Highlands girls varsity soccer team loses to Swain

Highlands girls varsity soccer team lost to Swain at home on Thursday with a final of 3-6. Highlands Kaitlyn Doerter said although they didn’t walk away with the win, the team is improving.

“Our offense really came together today, we haven’t really done that yet,” said Doerter. “But we’re not staying together as a backline, we were struggling.”

Highlands Julia May Schmitt drives with the ball against Swain on Thursday at home. Highlands lost 3-6.

Things on Highlands D-line were a bit shaken up as several girls were playing new positions, including Madi Drummonds.

“I was playing defense for the first time,” said Drummonds. “We did pretty good, we were talking a lot. And of course, Julia (May Schmitt) killed it as usual.”

She added that on defense she needs to head the ball more and play more aggressive.

Highlands Brandy Zagal maintains control under pressure against Swain.

Highlands Zaia Rodriguez said they did a great job passing getting balls to feet, but said they need to kick it up a notch and go get that ball.

“We need to use our body, get in front of it, and be the first to the ball,” said Rodriguez.

Highlands Jeslyn Head throws it in whipping rain drops off the ball as she launches it.

Highlands Jeslyn Head said the offense was clicking and coming together, but said the defense could have used some work. Head was another of the displaced Highlanders playing a different position on the backline.

“Playing center back was a learning experience for sure,” said Head. “We did better keeping it together than we have the past games, but honestly we struggled.”

Highlands next plays at 4:30 p.m. today against Tri-County Early College in Murphy, N.C.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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