Crawford’s Box: HBU Soccer Player Darrell Johnson is the One to Watch


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Darrell Johnson won the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 17 for scoring 5 points in a single week.

Houston Baptist University soccer player Darrell Johnson is lighting up the field so far this season. On Oct. 17, Johnson received the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award for scoring a total of five points during the week.

Johnson is a sophomore at HBU coming from Alpha Omega Academy High School in Rock Rapids, Iowa. While in Iowa, he played club soccer for Saprissa where his team won the 2014 U-20 championship.

During his freshman season at HBU, Johnson was one of three players on the team to start all 19 games where he played 1,471 minutes. He recorded a total of six points scoring his first collegiate goal against Hartwick.

This season, Johnson has a total of seven points under his belt which puts him in second place on his team. He also ranks fifth in shots taken, second in goals with two, and second in assists with three.

When Johnson signed on to play at HBU, his Coach Steve Jones was thrilled to have him. Jones spoke highly of him saying, “Darrell is a fantastic central midfielder with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the game.”

Johnson has lived up to the high expectations his coach had for him, as he looks to finish off the season strong.