Highlanders lose to Smoky Mountain after game called at halftime

Highlands boys varsity soccer team hosted Smoky Mountain on Sept. 8, but lost with a final of 1-0 after the game was called at halftime due to unsafe field conditions.

The Highlanders host Rabun Gap tonight at 6 p.m. but will play at Macon Middle School in Franklin as their home field is still too wet.

Macon Middle is located on Wells Grove Road in Franklin.

Highlands Finneas Garner works to keep Smoky’s offense as far from the goal as possible.

Highlands Goalie Cooper Hall stops a Smoky shot on goal.

Highlands Paulo McCrae stops a fast break and B-lines to Smokey’s goal.

Highlands Isaiah Vilardo clears the ball with a header.

Highlands Aniah McKim brings the ball down the sideline looking to send it up to the offense.

Highlands Owen Munoz chases down a pass under pressure from Smoky. Munoz injured his ankle against Smoky but is expected to play tonight against Rabun Gap.

Highlands Landon Green keeps the score 1-0 by stopping a Smoky shot on goal with a header. Also pictured at the top of the article mid-slide tackle.

Highlands Cooper Hall just barely catches enough of the ball to deflect a shot over the post.

Wet field conditions had players flying all over. Pictured is Highlands Finneas Garner getting launched during the game against Smoky.

Highlands Paulo McCrea on a fast break at home against Smoky.

Highlands Isaiah Vilardo chases down a pass with Smoky on his heels.

Highlands Owen Munoz works to get past Smoky’s defense.

Highlands Aniah McKim races down the sideline against Smoky.

Highlands Landon Green centers the ball in front of Smoky’s goal.

Highlands Finneas Garner works his way to the sideline before sending it.

A muddy Highlands Cooper Hall gets ready for a Smoky corner kick.

Photos by Brian O’Shea
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