Fairfield High's girls' soccer team enjoyed a strong season that came to an earlier end than the Lady Knights would have liked in the District 3 Class A Tournament's first round.
Therefore, Katelyn McDonald took some measure of consolation from Sunday's YAIAA/Lancaster-Lebanon Senior All-Star Game at Lancaster Mennonite High School.
"I really didn't think I would, I don't know, but it definitely was a good accomplishment," McDonald said Sunday afternoon after scoring her team's second goal in the YAIAA's 4-2 loss to Lancaster-Lebanon.
McDonald spotted the through ball from West York's Shyanne Kimbrough and sped to the far post, one-timing a short kick into the near corner and handing the YAIAA a 2-0 lead which was the score at halftime.
However, the Lancaster-Lebanon squad, which played completely different lineups in each half, surged back in the second half. Annville-Cleona's Katie Buck tallied two goals while ELCO's Kalie Parker tallied a goal and assist. Cocalico's Kathleen Lawver added a goal, which began the host team's comeback with 29:52 remaining in regulation.
Buck then tallied off an assist from Donegal's Lizzy Mummau with 22:37 remaining, followed 1:16 later by Parker's grounder which got past Hanover goalkeeper Destinee Winhauer. Parker then assisted Buck's goal with 10:34 remaining.
The outburst tempered the day for the YAIAA, which will conduct its own all-star game at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Central York High School. Still, South Western's Amy Spigelmyer indicated Sunday's game was a good experience.
"The outcome could have been better, but playing with all of these girls -- I've been playing against them for the past four years -- is a good experience," Spigel myer said. "And we'll back on Wednesday, I guess."
At that time, the chemistry which was principally on display in the first half of Sunday's game will return. In particular, Spigelmyer displayed particular timing with Kimbrough, who tallied off Spigelmyer's assist with 2:33 left in the first half to break the scoreless deadlock.
"It just happened to click," Spigelmyer said about the teamwork. "We probably have similar styles of playing a high-tempo game probably our whole life, so it makes sense when you think about it. We have played together before, so it's probably just luck."
But Wednesday could be the final opportunity for the seniors to mesh their skills. Spigelmyer said she is uncertain about the path of her future soccer career, something about which McDonald has little doubt.
"I'm going to FCC (Frederick Community College) because my mom works there, so I can get in for free, and I'm going to play for that soccer team," McDonald, envisioning a potential career in sports management said. "After that, I want to go to a four-year school and hopefully play soccer."
In the meantime, there will be the matter of Wednesday's game, another display of soccer skills by the YAIAA's seniors and more memories to make before these seniors' high school careers end.
But for Spigelmyer, Sunday's game offered little surprising, other than the rare conditions of mid-November.
"Just typical soccer," she said. "Nice weather."
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at Lancaster Mennonite HS
LANCASTER-LEBANON 4, YAIAA 2
YAIAA -- 2 0 -- 2
L-L -- 0 4 -- 4
First Half -- 1. Y, Shyanne Kimbrough (Amy Spigelmyer), 2:33; 2. Y, Katelyn McDonald (Kimbrough), 1:07.
Second Half -- 3. LL, Kathleen Lawver, 29:52; 4. LL, Katie Buck (Lizzy Mummau), 22:37; 5. LL, Kalie Parker, 21:21; 6. LL, Buck (Parker), 10:34.
Shots On Goal -- Y 10, LL 13.
Corners -- Y 6, LL 7.
Goalies -- Y, Becca Austin (1 save), Cassidy Layman (2 saves), Destinee Winhauer (6 saves); LL, Adrianna Zeiders (1 save), Kendra Delgado (5 saves), Nikki Harner (0 saves), Nikki Walker (2 saves).