Alexis McTamney walked with her head up to the near sideline, about to make the final gesture of her high school soccer career.
"Line up," she told her teammates, as she led a procession to congratulate Glen Rock for its state-title win Sunday at the College of New Jersey.
It's hard to imagine how McTamney really felt in that moment. After scoring 108 career goals, she was held scoreless in her final high school game, a loss in the state final.
But as tough as the moment was, it was a clear window into the Bordentown senior's character and an illustration of the poise and composure that spearheaded her enormous success this season.
McTamney, this season's Inquirer Player of the Year in South Jersey girls' soccer, scored all 12 of her team's postseason goals, leading the Scotties to the Group 2 state final. She was New Jersey's leading goals scorer with 58 and had eight assists.
All of this despite a conga line of defenders following her everywhere she went, all over the field, in every game.
"This year was great," said McTamney, who was named a high school all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and plans to play in college, but is undecided about where.
"We all worked really hard. I just tried to play as hard as I could - always."
It's impossible to accomplish what McTamney did without talent, and her ball control and quickness put her on par with the best forwards in the state.
But what stood out most was her ability to handle every situation the season presented, even as her team fell, 4-0, to Glen Rock, which did an admirable job of not allowing McTamney to touch the ball.
Others might have played tougher schedules, but few shined so brightly in their team's biggest moments.
McTamney netted 10 goals - two hat tricks and a four-goal performance - in three sectional tournament games, before scoring twice in a 2-0, state-semifinal win over Cinnaminson.
She was held scoreless just three times in Bordentown's 24 games. The Scotties finished 18-6.
"She's just a special kid," Bordentown coach Dominick Castaldo said. "Pressure doesn't bother her. She thrives on that.
"Her temperament and the way she approaches the game is so impressive."
McTamney ended her career as the leading scorer in Bordentown history.
"As far as a goal scorer, she's the best I've ever had," said Castaldo, who finished his 29th year as head coach at Bordentown.
"I say this all the time: I can teach a player to be a forward, but I can't teach them to score goals. She's a pure, simple goal scorer."