Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Dom Reiter
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 2:26 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Pitt commit Dom Reiter’s number and playing style can be traced back to his favorite team and retired player, Arsenal’s Thierry Henry.
That’s not all the two have in common. Reiter emulation of Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, has led him to be one of the most prolific strikers in WPIAL.
Reiter has recorded hat tricks in four consecutive games and has 19 goals this season.
You aren’t alone in putting up points for Quaker Valley, which has outscored opponents 44-2 in its last four games. What makes this team jell so well?
I’ve been playing with Fritz, my twin, my whole life. I’ve played with Franky Fernandez since we got into soccer and Tommy Guild since middle school. Everyone has played together a while, and we’ve always spent time together outside of school and sports. We truly enjoy each other, and I think that translates to the field.
You scored nearly one goal per game in 2018. How did you take such a drastic leap to now have nearly three goals per game?
If you look at most of those goals, it really is other people putting me in good positions to score. It is mostly other people playing me good balls, which makes it easier for me as a striker. I credit our team, because the way they move the ball improves every game. Like I said, that’s the caliber of the team this year and I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of scoring opportunities.
What’s the key to being successful as a striker?
To put the ball in the net you mostly need composure. You don’t have to kill the ball to score. You have to place it calmly and coolly. You also don’t need to be flashy to score goals.
What motivates you to work hard in soccer?
As a person, I’m very competitive. Every time I step on the field, I want to be the best player I can possibly be. That internal motivation and competitive spirit drives me to perform to my peak.
If this is the last year you and Fritz play together, how do you want it to end it?
The goal is definitely to go out on top, but more importantly I want us to look back on this season and know that we’re a team that gave it our all. While we definitely want to win state titles, we want to feel like we left it all on the field this season. I think that’s how we’d be happy with it ending.