Highlands boys varsity soccer team recognized its senior athletes after a tough loss to Murphy at home ending with a final of 5-2 on March 8.
Highlands is saying goodbye to seniors Gig Chalker, Ethan Tate, and Lane Tingen.
“These three seniors have been a cornerstone of our team this year,” said highlands Coach Caleb brown. “From working hard on the field to motivating their fellow players they have been instrumental in our success this season. The loss of these three seniors is certainly going to be a blow for next year, but we will come into the next season ready and prepared to take on whatever challenges arise.”
The Highlanders ended the season with a 4-4 record and Brown said he thinks Highlands did exceptionally well.
“We were a young team, but that gives us a great deal of room for growth as we move forward next season,” said Brown.
Brown added that he’s looking forward to next season.
“Next year will certainly be a challenge but we will have two rising seniors and a squad of young guys who are eager to play,” he said. “I am excited to see what the next season brings.”
Future plans: Attend Western Carolina University
Like to thank: Coaches, family, and friends
Favorite moments: Playing my senior year with only 13 players.
Advice for younger players: Work hard and be proud of what you do.
Future plans: Attend high Point University as a Presidential Scholar to study Computer Science
Like to thank: Everyone in the Highlands Community for supporting me in my lifetime soccer adventure.
Favorite moments: One of the Swain games my Junio year. The first one where I saved 4 out of 5 pk’s in a shootout to win the game or the 2ns one where Colin tried to assassinate me. (They collided and Ethan was out injured.)
Advice for younger players: Practice hard and never give up.
Future plans: Attend a 4-year university and get a degree in Civil Engineering.
Like to thank: My Coaches, family, and friends.
Favorite moments: Getting the opportunity to play with my brothers and lifelong friends.
Advice for younger players: Remember that you’re playing with your brothers.