Highlands vs Franklin varsity soccer game called early due to field conditions

It’s going in the books as a draw, the score was tied 1-1 between Highlands and Franklin varsity soccer teams when the referees called the game with 22 minutes left in the second half out of concern for the players’ safety on the wet field.

And wet it was in Franklin last night, most of the players were covered in mud and traction was not the word of the day.

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Drew Chalker protects the ball against Franklin on Thursday

“It was very slick,” said Drew Chalker. “The refs thought if we kept playing it would put us in harm’s way.”

He added that he felt Highlands was playing well and if the clock wasn’t cut short they would have won.

“We probably would have gotten one or two more goals if we could have kept playing,” he said.

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Jake Billingsley heads the ball against Franklin on Thursday.

Then there are some players who thrive on a waterlogged field.

“I love it because I get muddy,” said Jake Billingsley.

He added that throughout the game Highlands passed the ball well and that their strikers had a lot of good runs.

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Griffin Green said despite the consistent slipping and sliding, Highlands made significant improvements since the last time they faced off against Franklin.

“We played very well,” said Green. “Last time we played them we lost 2-0. I feel we would proved ourselves today if we could have finished the game.”

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Ethan Tate makes one of many saves throughout the night against Franklin.

Highlands plays Murphy at home at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct.1. One concern the players will be watching out for in Murphy’s speed.

“They have a lot of speed and the last time we played them we only lost by one goal, but we’ll do well if we play Highlands soccer,” said Green.

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Pablo Jiminez drives past a Franklin player on Thursday.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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