Diwura makes her selection: signs with Lamar soccer

Diwura makes her selection: signs with Lamar soccer

Navarro sophomore midfielder Wasila Diwura signed to attend Lamar University and to play soccer with the Southland Conference’s Cardinals.

The two-time, NJCAA first-team All-American’s selection ended weeks of communications with coaches of four-year soccer programs all over the country, Navarro head coach Alicia Wilson said.

Diwura will enroll for the spring 2019 semester at the Beaumont, Tx., school, Wilson said.

Diwura scored 30 goals (9 game-winners), assisted on 28 others and totaled 88 points during her two-year Navarro career. Her 18-goal, 16-assist season in 2018 helped the Bulldogs reach the NJCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.

Coach Steve Holeman’s 12-6-2 Cardinals reached the SLC Tournament Semifinals in 2018. In 2017, his first Lamar team fashioned a school-record 18-4-1 record that resulted in regular-season and tournament championships, plus an NCAA post-season bid.

Holeman became the first Lamar coach to win Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors after the banner 2017 season.  He came to Lamar after building programs at Ole Miss and at Georgia.  His 16-year tenure at Ole Miss (158-119-23) included 13 straight SEC Tournament appearances and four NCAA Tournament berths.  In five years at Georgia (53-39-1), his teams landed two NCAA post-season berths.

Diwura, an Accra, Ghana native, became the third NC sophomore soccer player this week to sign with a four-year program. Earlier, Maitane Bravo and Andrea Rabanales chose Ball State University and will play for the Mid-American Conference Cardinals.