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Special season ends for Quaker Valley girls soccer

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Quaker Valley's Megan Amoroso (9) battles Greensburg Salem's Emily Indof for the ball during their WPIAL first-round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Moon Area High School.

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By Kevin Ritchart
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The 2013 season was special for the Quaker Valley girls soccer program.

The Quakers rolled through the regular season with a 17-1 record and earned a share of the Section 5-AA championship.

“These girls have a lot to be proud of,” coach Mike Pastor said.

Quaker Valley's quest for a WPIAL championship was halted following a 3-2 loss to South Park in the Class AA quarterfinals at Baldwin last week.

“It was a very close game,” Pastor said. “I thought our kids battled really hard.”

South Park jumped out to a 1-0 early.

But Quaker Valley's Greer Monahan quickly tied the score.

“Both teams were surprised by the early goals,” Pastor said. “The kids responded really well.”

South Park grabbed a 2-1 lead before halftime.

“The play (in the first half) was back and forth,” Pastor said. “We came out strong in the second half.”

Monahan got the equalizer for the Quakers on a penalty kick, but South Park netted the game-winner with 25 minutes to remaining.

Pastor's message in the locker room after the game was one of encouragement.

“It was certainly sad,” Pastor said. “The girls were emotional. I thanked them for their effort.

The Quakers posted a 4-1 win over Greensburg Salem in the first round.

Monahan was the team's top scorer with 33 goals. She also notched 10 assists.

Moriah Wigley had 22 goals and 13 assists, while Megan Amoroso netted 17 markers and 28 helpers on the year.

Goalkeeper Molly Harkins earned all 18 victories for Quaker Valley this season. Five of them came via the shutout.

Pastor will miss the efforts of a senior class that led the way with their hard work and dedication this season.

“It has been my pleasure to coach them,” Pastor said. “They were phenomenal leaders.”

While he'll need some young players to step up next season, Pastor is excited to see what the future holds for his team.

“We definitely have some holes to fill,” Pastor said. “It's always tough to lose such a good senior group.”

Kevin Ritchart is a freelance writer.

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