her ankle injury, but she returned after short breaks and had to be carried to the bus after the game. Her courage and determination in that title game defines the kind of player Blackwood is, and why she was so valuable to Navarro.
Blackwood put 43 shots on goal during 14 games for the Bulldogs. In her third game of the season at Richardson against Richland College, she recorded a hat trick in a 4-0 win.
Blackwood also had two-goal games on four different occasions.
Blackwood’s selection marks the 13th consecutive season a Navarro soccer player has earned NJCAA All-American honors. A total of 21 players have been recognized for the honor since 2003.