Bridget Fry, Eamon Fry and Kevin Fry with Shawe athletic director Steve Sims. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Bridget Fry, Eamon Fry and Kevin Fry with Shawe athletic director Steve Sims. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Eamon Fry plays one of the most anonymous positions on a soccer field. But despite not getting the publicity of his more high-profile teammates, the senior defender played a key role on Shawe Memorial's stellar soccer team.

On Monday Fry became the first, and possibly only, senior from Shawe's school-record 18-2 team to sign a college scholarship when he inked a deal to play at Marian University in the fall.

For Fry, as well as his parents Kevin and Bridget, it was the culmination of an outstanding high school career.

"My junior year I talked to the soccer coach (at Marian) about possibly playing there and that sparked my interest," Fry said. "The school and campus, I really liked everything about it."

Fry was one of the Hilltoppers' captains and although he didn't score much he anchored a defense along with Jordan Chandler, Ryan Cox and Spencer Torline that powered Shawe to 30 wins and two sectional titles over the past two years.

Kyle Daugherty has long been considered one of the best goalkeepers in this part of the state, but it was Fry and company that served as the first line of defense.

"We scored a lot of goals but it was defense that got us off to that 12-0 start last season," said Kevin Fry, who stepped down as Shawe's head soccer coach after last season. "They were the difference in the game."

Eamon Fry has relished his role as defensive stopper. He only scored a handful of goals in his high school career, and most of those came during mop-up duties in blowouts.

But Fry was also his team's biggest supporter and rival coaches took notice. He was voted the Ohio River Valley Conference's Mental Attitude Award winner last season.

Fry doesn't have outlandish goals for his first year at Marian. His coaches have sent him an off-season workout list and his only plan is to get stronger and quicker.

Kevin Fry believes his son will do fine at Marian but acknowledges that playing college soccer is a huge step up from high school. He even admits that he wasn't sure if Eamon would even get the chance.

"I'm the kind of guy that downplays expectations. He wanted to play in college but I didn't want him to get his hopes up," the elder Fry said. "When we got the acceptance letter, I don't know who was more shocked, me or him. But as a father, I'm so proud of him. He's always wanted to play college soccer and now he gets a chance.

"Marian has a good business program and that's what he was looking at. Really, he may have gone there anyway," Kevin Fry said. "So it really worked out well."

Eamon Fry played basketball and golf at Shawe but it was soccer where he excelled. He said that while going undefeated in the ORVC and winning the sectional twice will be high on his list of memories, he also relished the local rivalries.

"The rivalry with Southwestern, that's probably my favorite memory," Fry said with a smile. "Those were some fun games."