|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands freshman Haley Dougherty (12) plays the ball ahead in Monday's game at Campbell County.|
It was a game that felt like the Highlands Ladybirds soccer team outplayed the host Campbell County Lady Camels.
But one will not convince second-year Head Coach Brian Wiefering of that because the Ladybirds lost 1-0. Highlands (2-2) outshot the defending 10th Region champion Lady Camels, 15-9 including 8-5 on goal.
"Did they do a lot of great things to get a lot more shots than Campbell County? Yes, they did," Wiefering said. "But they didn't finish. Campbell County finished. Campbell County outplayed us."
Highlands even had four corner kicks to three for Campbell County. But the Ladybirds could not put anything past Campbell County junior goalkeeper Hannah Anderson. Anderson made eight saves.
Junior Shannon Eaton had four saves for Highlands. Eaton has been playing both halves between the pipes after splitting halves with sophomore Olivia McQueary last year. McQueary is currently out nursing a chipped right kneecap. But McQueary said she hopes to be back in a few weeks.
The best chance for Highlands to score came with 30:52 in the game. Junior Kiersten Clukey took the ball toward the net and drew a foul from behind. She took a free kick just outside the box, but it went over the crossbar.
Clukey took all the corner kicks. One came minutes later to Ellie Farley in the attacking zone. But Anderson made a nice save.
The only goal of the game came with 16:50 left in the game. Campbell County (5-2) drew a corner kick on a tight play Holly Schwarber kicked it in and Olivia Nelson scored.
Campbell County finished with 10 fouls to eight for Highlands. Both teams received one yellow card.
Despite the loss, Highlands has still come a long way. The only other loss came Saturday, 1-0 to Cincinnati Ursuline.
"I am a competitor so I hate losing," Wiefering said. "If anyone is not sitting and watching the dynamic movement of these girls, especially that second half, it's fun to watch. But you have to score to win."
Campbell County had not beaten Highlands since 2011. The Ladybirds won last year's contest 2-0.
The Ladybird freshmen and junior varsity teams came out victorious. Highlands won the freshmen contest 9-0 and the JV game 2-1.
Highlands plays host to Ryle at Tower Park on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.