Highlands Middle School soccer team takes the win in season opener

Highlands Middle School soccer team played against Swain on the Road on March 15 and won 10-1.

“I thought the team played great,” said Highlands Coach Keith McKim. “They showed a lot of heart and hustle, which is always a great start to any season.”

Highlands Aislynn Luck makes her way down the field against Swain on the road.

Highlands Kevin Torres scored 3 goals, Bryan Jarquin scored 2, Isaiah Vilardo scored 1, Fiinneaus Gardner scored 1, Aislynn Luck scored 1, Jim De La Cruz scored 1, and late in the game Swain had an own goal.

Highlands Finneaus Garner controls a pass on the road against Swain.

McKim said the team was excited to get out on the field and get the season started.

“I want the thank all the administrators at the school and county levels for making this season happen,” he said. “I think the student athletes need this outlet to let out some bottled-up energy and just have fun!”

Highlands Timmy McDowell centers the ball against Swain.

Highlands had a little over a week to practice and McKim said there’s plenty to work on, including their corner kick offense after several missed opportunities against Swain.

Highlands Gavin Small gets into the thick of it against Swain.

Highlands Jim Dios takes a shot on Swain’s goal.

Highlands Olivia Corbin takes off downfield after stealing the ball.

Highlands Isaiah Vilardo makes his way down the field under pressure from Swain.

Highlands Stephen Pierson picks off a Swain pass and makes a break for it.

Highlands Bryan Jarquin makes his move to Swain’s goal on the road.

Highlands Cayden Pierson attacks the ball as Swain brings it down the field.

Highlands Aniah McKim plans his next move as he makes his way to Swain’s goal.

Highlands Tate Wilson scans her options before throwing the ball in.

Highlands Conner Sattler takes the ball down field with a Swain player on his heels.

Highlands Courtney Logan controls a line-drive pass against Swain and shows her team spirit by rocking blue hair.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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