Quaker Valley girls soccer standout signs with RMU
Quaker Valley High School senior Greer Monahan signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I soccer for the Robert Morris University Colonials. She plans to major in business.
When Greer Monahan takes the field as a Robert Morris Colonial in the fall, her high school coach has no doubts she will find success.
“She can really play any position,” Quaker Valley girls soccer coach Michael Pastor said. “She understands the game so well that she can fit in anywhere. I think she will go in and work hard. She is a rare mix of size and speed. She has one of the best shots I have seen in high school soccer.
“She has the mentality that she will go in and fight for a spot from the beginning. She has the right attitude to be successful.”
The senior signed her letter of intent with the Robert Morris women's soccer team last week. Monahan said she was looking at a variety of schools but the Colonials were the only Division I program recruiting her.
“It really just fit into place,” said Monahan, who will study business at Robert Morris. “I kind of wanted to stay close to home and I wanted to play soccer.”
Robert Morris, which finished 5-9-4 last season, is a member of the Northeast Conference.
Monahan was a presence on the field for the Quakers since her freshman season. During her first playoff game, she scored Quaker Valley's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Knoch in the opening round of the 2010 WPIAL playoffs.
She went on to be a four-year letter winner and recorded 71 goals in her career, not to mention being named all-section and all-WPIAL her junior and senior seasons.
“She made an impact from her freshman season,” Pastor said. “She has worked hard for four years to get to where she is.”
During her senior season, she served as team captain and helped guide the Quakers to one of their most successful seasons in recent memory. The team went 18-2, won the Section 5-AA title and reached the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals.
Monahan said she will remember her final season with Quaker Valley for the way the team battled in games where it was the underdog.
“I will remember all the games we won that we didn't think we could,” Monahan said. “We realized we had potential. We worked really hard, and it was a good feeling to have the success we did.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.