Highlander soccer teams on the prowl

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Eureka Lady Highlander team captain Abbi Jeppsen, at left, charged out of the goal to grab a loose ball before a Huntsville Lady Eagle could score during last Friday's match. Eureka teammates converged on the ball to help Jeppsen, who made the save. Huntsville won the match 3-0 as Eureka had to play with just nine players due to injuries.The boys, also shorthanded, lost to Huntsville 4-1. David McNeal / Carroll County News

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Highlander soccer coach Mike Shreya Smith reported the following information about the team's recent games against the Gentry Pioneers and Huntsville Eagles.

The Lady Highlanders played their first conference game on Monday, March 26, at home versus the Gentry Lady Pioneers.

"The Eureka girls came out strong in the first half with sustained attacking pressure on the visitors defense and were rewarded with a goalmouth scrambled goal by the determined aggressiveness of team captain Abbi Jeppsen,"?Coach Smith said.

"The home team continued with sharp passing moves to create shots on goal, and Sunny Flowers was on the spot to convert two chances,"?Smith said.

At half-time, it was Eureka girls 3, Gentry girls 0.

The home team was almost caught in the second half as the visitors came back strongly with two goals of their own, and almost tied the game but for some great saves by goalies Hannah Milligan and Clare McCormick, Smith said.

Final Score: Lady Highlanders 3, Lady Pioneers 2.

The Highlanders road game on Tuesday, March 27, with the Subiaco boys was cancelled due to severe weather.

Friday, March 30, at Eureka Leatherwood fields saw the Highlanders entertain the Huntsville Eagles.

"The Lady Eagles overcame the determined resistance of the home team girls, who were playing short-handed due to injuries" Smith said about the loss. The final score was 3-0, Huntsville.

"Sonny Flowers came close to scoring with a penalty kick shot, and the Jeppsen sisters did a great job as substitute goaltenders,"?Smith said.

Coach also said the Highlander boys' team was also suffering from a lack of regular starters because of injuries and had a harder time containing the more physical play of the visitors, who were able to capitalize on their substitutions in numbers and speed to expose the Eureka defense.

"David Farber got a goal back as the visiting Eagles ran out 4-1 winners in a highly charged game,"?Smith said.

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