'Bunny' hopes to keep going, but wants to take it one step at a time

Observer writer

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — While she says she is looking forward to the next step in her football career, Khadisha “Bunny” Shaw is in no hurry to make a decision and prefers to proverbially take things one step at a time.

The striker, who played a massive role in Jamaica creating history by becoming the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Fifa Women's World Cup in France next year, just completed a glittering two-year stint at University of Tennessee where she scored 27 goals over the period and accumulated an impressive stack of accolades.

“I am ready for whatever comes, one step at a time, one day at a time — no need to rush,” she told the Jamaica Observer during a civic reception in Sam Sharpe Square on Saturday to honour the national team.

Shaw, who attended St Jago High and represented the country at every level before taking up a scholarship at Eastern Florida State College before transferring to Tennessee, is on schedule to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in communication studies.

“I had two good seasons at Tennessee but unfortunately that just came to an end, but I am optimistic to see what comes next,” Shaw said.

Asked if she had given any thought about to going professional, she said: “I have thought about it, [and] I hope that I get the opportunity to play professionally, but it is one step at a time.”

Before going professional Shaw, who plays in the tough South Eastern Conference in the NCAA Division one, will get to strut her stuff on the biggest stage in France next year, something she says the team have been looking forward since the start of the Concacaf Women's Championship in Texas earlier this year.

In that tournament, Jamaica finished third, earning an automatic spot in the World Cup after beating Panama on penalty kicks in the third-place play-off match.

Shaw was always a scoring machine, scoring a reported 128 goals and tallying 72 assists in four years at St Jago, which she led to a perfect 26-0 record in her final season in 2014.

She rewrote the record books at Tennessee, scoring 14 goals during her junior year in 2017 in 20 games — the second- most in school history, eight while playing in the SEC, and seven game winning goals, a record at the school.

Often a target of double teaming from opposing teams, she managed 13 goals this year as well as six assists and 32 points, despite missing a number of games while on duty for the Reggae Girlz.

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