Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quaker Valley Sprints to Impressive Start

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quaker Valley Sprints to Impressive Start

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The fact that the Quaker Valley High School girls soccer team was off to a 5-0 start (before Wednesday's match at Keystone Oaks) should come as no surprise.

Quaker Valley returned eight of its 11 starters from last season and those returning starters bring experience and leadership ... and, more importantly, goals. Of the eight returning starters, two accounted for 40 of the team's 68 goals last season.

Senior forward Greer Monahan and sophomore attacking midfielder Moriah Wigley are two of the top returning goal scorers in the WPIAL this season. Monahan led the team with 23 goals a year ago and Wigley had 17.

The duo is a big reason why the Quakers have started the season so strong, outscoring opponents, 25-5. Monahan had 11 goals through five games and Wigley, after missing the season's first two games with an injury, had six goals in three games.

The 5-0 start was punctuated with a 2-1 win against Class A power and crosstown rival Sewickley Academy. It was the first time Quaker Valley had defeated its nearby rival in six seasons. Sophomore midfielder Julia Stinson gave Quaker Valley a 1-0 lead and after the Panthers tied it before halftime, Wigley came up with the game- winner in the second half.

Quaker Valley also defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Highlands in the Avonworth tournament and began Class AA Section 5 play with an important 3-1 win at South Fayette. The Quakers also dispatched Carrick, 7-2, on Monday.

"We are really just trying to find out who we are and trying to solidify our style of play as we really get deeper into the section," Quaker Valley coach Mike Pastor said. "We know it is really about how you are playing at the end, rather than the beginning."

Section 5 figures to be one of the more challenging in the WPIAL with defending PIAA Class AA champion Moon Area and a Montour team that returns 10 starters along with strong teams such as Quaker Valley and South Fayette.

"It is pretty brutal," Pastor said. "It is a very good section and we are going to have one good team that is not going to make the playoffs and that is part of having so many quality opponents. …

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