|Bluebirds Make First-Half Lead Stand|
|Highlands sophomore Jade Rehberger (6) clears the ball on a corner kick while senior goalkeeper Rylee Thomas (pink) get in position and Tatum Price (5) and Greta Noble (2) watch.|
|The Highlands girls soccer team celebrated a second straight region championship with a 2-1 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Bluebirds travel to West Jessamine on Tuesday for the Semi-State 5 game at 7 p.m.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team took the lead over the arch-rivals for good with just 13:12 left in the first half.
From that point, it became a matter of making it to halftime. Then the seconds took what seemed like an eternity at times on the grass at St. Henry.
2000.....1,500.....500.....until the final one ticked off and the Bluebirds (17-3-4 overall) could celebrate a second straight 9th Region title with a 2-1 win over the Notre Dame Pandas (17-4-4). The teams had met in the region title game twice the past three years with the teams splitting 1-0 wins.
"We kind of did what we did last year, but we did it a little bit earlier," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "It probably wasn't the smartest move. I know our coaches probably didn't want me to do it. But I listened to them and adjusted a little bit. I knew it was going to be just kind of sitting back and surviving. Our girls have been doing it all year. If we clog the middle, (opponents) are not going to get a great chance. They might score off a half-chance. But we're not going to give them much of a chance if we're defensive and we make sure we cover everything."