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DUNN – Three West Bladen Lady Knights – juniors O’Mara McDonald and Jazmy Funez Aranda and sophomore Makenna Thurman – have been named to the 2024 All-Southeastern Athletic Conference girls’ soccer team.

O’Mara McDonald (3)

McDonald led the Lady Knights with 6 goals and 14 points. She scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over St. Pauls; the only West Goal in a 1-1 tie with South Columbus; and a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Red Springs.

“O’Mara is one of those players who isn’t really flashy, but she can get a toe on the ball and poke one in when it’s needed,” said Lady Knight Coach Kristen Parker.

Jazmy Funez Aranda (7)

Funez Aranda tied for the team lead in steals (77) and shots (14) was 2nd on the team with 4 goals and 10 points. She scored both goals in a 2-2 overtime tie with Red Springs and knocked in a pair of goals against Midway.

“Jazmy really can play anywhere on the field,” shared Parker. “She is fast and aggressive.”

Makenna Thurman

Thurman tied for the team lead with 77 steals. She came up with a season-high of 9 steals against North Brunswick and had 6 steals in 5 other games.

“Makenna has amazing patience defensively,” noted Parker. “She doesn’t get beaten too many times down her side.”

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