Quaker Valley girls following lead of senior scoring sensation
Heading into the season, senior Greer Monahan wasn't 100 percent sure what to expect from the Quaker Valley girls soccer team.
The team lost several starters to graduation and was relying on numerous underclassmen to step into starting roles. But heading into the final week of the regular season, Monahan has 30 goals and is looking to lead the Quakers (15-1) deep into the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
“I was actually a little nervous because we lost a lot of people,” Monahan said. “We are a younger team. We have a lot of younger players stepping up. Megan Amoroso is a junior and has stepped up a lot. She has matured and we work really well together.”
Monahan places a lot of her success on her teammates.
Quaker Valley has a triple threat when it comes to offense as Monahan, Amoroso and sophomore Moriah Wigley have found success working together. Their production has helped the team increase its production from 65 goals through 16 games in 2012 to 80 this season in the same span.
“Sometimes at the beginning of a game, I might be struggling,” Monahan said. “But then (Wigley) will move it down field with her speed or (Amoroso) will have an awesome pass and help us get a goal.”
Greer's success hasn't come as much of a surprise to coach Mike Pastor. Her production has jumped each season, and with 23 goals in 2012, expectations were high for the senior.
“As a freshman on the varsity team, she scored a goal in the playoffs,” Pastor said. “Since then her goal total has increased each year. Every part of the her game has improved. The biggest thing that has grown is her understanding of the game. She is just not bigger and faster but smarter as well.”
But while her offensive production is a huge asset, her biggest contribution may be her leadership.
“She is the kind of kid who knows the right thing to pick the team up,” Pastor said. “She is never negative. Her leadership gets the best out of the team.”
The leadership will be needed as Quaker Valley enters the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The Quakers suffered their first setback Saturday as they fell to Moon, 3-1. The loss allowed the Tigers to move into a first-place tie with Quaker Valley in Section 5-AA, with matching 11-1 records entering the week.
Despite the late-season setback, Pastor feels his team is built for a playoff run. They just need to keep focused on their goals.
“Win or lose, it is one game,” Pastor said. “We need to keep the mentality that we are a playoff team. We have clinched a spot. We need to stay focused. I think Class AA has a very deep field this year.
“There are up to seven or eight teams who could win the tournament. I see us as one of those teams in the mix. It is wide open.”