Westmoreland high school athletes of the week for the week ending Oct. 30, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 6:05 PM
Claim to fame: The sophomore midfielder put together one of her best performances in a season that has included many of them, scoring three goals and adding two assists to lead Latrobe to its first WPIAL playoff win in girls soccer, 6-1 over Ringgold.
She added a goal in a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Thomas Jefferson that sent the Wildcats to their first semifinal appearance.
Reilly, a versatile player who can score and facilitate in the midfield, has 16 goals and 13 assists for the season.
“When Robin is on her game, she brings an incredible intensity and has the ability to impact play with her change of speed and competitive drive,” Latrobe coach Jamie Morrison said.
What was it like getting a hat trick and two assists in the program’s first playoff win?
It feels great to be able to contribute to my team, but it’s really starts from the back for us and to be able to work as a team to put away our chances. As a midfielder, I view myself as a distributor, so I take a lot of pride in my assists.
What makes this Latrobe team so tough to defend?
Our versatility. We can switch up our players in a second providing a new take on our opponents.
How special has it been to experience the playoffs with your sister, Regan?
While Regan and I grew up, we always valued our years we got to play together. From Loyalhannah soccer to high school soccer, Regan has always been my biggest motivator, pushing me to work hard and always giving me a new perspective on the game. To be able to share these surreal moments and memories made this season is something I will always cherish.
How much have you learned from your sisters?
My sisters have always been role models for me. To say one thing I’ve learned from them would be too hard, they’ve shaped me into the person I am today. But, one of the most important things they’ve taught me, Morgan especially, is to enjoy the moments because they go by fast.
Who is the team book worm, the mother figure and the prankster?
Mother figure would be our captains, Sofia DeCerb, Regan Reilly and Ella Bulava since they always keep us in check and our ratio of focus to fun in check. Book worm would be Maddy Petruzzi and Ava Yurko. They are always nose-in-a-book. The prankster would have to be Lauren Bell. She always knows how to spice up the practice with her humor and contagious laugh.
Why do you wear No. 10?
Growing up, I always idolized Carli Lloyd, so I took number 10 in junior high. And, after attending an ID camp and getting told I have a similar playing style by someone who’s coached her, made her even more of an inspiration, so I’ve loved No. 10.
Claim to fame: Kiste, 16, helped key the Warriors’ 5-4 shootout win against rival Hempfield in a PIHL contest Oct. 24. Kiste, who plays defense, scored a goal in the third period to give the Warriors a 4-3 lead. In the shootout, Kiste scored the first goal and teammate Nate Loughner the second to clinch the win. Goaltender Jackson Kerrigan also made two key saves. He first hit the ice when he was 1, and the first hockey team he played for with when he was 3 for the Allegheny Badgers.
Why was the Hempfield game so tough? Hempfield was able to take advantage of our mistakes, so holding on for the win will give us a boost.
What are the expectations? We need to play as a team more and the right way. Right now, we’re playing as individuals, but we’re starting to come around.
What are your goals this season? I want to make it to the Pens Cup and go to states.
What will it take? We have a lot of talent. We need to continue to work hard and do things the right way. If we play as a team, we have a good chance at winning it all.
What’s the most memorable moment so far in high school? I’d say probably defeating Hempfield this week. We allowed three power-play goals, but we able to find a way to pull out the win. It was a huge win for us.
What is you most memorable moment in hockey? When the Pens Elite team I was planning for won a big tournament in 2018.
Who is your favorite player? I like Colorado defenseman Cale Makar. I like how he plays, and I try to pattern my game after him.
Who is your favorite team? I like the Penguins. They came out hot this season, and I just don’t know what’s going on right now. (The Penguins have lost three straight games).
Do you have a favorite hockey team? I like Minnesota and Penn State.
Do you have a ritual you do before a game? I usually tape up my stick and then visualize the game and scoring a winning goal.
Do you have a favorite pregame meal? I like my mom’s fettuccine alfredo. I’ll also east a banana.
Is there a food you love but try to avoid turning the season? I try to avoid cheeseburgers to anything greasy.
What type of music do you like to listen to? I like country and rap. My favorite singer is Morgan Wallen. I like anything that he sings.
When you play video games, what do you like to play? NHL and I pick Colorado because it is good and youthful.
Do you play any other sport? I play golf for fun. My best round for nine holes is 39 at Manor Valley.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? I like the beach, so I enjoy Myrtle Beach or Florida.
What is on your bucket list? I’d like to play Junior hockey.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why? I’d probably pick Kobe Bryant. I’d like to hear what made him so good and what made him so competitive.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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