Riley Matthews is the daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews. At the start of the series, she is 12 years old and in seventh grade. She is the center of many lessons in her father's class. She is just finding herself. She and her best friend, Maya Hart, explore middle school together while making new friends along the way. Riley is very much like her father. She also has a crush on Lucas; they go on their first date in "Girl Meets First Date".