Dan Warner was just happy to be on the field on Monday night during the YAIAA boys' soccer senior all-star game at York Suburban High School.
Warner, from Fairfield, missed the beginning of the season with an MCL injury.
On Monday, playing for the Red team that was made up of Dallastown, Central York, York Catholic, Spring Grove, Red Lion, South Western, Fairfield and New Oxford, Warner kicked two goals to help his team earn a 4-2 win against the White team.
Littlestown, Eastern York, Kennard-Dale, Bermudian Springs, Dover, York Suburban, Biglerville, West York and Susquehannock comprised the White team.
"I personally didn't think I was going to make it to the all-star game because I was out for the first half of the year," Warner said. "It meant a lot that I was on the team, and it means a lot that I did something in the game."
Dallastown's Brent Batory, co-player of the year for Division I, and York Catholic's Chris Sosa, player of the year for Division III, also scored for the Red team.
"It's just awesome to see the talent of the guys from the smaller schools like Fairfield and Bermudian Springs and then combine with the bigger schools," Batory said. "There was instant chemistry with some of the guys."
With the game tied at 2-all in the second half, Sosa broke the deadlock at 20:39, when he made a nifty spin move and found the back of the net.
The team celebrated the goal around midfield by simultaneously falling to the ground.
"We wanted to come up with a celebration and have some fun," Batory said. "Chris came up with the final idea. That was a lot of fun.
Batory got into the act about a minute later when he scored off a corner.
Warner got the scoring started for the Red team at 7:46 in the first half after having just missed an opportunity to score off a header, the Green Knights senior found the back of the net, giving the Red team a 1-0 lead.
Warner, who missed seven games with a slight tear in his MCL, was a terror down the stretch for Fairfield.
"Once I came back, I got a brace, and it went pretty good," Warner said. "I think I scored in close to the amount of games I played in. I think it was like 12 games and 10 goals."
The White team quickly erased its 1-0 halftime deficit by scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second half.
Eastern's Austin Jeffrey blasted a shot from around the 30-yard line that eluded a jumping Anders Nordberg (Fairfield) for a top-shelf goal at 38:40 to tie the game.
At 36:32, Dover's Cristian Bonilla rocketed the ball from around the 25-yard line that beat Nordberg to his right, giving the White team a 2-1 lead.
Warner answered with his second goal at 23:15 to tie the game.