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Scots Sweep Highlander Classic

Lady Scots defeat Midland in tournament
Photo by Matteo Winandy
In the Highlander Stadium senior AB Peacock and junior Emerson Andrews practice. Andrews is currently committed to play soccer for the University of Kentucky. “My favorite part about soccer is being able to do the thing I love everyday in such a competitive environment with my favorite people,” Andrews said.

The Lady Scots won 8-0 against Midland Legacy and now have a record of 2-0 in their recent tournament.

“We had a lot of fans in the student section, which was very exciting, and we were just motivated from the start to [go] after them and to bring it to them early on, which we did,” captain and senior Ella Weathersby said. 

Highland Park won the coin toss, and midfielder and senior Hattie Speicher kicked off the game’s first play. They maintained possession and had a few shots on the goal when Weathersby scored the first goal in the first five minutes of the game.

“I think what motivates us is wanting to do our best for every member of the team,” freshman midfielder Sierra Mallat said.

After the team maintained possession, passing aro und to both defenses, captain and senior Hattie Patterson scored a goal near the end of the first half of the game.

“We had been struggling on finishing the ball, and so our strategy was to finish and execute our final pass, and I think we did really well on doing that,” coach Justine Gish said.

There were a few shots on the goal and a corner kick that hit the rim of the goal, and then, not even a minute later, freshman forward Addie Brink made a seamless goal making the score 2-0.

“Our level of play stayed the same, so the girls handled it well,” Gish said.

There was a foul by Midland Legacy, giving the team a free kick. Midfielder and senior Janet Sherer took the shot but hit the rim of the goal.

Weathersby stole the ball and got possession from Midland Legacy. She dribbled down the field, and Midland Legacy kicked the ball out of bounds, so Brink took a corner kick. The ball went out, and Midland Legacy took a goal kick.

With 17 minutes left in the first half, the team dribbled down the field, and Speicher scored to make the score 4-0, which was where the first half ended.

“Our goals coming into the game were to play our game, finish our chances, have a shutout, do what we do, and we accomplished that,” Weathersby said.

Midland Legacy kicked off to start the second half. In the first three minutes of the second half, Weathersby scored, making the score 5-0.

Brink passed to Speicher and unfortunately missed, but Highland Park maintained possession.

Midfielder and sophomore Lucy Cox kicked a free kick to Brink, who then passed to Patterson. Patterson dribbled to Brink and then passed to Speicher. The ball was quickly passed to junior forward Elle Jones, who scored 17 minutes into the second half. This left the score at 6-0

With almost 20 minutes left in the game, Highland Park defender and sophomore Reagan Johansen scored her first goal of the game and changed the score to 7-0.

In the last five minutes of the game, Cox scored her first goal of the game, making the final score, 8-0.

“I feel like when one team is successful, it feels like the whole program is,” Mallat said. “So it definitely motivated us.”