Firestone High School senior Reilly Dougherty has signed with St. Bonaventure to play soccer.
Dougherty was named Most Valuable Player 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 players 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.
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.
Woodridge Athletic Director Nick Mayer announced five seniors will sign a national letter on Friday to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.
The five students are:
• Allyson Dryer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, cross country and track and field.
• Timmy Faiken, Heidelberg University, cross country and track and field.
• John Harry, Mercyhurst University, cross country and track and field.
• Erin Kiley, John Carroll University, cross country and track and field.
• Tomas Pyle, Wittenberg University, football.
Twinsburg Athletic Director Mark Maslona announced five seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.
The five students are:
• Matthew McAdoo, Cleveland State University, golf.
• Cameron Dial, Lake Erie College, football.
• Marisa Howard, Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., basketball.
• Tailin Johnson, Lake Erie College, football.
• Kourtney Paul, Marist College, softball.
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