Quaker Valley girls soccer standout signs with RMU
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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.
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