By Mason Stoltzfus and Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News
Highlands girls varsity soccer team hosted Murphy on April 18 and scored a solid victory ending with a final of 6-2.
“We had a lot of good passing, and we followed through on our shots,” said Highlands Coach Caleb Brown. “We kept the pressure on and we did a good job of keeping them on their half of the field.”
Highlands forward Caitlin Tingen injured her leg late in the first half and was taken to the hospital for x-rays. Brown said there was a mark on her leg and she didn’t put any weight on it before going to the hospital, but he’s optimistic.
“It didn’t look like anything was fractured, but there was a big mark on her shin, you could tell she got kicked hard,” he said. “But she’s a tough kid, she’s a trooper, so we’ll wait and see.”
Highlands loses close game to Pisgah Falls
The following day on April 19, Highlands took on Pisgah Falls on the road and lost 2-1.
Highlands currently has a 6-3 record and Brown said he’s pleased with how the season is going.
“I think it’s going great,” said Brown. “In all of our losses we stayed competitive, losing by only one or two goals. I definitely think we’ll make the playoffs and we have a good shot at winning conference, but we have to beat Swain.”
Highlands faced off against Swain earlier this season and lost 2-1. They play Swain again on April 27, followed by taking on Blue Ridge Early College on May 1. Both games are critical to winning conference championship.
Highlands takes on Hayesville at home tonight at 6:15 p.m.
Lady Highlanders sweep Cherokee
Highlands girls varsity soccer team hosted Cherokee on March 27 and earned a solid victory ending with a final of 3-0.
Highlands Aislynn Wyatt Luck scored two goals, one of which was a header off the post after a long shot on goal by Highlands Addie Westendorf.
Highlands Gabby Diaz scored the third goal in the second half.
Highlands Coach Caleb Brown said the girls played well.
“We defended especially well limiting Cherokee to just a few shots throughout the game,” said Brown. Our attacking play was good, and we did excellent job working the ball wide and playing the ball to center from crosses.”
He added that the Lady Highlanders consistently took shots on Cherokee’s goal and never stopped playing aggressively.
“We had many other opportunities to score,” said Brown. “We hit the post 3 times and could have had some more goals if the wind would have blown our way.”
The win comes after defeating Franklin on the road 2-1 on March 16, losing to Swain 2-1 on March 20, and losing to Pisgah 3-1 on March 24.
Season Opener versus Rabun Gap
The Lady Highlanders kicked off their season on the road on March 8 and lost a tough game to Rabun Gap Nacoochee with a final of 2-1.
Highlands Gabby Diaz scored midway through the first half, but the Lady Eagles responded by scoring two goals of their own that remained unanswered.