Lady Highlanders kick off soccer season with a win against Swain

Highlands girls varsity soccer team hit the road to take on Swain and won 4-1 on March 15.

Highlands Reese Schmitt drills one into the back of the net against Swain.

“For the first game of the season, I believe they played excellent,” said Highlands Coach Caleb Brown. “They were definitely excited to kick off the season and get out there and compete. I think that desire to play was expressed by their performance on the field. They were hungry for the win and their play expressed that.”

Goals were scored by Highlands Reese Schmitt who scored 2, Julia Schmitt scored 1, and Addie Westendorf scored 1.

Highlands Brandy Zagal takes off towards Swain’s goal.

Highlands had one full week of practice before the season began and Brown said he’s proud of their performance on the field.

“They gave it their all,” said Brown. “They have been working hard in our practices and that hard work and conditioning has shown itself on the field in the game. I am very pleased with how excited they are to practice, develop skills, and do their best throughout the season. “

Highlands Addie Westendorf sends the ball down the field in the rain.

Brown added that they need to work on keeping their defense and midfield together in order to prevent them from getting split by our opponent’s attack.

“We can also work a little more on our attack when it comes to playing weighted through balls splitting the opponents defense as well as crashing the back post on our crosses,” said Brown. “All in all though, this is just stuff that we haven’t had as much time to practice yet.”

Highlands Karla Diaz stops a Swain pass.

Highlands Mackenzie Woods winds up big to take a shot on goal.

Highlands Julia May Schmidt weaves through Swain traffic.

Highlands Goalie Allison Dayton makes a stop against Swain.

Highlands Kaitlyn DOerter maintains control of the ball as she makes her way down the field against Swain.

Highlands Anne Marie Moore sends the ball down to the Swain side of things.

Highlands Caroline Woods breaks for Swains goal playing on the road.

Highlands Anna Nichols takes position to snag a goal kick.

Highlands Maddie Drummonds takes a shot on goal against Swain in the rain.

Highlands Abbie Doerter sends the ball down field against Swain. (Also pictured at the top of the article.)

Highlands Ruth Mendoza and a Swain player race for the ball playing on the road.

Highlands Julia May Schmitt scores a goal and gives Reece Schmitt a ride in celebration.

Highlands makes their way back to their side of the field after Addie Westendorf scores a goal. From left are Maddie Drummonds, Addie Westendorf, Caroline Woods, and reese Schmitt.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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