|Bluebirds Tie Ohio Opponent|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore goalkeeper Connor Mathis watches in a game earlier this season.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (4-3-2 overall) may not have recorded a victory in its third game against an Ohio opponent.
But Highlands did not give up a late goal either. Highlands tied the Cincinnati Wyoming Cowboys, 2-2 at Tower Park.
"It's kind of nice to play some of these teams from across the (Ohio) River where the competition level that we get over there is at least as strong from within our regional tournament if not a little bit better," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We also then don't have to be playing the same teams multiple times. They will exploit some weaknesses maybe so we know how to adapt accordingly. I think our guys have really done a good job of making those adjustments. We're turning that corner to where we have more of an identity of what we look like of how we play offensively and defensively. It is the right time to do that when we have the district and regional tournaments in our sights."
Junior Jordan Frisk and senior Austin Frazier had goals for the Bluebirds. That marked the fifth and second goals of the year for Frisk and Frazier respectively. Frazier also has two assists on the season for 12 points good for second on the team.
Seniors Brayden Gillman and Max Farris had the assists for Highlands. Gillman has a team-high five assists and Farris has two assists and six goals for a team-high 14 points.
Highlands had eight shots with five on goal to six shots with five on goal for Wyoming. Highlands sophomore goalkeeper Connor Mathis made three saves.
"We played very well against a very strong team," said Cole Lorenzen, Highlands junior. "We couldn't really watch much game film with them. But we were sharp during practices and it translated to the game."
Highlands takes on Cincinnati Elder on Saturday back at Tower Park. Game time is 1 p.m.
Ryle 3, Highlands 0:
Highlands (10-3 overall) could not record a second win in two seasons over a Ryle team (12-3) that has been rolling lately. Both teams entered the game with seven-game winning streaks.
The Bluebirds recorded just 18 kills on 99 attempts and 24 errors for a negative-.061 hitting percentage. Highlands also had 18 assists, seven aces, 39 digs, three solo and six assisted blocks. Junior CC Shick led Highlands with seven kills, one solo block and two assisted blocks. Junior Lauren Buemi had five kills, three aces, four digs, two solo and one assisted block.
Senior Laura Winkler had two kills, seven assists, three digs and two assisted blocks for the Bluebirds. Senior Maria Little had 11 assists and five digs with junior Madison Clore digging up 11 balls. Junior Nicole Ossege had four kills and seven digs.
Highlands plays host to Covington Holy Cross on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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