SPRING GROVE — The last two games of Trevor Holderegger's career as the goalie for the Central York boys' soccer team were not especially pleasurable.
The Panthers dropped both contests in penalty kicks — one in the District 3-AAA final vs. Lower Dauphin and the other in a PIAA Class AAA first-round contest vs. Fox Chapel.
Those losses ended Holderegger's career a tad bit sooner than he anticipated.
While Holderegger wasn't the one in the cage during the penalty kicks for either of those contests, the burn from the bitter disappointment was tough for him to swallow.
Fortunately, the Central York senior didn't have to sit idle for too long after Tuesday's state playoff loss ended his team's campaign. The Panther standout was able to take the field Thursday night in the York-Adams League Boys' Soccer Senior All-Star Game at Spring Grove High School.
For Holderegger, it was nice to be able to leave the field in victory.
Goals by Igor Gomes (Central), Cameron Artman (Northeastern) and Luis Partida (New Oxford) were enough for the Orange team to get past the Green team, 3-2.
"This was really to be able to play with some of my teammates again," Holderegger said. "It made me feel really good. (Tuesday) was a big letdown to lose the way that we did in the first round of states. But it is what it is. I've played with a lot of those kids since we were really young. We had a lot of chemistry together, so it was more than just losing a game."
Holderegger was able to keep his team in both of those losses only to have sophomore goalie Kameron Stoll enter for the PK session. If Holderegger had his druthers, he would have been out there.
"Kameron is good," Holderegger said. "He's got a lot of quality behind him, but I definitely would have rather been out there."
Overall Holderegger can look back and still have fond memories of his playing days in goal for Central. Memories such as winning the York-Adams League title two years in a row, as well as advancing to the PIAA playoffs three years in a row.
But the ending to his senior year won't soon be forgotten, either.
"The games that we lost were all of the important ones," he said, referring to the York-Adams League, district and state playoff setbacks during a 22-4 campaign. "So you could say it was a pretty rough year for Central, but I don't see it that way."
A coaching pleasure: One of Holderegger's coaches Thursday night was none other than Dallastown coach Matt Zimmerman. Many of the players in the all-star game had played under Zimmerman in club ball at one point or another during their careers.
That fact made it a pleasure for the Wildcat coach to oversee his Orange squad, that was comprised of players from Bermudian Springs, Central, Dallastown, Fairfield, New Oxford, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Western, Spring Grove and York Catholic.
"That's always fun," Zimmerman said. "It was like 13 of my club boys that were out there. And you could see the camaraderie out there. They were talking to each other. They were really loving it and that's really cool that these guys get the chance to do that."
Notes: The Green team, which fielded players from Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Dover, Eastern, Kennard-Dale, West York and York Suburban, received goals from West York's John Prego as well as Dover's Joshua Bradley.
The Green side was short by six players because Gettysburg and Susquehannock are still alive in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Those six players — Bobby Weikert, Jake Wilhelm and Adam Yingling from Gettysburg and Brady Gallegos, Jayson Gayle and Luke Thomas from Susquehannock — were announced, but were not on the field for the contest.
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