Douglas makes presence felt in improving Towson State program


The prestige of Carroll County high school girls soccer has received another major boost by the performance of Ashlee Douglas this fall on the Towson State women's soccer team.

Douglas, a sophomore from North Carroll, is putting up some impressive stats for the Tigers and is considered a strong candidate for All-Big South Conference first-team honors.

In a recent game against Liberty University, Douglas put on a super second-half show with a school-record four assists, leading Towson to a 5-2 victory after the Tigers had trailed, 1-0, at halftime.

Through 13 games for the 5-8 Tigers (2-3 in the Big South), Douglas has four goals and six assists to lead the team in scoring.

When Douglas chose Towson State, it was thought she would help the school establish some respect in women's soccer and she has more than lived up to expectations for a program that is only in its third year.

Towson coach Debbie Michael said: "Ashlee has been an impact player on our team. She has developed dramatically from her freshman to sophomore years. She is a player with a lot of heart and desire. She wanted to be better. I think that is what has made her an outstanding player."

As a freshman, Douglas had two goals and six assists.

While Douglas is making it big at the Division I collegiate level, South Carroll senior Amber Clutter has created quite a stir among collegiate scouts by shattering all kind of records for the Cavaliers and being considered a strong candidate for high school All-America honors.

Solesha starts for Frostburg

Bryan Solesha is one of the main reasons Frostburg State University is sailing along with a 6-0 record in football and ranked No. 5 in one national Division III poll.

Solesha, a junior from South Carroll, is a mainstay on the offensive line from his center position and is starting for a second season.

At 6 feet 2, 251 pounds, Solesha is opening up a lot of holes for a team that averages 427 yards total offense and 241.7 yards rushing.

Last season, Solesha played a major role in the Bobcats' march to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Three former Westminster High football players are also on the Frostburg State team.

They are sophomores Bryan Offutt (reserve tight end), Larry Devilbiss (reserve safety) and Brad Gibson (No. 4 quarterback).

Offutt is projected to be a future starter while Devilbiss and Gibson will need some breaks.

Duffy gets first collegiate goal

Former South Carroll field hockey standout Patti Duffy, a starting defender for the Division I Virginia Commonwealth University field hockey team, scored the first goal of her collegiate career Friday night in a 2-0 victory over Appalachian State.

Duffy, a sophomore, has been a starter on defense since her freshman season after being a two-time All-Carroll first-team field hockey selection as a midfielder.

Duffy's goal came off a VCU fast break that had her streaking down the sidelines, taking a pass and scoring from 15 yards for the 6-7 Rams.

Duffy was used to scoring goals often in high school but has been willing to play a less glamorous position in college to take advantage of her physical style of play.

DiDio has future with Terps


Tracie DiDio, a freshman from South Carroll, pulled off something of a surprise this fall at the University of Maryland after being asked by Terps' field hockey coach Missy Meharg to try out for the team.

DiDio was attending Maryland on an academic scholarship and had decided not to go out for field hockey.

But Meharg convinced DiDio to try out as a walk-on and she was impressive enough to be included in Maryland's future plans.

DiDio, a forward, is being redshirted this season because there are several sophomore forwards on the squad. But Meharg said: Tracie is definitely improving. She has great speed and a lot of tenacity. I look for her to be a potential contributor. It's nice to have a player with such high standards on our team."

Houck rolls on

Tinah Houck continues to be one of the top scorers for the College of Notre Dame field hockey team (7-7).

Houck, a sophomore from Westminster High, has nine goals and two assists.

She is second this season in scoring and has come up with some big goals, such as the game-winner on a penalty stroke with six seconds left that defeated Randolph-Macon, 2-1.

Houck has started since her freshman year and has been a major factor in the team's success.

Another sophomore from Westminster High is Notre Dame goalkeeper Sarah Martin, who is currently the backup after starting earlier in the season.

Martin has 69 saves in 11 games.

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