Highlanders overtake Devils 5-0

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Swain County High School varsity boys soccer team suffered a tough 5-0 conference loss against Highlands at home on Monday. 

The Highlanders came into the match with an aggressive offense, scoring a goal at the start of both the first and the second half. 

The Maroon Devils never let up but just couldn’t seem to match the recovery and control of the ball displayed by the Highlanders. 

Highlands gave Swain opportunities to gain back control, with 7 corners and 6 off sides to Swain’s 0 and 2. Swain outweighed Highlands in fouls, however, with 6 compared to 3 total. 

Swain goalie Noel Wolf, freshman, had 9 saves in the game. 

The Maxpreps player of the game was Zachary Cline, freshman. 

Preston Robinson, senior, led the Devils in steals with nine, followed by junior Joey King with eight. Chase Burrell, freshman, and Aiden Pond, sophomore, both had six steals. 

Trey Bowman, junior, led the Devils on attempted shots with three. Thiago Florencio, junior, Brody Randall, senior, and Zachary Cline, freshman, all had one attempt on goal. 

The loss to Highlands came after a 2-0 conference loss against the Andrews Wildcats on Thursday, Oct. 12. 

It was a battle against the Wildcats, with the first half ending 0-0. The Devils played a strong defensive game with 59 total team steals, but were unable to keep the Wildcats from landing the net twice in the game. 

On offense, the Devils made 14 attempts at goal but couldn’t make any of them stick. 

Last Wednesday, Swain was able to avenge an early season loss against the Murphy Bulldogs in an 4-3 conference win away. 

The score was 3-2 at the end of the first half with Devils leading. Both teams were able to land one additional goal in the second half. 

Swain hosted Blue Ridge Early College Bobcats at home Wednesday after press time. Prior to the match up, Bobcats were 6-6 for the season. Prior to Wednesday night’s game, Swain is 4-11 overall and 3-8 in conference. 

Swain will travel to Tallulah Falls on Monday for the final regular season game. Start time is 4:30 p.m. 

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