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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Sports Round-Up

Highlands soccer, JV Football Teams Record Wins

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Elias Ordonez (19) dribbles upfield against Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday. Highlands recorded a huge 2-1 win at Louisville Collegiate on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds soccer team (7-3 overall) recorded its third straight win with a 2-1 victory over the host Louisville Collegiate Titans (5-2) on Saturday.

Collegiate won its first give games this season before losing to top-ranked Louisville St. Xavier, 3-1 on Aug. 31. The Titans won the All "A" State championship and 7th Region last year before falling to Covington Catholic, 2-0 in the state quarterfinals.

"It's kind of been our thing," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We've found that we can rise to the level of most teams that we play. We've actually yet to find teams we don't match up with. Sometimes, games don't go in your favor. Since last week when we had a rough one is we need to make sure we're bringing everything we can like we did against Trinity (in a 2-1 loss a week ago) and against Collegiate. It also shows a bit of respect toward who we're playing instead of just trying to come across as wasting their time by just showing up. If we set egos aside, are ready to go and the energy is there, we're going to be a really tough team to beat as the season wears on."

The game-winner came with about a minute remaining when junior Mike Penrod scored. That marked his first goal of the season.

"It was a good cross in and it deflected off their player," Penrod said. "I was at the top of the box. I was able to put it back in the net. It was a good corner kick."

Highlands outshot Collegiate, 13-7 including 7-6 on goal. Bluebird goalkeeper Will Burnham made five saves.

Collegiate scored the first goal of the game  with 20 minutes left in the game. But Nick Gish responded a few minutes later with his team-high fifth of the season.

"Once they scored on a questionable call, our guys kind of adapted," Niedert said. "The ball just fell in front of one of their guys. Even within the first two minutes, we got one or two chances quick. The second or third one is one we just put in. Nick Gish just took a chance and it found its way to the back of net."

Highlands takes on last year's state runner-up in the Covington Catholic Colonels on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m. in Park Hills.

Soccer, Girls:
Highlands 4, Ryle 1:

The Ladybirds (8-2-1) moved to 6-0 in 9th Region action with a solid victory over the Lady Raiders (3-3-4).

Lauren Deckert recorded a hat trick of three goals in the victory for Highlands. She has eight on the season and Lindsey Meyer had the other for her ninth goal of the year and her 10th assist of the year. Gwen Gorman recorded her seventh assist on the season and Maria Broering had her fourth of the season.

Highlands had 12 shots on goal to five for Ryle. Highlands sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Hinegarnder recorded four saves.

"Ryle is a very good team and to win 4-1, the Highlands girls had to have their best game ever and they did," said Brian Wiefering, Highlands Head Coach. "Lindsey (Meyer) playing center mid really controlled the game more so than I have ever seen her control a game. Her defending was outstanding. She is a special player. Lauren (Deckert) finished her goals in some of the most composed technical finishes ever."

Highlands plays in the annual Lady Knights Challenge Cup at Lexington Catholic this week. The Ladybirds take on Simon Kenton at 8 p.m. Monday.

Football, JV:
Highlands 20, Ryle 6:

The Bluebirds moved to 2-2 with a road win. Junior wide receivers Logan Guy, Tyler Bracken and sophomore wide receiver Ethan Houze had touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Collin Hollingsworth.

Highlands plays Simon Kenton at David Cecil Memorial on Sept. 23. Game time is 10 a.m.

Golf, JV Boys:
Bluebirds win Grant County JV Invite:

The Bluebirds won the Grant County JV Invitational a few days ago. Highlands golfer Isaiah Lampkin shot a 40 to take runner-up honors individually.

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