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