Highlands girls varsity soccer team took on Tri-County Early College and had the game called at halftime with the Lady Highlanders winning 9-0 last Thursday. Highlands Head Coach Jeff Weller said a game like last week’s was a good chance to see what players who don’t get much playing time can do in a game setting.
“Most of our nonstarters had more minutes than our starters,” said Weller. “We wanted to give the other girls an opportunity and it was the responsibility of the starters on the field to assist them to score.”
Highlands Betty Garcia scored twice and said having a hefty lead helps take the pressure off during a game.
“When we’re up by that much it gives us a second to say ‘ok, we got this,’” said Garcia. “And games like this give other girls opportunities who don’t get much play time. It lets them know how they feel on the field in a game and know themselves as a player.”
Highlands Liv Lewis doesn’t get on the field every game but got plenty of playtime on Wednesday.
“It was good experience to get in the game and get a feel for playing against different people,” said Lewis. “I’m used to playing with my teammates. I could have done better, but I had a shot. It wasn’t the best shot, but I’m glad I took it.”
Highlands School is currently on spring break and Weller said the girls have a workout regimen planned over the break. Highlands Chela Green said staying in shape during vacation is critical.
“Like everyone says, it takes a month to get in shape and it takes seven days to lose it,” said Green. “You definitely have to run. We don’t take any game lightly and coming back from break it’s going to be a matter of how much we want it.”
Highlands next plays at 6 p.m. on April 22 at home against Hayesville.
Editor’s Note: I apologize for the lack of photos with this article. After covering golf at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club and track at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School I was hoping to catch the second half of the girls game, which was cancelled. So I leave you with this.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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