|Highlands Girls Soccer Concludes Regular Season with Win|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior goalkeeper Hailey Parks gets in position in a recent game.|
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The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (11-4-1 overall) had one last tune-up for the postseason and came away with a 3-2 home win over the county rival Bishop Brossart Lady 'Stangs (12-7-1).
"It's fantastic for these girls," said Chris Norris, Highlands Head Coach. "We've played some tough teams this season and had some tough results. But this last week or so, they're just playing really, really good soccer. It was nice to get three goals in and give us a chance to try out a couple different formations as we head districts. We got some more players in. As many players as we can get experience, it's fantastic for this team. We're really coming together."
Highlands took 20 shots on goal to six for Bishop Brossart. Senior Hailey Parks had three saves at goalkeeper for the Bluebirds and senior Meg Gessner had three. The Bluebirds had seven corner kicks to two for the visitors.
Highlands sophomore forward Laney Smith scored her 15th goal of the season off an assist from sophomore forward Claire Cavacini to put the Bluebirds up 1-0 15 minutes into the game. Cavacini has four assists on the season.
Senior midfielder Faith Broering gave Highlands a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the half on a penalty kick. She has nine goals this year.
The Bluebirds went ahead 3-1 after Smith second goal and 16th on the season. Senior defender Jade Rehberger recorded her ninth assist of the year.
Highlands received some good news. Junior defender Bianca Hemsath said she will return for the 9th Region Tournament. She has not been able to play since early in the year.
"I'm really excited. Just being a part of this team is awesome," Hemsath said. "Obviously, I'm very lucky that the coaches let me participate actively when I was injured on the sideline as a manager and keeping the stats. It's really wonderful being out there and playing some of your best friends."
The Bluebirds play in the title game of the 36th District Tournament on Wednesday at Morsher Field in Silver Grove. Game time is 5 p.m.
Dayton Forfeits to Highlands:
A scheduling conflict gave the Bluebirds (23-6) a forfeit win. Highlands takes on South Oldham on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati Wyoming 5, Highlands 0:
The Bluebirds (15-4-1 overall) saw their seven-game winning streak stopped.
Wyoming outshot Highlands, 14-9. Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Wilson had four saves for the Bluebirds.
Highlands takes on Lexington Dunbar on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Tower Park to conclude the regular season.
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