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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Weekend Highlands Sports Results

Bluebirds Edge Lafayette

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands sophomore Alexander Foubert boots the ball ahead in a recent game. Highlands moved to 4-0 with a 3-2 win over Lexington Lafayette on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds stayed undefeated with another one-goal victory Saturday at Tower Park.

Highlands (4-0 overall) took down the Lexington Lafayette Generals, 3-2 in a non-region battle. Lafayette from the 11th Region fell to 2-4 with the loss.

"They may be the best team in Lexington this year," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "They were very disciplined. They settled and played. They had one center-back in particular that was pretty strong, pretty dominant back there. They tried to take it to us a little bit, but I think that we, especially in the second half, were pretty dominant as far as possession was concerned."

The Bluebirds built a 2-0 lead at halftime. Junior Carter Holmes scored his third goal of the season off the first assist of the season from junior Will Hochleutner and senior Elias Ordonez scored his second goal of the year unassisted.

But the Generals came back and tied the game in the second half. But with about three minutes left, senior Nick Gish put home the ball on a scramble in the box to put the Bluebirds up for good. Gish has three goals and three assists on the year for a team-high nine points.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got to their goal by getting out wide first," Niedert said. "So far, we've been pretty successful out there."

Lafayette outshot Highlands, 6-4 but the Bluebirds capitalized on their opportunities. Highlands has outscored its opponents, 15-3 on the season with two shut-outs. Junior goalkeeper Will Burnham had four saves for the Bluebirds.

"As far as the shots go, it's really just about having our midfield working with our defense taking initiative in the midfield to stop those through balls and long shots," said Devin Harris, Highlands junior defender. "We'll pick up whatever (the midfielders) can't stop. That's the most important thing. That's probably why we're doing so well."

Highlands takes on Campbell County (2-1) at Tower Park on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m. Niedert also announced that the Beechwood game cancelled because of lightning will not be made up.

Soccer, Girls:
Sacred Heart 1, Highlands 0:

Highlands (3-2) once again struggled on the road on a Saturday non-region game.

Head Coach Brian Wiefering said Highlands outshot Sacred Heart, 8-2 at halftime and could have been up 4-0, but could not convert on any of the 1-on-1 opportunities with the Valkyrie goalkeeper. Wiefering said two shots went straight to the goalkeeper's chest and two shots just outside the six-yard box sailed over the goal.

But Sacred Heart (3-1) outshot Highlands, 19-8 in the second half. The game's long goal came just inside the 18-foot box. Ashley Durik scored off an assist from Lauren Payne. Sophomore Maggie Hinegardner recorded nine saves for the Ladybirds in between the pipes.

Both losses have come by 1-0 counts. They Ladybirds have outscored opponents, 18-3 overall.

Highlands plays host to John Hardin (2-4) on Monday at Tower Park. Game time is 6:45 p.m.

Golf, Boys:
Highlands scored 342 in Mason County Invitational:

The Bluebirds played in the tournament at Laurel Oaks. Highlands Head Coach Bert Richey has been moving players in and out of the line-up trying to figure out who will give the team the most consistency before the region tournament.

"Several of our guys have posted career-best rounds for the year," Richey said. "I think we're progressing the way that I would like to. We just have to become more consistent over the next month."

Junior Ryan Leigh led Highlands with a career-best 74 in the 18-hole tournament. Luke Muller followed with 78 with Aaron Verst and Brady Walz scoring 89 and 101 respectively to round out the Bluebird scoring. Freshman J.D. Gabbard had to withdraw from the tournament.

"I was hitting my driver well so I was keeping (the ball) in the fairway," Leigh said. "From there, I didn't really get into much trouble because I would hit near the green, just chip up and make a put. I've been playing a lot recently and I've been focusing on that so I did it well (Saturday)."

Highlands plays Beechwood at the Highland Country Club on Monday. The match starts at 3 p.m.

Football, Junior Varsity:
Campbell County 22, Highlands 20 (Overtime):

In a matter of hours after the varsity pulled off a 27-20 overtime victory, the Highlands JV squad (1-1) could not do the same.

Highlands faces Beechwood on Saturday in Fort Michell. Game time is Noon.

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