Highlands girls varsity soccer team hosted Murphy earlier this month and took the win with a final of 5-2. The Lady Highlanders were victorious despite playing without offensive threat Reese Schmitt, who was out due to a leg injury.
Keeping busy on the defensive line was Highlands senior Kaitlyn Doerter (Pictured at the top of the article).
Doerter said she was happy with the win, but felt it wasn’t their best game with some missed opportunities.
“I think we could have played better, but the best thing we had going for us was getting the ball from the back up to the front and scoring goals,” she said.
Anchoring the other side of the defensive line is Doerter’s sister, sophomore Abbie Doerter.
Abbie said Murphy came at them with speed and good passing, but Highlands was able to keep the pressure off Highlands Goalie Ava Schmitt while the offensive line put points on the board.
“We could have played better as a team and we were without our best striker, but they only got past us a couple of times,” said Abbie. “Overall, I think we did a good job stopping them.”
Keeping consistent pressure on Murphy’s goal throughout the game were Highlands Gaby Diaz Martinez, Hayley Borino, Aislynn Luck, and Addie Westendorf.
Martinez said Murphy had some good passes, but Highlands kept pace with them and were able to pull off the win.
Following their game against Murphy, Highlands hit the road to take on Swain after spring break and won 3-2. Swain beat Highlands 3-1 when they first played this season on March 17.
The win against Swain puts Highlands’ season record at 7-2-1.
Highlands next plays tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the road against Rabun Gap.