Highlands varsity soccer team had their hands full against the Franklin Panthers on Monday at home losing 5-0.
Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said it wasn’t the team’s best performance on the field and lessons were learned.
“Overall, we played rough soccer and we did not play as a team versus Franklin,” said Brown. “We are capable of passing the ball much more effectively. We simply didn’t work together as best as we can and as a result of our rough play Franklin received three penalty kicks, which all turned into goals.”
He added that Franklin earned the win.
“Franklin had a striker and a midfielder who worked together to put goals in the net or positioned themselves to take shots on goal,” said Brown. “Franklin played really great in the middle of the field. We have to give it to them, they passed the ball effectively on the sideline and then worked their way into the middle to take shots.”
The Highlanders record so far this season is 1-1-2, or one win, one tie, and two losses.
“I just want to add that the Highlands High School varsity soccer team will be hard at work this week reflecting on what went poorly in this past game, but primarily looking towards and preparing for our next game against Pisgah on Monday.”
Highlands next plays at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 at home against Pisgah.