For Gettysburg High senior Oscar SanJuan it was a disappointing end to the final season of his scholastic career.
Despite being the top seed in the District 3 Class AA boys' soccer tournament, the Warriors were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Greencastle-Antrim, a team that Gettysburg had beaten in it' previous two meetings of the season, 3-0 and 4-0.
On Sunday afternoon, SanJuan had the opportunity to finish his career on a more positive note, and he did just that.
The left wing pocketed the game-winning goal for the Blue team as it defeated the White team, 3-2, in the 32nd annual Central Pennsylvania All-Star Scholastic Soccer Games played at David C. See Field on the campus of Shippensburg University.
SanJuan broke the deadlock with an unassisted goal with 12:00 to go.
"It felt great to represent my school one last time," he said. "And it was a lot of fun to play with so many skilled players.
"We connected well for not playing together and it was fun to play with guys that you usually compete against."
The compact winger tallied seven goals and 10 assists while picking up a Mid-Penn Colonial division second-team nod from the division's coaches in 2012. He finished his three-year varsity career with 13 goals and 16 assists. He was a two-year starter on a squad that has won its last 35 division matches and has captured three consecutive division titles.
"This being my last year, I wanted it to be a big one," he said. "We had a disappointing end to our season, but we had a very good year."
He hopes to attend Penn State University next fall, and while he hasn't chosen his major, he is considering engineering.
Striker Joe Schmitz, who was selected as the Colonial Division Player of the Year, and defender Connor Fees, who earned a first-team division nod, also represented Gettysburg in the all-star match.
The Warrior trio were joined on the Blue side by players from Middletown, Carlisle, Cedar Cliff, Cumberland Valley, Central Dauphin East and Chambersburg.
The White side was represented by players from Central Dauphin, Susquehanna Township, Red Land, East Pennsboro, Lower Dauphin and Hershey.
As for the match, Chambersburg keeper Jacob Sempowski pitched a shutout in his half of work as he made four saves, a couple of them of the diving variety, and goals by Cumberland Valley's Peter Kemery and Cedar Cliff's Alex LaFaver staked the Blue squad to a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Lower Dauphin's Jeff Light scored a pair of second-half goals for the White team that tied the match, including the equalizer with 13:58 left.
The opener of the doubleheader was contested between the Red and Black teams, with the Red team taking a 6-2 win and being led by Bishop McDevitt striker Connor Maloney, who scored four times, including three in the first half.
Sunday's Boys' Results
at Shippensburg University
CENTRAL PA. SCHOLASTIC
4 p.m. Game
Blue -- 2 1 -- 3
White -- 0 2 -- 2
First Half -- 1. Blue, Peter Kemery, 17:33; 2. Blue, Alex LaFever, 15:59.
Second Half -- White, Jeff Light, 34:03; 4. White, Light, 13:58; 5. Blue, Oscar SanJuan, 12:00.
Shots On Goal -- Blue 10; White 8.
Corners -- Blue 4; White 6.
Goalies -- Blue, Jacob Sempowski (4 saves), Thomas Kutz (2 saves); White, D.J. Pawlush (3 saves), Kyle Miller (2 saves), Collin Long (2 saves).
2 p.m. Game
Red 6, Black 2.