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Trib’s Female Athlete of the Week

Meta Haley

School: Quaker Valley

Class: Senior

Sport: Soccer

Notable: Haley scored two goals Monday in Quaker Valley’s 9-0 rout of South Allegheny to bring her team-leading point total to 19 goals and 16 assists. She has led the Class AA Quakers to an 8-1-1, 7-0 record and a No. 2 ranking behind Sewickley Academy. She scored the lone goal for the Quakers in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Sewickley Academy.

For her effort, Haley is the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Female Athlete of the Week. Tune into Fox Sports Net for more coverage of Haley on Pittsburgh Sports Tonight.

Multi-talented : Haley plays forward and center midfielder for the Quakers. “She has an exceptional eye for the goal and can always put the ball on net,” third-year coach Kristin Steffey said. “She has great field vision and ball distribution. She creates opportunities because of her style of play.”

Last year Haley led her team to 19-6 record before falling in the WPIAL finals in a shootout to Sewickley Academy. The Quakers went on to lose in the state quarterfinals to Fairview.

“I prefer forward because my strength is my speed,” Haley said. “But, I’ll play either position.”

Future Olympian?: Haley played on the Olympic Development Program team in the offseason. The Olympic program selects 20 of the top players in a given area for several teams around the country. Haley played on the western Pennsylvania squad.

Team player: Quaker Valley’s offense revolves around a lot of passing and moving — where Haley excels. “I think we work well as a team,” she said. “We can find each other well and connect. We practice a lot of offense and defense, and everyone’s expected to work hard and maintain a certain level.”


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