Vaughan makes teammates better Player of the Year 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

November 24, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

She just completed her junior soccer season, but Dulaney striker Aimee Vaughan has more career assists than most players have goals when they graduate.

But scoring isn't all Vaughan, 16, is capable of.

She has refined her defensive and overall skills in the state's Olympic Developmental Program for the past three years, reaching the regional camp this past summer.

"It really helps, because I had to play some defense in tough games, like against Towson, when they put pressure on everybody," said Vaughan, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Baltimore County/City girls Player of the Year.

"I didn't talk much on the field last year, but this year, I really wanted everyone to work together, so I tried to be more of a leader," said Vaughan, who led the second-ranked Lions to a 4A-3A state runner-up finish last season. "I stayed focused. Each game was just one more rung in the ladder to get back to the states."

She recently completed her first full season as a center midfielder with the highly touted, six-time State Cup champion Columbia Crusaders team, which features All-Metro players like Hammond's Samantha Andersch and Centennial's Natalie Rich and Vicky Brunt.

"The Hammond game was kind of fun going against Samantha,said Vaughan of the Lions' early-season 2-1 loss. "It made the game more competitive and you're playing for pride."

It was a game that set the tone for Vaughan's season.

"I think that we should get more respect as a Baltimore County team, and a lot of that was our motivation," said Vaughan. "We played like we weren't expected to win, always trying to prove ourselves again and again."

Vaughan scored 37 goals with 14 assists this year, raising her career total to 74 goals with 40 assists but was more satisfied with her versatility.

"Playing with the Crusaders, I learned to see the field better, passing the ball, things like that," said Vaughan.

Many coaches define great players by their ability to improve the overall level of their team.

"With Megan [Truxel], Allie [Shuch] and Abby [Bausman], our club-team experience has rubbed off on the rest of the team," she said. "People can double-team me, but there's always somebody open who can put it in the net."

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