Latrobe soccer standout Reilly picks West Virginia

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Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 4:43 PM


Latrobe junior soccer standout Robin Reilly said last weekend she was close to making a college commitment.

On Friday night, she revealed her choice to the world.

Reilly announced her verbal pledge to West Virginia, where she hopes to bring her goal-scoring prowess to the Mountaineers’ midfield.

Reilly kept her recruiting exploits quiet, but she drew a number of big-name programs. Schools could begin contacting her June 15, and her cell phone was busy.

She had strong interest from Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Pitt, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Syracuse.

Her sister, Regan, is a senior on Latrobe’s team and is a Bowling Green commit. The urge to follow her sister to Ohio was bumped slightly by the connection she felt at WVU.

“I was obviously in contact with other fantastic schools, but WVU checked every box for me, so I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity like that,” she said. “Eventually in the process, I started narrowing down my options and setting up visits.”

Reilly, an All-WPIAL player last season with 17 goals and 13 assists, was injured for two months with a high ankle sprain she sustained in club season.

She missed the opening game against Greensburg Salem but returned last weekend against Norwin at the Moe Rosensteel Memorial Kickoff Classic, scoring four goals in her season debut.

She has five goals and an assist in two starts. Her career goal total stands at 37.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at bbeckner@triblive.com.

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