2010 Hall of Fame Profile: Dave Daugherty

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2010 Hall of Fame Profile: Dave Daugherty (Soccer, 1980-83)

Former Central Michigan University striker Dave Daugherty had a knack for scoring goals.

In fact, he is the most prolific scorer in Chippewa soccer history, tallying 42 career goals, including a single-season record of 20 in 1982.

"When it came to technical skills, Dave wasn't the best dribbler or the hardest shot," former teammate Ken McDonald said. "He just had a knack for putting the ball in the net."

McDonald should know. He spent his first two years at CMU in goal trying to defend against Daugherty in practice.

"He reminded me of hockey player Phil Esposito," McDonald added. "Esposito never had the most beautiful goals, he just found a way to poke at it and jam it in. Dave was just like that; he always put himself in the right place at the right time."

Daugherty led or tied for the team lead in goals all four of his seasons in the maroon and gold. He started with four goals as a freshman and doubled it to eight as a sophomore. Dave's junior year he tallied an incredible 20 goals and a career-best six assists for a school-record 46 points.

"Dave had great speed and unbelievable endurance," former coach Jim Hornak said.
"At the end of the game he was still going as hard as he was at the beginning. Dave had a quick first step and if there was a free ball, he would always be the one who got it."

Daugherty had the ability to make goal scoring look easy, from tallying a mark just 15 seconds into a match to registering a hat trick of three goals in just one half.

For the 1982 season, he averaged a whopping 1.05 goals per game while earning team MVP honors. That year he also was named Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America All-Mideast and honorable mention All-Michigan.

"To score the amount of goals he did as a junior was just amazing," McDonald said. "When you get into double digits it is considered a great season, but to think that he had 20. Dave was a big reason we had two of the best years in school history in 1982 and '83."

As a senior in 1983, Daugherty tallied another 10 goals while leading Central to the top season CMU ever posted with 14 wins, three losses and one tie.

"Dave was a tough competitor," Hornak said. "His senior year he broke his forearm but he couldn't play with a cast. So, the athletic trainers padded him up every game and he played the whole year like that."

For his efforts on the pitch, Daugherty is being inducted into the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 29, in a ceremony at the Soaring Eagle Resort. The induction class also will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-Bowling Green football game on Saturday.

He is the first men's soccer player to ever be elected into CMU's Hall of Fame.

Joining Daugherty in the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010 are Ryan Cunningham (wrestling, 1997-2000), Jeffrey Goolsby (men's cross country/track and field, 1986-89), Tina (Kinney) Salley (softball, 1997-2000), Steve Pung (men's swimming, 1969-72) and Carey Ross (baseball, 1980-83).

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