|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands sophomore Katelynn Helminiak passes the ball in a recent game.|
"I think it just says that we are willing to work hard no matter what the competition is," said Gwen Gorman, Highlands junior forward. "It is expected. You're never supposed to play down to another team's level. You should always bring out your best level of play no matter who you're playing."
Highlands converted 10-of-19 shots and Brossart converted none on five attempts. Sophomore Maggie Hinegardner and freshman Jasmine Rehberger split halves at goalkeeper for the Ladybirds.
Sophomore Maria Wiefering had seven points on three goals and an assist. Junior Lindsey Meyer had six points on a goal and four assists. Gorman added two goals and an assist for five points. Tatum Price, Maria Broering, Lauren Deckert and Jordan Halpin had one goal each. Deckert and Abby Stein added one assist each.
The higher goal-scoring came on a recommendation from former player and current assistant Mackenzie Grause. Grause suggested putting more size up front. That's why Deckert at 6-foot-1-inches is up top along with Gorman.
"My biggest concern with doing so was I have seen those so-called target players not fit our style of play due to usually low work rates, but Lauren Deckert is as active as any girl on the team and has one of the best touches on the ball I have ever seen," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "She really plays somewhat of a hybrid forward/target role. Gwen Gorman at 5-4 doesn't have Lauren's height, but Gwen is also very good with her back to the goal and is a very strong girl. It really has opened things up for players like Lindsey Meyer and Maria Wiefering to play more of their natural positions of central attacking midfielders and creates more opportunities for Tatum (Price) and Broering working the flanks."
Highlands does not play again until Saturday. Ryle comes to Tower Park for an 8 p.m. contest.