It was a nail biter when Blue Ridge Early College hosted Highlands last week and after two 5-minute overtimes, the Highlanders walked away with the win 4-3.
Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said it took a bit to find their groove, but things started to come together in the second half.
“We started off a little slow,” said Brown. “It really took us until the second half to find our rhythm. During halftime, a small group of players took it upon themselves to motivate the rest of the team. I think that this point alone was the driving factor that led to the two goals in regular play that tied up the game, with the goal for the tie coming in the final minute of regular play.”
Highlands JJ Postell scored in the final minutes of regular play and then again at the beginning of the first overtime.
A goal for BREC was called back and Coach Brittany Elkins said that may have gotten into their heads a bit and would have changed the tone of the game, but she’s proud of how the Bobcats played on the field and have handled adversity throughout the season.
“We’re 2-1 in the conference now, same as everyone else except for Cherokee, so the boys are still determined to be on top when conference is over,” said Elkins. “Coach Pressler and I are both really proud of how the team has overcome everything that has been thrown their way this season. We’ve had a lot of injuries and players step up to play a position that they’re not used to and have been successful. We’re looking forward to the rest of this season.”
Highlands is also sitting at 2-1 and play two conference games later this week.
“I want to say that I am very proud of these young men who showed great adversity on the field,” he said. “Just because they went down a couple of goals does not mean that they can be counted out of any game. When Highlands comes to play the crowd can expect great things on the field. Their drive and determination to leave it all on the field is very admirable and it is exactly what Coach Chalker and I are trying to teach these fine young men. The goal is to give 100% in every aspect of life both on and off the field.”
Highlands next plays at 4 p.m. away on Oct. 7 against Cherokee.
BREC next plays at 6 p.m. away on Oct. 7 against Murphy.