Two numbers best describe how good Lexy Junker is: 42 and 3.
The first is the amount of goals scored by the Fairfield High junior, who led the area by 26 and the Green Knights by 27. The second is the number of winning seasons they have had in their nearly decade-old program, all with Junker, the All-Area Girls' Soccer Player of the Year for the second time.
"Coming in as a freshman, she had such a great attitude," Knights coach Jackie Suchanek said.
"She brings the motivation to the team. She scores multiple goals. She never gives up, even when you move her back. After so many goals, we pull her back to mid or defense and she still gives it her all. She's not a player, if you put her back there, she's not going to play."
Her development began when her father, a youth coach, taught her the sport and coached her until she was in sixth grade. She continued to develop her technical skills on club teams, eventually joining one in Frederick, Md.
That creates a challenging schedule. She spent a recent weeknight practicing until 10 p.m. before staying up until 1 a.m. working on a chemistry project. But the practice has paid dividends.
Junker has improved her ability at finding an open teammate to pass to and beating defenders in one-on-one matchups.
Despite the talent, she remains humble, recognizing the impact her teammates make. If she isn't open, she'll pass.
"It wasn't me that just scored," Junker said. "The whole team put forth effort. Toni (Harbaugh) and I work very well together. It was mostly her helping me."
One missed goal stands out for Junker.
Lancaster Country Day beat Fairfield, 1-0 ,in the second round of the District 3 Class A playoffs. Junker had an opportunity to score on a header -- something she had been trying to do all season and accomplished once -- but her shot went wide left.
"It was kind of close, but not really," Junker said. "I know we could have had a lot more goals, but we didn't take it forward much. We kept passing. We played with it too much. The one ball got through (for Lancaster Country Day's goal), and it just went downhill from there."
Her success has attracted notice from college coaches at Frostburg and Virginia Wesleyan, two NCAA Division III programs. Junker has another opportunity to earn more attention from the next level, but also to help the Green Knights over their early postseason exit.
When asked what having Junker return next season after losing six seniors means, Suchanek tilted her head back, laughed and said, "Thank God."
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--- Sarah Bentajar, sr., Littlestown: Bentajar finished with nine of Littlestown's 17 goals.
--- Erin Donaldson, sr., Fairfield: She helped key a Fairfield defense that allowed just 20 goals.
--- Toni Harbaugh, sr., Fairfield: The senior paired with Junker to give Fairfield its best year ever.
--- Lexy Junker, jr., Fairfield: The All-Area Player of the Year scored 42 goals, 44 percent of her team's figure.
--- Rachel Lyon, jr., Gettysburg: Lyon finished with 16 goals, 12 more than her next closest teammate.
--- Taylor Mayers, soph., Bermudian Springs: She led the Eagles with 13 goals as injuries forced Bermudian Springs to use a young lineup.
--- Katelyn McDonald, sr., Fairfield: The senior scored 12 goals as part of a strong Fairfield offense.
--- Olivia Moore, sr., Biglerville: Thirteen goals helped her set the Canners' career goals record.
--- Karina Padilla, sr., Biglerville: She finished right behind Moore with 11 goals.
--- Amy Spigelmyer, sr., South Western: The senior led the Mustangs with 15 goals.
--- Destinee Winhauer, sr., Hanover: Winhauer made 237 saves in goal for the Hawkettes.
--- Kelsey Crum, sr., Biglerville
--- Chloe Flemion, fr., South Western
--- Hannah Garland, sr., Hanover
--- Lauren Gough, fr., South Western
--- Abby Hoffman, soph., Bermudian Springs
--- Margo Jacoby, sr., New Oxford
--- Courtney Kauffman, sr., Spring Grove
--- Shannon Kelso, sr., Fairfield
--- Haley Kuhn, fr., Biglerville
--- Leah Roy, sr., Spring Grove
--- Jodi Shorb, sr., Littlestown