Highlands varsity soccer team recognizes seniors after loss to Hayesville

Highlands varsity soccer team celebrated Senior Night after a loss to Hayesville on Tuesday at home, 4-1. Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said the Highlanders played well but couldn’t close the deal.

Highlands celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday after a loss to Hayesville at home.

“Going into the first half we were tied with Hayesville one to one,” said Brown. “During the decond half we were just gassed, which resulted on Hayesville putting some great plays together from the midfield forward and scoring three goals to put us away.”

After the loss, the crowd gathered on a wet field and recognized Midfielder/Goal Keeper Bill Miller, Center Back Pablo Jimenez, Center Back Dillon Schmitt, Center Midfielder Carlos May Gomez, and Left Back Patrick Woods.

From left are Highlands Seniors Bill Miller, Carlos May Gomez, Patrick Woods, Dillon Schmitt, and Pablo Jiminez.

“Looking forward into next season, we will have some rebuilding to do when it comes to our defensive line,” said Brown. “We have a great amount of players returning in both the midfield as well as up top at striker. We have some current freshmen who are eager to get more playing time on the back line at defense. We should be able to build a strong team next season with the players that we have.”

Highlands Seniors recognized:

Carlos May Gomez

Pablo Jiminez

Bill Miller

Dillon Schmitt

Patrick Woods

Highlands next plays today away against Cherokee weather permitting.

“This is the second time the game has been canceled now and tomorrow [Nov. 1] is literally the last day we can play it as the regular season must be complete tomorrow,” said Brown.

Brown added that the team looks forward to seeing the release of state 1a playoff brackets on Saturday. He anticipates that Highlands will be in the playoffs and play an away game on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the first round.

Highlands James Earp picks off a pass against Hayesville at home on Tuesday.

Highlands Connor Briggs drives the ball up field.

Highlands Brent Sleight under pressure against Hayesville.

Highlands Lane Tingen maintains control on the Hayesville side of the field.

Highlands Jeffery Olvera scopes out his options before making a move.

Highlands Dillon Schmitt heads the ball against Hayesville.

Highlands Bill Miller boots the ball coast to coast.

Highlands Gig Chalker makes his way up the field against Hayesville.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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