Highlands varsity soccer team loses to Franklin at home

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.”

Highlands Lane Tingen launches for the header against Franklin on Monday at home.

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.”

Highlands Brent Sleight heads the ball between Franklin’s goalie and defender and misses the net by inches. Editor’s Note: The photo doesn’t look like much, but this was an incredible shot by Sleight to head the ball under pressure and aim it towards the goal splitting the two defenders.

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 Gig Chalker steals the ball from Franklin’s forward and gets the ball out of the danger zone on Monday.

Highlands next plays at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 at home against Pisgah.

Highlands goalie Ethan Tate prevents Franklin from scoring more than the 5 they put in the back of the net.

Highlands Dillon Schmitt heads it out of the box at home against Franklin.

Highlands Connor Briggs puts the pressure on a Franklin player on Monday at home.

Highlands Patrick Woods clears the ball against Franklin. Woods is also pictured at the top of the article.

Editor’s Note: This could have been an awesome pic of Highlands Collin Stoltzfus making a killer header, but the photographer (me) focused on the wrong subject. That’s my bad Collin, still an awesome header though.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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