Quaker Valley girls soccer saved best for postseason
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The Quaker Valley girls soccer team found something to celebrate after being eliminated in the WPIAL playoffs last month.
The Quakers (16-3-1 overall, 12-2 in Section 5-AA) posted their best records since 2006, when they were undefeated in section play and 13-3-0 overall.
Quaker Valley qualified for the WPIAL playoffs after finishing second in the section to Moon this year.
“Although we did not progress as far as we would have hoped, I think our girls have a lot to be proud of,” coach Mike Pastor said.
Mars shut out the Quakers, 2-0, in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Mars also beat Quaker Valley in last year's quarterfinals, by the same score.
It was the fifth time in seven seasons the Quakers were eliminated in the quarterfinal round.
“Last year, when we played Mars, we were fortunate to lose (by only two points),” Pastor said. “Although the score was the same this year, our kids really battled and created a number of very good scoring opportunities.
“In the end, Mars played a better game that night.”
Freshman Moriah Wigley was proud Quaker Valley kept the game close.
“We entered as the underdog,” said Wigley, the Quakers' second leading scorer this year with 17 goals. “They didn't win big.”
The Quakers reached the quarterfinals after shutting out Highlands, 3-0, in the first round.
“We really had a great season and ended up playing our best soccer in the playoffs,” senior center back Laura Stinson said. “While it might not have been good enough to win, I think we can definitely hold our heads up high.”
Junior Greer Monahan led Quaker Valley this season with 23 goals.
Sophomore Megan Amoroso (9) and senior Katie Hughes (6) were other top scorers.
Freshmen Allie Perri and Julia Stinson had four goals each.
Senior Tegan McRoberts and freshman Aubrey Bouchard had two apiece.
Laura Stinson, senior Haley Ashner and sophomore Andrea Littlefield rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
“I am really proud of my teammates and all the hard work we put in this season,” senior goalkeeper Morgan Felt said. “With the strong group of underclassmen on this team, I have no doubt that (Quaker Valley) girls soccer will be very strong next year.”
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
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