Highlanders MS soccer team takes down Summit in season opener

Highlands Middle School soccer team defeated Summit at home in the season opener with a final of 3-2 on Aug. 30.

Highlands Coach Kieth McKim said they played well in their first game and they have their entire season to work on improvements.

Highlands Rowen Carnes controls the ball before headed towards Summit’s goal.

“I am optimistic about our season,” said McKim. “Many of our players are returning from last year, which gives us a chance to build on what we learned. All of our work is still ahead of us, but I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with this team!”

Highlands Bryan Jarquin catches a pass under pressure from Summit Chloe Woods.

Summit Coach Scott Whitman said it was a close game and the Bears played tough.“We had a slow start in the first half giving up two goals,” said Whitman. “In most of the second half our team really showed what they had to bring at the game level. I think our team has a lot of talent, with a few role adjustments I believe the rest of the season will go well.”

Summit Chance Wilson looking to get past Highlands Bryan Jarquin.

Highlands Tim McDowell clears the ball against Summit.

Highlands Aniah McKim and Summit Victoria Clement work for position in front of Highlands’ goal.

Summit Sydney Sinclair drives downfield with Highlands Tim McDowell keeping the pressure on.

Highlands Isaiah Vilardo controls a pass as Summit Finley Rainier attacks.

Highlands Andrew Cuevas works to get past Summit Victoria Clement.

Summit Chance Wilson races to keep the ball in play.

Summit Wylie Hoffman moves in to steal the ball from Highlands Rowen Carnes.

Highlands Isaiah Vilardo is looking to score while Summit Chloe Woods moves to clear the ball.

Highlands Jimmy de la Cruz del Dios under pressure from Summit Victoria Clement.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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