But it is the biggest win of the season to date for the 7-0 Highlands Ladybirds soccer team. Highlands entered the week ranked fifth in the latest Maher Rankings poll. The Ladybirds ventured down to Nicholasville and handled the eighth-ranked West Jessamine Lady Colts by a 6-0 count for the seventh shutout in seven games. Highlands has outscored the seven opponents by a combined 36-0. Highlands junior goalkeeper Olivia McQueary had seven saves in the win.
Highlands moved to 2-0 on the season against teams ranked in the Top 20, both of which came on the road. The Ladybirds opened the season with a 2-0 win at 16th-ranked Owensboro Catholic.
Highlands Head Coach Brian Wiefering said the staff wanted the players to make better decisions after winning 50/50 balls. The Ladybirds did that building a 4-0 halftime advantage.
West Jessamine (3-2-1) tied second-ranked and defending state champion Louisville Sacred Heart, 0-0 a week ago and had lost only to third-ranked Louisville DuPont Manual, 3-1 two days prior to that on Aug. 25. The Lady Colts finished 12th Region runner-up last year to Boyle County and won the region in 2014. In 2014, West Jessamine beat Campbell County, 1-0 in the first round of the state tournament before losing 1-0 to Owensboro Catholic in the state quarterfinals.
"They were a very good team. They really were," Wiefering said. "We simply executed many of the things we have been working on. I do believe they were the toughest competition we have played thus far."
Freshman Alison Gessner led Highlands with three goals. Gessner has a team-high eight goals and four assists for a total of a team-high 20 points on the season.
Highalnds has seen 12 different players score this season. Senior Sydney Ossege and sophomore Lindsey Meyer scored their fifth goals of the season and tallied one assist each and senior defender Annalee Brewer scored her second goal on the season. Freshmen Lauren Deckert, Maria Wiefering and sophomore defender Hannah Gish also had assists. Ossege leads Highlands with six assists on the year.
"It means a lot to us that we can go out there on a different field and be able to step and play not down to their level, but our level and bring up the intensity," Ossege said. "We want to show we're changing the program and that this is the new Highlands."
Highlands continues a tough stretch of games Tuesday against the Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame Cougars (2-1) of the Greater Catholic League South. Game time is 8 p.m.
Highlands 10, Louisville St. Francis 0:
The Bluebirds (6-1-2) recorded their fourth straight shutout on the season and seventh overall on the road. Highlands has outscored the opposition, 31-8.
Senior Solomon Farris led Highlands with four goals and Ethan Mills added two more. Senior Colton Dolezal had a goal and four assists for six points with Nick Gish adding a goal and assist. Parker Smith and Joe Broering had one goal each for Highlands. Drew Rom had two assists and Blake Shuley added another for the Bluebirds. Farris leads Highlands with nine goals on the season with Gish and Dolezal recording a team-high five assists.
Highlands travels to Simon Kenton (3-2-2) on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.
Highlands goes 1-2 at September Slam:
Highlands hopes to leave the tournament with a winning record but went 1-2 on Saturday in the tournament at Scott to move to 7-8 on the season. Highlands beat Greenup County, 2-0 (25-13, 25-21) but lost to Conner, 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) for the third time this season and Campbell County, 2-0 (25-13, 25-14).
The Ladybirds travel to Alexandria to battle the Bishop Brossart Lady Mustangs on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Football, Junior Varsity:
Highlands 20, Cooper 0:
Highlands improved to 3-0 with its second straight shut-out. It also marked the second win over the Jaguars. The Bluebirds take on Ryle at home Saturday at 10 a.m.