Junior Austin Daugherty works out with Olympic Development Team

Posted on July 28, 2011 in Boy's Soccer, Fall Sports, News

By Matt wilson
mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:57 PM EDT
Oak Hill incoming junior Austin Daugherty has spent the last eight months working and training with some of the best soccer players from around the state.

Daugherty was one of 18 players selected to the U95 state Olympic Development Program team. The team started meeting in October, and the players get together and practice once or twice a month and recently returned from a tournament in Kansas.

“I have learned how to play quicker,” said Daugherty, a midfielder or forward who led Oak Hill with 17 goals last season. “I have also learned how to play better both mentally and physically.”

Joining Daugherty on the team are Jonathan Blake from Westville, Derek Catlett from Salem, Taylor Childres from Lafayette, Tommy Clark from Granger, Zach Eagle from Fishers, Nico Garcia-Vicente from Crown Point, Jack Griffith from Danville, Adam Grove from Indianapolis, John Hagedorn from Roanoke, Jefferey Humphrey from Greenwood, Luther Jacobs from South Bend, Bayden Lee from Huntertown, Sam Peters from Zionsville, George Poppas from Carmel, Michael Riedford from Newburgh, Al Stovall from Fort Wayne and Jared Winn from Bloomington.

 
Marion High School’s Kyle Roorbach was named as an alternate for the team.

Daugherty first heard about the U95 state ODP team from a friend. He tried out for the team a year ago, but decided he was not ready to fully commit to it, so he was not eligible because he didn’t attend enough sessions. This year, he went to all the sessions and got to know the coaches, and made the team that way.

The US Youth Soccer ODP program is intended to provide high-level training to benefit players at all skill levels. It tries to find high-caliber players on a consistent basis, which will hopefully lead to increased success for the U.S. National teams.

Daugherty’s team played in the regional ODP tournament July 8-10 in Kansas. It played against teams from Iowa, Northern Ohio and Illinois. The U95 state team tied one game and lost the other two by one goal. Daugherty said the team might try and get in more tournaments.

Along with practicing with his ODP team, Daugherty also continued to play with his club team – Indianapolis Premier Soccer Club based out of Fishers. That team practiced at least two times a week.

“This summer has been a great experience,” Daugherty said. “I have got to play with a lot of good players my understanding for the game has got better.”

Daugherty now has to shift his focus to his junior season at Oak Hill. The Golden Eagles begin two-a-day practices on Monday. Oak Hill will compete in Class A Sectional 44 along with Blackford, Eastern and Mississinewa.

“We just hope to get better as a team and grow,” Daugherty said. “We also hope to win the sectional and do something at the regional.”

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