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  1. Assuming that the 4 District winners are in this group of 5 that someone is going to have to play the District Runner Up of Cooper/Ryle (I realize Conner is in the background saying wait just a sec, don't count us out yet).....fine I will throw in Conner....Let me rephrase, whoever is the District Champ playing the Dist 33 Runner Up is going to have their hands full!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!
  2. Congrats Conner on a great season! Can't wait to have some battles with these boys in years to come!
  3. This was a solid win for the Birds. Really was a vanilla type of game. Nothing comical about it. Ponchak for the last few games has really tighten the screws on his personnel turnstile that he was doing earlier in the season allowing a lot of players to play. It was a tight 0-0 game at the half pretty evenly possessed game. The Birds were able to get on the board first in the 2nd half with a nice unselfish pass from Casey Stiles at the top of the box to Gesenhues to finish. The second goal came from a nice assist from Jack Haggard to Casey Stiles for the finish. Not a lot of really big threats on the Highlands defensive side. There was one play that was really cool to watch, Conner Mathis came out to challenge a 50/50 ball with an attacker which made for an interesting no call collision, another WH player tried to shoot without Mathis on his feet but Evan Jones was able to jump high enough in the air to get his head on the ball to pop it straight up, it was in the air long enough for Conner to run back to the goal line to snag the ball coming back down.....close call for the Birds but kept the clean sheet for Mathis!!! #GO BIRDS!!!!
  4. Birds Win Big for Coach Norris The Birds sneak a goal in early from a cross from R Wilkins to K Jamie to put them up 1-0. Unfortunately, for the next 20 minutes the Birds attacks were nullified due to an out of shaped elderly man trying to be the Center Ref of this Varsity Girls soccer game. It was so disappointing that the game got the short straw on not having the proper young strapping athletic soccer ref that we so deserve for Northern Ky High School soccer. I literally know hundreds of people that are refs that do High School games and we somehow have to deal with this guy standing at midfield not moving and being in our way all game long. Finally, Norris politely tries to give the Center Ref some very well deserved constructive feedback to try to move a little faster around the field to avoid our players that seem to find him in the wrong place every time they dribbled through the middle of the field. The elderly gentleman unfortunately took Coach Norris's feedback in the wrong manner and decided to pull his papyrus yellow colored ref card and gave Coach Norris a YC. Coach Norris tried to explain that he was simply trying to help out a fellow man by telling him to stay out of the way of his players because he might get hurt. He already had a knee brace on so he must be frail and Coach Norris was simply looking after his safety. I guess due to the time spent discussing the reason why Coach Norris was trying to politely explain everything to the hard hearing individual, the Center Ref decided that time was up and he had heard or maybe not heard enough of Norris's information so the Center Ref pulled out his other weather worn Red Card that looked like it was folded 20 times in his billfold prior to coming to the game. It is such a shame to have to deal with these people that are trying to go out and ref a game. They need to just stay home and watch Wheel of Fortune or something of that nature. Well Norris collected his belongings and walked off the field shaking his head in disappointment due to his misinterpreted good nature communications. Coach Andy and the other Coaches collected their thoughts and gathered the players around and really pumped them up by igniting some fire in their belly to the overwhelming chants of "Win One for Chris". I mean did they ever! They came out with such fire and aggressiveness, which I have never seen before in the 2 years of Coach Norris's tenure. This was exactly what was needed for the Birds. Goal after Goal after Goal were scored and all I could think about was "What a great thing Coach Norris did tonight! He died on a sword which might have been strategic on exactly what he wanted to do for these High School girls to get fired up and play with some passion FINALLY". #GOBIRDS!!!! This a better version??? Maybe my write up should have gone this way instead.
