Vaughan gets her kicks as leader in goals, morale Girls Player of the Year

December 01, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Rare is the player who exhibits the all-out desire that belongs to Dulaney's Aimee Vaughan.

In an early-season 2-1 loss to Hammond, last season's 2A-1A state champion, Vaughan played the entire game despite a nagging, plum-size bruise on her foot. Despite being heavily marked, she assisted on the game-tying goal in the overtime loss.

And in last weekend's 4A-3A state championship loss to Centennial, 3-2, in overtime, Vaughan battled dizziness, which occurred as a result of an injury during practice -- in addition to heavy marking by the Eagles' Allison Bielski -- yet still managed an assist on the game-tying goal by Khrissy Jackson.

"She was so disappointed after they lost to Centennial," said her mother, Barbara Vaughan. "She wanted to win more than she wanted to breathe."

This die-hard junior will be around for another season, yet has already earned The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Metro Female Player of the Year honors.

"From day one, we wanted to win a state championship, so my main goal wasn't accomplished," said Vaughan, who has 74 goals and 40 assists over her three-year varsity career.

She led a Lions' attack that outscored its opponents, 112-15, with eight shutouts, with the primary beneficiaries being fellow striker Allie Schuch (18 goals, 16 assists) and midfielder Abby Bausman (19 goals, 14 assists).

"I had a great team behind me, and because of that, I think my passing was more accurate, and I had a better understanding of where people were going to be," said Vaughan, a second-team All-Metro pick last season. "When I left the field after a game, I just wanted people to take a second look at us and say that they had a good team and to respect me."

In addition to being a relentlessly stubborn attacker with an area-leading 37 goals and 14 assists this season, Vaughan, 16, was a leader by emotion and by example in a starting lineup that included just two seniors, four juniors and sophomores, and a freshman.

"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 this year led the Lions to their second straight 4A-3A state runner-up finish.

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