Dougherty provided spark for high-scoring Fallston Boys Player of the Year

December 01, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

The longer the high school boys soccer season went, the more conversations about the good players seemed to be prefaced by, "Well, besides Shane. . ."

This thinking is confirmed with the selection of Shane Dougherty of Fallston High as The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year.

Dougherty was a four-year starting forward for Fallston, with skills honed by several years of playing in the Olympic Development program.

He had his best season as a senior, finishing with a Harford County-high 23 goals and six assists in 12 games, scoring at least one goal in each of them.

Fallston was 10-1-1 during the regular season, but of seven county games, one ended in a tie and three others were decided by one goal.

Dougherty, 5 feet 7 and 135 pounds, and Fallston were at their best in the Class 1A playoffs.

Fallston beat four teams by a combined margin of 27-3. Only Francis Scott Key, a 2-0 loser, came within five goals of the Cougars.

For his part, Dougherty had 13 of the goals and six assists. He is the school's second-leading all-time scorer with 70 goals, and leads the all-time assist list with 37.

Fallston has not lost to a Harford County school in three years.

"Our record made it tougher for us because there seemed to be more rivalry in the games -- everybody pointing for us," said Dougherty.

"Even so, I'd find myself losing concentration, getting lost in a game, then suddenly snapping back into it," he said.

That idea reinforces the thought that pressure is the chief ingredient that drives Dougherty, whose skill level always seemed to be a notch or two above those around him.

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