|Highlands Soccer Teams Record Non-Region Wins|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior defender Jade Rehberger (6) had three assists on corner kicks in the 4-0 Highlands win over Lafayette on Saturday.|
The Highlands girls soccer team (8-1-2 overall) took down Lexington Lafayette (5-2-2) by a 4-0 count at Tower Park on Saturday.
"We had a great win," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "Lafayette did lose on of its star players. Going into it, we knew they might be a little bit down because of it. But we couldn't take them lightly because they're one of the top teams this year. We could possibly see them advance (from) the 11th Region."
Highlands had 16 shots with 11 on goal to seven for Lafayette with five on goal. Highlands junior goalkeeper Meg Gessner made five saves.
Junior Jade Rehberger had three assists all on corner kicks in the victory. She has a team-high six on the season. Rehberger had took 14 corner kicks total in the win.
"It definitely translated a lot into the win because that's mainly what we focused on in practice on Friday," said Chloe Bramble, Highlands junior forward of the set pieces. "We definitely have some really vital players that are going to win the ball out of the air every time. We made sure we put those girls in the middle where the ball is placed."
Junior midfielder Faith Broering led Highlands with two goals. Senior Jenna Hartung and freshman forward Laney Smith had the other two. Smith broke into double-digits in goals with her 10th of the season to go with three assists for a team-high 23 points. Broering has seven goals and five assists for 19 points.
Highlands takes on Newport Central Catholic (5-6) on Tuesday at Tower Park. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Highlands 3, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder:
Highlands (5-3-1 overall) took out a team from Ohio on its fourth try at Tower Park over the Panthers (0-8-3) on Saturday.
"Some of our conversations this week were some of the situational pieces," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We discussed what we we're going to do if we went down a goal in the last few minutes. We weren't down a goal. But we were ready to go for it so we made those same adjustments keeping the end of the season in mind so we know how to make that push. We were happy with the final product as far as the result is concerned."
The Bluebirds had 15 shots with six on goal to four shots with three on goal for the Panthers. Highlands sophomore goalkeeper Connor Mathis made one save.
The Bluebirds won the game with nine seconds left when junior Cole Lorenzen scored. That marked his first goal of the season.
Highlands took a 2-1 lead with 10:59 left in the game when Jordan Frisk scored on a Brayden Gillman assist. That marked the fourth goal for Frisk and fifth assist for Gillman. But the Panthers tied it on a penalty kick with 2:56 to go.
The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime. Senior Max Farris scored his team-high seventh goal with 25:59 left in the first half. Farris has seventh goal of the season to go with two assists for 16 points.
"The team played well together and I think in the end, we wanted it more than (Elder) did," Farris said. "They could definitely connect well and all they play in Ohio are other great teams so it makes (the win) better."
Highlands travels to Conner on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic 3, Highlands 1:
The Thoroughbreds (11-7) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Bluebirds (10-4) by scores of 25-23, 26-25, 16-25, 25-22.
Highlands had 47 kills on 47 assists, five aces, one solo and four assisted blocks and 103 digs. Highlands senior Laura Winkler had 11 kills, one ace, one assisted block and 20 digs. Junior Madison Clore had 30 digs and two aces. Junior Lauren Buemi had 22 kills, two assisted blocks and eight digs. Senior setter Maria Little had 23 assists and 13 digs.
Highlands takes on Covington Holy Cross on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Highlands ran in the Conner Invitational on Friday at Idlewild Park in Burlington.
The Highlands varsity teams finished second in the two-mile races. The Highlands boys ran against five other teams scoring 54 points to finish behind Conner's 17 points. Highlands senior Will Griffith finished seventh out of 55 runners to lead the Bluebirds in 10 minutes, 43.98 seconds.
The Highlands girls scored 45 points finishing behind Scott's 39. Senior Maggie Schroeder won the race in 11:49.7.
The Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference meet is at Idlewild on Oct. 10. St. Henry is playing host to the meet.
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