|Bluebirds Win Second Game of LexCath Tournament|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior midfielder Kelsey Mathis (left) chases the ball in a recent game.|
That marked the sixth shut-out of the season for Highlands. Highlands junior goalkeepers Maggie Hinegardner and Rylee Thomas recorded four and three saves respectively.
Highlands had lost 1-0 to Louisville Assumption on Monday in the last minute. Assumption edged host Lexington Catholic, 2-1 in the second game Wednesday to advance to the championship game.
"Sometimes having a loss against a great team is what a team needs," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "I think it was very helpful for us to see that we can overcome some adversity to play well against another great team. We have to keep growing and be ready for another ranked opponent on Saturday."
Highlands junior forward Maria Wiefering and freshman forward Chloe Bramble led the way with a goal and assist for three points each. Wiefering is second on the team with six goals and is tied with senior forward Lindsey Meyer and junior forward Tatum Price with six assists on the season. Wiefering's 18 points are second on the team behind Meyer's 28. That marked the first three varsity points of Bramble's career.
Sophomore forward/midfielder Kenzie Nehus scored the other Highlands goal and junior defender Natalie Ossege had the other Bluebird assist. That marked the fourth goal of the season for Nehus and the first assist for Ossege.
"The keys in this shutout were definitely our defensive communication and playing as one unit," said Maria Broering, Highlands junior forward. "When one player got beat, which didn't happen very often, a teammate was right behind her to stop Manual's attack. Having (junior) Lauren (Deckert) in the back to win headers out of the air and clear the ball out is definitely a huge advantage, but the entire back line deserves credit for our defensive success. We kept the ball out of our defensive third for the majority of the game, and we really didn't give them any chances to capitalize on. On the rare occasion that they did have a shot on goal, Maggie and Rylee came up with some amazing saves to keep the ball out of the net."
Highlands will play either Lexington Tates Creek (8-2-2) or Louisville Sacred Heart (8-1-1) in the fifth place game Saturday back at Lexington Catholic. Game time is 3 p.m.
Highlands beats Campbell County:
The Bluebirds moved to 9-0 in dual matches with their second win over Campbell County at AJ Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria.
Highlands plays in the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference on Monday at Boone Links Golf Course. Tee time is 9 a.m.