Colleen Reilly

Each August since 1988, Horsham Soccer hosts a Girls Invitational Soccer Tournament. This tournament has been known as the Colleen Reilly Girls Soccer Tournament since 1991. Colleen Reilly is the daughter of Pat and Marge Reilly. She was not a soccer player, but was a great fan. Her brothers and sister played for Horsham Soccer and her father was a Horsham coach and past president of the club. Colleen attended many of the games to root for her family and for the Horsham teams regardless if she knew anyone on the team.Colleen was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1988 while at college. She underwent treatment and valiantly fought the disease for about a year but ultimately lost her battle.That same year Mr. George Mood and Mrs. Kathy Bott were co-chairpersons for the Horsham Girls Tournament and renamed the tournament in honor of Colleen and the continued participation of her family in the Horsham program.Many members of the Reilly family continue in the Horsham and Hatboro-Horsham School District soccer programs with a third generation player and many members coaching. We are pleased to welcome Colleen's father Pat, and brother Brian back to Horsham Soccer as coaches of the 2003 U17 girls travel team. Brian also coaches at HHHS.Colleen's spirit and enthusiasm for the tournament and the soccer program continues. Article contributed by Patrick Reilly.