Dougherty lifts Indian Land girls soccer into third round

Special to The Fort Mill TimesMay 8, 2013 

— A complete performance, highlighted by a trio of top class goals, puts Indian Land’s junior striker Shalyn Dougherty in prime contention to catapult herself, and her team, into Lady Warrior soccer history. Dougherty’s hat trick against the Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers (15-4) sends her school (13-4) into the third round of the 2A playoffs on Friday for the first time ever.

The visitors from Kershaw came into The Reservation riding a confident nine-game win streak to close out the regular season. Midfielder Emma Gladu swung in dangerous crosses early on to threaten the Vol goalmouth, but it was only when one of those chances crept to the back post in the 22nd minute that Dougherty could begin her scoring spree, redirecting a volley from 10 yards out.

It was up to Dougherty to again breach the Andrew Jackson defense in the 28th minute, after scrapping hard in the middle of the box to knock home a contested cross from Kayla Groll.

“It’s great to have such an aggressive player [Dougherty] here,” said sixth-year head coach Mark Bonda. “She’s a real dynamic workhorse for us and a top notch player.”

Just five minutes after play resumed in the second half, Dougherty slalomed through a crumbling Andrew Jackson backline before coolly slotting away to the keeper’s right.

“This year, I decided I needed to step up and become a leader,” Dougherty said. “Because I knew I was one of the better players for the team, I knew that was important. We’ve never been this good as a team before.”

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