Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Playing soccer for Mandy Spadine has always been a family affair.
Both of her brothers played for Owego Free Academy.
And she considers her team a group of sisters.
Spadine says she would do whatever's necessary for that team.
And in the past few years, she has.
She started as a goalie, then moved to forward.
When the team was short at defense, she changed positions again.
And was named team captain.
"For me, it kind of feels the best because you're like the last person until the ball goes by so you kinda get that adrenaline rush and you're like i'm not gonna let them score and that's why I love it."
Coach Jessica Billard says, "The girls really look to her to keep them motivated and calm. She's a great talker. Always willing to step in and do whatever you need her to. A few times this year she had to play goal for us so she's a very versatile player."
Spadine wants to go to college to study pre-med biology in hopes of becoming a physician.
She knows it'll be difficult.
So much so, she's made a difficult decision.
Spadine will hang up the cleats for good at the end of this season to concentrate on her academics.
"Leaving my teammates is going to be hard because we're one family and we really are just a bunch of sisters because we've all played travel soccer together and I've played with those girls since I was really little so it's going to hit me hard since it's going to be the last season, I think our last game is going to put a toll on me."
That last game could be right around the corner.
After winning it's first ever STAC soccer title, the team is now in sectionals.
One loss and the season is over.
And so is the career for this week's academic all-star.
In Owego, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.