|Bluebirds Play for District Title on Wednesday|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands knocked off Dayton, 11-0 on Monday to move on in the 36th District Tournament.|
Highlands did not play Dayton (0-11-1) or Newport during the regular season. The Bluebirds had Bellevue on the schedule, but the Tigers forfeited the game.
"Before the game and now, every game is you win or you go home," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "We were making sure we had the mentality and warming up like it's a big game. It doesn't matter who the opponent is. They can end our season. It's making sure we're ready to go. That's the most we've scored all season. On the other side, it was nice to see (Dayton players) give effort. A couple girls stood out."
Highlands recorded 28 shots with 11 on goal to none for Dayton. Junior Greta Noble had two goals and an assist for five points to lead Highlands. Senior Natalie Ossege also had two goals and sophomore Faith Broering had two assists.
Seniors Kenzie Nehus and Katelynn Helminiak had one goal and one assist each for Highlands. Seniors Tatum Price, Jordan Halpin, juniors Corinna Mills, Jordan Stuempel and sophomore Chloe Bramble had one goal each. Seniors Lauren Deckert, Maria Broering, junior Morgan Boberg, sophomores Jade Rehberger and Macy Hedenberg had one assist each.
"I think it's really important for us not to drop down to the level (of the competition)," Rehberger said. "We have to keep being able to play how we play because I feel throughout the season as a team, we've really progressed and been able to play at such a high level."
Highlands scored the goals needed by halftime to end the game. The Bluebirds face Newport Central Catholic on Wednesday in the 36th District championship game at 7 p.m. back at Tower Park.