Highlands varsity soccer team wins tough battle against BREC

Highlands varsity soccer team took on Blue Ridge Early College at home on Thursday and after establishing a 1-point lead in the first half, managed to pull off a close win ending 3-2.

Highlands Dylan Schmitt launches for the header against BREC on Thursday.

Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said the boys played phenomenal.

“They were amped up and gave it their all the entire 80 minutes,” said Brown. “We had excellent intensity and I commend each and every player on the field, they really wanted it and it shows in the score.”

Highlands Jeffrey Olvera and BREC Julio Martinez getting close towards the end of the game on Thursday.

BREC gave a push towards the end of the game but ran out of time before they could change their fate. BREC Coach Nick Pressler said the Bobcats should all hold their heads high for how they played Thursday.

“We played well, this happens,” said Pressler. “The kids played their hearts out and they shouldn’t be ashamed at all. We played our soccer the way it’s supposed to be played and again, it happens.”

BREC Michael Martinez and Highlands Nathan Keener collide.

Highlands Bill Miller was in the goalie box filling in for injured Ethan Tate.

BREC Carsen Williams recently recovered from a broken thumb and was under consistent pressure from Highlands JJ Postell, among others.

BREC CJ Jennings faces a pretty-intimidating scene moving the ball forward in Highlands on Thursday.

Highlands Colin Stolztfus slides during Thursday’s game at home. By the second half, the grass was soaked.

One second after BREC Colton Taylor dove and scored with a header against Highlands.

Highlands defense gets a little turned around at home on Thursday against BREC.

Highlands Gig Chalker boots the ball up field.

BREC Kaleb Fugate looks to stop Highlands Lane Tingen on Thursday.

Highlands Conor Thorske also put a sweet header in the back of the net.

BREC Korbin Walters and Highlands Lane Tingen both go down racing for the ball.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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