Highlands MS soccer team takes down undefeated Blue Ridge

Highlands Middle School soccer team took on undefeated Blue Ridge at home on Oct.8 and it was a battle to the end with Highlands victorious 2-1.

Highlands Landon Green under pressure making his way up field against Blue Ridge.

Highlands finished 3rd in the Tri-State Conference with an overall record of 9-6.

“I thought the guys played great, and really competed,” said Highlands Coach Jake Page. “We battled and that is what I was most proud of. Blue Ridge is a great team, very well coached and really tough.”

The team dunked the water on Highlands Coach Jake Page after the win. Editor’s Note: I was across the field and missed the shot, but it was pretty awesome.

Page added the boys worked hard all season and is proud of them.

Blue Ridge Coach Cristian Mireles said they gave it their all against Highlands.

Blue Ridge Abilgail Corona getting the ball out of the danger zone against Highlands.

“We played really well,” he said. “Our kids never gave up and kept playing their game, I’m super proud of my kids.”

Blue Ridge defeated Cullowhee on Monday at home clinching the Jackson County regular season championship. Stay tuned to Plateau Daily News for highlights of that game.

Blue Ridge Cameron Fowler holds the D-line when Highlands Landon Green comes knocking.

Mireles said ending the season with a 9-1 record is something they worked hard for.

“My kids played their hearts out all season long and played their game the entire time,” said Mireles. “They were all eager to learn and get better to prepare for next year and following years.”

Highlands Wyatt Wilson under pressure by Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge Levi Walters moves the ball up field.

Highlands Finneaus Garner swoops in like a straight-up ninja going for the ball against Blue Ridge.


Blue Ridge keeps the pressure on the goal but didn’t clinch the win.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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