Highlands Boys Soccer Earns Much-Needed Win
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team knocked off Cincinnati (Ohio) Madeira on Thursday, 3-0.|
Highlands Head Coach Chad Niedert said the Bluebirds built off the second half of the 3-2 loss at Loveland (Ohio) on Tuesday. Highlands won the half, 1-0 despite being two players down because of two red cards.
"At this time of the year, we're ramping up trying to get our ducks in a row," Niedert said. "We're kind of focusing on some of the things that come with the end of the year and postseason where you have to do anything within your power to get a result."
Highlands had won just once in the previous five games. That was a 2-1 home win over Bishop Brossart.
"I feel like as a team, we're starting to feel more positive and more comfortable," said Harrison Spiess, Highlands senior. "That last goal really got us fired up. It left a good taste in our mouths."
Highlands had 20 shots with seven on goal to 12 shots with six on goal for the Mustangs. Senior goalkeepers Nick Fischer and Ty Hopping had three saves each for the Bluebirds.
Senior Ford Orem had one goal and one assist for three points for Highlands. Juniors Austin Frazier and Hank Cook had the other two Bluebirds goals with seniors Alex Foubert and Elijah Stevie recording assists.
Highlands travels to Cincinnati (Ohio) Indian Hill on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.
Highlands 3, Boone County 0:
The Bluebirds (18-2 overall) won their eighth straight to move to 10-1 in 9th Region action with the road win.
Highlands hit .207 as a team connecting for 45 kills on 140 attempts with 16 errors. The Bluebirds also had 45 assists, nine aces, 71 digs and six assisted blocks to go with nine serving errors, nine receiving errors, three blocking errors and seven general ball-hitting errors.
Senior Ava Hockney had 15 kills, two aces and four digs with senior Casey Dunn recording two aces and 21 digs. Senior setter Audrey Graves had 42 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore middle blocker CC Shick had 13 kills and two assisted blocks with sophomore Lauren Buemi assisting on two blocks and junior Laura Winkler recording six kills.
Sophomore defensive specialist Madison Clore had nine digs. Seniors Brooke Biltz and Rylee Kirschenbaum had eight and six respectively.
Highlands plays in the Jefferson County Volleyball Invitational in Louisville on Friday and Saturday. Highlands takes on Owensboro Apollo at 7:30 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center.
Highlands 17, Covington Catholic 7:
Highlands had not beaten CovCath on any level in years. But the Bluebirds broke through to stay undefeated at 6-0.
Quarterback Charlie Noon and running back Sam Robinson had touchdowns for the Bluebirds. Kicker Davis Burleigh had a field goal and two extra-point kicks.
Highlands plays host to Conner on Thursday. Game time is 6 p.m.