|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Hayley Crothers (8) boots the ball in Saturday's game against Newport Central Catholic at Tower Park.|
But the regular season has been a different story. Highlands has not beaten NewCath in the regular season since 2007 as the Lady Breds rallied for a 2-1 victory Saturday at Tower Park.
Highlands dropped to 4-4 on the season with all four losses coming by a goal. The other three losses came to Campbell County in addition to all-female Cincinnati schools Seton and Ursuline of the Greater Catholic League South.
It again boiled down to an inability to finish shots. Highlands had 21 shots including seven on goal and NewCath (8-0) had eight with six coming on goal. But many went high or wide and Lady Bred junior goalkeeper Meg Martin had six saves with Highlands goalkeeper Shannon Eaton recording four.
"This team did everything it needed to do. They just missed wide-open shots," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "It comes down to that. I don't know how many times where if they just touched the ball in front of the goal, it is 5-0. They try to rip it. But all you need to do is make contact. It's something we'll work on. But I'm walking out here excited."
Both teams had some good opportunities in the first half but could not convert. The score remained scoreless until Highlands junior Kiersten Clukey launched one from the right side for her second goal of the season with 28:03 left in the game. Highlands kept the lead for must more than 10 minutes as senior Madalyn Wiefering cleared one from the 18-foot box with about 20 minutes remaining.
But NewCath tied the game with 15:19 left in the game on a corner kick. Becca Collopy found Olivia Schalk for the score. The Lady Breds then went ahead for good with about nine minutes left as freshman Kara Zimmerman found the back of the net.
"I told them there is a way NC will score," Coach Wiefering said. "They'll run you over. I don't mean they'll foul you. At the end, that's what happened. It's discipline. On corner kicks, everyone marks a person. You need to put a body on them."
Morcher Park was the orginal site of the game. But excessive rains in the area moved it to Tower Park.
Highlands takes on Tates Creek on Monday to open the Lexington Catholic Cup. Game time is 6 p.m.
Highlands 1, North Oldham 1
Highlands (3-6-2) tied on the road. Both goals came in the second half.
North Oldham took six shots with five on goal and Highlands took seven shots with three coming on goal. Brady Gesenhues had the goal for the Bluebirds and goalkeeper Paul Tully had four saves.
The Bluebirds take on Beechwood on Monday at Tower Park. Game time is 7 p.m.
Football, Junior Varsity:
Highlands 34, Ryle 28
Highlands moved to 4-0 on the season with the win in Union. The Bluebirds travel to Cincinnati La Salle on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.