ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School soccer hero Paige Monaghan has signed a letter of intent to attend Butler University in Indianapolis.
Monaghan is among the top female soccer players in the school's history, having scored the most goals in a single season (29), the most career goals (79) and the most career points (178), according to the school. She also scored the fastest goal in a Morris County final game, pounding the ball into the opponent's goal in just five seconds and landed the longest goal in Roxbury history and in Morris County finals history (60 yards).
Monaghan, named 1st Team All-County and All-State, was praised by Roxbury Girls Soccer Coach Justin Renna, who said Monaghan's skills were evident from her earliest days as a freshman. Renna said Monaghan "through all of the exciting goals, results, success and attention she attracted on the field ... became a leader who remained the same caring, hardworking and modest teammate that she was when she arrived four years ago."
Roxbury High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason called Monaghan "one of the greatest soccer players" he ever saw, and said she "epitomizes everything we want a Gael to be - a great work ethic, great leader and great teammate."
Monaghan said her senior year of soccer will always be her favorite Roxbury soccer memory. In particular, she pointed to the crazy game against Randolph for the Morris County Final. "The crowd was full of Roxbury students, parents, alumni and community," said Monaghan. "On kickoff, we scored a thriller goal to start the game from mid-field. That moment of shock, excitement, the team leaping into each other's arms and the sweet sound of Roxbury shutting the Randolph fans will stick with me forever."
The game ended in a tie, but Monaghan said it was "an emotional roller coaster" that she'll remember forever.
Monaghan also pointed to the Gaels' 5-2 trouncing of undefeated Montclair, a team ranked No. 2 in the state, and winning against Somerville in overtime to get to the state section final.