During her junior season, South Western High's Amy Spigelmyer was a solid supporting player on a Lady Mustang squad that qualified for the District 3 Class AAA girls' soccer tournament.
Following heavy graduation losses and losing a pair of starters due to the switch of girls' soccer from the spring to fall, Spigelmyer was thrust into a leadership role. She responded with an outstanding season for a team that came up short of the district tournament, but which did reach the semifinals of the YAIAA tournament.
Spigelmyer wrapped up her scholastic career with a goal for the West squad in its 5-5 tie with the East squad in the York County Senior Girls' All-Star Soccer Game Wednesday evening at Central York High School.
The senior midfielder-forward followed an eight-goal, three-assist junior campaign with 15 goals and 14 assists, both team highs, as a senior. The 44 points and 14 assists are both single-season school records, and her 20 career assists are also a school record.
"It's nice to represent my school in a game like this," she said. "At the same time, I have to thank my teammates for helping me to get here. Without them, I wouldn't have done it."
While the contest features a collection of the best senior talent throughout the YAIAA, Spigelmyer pointed out that it's not as easy as it sounds for the players to mesh their talents.
"It's different than normal," she said. "You're playing with people that you've faced for the last four
"Once you do, though, it's a lot of fun to play with talented players all over the field."
Spigelmyer, who is also a member of the Lady Mustang basketball team, plans to study to become a pharmacist, but is uncertain where that will be or whether she will continue her soccer career at the next level. She is considering Duquesne University, where she would try to walk on to the women's soccer team, and the University of North Carolina, where she would play intramural ball.
"They're both (NCAA) Division I schools, but Duquesne isn't nearly as big," she said. "I'd try to walk on there. But UNC is one of the best teams in the country, and it's intimidating even thinking about trying out for them."
As for Wednesday's match, Spigelmyer's goal was the first of a high-scoring second half for both teams and it broke a 2-2 tie with 36:26 left.
West York's Shyanne Kimbrough, who posted an amazing 110 career goals, scored twice for the West and Red Lion's Sam Andel tallied twice for the East to lead the way for their respective sides.
Other goals for the West came from West York's Samara Chisolm and Fairfield's Katelyn McDonald. Kimbrough and McDonald tallied the YAIAA's goals in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
In addition to Andel's markers, Kennard-Dale's Madelyn Duty, Central York's Alex Wright and Susquehannock's Jeanette Wilson scored for the East.
The East led in both shots on goal, 9-7, and corner kicks, 6-3.
West York, Fairfield, Biglerville, Hanover, Delone Catholic, South Western, Spring Grove, New Oxford, Bermudian Springs and Littlestown represented the West.
The East was represented by Susquehannock, Eastern York, Northeastern, Dover, Red Lion, Kennard-Dale, Dallastown, Central York, York Suburban and York Catholic.