• Thursday Aug 11, 2016

    CU15G Q&A: Derrica Ferguson (Bahamas)

    Derrica Ferguson (pictured) and the Bahamas defeated Antigua & Barbuda in a CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship match on August 11, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

    ORLANDO, Florida – The players at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship are as equally impressive off the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex fields as they are on them. On Thursday, Derrica Ferguson captained the Bahamas to a 4-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda in the tournament opener for both sides. Ferguson also competed in last year’s Caribbean under-17 qualifying tournament and is using that experience to help her team reach its potential in Orlando. Just minutes after the win, she sat down with CONCACAF.com to talk about soccer and other important things.

    What were your impressions of the Bahamas’ win in its 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship opener against Antigua & Barbuda?

    Well, it was really hard, first of all. The players on [Antigua & Barbuda] were playing physically compared to how we play, so we had a little trouble adjusting. We had a little nerves. We then played how we know…passing the ball. 

    What are some of the Bahamas’ objectives at the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship?

    We want to get past the group stage and then hopefully get past the quarterfinals. Wherever that leads us, we’ll take it.

    You played last year in the Caribbean under-17 qualifying tournament. How has playing at an older age group helped you with the U15s?

    I learned a couple of tricks from the older girls and I’m able to take that back to this team, helping in the best way that I can.

    As captain of the Bahamas U15s, what do you see as your main responsibilities?

    My responsibilities include encouraging my teammates. Whenever I see them drifting off, I help them get back in it; encourage and motivate them, telling them it is OK.

    How did you first get involved with soccer and why?

    In grade five, I started playing soccer. I started with my school team because I wanted to be involved and I developed a love for soccer.

    Who is your favorite soccer player and why?

    I love Brazil’s Thiago Silva because he is a calm defensive center back.

    If there is any player that you could play with, besides Thiago Silva, who would that be?

    Lionel Messi. He comes back. He’s not only an offensive player, he is a defender as well. He helps with the back line and I really love that about players.

    When you’re not playing soccer, what are some of your favorite things to do?

    I like to read. I’m also involved with church actively, singing, dancing whatever I can do.

    What places have you visited, besides Orlando, for soccer or vacation?

    Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic and Fort Lauderdale and Miami in the United States.

    What are some of your goals in and out of soccer as you look to the future?

    I want to become known in the soccer world. I’m hoping to get a scholarship at the school that I want to attend…Michigan State University. I want to become an osteopathic doctor.

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