|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands sophomore Abby Stein makes a move in a recent game against Ryle.|
Highlands avenged a 2-0 loss to Simon Kenton in last year's LexCath Cup championship game as a result. The Ladybirds battle Louisville Sacred Heart at 8 p.m. in the cup semifinals Wednesday back at LexCath. Sacred Heart beat Highlands, 1-0 on Aug. 26 in Louisville.
"It was a very big win," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "Last year, Simon Kenton was the only Kentucky team we did not beat. We had some key players out, and did not play our best soccer, specifically the first half. But they worked really hard the second half in winning 50/50 balls and being first to balls. It still wasn't the best soccer the second half, but I was so proud that they did enough of the gritty work to came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit and get the 2-1 win. I don't think they would have been pleased to come back Wednesday and not have the chance to play Sacred Heart again."
Highlands junior Lindsey Meyer had a hand in both goals. Her goal came off a Hanna Buecker corner kick. The second goal saw Meyer beat four defenders and found sophomore Maria Broering wide open in the middle of the box for a nice finish to the corner.
"Games like these that are really close will help us for the postseason games because it shows we can do the little things it takes to get the results we want and makes us a more resilient team," Meyer said. "After talking at halftime, we came out and won all the balls we needed so we could play more possession and score goals to get us back in the game."
Highlands had 11 shots to six for Simon Kenton. Sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Hinegardner had five saves. Former Highlands player Haley Dougherty scored Simon Kenton's goal.
Highlands last won the tournament in 2006. The Ladybirds have since finished runner-up in the tournament last year and 2013.