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Brown college season impresses Busby

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:17 AM
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National senior women’s football team head coach Hubert Busby says that he is pleased with the performances of young striker Jody Brown in her first collegiate season with Florida State University (FSU).

The FSU Seminoles captured the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship on November 15, defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 3-2 in the final to finish the winter season with a perfect 11-0 record. Brown, an 18-year-old who made her college debut this year, scored five goals during the campaign, including the opener in the ACC tournament semi-final against Duke University.

While Busby had confidence that she would not take long to settle in her new surroundings, he is impressed with the way she has adapted to the level of competition.

“We never really had a doubt that she was going to have an impact on the field,” he said. “We really wanted her to settle off the field, in the classroom obviously, adjusting to school and a new environment, and she’s done that with flying colours and made a great contribution. The coaching staff is really happy with her, and great to see her doing so well on the national stage.”

Performances

Brown not only finished the autumn season tied as the team’s leading goalscorer with two other players, but she was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team for her performances. By winning the ACC Championship, Florida State would now participate in the NCAA Women’s College Cup, the annual national tournament, but its status is still to be determined because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Busby hopes that the tournament does happen next spring, but is encouraged by Brown’s development.

“To win the ACC Championship and qualify for the tournament, if it happens, is great,” he said. “She’s off to a great start. We are obviously proud of her and obviously looking forward to her doing some great things again in the spring.”

Defender Madiya Harriott, another young Reggae Girl, had a successful collegiate season, helping Vanderbilt University take the South Eastern Conference (SEC) title in a 3-1 win over Arkansas in the final on November 22. Busby said that the success of both players helps to inspire the next generation to achieve similar goals.

“Our players and young senior players are contributing at that level to their programmes, which is great to see,” he said. “And it’s also great for them to inspire another generation of players up-and-coming to want to do the same, which is also very important.”

daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com