Highlands girls varsity soccer team loses on the road to Rabun Gap

It was a gorgeous day for a game, it just wasn’t the Lady Highlanders day for a win. Highlands girls soccer team took on Rabun Gap on Wednesday but couldn’t put anything in the back of the net and ended with a final of 4-0.

Highlands Zaia Rodriguez controls a line drive to the chest and moves the ball up field. Highlands lost 4-0 on Wednesday playing away against Rabun Gap.

Highlands Head Coach Jeff Weller said it was a rough start to the game going into halftime down by 3. Rabun Gap snuck one in late in the second half but things did pick up for Highlands and Weller said they played much better than the first half.

“Just needing the younger and less experienced players to work into the play of the game in place of the injured and missing experienced players,” said Weller. “Since this was a nonconference game, the younger players were able to get some good experience against a good team.”

Highlands Chela Green gets set for the corner kick against Rabun Gap.

Highlands Chela Green said they had plenty of opportunities to score but just couldn’t finish.

“We need to work on our transition and passing,” said Green. “We’ve had a rough start to the season, but we have a lot of potential as a team.”

Highlands Kaitlyn Doerter maintains control of the ball and keeps it moving upfield.

Injuries are throwing the Lady Highlanders a curveball forcing several players along the backline to shift positions. Moving forward Highlands is 1-5 after the loss to Rabun Gap, but Weller said they’ve racked up a fair amount of playtime against some much larger-nonconference teams and he likes the way things are looking.

“I’m happy that some new players are getting some good minutes while more experienced players are out with injuries, etc.,” said Weller. “I think later in the season it will be to our advantage in conference.”

Next on the agenda for Highlands is hopping a bus to Cashiers to take on Blue Ridge Early College at 4:30 p.m. on March 28.

Highlands Julia May Schmitt works for position against Rabun Gap on Wednesday.

Highlands Alyson Dayton makes a jumping save against Rabun Gap.

Highlands Anne Marie Moore kicks it out of the danger zone on Wednesday at Rabun Gap.

Highlands Amy Council races for a tipped ball on Wednesday.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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