Lady Highlanders MS soccer team stays positive after rough season opener

Highlands Middle School girls soccer team hit the road on Monday to take on Tallulah Falls for the season opener, but couldn’t take the win with a final of 8-2.

Highlands Riley Logan steals the ball and gets it out of the danger zone on the road against Tallulah Falls on Monday.

Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said many of the Lady Highlanders are competing on the soccer field for the first time.

“We did a lot of things right out there, and we see a lot of things we need to work on,” said Brown. “We had good defense, we played the full-width of the field, and we centered the ball to our strikers. We have a lot of 6th-graders who are learning the rules and fundamentals of the game, but we’ll get there.”

Despite an 8-2 final, Highlands Olivia Cole never gave up and shut down a steady barrage of shots on goal by Tallulah Falls.

Highlands goalie and team captain Oliva Cole was under a steady barrage of shots on goal throughout the game and described being between the posts as “stressful.”

“We got bunched up a lot and it was hard to see,” said Cole. “But games like this give us a chance to find our strengths and weaknesses and come back even stronger. It’s a learning process and we have a lot of players learning the game.”

Highlands McKenzie Woods makes her way down the field on Monday against Tallulah Falls.

Highlands McKenzie Woods, also a team captain, said they did well for the first game of the season.

“We did good, but we have a lot of work to do,” said McKenzie. “We’re staying positive and we have a lot of potential, we just need to put in the work.”

Highlands Courtney Logan gets back on defense after Tallulah Falls sends the ball up the field.

Highlands next plays on the road at 4:30 p.m. today against Swain.

Highlands Abbie Doerter dodges and weaves through Tallulah’s defense.

Highlands Nicole Taylor takes the ball to the outside and sends it up to Tallulah’s end of the field.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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