Kirstyn Lamb played soccer at Highlands School from 2011-15 and last month her #2 soccer jersey was officially retired.
Throughout her high school career Lamb racked up 102 goals, tallied 71 assists; and accumulated a total of 250 points.
At the time her career in Highlands ended, these were Macon County soccer records for any high school male or female participant. Some of these records still stand today.
Lamb was recognized for her soccer achievements during a Highlands volleyball game due to a soccer game’s cancellation. She was accompanied by her husband Capt. Matthew Hwang.
Hwang is a captain in the United States marine corps, and he and Lamb currently live in Jacksonville, N.C.
They have plans to move to San Diego, Cal. in the near future.
Lamb was also joined by her mother Cheryl, her father Brett, and brother Cole. Her youngest brother Brent Sleight is a freshman at UNC Wilmington and was not able to attend.
Brett is also Highlands School’s Athletic Director and said it was an emotional moment watching his daughter’s jersey being retired.
“It is a huge honor as a father to see your daughter be recognized for her amazing accomplishments on the soccer field and to see her hard work and dedication to the sport and her team be recognized.”
This is only the third time in the school’s history to retire a jersey. Larry Chastain’s #44 basketball jersey was the first to be retired, followed by Geoff Cabe’s #11 basketball jersey when Brett was a freshman at Highlands School. He personally knew Chastain and has played with Cabe and said it was an honor for his daughter to join that list.
“To be the father of the first soccer player and female to have their jersey retired is an amazing feeling,” said Brett.
He added that criteria for jersey retirement is based on a coaches’ nominations, and state or county records or achievements. Then the booster club, school administrators review and vote on the athlete.
A replica sign of her jersey will hang under the scoreboard of the soccer field.
Kirstyn was coached by Jeff Weller, Brian Cook, Jimmy Blyther, Shayna Bigazzi, and Christy Weller.
After graduation, Kirstyn went on to attend UNC Charlotte for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After graduating from UNC Charlotte, she attended Charleston Southern University where she received her master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2021.