|Bluebirds Shut Out Lady Tigers|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior goalkeeper Maggie Hinegardner makes a save in a recent game.|
But the Bluebirds (9-4 overall) pulled away in the second half for a 5-0 shutout. This marked their seventh shutout of the season. Junior goalkeeper Maggie Hinegardner stopped all four Beechwood (1-10) shots. Highlands improved to 5-0 in 9th Region action.
"Even though Beechwood has one win, they're last five, six games have been close," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "They're improving. They come out and they work hard. They have some skilled players. In the first half, we weren't really creating as many chances as we liked so we changed our formation a little bit. We were able to get in the attack more and we put four goals away to kind of cap off the night. Beechwood came out and gave us a challenge. We're very happy for that."
Senior Lindsey Meyer scored twice. She has a team-high 13 goals on the season and six assists for a team-high 32 points. Junior forward Jordan Halpin also assisted on the first Meyer goal for her fifth one of the season.
More scoring chances often means the team is winning 50/50 balls at midfield. Sophomore Maggie Stieby has played a big role there this year.
"Especially against aggressive teams, it's obviously a challenge when you're not the tallest," Stieby said. "You try your hardest to do whatever you can to try to get a touch on the ball no matter. You want to give the forward and other players something to work with."
Junior Maria Wiefering scored the lone Highlands goal in the first half. She has seven goals and a team-high seven assists on the year for 21 points.
Senior Gwen Gorman scored on a penalty kick and had an assist. That marked her second goal and second assist this season for a total of six points.
Freshman Chloe Bramble scored her third goal this season. Junior twins Tatum and Parker Price had assists on the score.
"I think we are improving with our communication," Dean said. "We're not where we want it to be, but since the beginning of the year through about the first five, six games, we have improved our communication. A lot of that is our defensive communication where we have girls stepping and we make sure we have girls covering. Girls are telling each other where to go. If we want to make a run in October, we have to continue to improve that."
Highlands plays Covington Holy Cross on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Highlands 34, Beechwood 20:
The Bluebirds moved to 5-0 with the home win. Running back Griffin Richter scored three touchdowns to lead the way. Quarterback Isaac Surrey and wide receiver Trenton Bridewell had one each.
Highlands takes on Covington Catholic in Park Hills on Sept. 27. Game time is 6 p.m.