Highlands girls varsity soccer team takes a hard loss in Franklin

The Lady Highlanders traveled to Franklin on Monday but couldn’t pull off the win against the Lady Panthers ending with a final 0-4. Highlands Head Coach Jeff Weller said there were some setbacks in the first half, but saw a lot of improvement in the latter half of the game.

“In the first half we weren’t defending and had trouble moving the ball out,” said Weller. “Our midfield was dropping too far back and every time they kicked it out of there it went right back to Franklin. Once they (midfield) pushed up and started trusting the defensive line in the second half we had shots on goal.”

Highlands Chela Green brings the ball up from the backfield against Franklin on Monday. Highlands lost 0-4.

Weller added that with soccer season coming right on the heels of basketball, the team has had two more games than they’ve had practices on the field.

Highlands goalkeeper Alyson Dayton said a key part of her strategy to improve is to jump higher, but overall feels good about their performance in Franklin.

“I think we did good,” said Dayton. “The defense did really well. We just need to get the ball up and get more goals.”

Despite the score being 0-4, Highlands Alyson Dayton made a fair amount of saves on the road in Franklin.

Highlands Rebekah Wiggins said they did well in some respects but need to step it up in others.

“Passing, we had really good passing,” said Wiggins. “But defensively, we need to talk more and work more as a team. But it’s fun and we’re making good memories, if only it wasn’t freezing.”

Highlands Sayla Roman said Franklin had solid passes throughout the game, and despite the final score, said Dayton was a powerhouse in the box.

“She (Dayton) did amazing and our defense is really good, but we need to work on our midfield and get more aggressive on offense.” said Roman.

Highlands girls varsity soccer team next plays at 6:30 p.m. at home on Thursday against Swain.

Highlands Reese Schmitt jumps to head the ball against Franklin.

Sometimes all you can do and stand and wait for it. Highlands forms a wall for a p-kick in Franklin.

Highlands Madi Drummonds chases down the ball on Monday.

Highlands Anne Marie Moore crosses the ball against Franklin.

Highlands Brandy Zagal works her way to the ball against Franklin on Monday.

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