Highlands girls varsity soccer team came out strong against Murphy at home on Monday and won a solid victory with a 6-0 final. Highlands Head Coach Jeff Weller said Highlands lost against Murphy 2-1 in the first game of the season, before Highlands had even practiced on a field.
“I felt confident we would come back and beat them,” said Weller. “I didn’t know we would do so well and didn’t expect this. It feels good to face them again and get the win.”
He added that defender Hayley Borino played exceptionally well keeping pressure off of goalie Alyson Dayton.
“Hayley played one of her best games of the year, she’s an incredible sweeper,” said Weller. “Over the course of the season we’ve slowly improved. Especially on the attack. It just took a year for the girls to get in sync.”
Highlands Brandy Zagal said things got a little physical during the game but the whole team stepped up and did well.
“We all did really good,” said Zagal. “Our passes were controlled, and we put the ball where it needed to be. It always gets a little physical during a game, but you just roll with it.”
Highlands Anne Marie Moore said they really clicked as a team against Murphy and that helped the Lady Highlanders get such a big lead from the jump going into halftime 3-0.
“We played really well together as a team, and when things got physical, we handled their aggressiveness and didn’t get mad, but they did. That made them even madder.”
Highlands next plays against Cherokee at home at 6 p.m. today.