Despite missing four games due to national duties for Jamaica in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship Qualifying, Khadijah Shaw has not missed a beat for the University of Tennessee in the NCAA.
With the Lady Volunteers season already underway, Shaw took back her starting role immediately and shortly got back into the groove.
Since her return from Jamaica, where she was integral in the Reggae Girlz dominant unbeaten run to top the Caribbean zone, Shaw has scored 7 goals in 7 games with 2 assists and 2 game winners against Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
In conference play, she has scored 5 goals in 4 games, which leads the SEC (South Eastern Conference). She also leads the conference in shots (24 – at a 50% shot accuracy rate) and shots per game (6).
Days after being named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week, Shaw was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week yesterday after scoring all 3 of the Lady Volunteers goals in a key 3-1 victory over conference rivals University of Kentucky last Friday night.
It was her second hat-trick of her collegiate career, becoming only the third player in University of Tennessee’s history to record multiple hat-tricks – joining Allison Campbell (1998-99) and Melissa Covington (1996-98).
This is the fourth SEC weekly honor of Shaw’s career and the first for the 12th-ranked Lady Vols in 2018.
With the hat-trick being her last performance before returning to national team duty, Shaw will join a Jamaican team already brimming with confidence on a high.
The Reggae Girlz will begin their quest to achieve the country’s first ever qualification for the Women’s World Cup on Friday (5th October) night against Canada before tackling Costa Rica on Monday and Cuba on Thursday in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup finals in Edinburg, Texas.
The tournament is set for October 4-17, with the top three teams earning an automatic bid to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Amanda Pruitt – Tennessee Athletics