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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday Highlands Soccer Notes

Bluebirds defeat fifth-ranked Henry Clay; Girls game cancelled

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Senior Alex Ford (4) has helped the Bluebirds to a 2-0-1 start the first week of the season. Highlands beat Lexington Henry Clay, 2-0 on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team headed back to Lexington on Saturday for the Lexington Soccer Showcase and came home with a victory.

At Bryan Station, the Bluebirds (2-0-1 overall) took down the fifth-ranked Lexington Henry Clay Blue Devils (0-2) by a 2-0 count. Henry Clay owns two state championships in school history in 2010 and 1991.

The Bluebirds have shut out their first three opponents outscoring them by a combined 9-0. Junior Nick Fischer has recorded the three shutouts as goalkeeper for the Bluebirds.

"We've been really with how the four backs specifically (senior defender) Alex Ford kind of playing in front of them have been playing," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "They've been keeping the game simple and certainly not shying away from tackles. They've also been strong contributors. The guys out wide have been pretty strong getting up and getting involved in the attack as well."

Niedert said the four guys in the back have been flexible with their arrangements. Senior Garrett Crowe has not come off the field yet.

"To keep fresh legs in those spots has been really helpful," Niedert said. "If we weren't trying to keep legs fresh, out wide especially, I think that they all would just stay on the field if they could. They're all just here to ball out of the back of the net. When the time comes, Nick Fischer has done a great job. He has had to make some great saves. Overall, it's really helpful when we're putting teams in position where they have to defend us. We haven't had a team yet where it has gone back and forth. We made sure they're defending us as well." 

Senior Luke Schweitzer scored his first goal of the season 30 seconds into the second half. Junior Elijah Stevie assisted that goal before scoring later in the half for a total of three points. That marked the first goal and assist on the season for Stevie.

"As much as we enjoy scoring goals, we can't lose as long as we don't allow any goals," Fischer said. "Luckily for me, I haven't had to do much. With the depth we have in the back line, everyone there is able to play with one another and has made my job a lot easier."

Highlands takes on Cooper (2-0) on Tuesday in a 9th Region game at Tower Park. Game time is 8 p.m.

Soccer, Girls:
Highlands-Boone County Cancelled:

Highlands (1-0) had a 9th Region game scheduled at Boone County (1-1). It was called off Friday because of a threat of rain on the grass field. Bluebird Head Coach Alex Dean said no make-up date has been set.

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