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Firestone’s Reilly Dougherty commits to play soccer at St. Bonaventure

By Michael Beaven Published: May 13, 2014

Firestone High School senior Reilly Dougherty has signed with St. Bonaventure University to play on the Bonnies women’s soccer team.

Dougherty was named MVP at Firestone in each of the past three seasons. She was also recognized as the City Series Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and was selected to the All-City Series Academic Team three times.

“I chose St. Bonaventure because I am comfortable with the size of the campus and I am really comfortable with the player and coach,” Dougherty said. “I like their style of play where they are able to change the way they play in an instant.

“They move the ball around and they always set themselves up for multiple options. That sets up the opportunity for creativity to happen, which I like.”

Dougherty, who is 5-foot-9, scored a team-high 16 goals and added eight assists as a junior.

She led the Falcons in goals (17) and assists (10) as a senior for coach Kyle Otto.

“Reilly is a very talented soccer player,” Otto said. “She has a lot of potential and I know she will continue to improve as she transitions from high school to college.”

Dougherty played as a center midfielder for Firestone and said she is probably going to play as a center back for St. Bonaventure.

“Reilly is a very focused, technical, dedicated player and has a high soccer IQ,” St. Bonaventure women’s soccer coach Steve Brdarski said in a prepared statement.

“She has the ability to play many different positions, and her versatility will be a big help to our team. She came very highly recommended to us and she has been training in the right environment. I am impressed with how well she strikes a ball and her ability to break the game down.”

Firestone Athletic Director Brian Fuller said Dougherty is on the school’s Academic Challenge Team, has a 3.9 grade-point average and scored a 31 on her ACT. She is also the only female on an all-boys Akron Metro Futbol Club team of teenage players.

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