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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Highlands Notes

Bluebirds Drop Shootout Against Sacred Heart
PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands sophomore Kenzie Nehus makes a move in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team knew it would be tested against the second-ranked Sacred Heart Valkyries on Saturday at Tower Park.

The Bluebirds (3-1) did not get down when Sacred Heart (3-0) scored in the shoot-out. But Highlands ran out of time in the 5-4 loss.

Sacred Heart out-shot Highlands, 22-11 including 13-10 on goal. Junior goalkeeper Maggie Hinegardner made 10 saves for the Bluebirds and sophomore Amanda Isaacs made six for the Valkyries.

"The first thing we said before the game is this team is fantastic," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "They have a tradition like we do. But they have girls coming in and out every year. They're team is excited when they get their chance because they have so many girls. Understand that they're great players and they're going to want to cut and use moves. Just be patient on defense and dive in. We had a couple times where we were diving in and that's what gave them a couple of their goals on their long shots."

Sacred Heart has a new head coach in Libbey Smith. Smith came over from Oldham County. The Valkyries defeated Lexington Catholic (1-0) and Louisville Seneca (15-0) in their first two games.

"Highlands is always a good team," Smith said. "They're always strong, physical, organized so we knew coming up it would be a tough game."

Sacred Heart scored quickly as senior Ashley Durik put one to the upper right from the left side. But junior Lauren Deckert drew a penalty just outside the box and put the indirect kick in the upper left corner to tie the game at 1-1.

The Valkyries saw senior Brielle Heuglin score with 9:11 left in the first half. But Highlands junior Katelynn Helminiak fired one down the field. It went off a Sacred Heart defender for an own goal. The teams went into halftime tied at 2-2.

Sacred Heart took the lead back with 35:19 left in the game when senior Sophia Mankowski scored. But Highlands senior Lindsey Meyer drew a penalty in the box and put the penalty kick in the lower left to tie the game at 3-3 with 23:13 to go in the game.

But the Valkyries took the lead again for good with 16:12 left when junior midfielder Taylor Nelson scored. Sacred Heart then went up 5-3 when Durik scored on the penalty kick on a tight call in the box with 10:21 left in the game.

But the Bluebirds did not give up. Junior Tatum Price found Meyer for her second goal of the season with 1:33 left to make the final score. Highlands regained possession, but did not get off a good shot before time expired.

"It's understanding that the game is never over," Dean said. "Eighty minutes until the whistle blows. We had a fighting chance in the last minute because we kept on bringing it to them. They did a great job of not giving up and just pressuring, pressuring and pressuring like we've been talking about all first part of the season."

Highlands travels to Campbell County (1-4) on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Soccer, Boys:
Highlands-Trinity Postponed:

The game was called off with 16:34 remaining in the first half and Trinity leading 1-0 because of excessive lightning in the area.

Senior Brandon McManus scored the game's lone goal just five minutes, 50 seconds into the game for the Shamrocks (2-0). He appeared to be offside, but the side judge did not make the call. Trinity had a goal minutes later nullified for being offside.

Trinity out-shot Highlands, 4-2 including 2-1 on goal. Highlands senior goalkeeper Will Burnham had one save. The Bluebirds had some chances on an indirect kick and two corner kicks.

The Bluebirds had four fouls to three for the Shamrocks. Trinity had one yellow card issued.

Highlands (4-0-1) plays at Campbell County (2-1-1) on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Golf, Boys:
Bluebirds Places High in Mason County Invitational:

The Bluebirds took fourth out of 24 teams firing a 323 on the 18-hole Laurel Oaks Golf Club in Maysville.

Sophomore Luke Muller shot a 75 to finish tied for fifth and sophomore Justin Gabbard finished seventh with 76. Senior Ryan Leigh and eighth grader Joel Craft finished out the Bluebird scoring with 84 and 88 respectively. Senior Steven Grimme shot a 92 for Highlands.

Highlands plays Campbell County in a dual match on Tuesday. Tee time is 3:45 p.m. at AJ Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria.

Football, Junior Varsity:
Highlands 34, Campbell County 0:

The Bluebirds moved to 2-0 with a second shutout on the season.

Junior quarterback Collin Hollingsworth had two rushing and two passing touchdowns to lead the Bluebirds. Junior running back Wes Bowling had a rushing touchdown and junior wide receiver Ryan Garvey had one of the touchdown receptions.

Highlands plays host to Beechwood on Saturday. Game time is 10 a.m. at David Cecil Memorial Stadium.

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