  5. Birds play loose finally and dominate It was a cold evening at Simon Kenton with everyone bundled up for a rematch that SK couldn't wait to have after a disappointing 2-1 loss down at Lex Cath a few weeks ago during the Lex Cath Invitational. Highlands jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a nice cross from (FR) R. Wilkins to K. Jamie who did a little Mari donna move which put her on the ground but somehow was able to bounce back up and poke the ball past the GK for the goal. Then after mainly Highlands handling the possession for the next 20 minutes we had some coaching drama, one of Highlands midfielders dribbling around the Center circle was having some issues avoiding the Ref who was positioned where the player was dribbling. The player was able to avoid contact and was successful on passing the ball way up the field. This was the tipping point for Norris who yelled to the CR "GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!! THIS LITERALLY WAS LIKE THE 4TH TIME YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE WAY OF OUR PLAYERS AT MIDFIELD!!!!" that wasn't good enough for Norris he then proceeds to add on to the fact that the CR was being way to far away from the play, basically saying he was lazy and not following the play down to the 18 box. Center Ref blew his whistle to stop the clock to go have a chat with Norris and administer a YC to him. The dialogue continued between the Ref and Norris which I can only imagine what was being said but apparently it wasn't warm pleasantries since Norris gets another YC, which means 2 YC = Red Card......exit stage right! Immediately after Norris left the field the Birds finally playing loose for the first time all year, turned up the play level and absolutely destroyed the Pioneers. It was 2-0 at half. In the 2nd half the Birds just continued to connect the best they have looked all season. Birds ended up scoring 5 goals in the 2nd half and gave up 2 for the Final score to end up being 7-2. I really don't think SK realized what just happened. Back to Norris though b/c unfortunately that is what people are going to be discussing for a few days instead of the 7-2 destruction these Birds did to Simon Kenton (who by the way was just Ranked #8 in the KY Maher Rankings just behind Highlands who was Ranked #7). With the RC Norris received he will of course have some time to think about his actions since he will not be welcomed on the bench during the next game (Weds vs Roger Bacon) and who knows if there will be any more after that. The mental breakdown of his actions has to have the administration to pause and think if this is a person they want to have as a Role Model for 50+ 7th - 12th grade young ladies. This was NOT a situation where he blew up for a Ref not calling an infraction or calling one that Norris disagreed with, it was literally blowing up at a Ref for his lack of physical ability of not staying out of the way of the Birds players and not being in good position for the game. 110% uncalled for, I know some people who actually do ref out there and what I have been told is that the supply of refs were already a small group of people to begin the season and thru this season there have been way too many that have had season ending injuries of some sort to keep them from being out there doing games. They are literally are being held together by knee, ankle, thigh braces and duct tape. And you want these refs to try to avoid a bunch of 15-18 year old girls who on the Birds some of them run track and qualify for State events either in Individual or relay events...... I just don't know what can be said and done to make last nights antics something we can just move on from..... We will see....... EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BIRD!!!!!!!
  6. Clash of 2 Heavyweights fights to a Draw The first night of fall and the temperatures felt like it was the first day of winter! The wind was kicking to put a shock to the body especially when the prior day we were having temps hit the mid 90s. This game had all the makings of a special night. Two great teams finally meeting after a pretty decent season for both. Looking historically Dixie has not beaten Highlands at least since 2001, with one lone tie way back in 2012! Could this night be the first for them? Highlands struck first with a nice cross from Caden Schroeder to connect with Chad Gesenhues that was able to find the back of the net, Highlands 1-0. The possession of the ball was actually pretty even with both teams battling pretty good all night long. Highlands struck again with Colin Pieper assisting to Adarsh Khullar for a goal to make the Birds up, 2-0. Dixie finally was able to put themselves on the board with a corner kick from Bennet Gerak that was dropped right at the top of the 6, where bodies were flying everywhere and somehow before you knew it the ball had disappeared into the back of the net, apparently off the foot of Reed Brixey. That is how the half ended with Highlands up 2-1. The second half each team had their chances and it eventually took a unfortunate little shoulder bump way outside but barely in the side of the box, which the Center Ref convened with the AR which was right on top of the play to MAKE SURE the infraction was in fact inside the box. They agreed that it was which set up a PK for Dixie, Bennett Gerak went left, Jack Wilson guessed it to go right, Highlands 2 Dixie 2. I was expecting maybe a little more of a physical game between the two teams but it actually was much much cleaner. This will just fuel the fire for that potential rematch in a few weeks.....I know I know there maybe one or 2 other schools that will try to ruin that..... Just an added tidbit regarding Highlands personnel, Ponchak seemed to go with the potential Postseason run type of sub pattern with only playing 4 players off the bench last night, so no massive hockey style line changes. It was a fun night of soccer!
