|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior goalkeeper Olivia McQueary boots the ball ahead in a recent game.|
This marked the second win of the year by the same score for Highlands (13-1-1 overall) over the visitors (5-8-2) from Erlanger. The Ladybirds moved to 7-0 in 9th Region action with the win.
"It went well," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "We really missed many wide-open opportunities to make it seven or 8-0."
Highlands junior goalkeeper Olivia McQueary recorded her 13th shutout of the season making one save. The Ladybirds have outscored opponents, 54-3 on the season. Highlands had 19 shots including 11 on goal to one shot on goal for the Lady Crusaders.
The Highlands coaching staff has changed some roles for some of the players this year. The staff started sophomore Gwen Gorman at defender before moving her up top at forward recently.
"Everybody works together really well," Gorman said. "We couldn't win without any of our coaches. Each and every one of them have helped teach us better our games. Without them, we would just be a mess. They keep us stable."
Highlands freshman Ali Gessner added to her team-high point total with three points on her 11th goal of the season and sixth assist. Gessner has 28 points on the season.
Senior Sydney Ossege recorded her seventh goal of the season tieing sophomore Lindsey Meyer for second on the team in goals and sophomore Hannah Hartman added her first goal of the season. Junior Molly Wiefering added her fourth assist this season and Meyer recorded her third.
Highlands had a game scheduled with Covington Holy Cross on Sept. 9. But the Lady Indians could not play because they were still playing in the All "A" 9th Region Tournament. The game will not be made up.
Highlands 3, Walton-Verona 2:
The Ladybirds moved to 11-10 with the home win in five games, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 14-25, 15-11. Highlands faces Newport on Tuesday at home at 7 p.m.