Continuing their strong play over the past 12 days, the Highland Hawks rallied to tie the Trinity Christian boys soccer team, 2-2, Friday at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks improved their record to 6-2-1 and have lost only one of their past seven matches. They fell behind 2-0 Friday, but recovered with goals by junior Ward Van de Water and senior Tim Bartz.
“We didn’t play our best during parts of the game, but I’m really proud of our effort and energy down the stretch,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “It was a character building moment for our team to step up and come back.”
The Hawks (2-0-1 Delaney Athletic Conference) scored both their goals in the closing minutes of the second half. Van de Water scored the first on a penalty kick.
“We were fortunate to get the penalty kick,” Oare said. “We got our energy back, and momentum.”
Then Bartz scored to erase Trinity Christians’ early 2-0 lead.
“Their two goals were due to lack of marking and mistakes on our part,” Oare said. “Our team got a little impatient at times and tried to force the ball which wouldn’t work because they had a solid disciplined defense.”
Highland volleyball 3, Eastern Mennonite 2
It took a few extra serves, but the Highland Hawks defeated the Eastern Mennonite volleyball team, 3-2, Friday at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks fell behind 2-1, but ended up winning, 25-15, 20-25, 21-25, 25-19, 17-15, to improve their record to 7-4 overall (2-1 Delaney Athletic Conference).
“I knew it was going to be an even match,” Highland coach Gary Hicklin said. “We both recently played a common opponent [St. Anne’s Belfield] that went five sets, and both lost.”
Junior Tanya Bopp gave Highland a first-game lead with a long streak of service points, but the Hawks lost the next two games due to “too many unforced errors,” Hicklin said.
Highland recovered to win the fourth and fifth games, though.
“The girls played with heart and a ‘refuse-to-lose’ attitude and scored the last two points to win,” Hicklin said of game five.
Junior Julia Granato finished with 22 of Highland’s 43 kills, while junior Miranda Shaw had seven aces and junior Tanya Bopp had five. Sophomore Bailey Babcox added five kills, while Bopp had five.
Fredericksburg Academy field hockey 6, Highland 0
The Highland Hawks lost their first field hockey match of the season Friday, 6-0, to Fredericksburg Academy at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks’ record fell to 3-1 overall (3-1 Delaney Athletic Conference).
Fredericksburg Academy girls tennis 7, Highland 0
The Fredericksburg Academy girls tennis team shut out the Highland Hawks, 7-0, on the road Friday.
Highland’s record dropped to 1-3 overall (1-3 Delaney Athletic Conference).
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