Manchester Valley senior Riley Larrimore talks about playing in the Carroll County Senior All-star Game. (Tom Worgo/Carroll County Times)
For the Carroll County boys and girls high school soccer teams, the season ended on a sour note — all lost in the playoffs.
But many seniors got another chance for an uplifting memory Tuesday night by playing one last time in the annual Carroll County Senior All-Star game at Western Regional Park.
There were two all-star games, one for boys and one for girls.
“The game has been great,” said Westminster boys soccer coach Robert “Bird” Brown, the game’s organizer. “You are not really competing for anything, You are getting back to enjoying the sport and playing it for fun one more time with your classmates and teammates and friends you may have played club ball with.”
The seniors didn’t play their heated rivals like they did during the regular season. They were with them on the same team in some cases.
The boys Team Black featured players from Liberty, Westminster and South Carroll while Team White consisted of players from Manchester Valley, Century and Winters Mill.
Team Black, coached by Liberty’s Dave Abarbanel, edged Team White, 5-4, with forward Carter Munson (Liberty) scoring the winning goal with five minutes remaining as his side overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit.
Quinn McLaughlin (Liberty), Parker Eysaman (Westminster), Nico Lindsay (South Carroll), and Nicholas Haines (FSK) and also scored for Team Black.
“It just was a fun game overall, and a good way to end the season,” Munson said. “At halftime, we thought we were going to lose ... but in the second half, we came out and got two quick goals and our mindset changed.”
Forward Riley Larrimore (Manchester Valley) led Team White with two goals and an assist.
“I met some new people,” Grauel said. “I had never talked to South Carroll players before. To meet them and play with them was fun.”
The Senior All-Star Game was held last year at Western Regional Park and the previous season at Liberty High. The first year only a boys game was played.
“We put it together quickly and it was very successful,” Brown said of the first year. “The parents and the kids really enjoyed it. We felt the same opportunity should be provided for the girls.”
For some of the seniors, it may turn out to be more than just an evening of fun. They could get seen by college coaches.
“The top-level or premier level players by this time have been recruited or probably committed already,” Brown said. “Especially last year with the (National Letter of Intent). This is next tier of players and some haven’t decided if they want to play.