Lady Bears win championship


Photo courtesy of Jimmy Elder

The Brookhaven Lady Bears celebrate their national championship win Nov. 13.

Trennt Rhea, Staff Photographer

The Lady Bears have done it again. They started the season ranked No. 1 and finished the season as the national champions.

This is the fourth time the Dallas College Brookhaven women’s soccer team has won the NJCAA DIII National Championship. This year also resulted in their sixth consecutive conference championship.

The first-ranked Brookhaven College Lady Bears defeated third-ranked Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks, 2-1, in Herkimer, New York, on Nov. 13, 2022. In the 60th minute, forward Meah Perez put the ball in the back of the net and sent the Hawks home disappointed, and the Lady Bears back to Texas with the coveted trophy.

The Lady Bears finished the season with a 16-0-1 record with their only loss being a tie against Dallas College Richland. The national championship win came after claiming the Southwest District title also against Dallas College Richland on Oct. 28, 2022.

The Lady Bears completely dominated their way to the national championship and repeated as champions.

Head Coach Jimmy Elder reflected on the win. “It was a long season with many challenges, including overcoming key player injuries during the Conference Championships and National Championships. Nevertheless, the Lady Bears came together to win it all. A spectacular team effort by a spectacular group of young ladies,” Elder said.

In a tweet after the game, Assistant Coach Robert Williams, also expressed how proud he was of the team. “It’s never easy winning a natty, but to start the season No. 1, go undefeated, and retain the natty is so so special! So very proud of this amazing group of young ladies,” Williams said.