  7. Clash of 2 Heavyweights fights to a Draw The first night of fall and the temperatures felt like it was the first day of winter! The wind was kicking to put a shock to the body especially when the prior day we were having temps hit the mid 90s. This game had all the makings of a special night. Two great teams finally meeting after a pretty decent season for both. Looking historically Dixie has not beaten Highlands at least since 2001, with one lone tie way back in 2012! Could this night be the first for them? Highlands struck first with a nice cross from Caden Schroeder to connect with Chad Gesenhues that was able to find the back of the net, Highlands 1-0. The possession of the ball was actually pretty even with both teams battling pretty good all night long. Highlands struck again with Colin Pieper assisting to Adarsh Khullar for a goal to make the Birds up, 2-0. Dixie finally was able to put themselves on the board with a corner kick from Bennet Gerak that was dropped right at the top of the 6, where bodies were flying everywhere and somehow before you knew it the ball had disappeared into the back of the net, apparently off the foot of Reed Brixey. That is how the half ended with Highlands up 2-1. The second half each team had their chances and it eventually took a unfortunate little shoulder bump way outside but barely in the side of the box, which the Center Ref convened with the AR which was right on top of the play to MAKE SURE the infraction was in fact inside the box. They agreed that it was which set up a PK for Dixie, Bennett Gerak went left, Jack Wilson guessed it to go right, Highlands 2 Dixie 2. I was expecting maybe a little more of a physical game between the two teams but it actually was much much cleaner. This will just fuel the fire for that potential rematch in a few weeks.....I know I know there maybe one or 2 other schools that will try to ruin that..... Just an added tidbit regarding Highlands personnel, Ponchak seemed to go with the potential Postseason run type of sub pattern with only playing 4 players off the bench last night, so no massive hockey style line changes. It was a fun night of soccer!
  8. VARSITY STARTERS ROLL.......backups not so much! Before I get my game face on for this epic battle tonight, I thought I would write up something regarding this game against SK back on Tue. I will say this was a comfortable win if you only look at what the normal starters did while on the pitch. When Ponchak again felt like the game was in hand was when the game got a little sloppy and goals were scored to pad the results to knock look so comfortable. The highlight of the game was in the 12 min, Jack Haggard from the back line floats a go pattern pass to Pieper over the top where Colin was able to take a nice touch around the Keeper to finish with a Goal... this was the 50th GOAL for Colin Pieper in his career!!!! Unfortunately, this game was not without some mental mistakes for the Birds. In the 16th min right after the Birds went up 3-0, Adarsh Khullar drops it back to the Center Back who just took too long to get it off their foot and got his pocket picked by SK attacker who then was able to drop a sweet shot to the opposite corner to get past Wilson who was in goal during the game. Halftime was Birds up 3-1.....Starters played pretty much the whole 1st Half for the most part. The subbing was very limited I thought. 5 min into the 2nd half the Birds were able to convert a nice attack with Casey Stiles following a rebounded shot that Gesenhues took and was able to put the ball in back of the net for a 4-1 lead for the Birds. With 20 min left in the game was when there was a complete line change of the game and it got a little on the sloppy side to allow SK to sneak a few scores in to make the score look a little different than what the first 60 minutes looked like. Now gotta get my paint on, LET'S GO BIRDS!!!!
  9. Two officials is unfortunately becoming the norm around the state. Going to get worse I feel before it gets better.
  10. Game ends at Halftime per KHSAA Mercy Rule: I think this gif sums up my feelings on this one. I think a lot of people might be laughing this one off but not me....
