‘We ain’t done yet’ – Bluebirds advance to state semi-finals


Tessa Killen

Sophomore Maggie Stieby goes for the ball in the state semi-match against George Rogers Clark on October 22.

Tessa Killen and Nick Caldwell

Last night, the Highlands girls varsity soccer team won in a shutout game against George Rogers Clark High School in the semi-state round of the state tournament.

3 minutes and 30 seconds into the game, Highlands scored the first point with a foul kick. Another goal attempt was followed 3 minutes and 56 seconds later.

Highlands scored the second point 8 minutes and 29 seconds into the game.

This was followed by attempts to score from both teams. The ball kept going back and forth between the goals, but no points were scored for the rest of the first half.

David Dierig, a freshman who was participating in the Ozone, commented on the way the Highlands team was performing.

“Highlands is dominating and it’s only the first half,” Dierig explained, “We’re getting the ball into the attacking third and keeping possession while shooting shots that are on target.”

At the start of the second half, several goal attempts were made by both teams. 2 minutes and 37 seconds, Highlands scores their 3rd point.

Highlands makes their 4th and final goal 9 minutes and 50 seconds into the second half.

For the rest of the game, no goals were scored despite several attempts.

Sophomore Greta Noble acknowledged the team’s areas of needed improvement but was proud of her team.

Noble said, “I think we played well as a team, but we didn’t find the goal as much as we could have, but #Weain’tdoneyet.”

In the end, Highlands won the game with the final score of 4-0. It was their 18th shutout game this season.

Head coach Alex Dean was very proud of the work the team put in.

“I think it went pretty well,” Coach Dean stated. “We started off strong and accomplished our goal of 18 shutouts. I am proud of their effort.”

The quarter-final game of the state tournament will be October 27th. The location and opponent are to be determined.

UPDATE (10/22) – The Birds will play third-ranked Greenwood in Lexington.