  11. A Senior Night that will be remembered for a VERY LONG TIME! What a great night for a soccer match! The weather couldn't be any better. The Highlands Bluebirds were going to host Montgomery County for the lone boys match of the evening. The Highlands girls had just finished their match beating Lafayette 5-1 at 5pm and we quickly moved right into the individual introductions of Seniors with their parents. Highlands has 17 Seniors on the roster so this took a VERY LONG time to get thru all the necessary and meaningful remembrances. Like @The Double Deucestated prior I was looking for this match to be somewhat one sided with Highlands taking control. Unfortunately, during a Senior night game Ponchak and the Birds had other plans. The starting 11 were all Seniors for the Birds which included Conner Mathis between the pipes for this game. The first big action came at the 11 min mark with Casey Stiles takes the ball for a nice 30 yard run into the box for a nice finish to put the Birds up 1-0. Case in point of the Senior Night festivities, 15 min mark was when Adarsh Khullar enters the game for the first time..... 18 min mark first interesting (maybe controversial call) Montgomery Co does a nice slide tackle inside their box to eliminate a threatening attack by the Birds but in doing so he passes the ball backwards where the Mont Co keeper uses hands to pick the ball up. The Center Ref blows the whistle, Bird Nation initially thought that they were getting a PK due to the slide tackle maybe....instead to a confused fan base we got a "pass back to keeper who used hands" which results in an Indirect Kick inside the box. I forgot who kicked it for Highlands but instead of doing the typical tap to another kicker at the point where the ball was placed, Highlands took their chances by BLASTING into the goal and "hope" that it grazes a player on the way in for a goal. Instead the kick goes high by the crossbar and grazes the bar and goes into the goal. The Center Ref and AR convene and conclude that it did not in fact touch any other player before going in......NO GOAL! 19 min mark, Adarsh tries to get to a ball and literally has Mont Co player hugging him and Adarsh then proceeds to push Mont Co player off of him. Unfortunately Adarsh becomes the victim by the old saying that sometimes the Ref sees the retaliation not the initial infraction. Adarsh because of his shove gets the first Yellow Card of the evening. 26 min mark, Mont Co gets a free kick 40 yards out and drops a dime right into the middle of the box Mathis catches the ball (or the refs believe he did) then a Mont Co player bumps the ball loose from Mathis's hands and taps it in the goal. The AR calls the Center Ref over and they convene and determine that Mathis did have possession of the ball and the jarring the ball loose was an infraction, NO GOAL!!!! 31 min mark, Birds mid fielder casually plays a negative pass back to a Center Back...Unfortunately, their was a Mont Co player licking his chops that was able to get a good jump on that pass to intercept it before reaching the intended Center Back, does a nice touch around Mathis and pops the ball into the back of the net.....Highlands 1 Montgomery Co 1 34 min mark, Montgomery Co comments a hard foul on the Birds and receives a Yellow Card. Halftime: a disappointing 1-1 score 44 min mark, only 4 min into the 2nd half and Andrew Foley drops a nice diagonal cross to the far post where Colin Pieper was able to somehow stay on side and tap the ball into the back of the net. Highlands 2 Montgomery Co 1 48 min mark, one of the biggest guys for Montgomery Co I believe he played on the backline takes a ball from inside his 18 box and literally goes in a straight line 80 yards going thru a few Birds players, I mean it looked like Bo Jackson streaking down the field blowing people up.....then right before entering the Birds box Evan Jones goes in low and gets to much leg and not enough ball for a not so clean tackle and the Mont Co player tumbles but Evan Jones gets the hot Yellow Card (they are going out of style in this game). 67 min mark, Big lineup change for the Birds, Ponchak TRYING his best to get as much playing time out of his 17 Seniors in a game that is still up in the air. I am sure he really didn't think he would be sitting on a 2-1 game 67 min into the match. 68 min mark, Thomas Kearns who I believe was one of the Seniors that just came in at the 67 min mark takes a Mont Co player down (tripping) from behind. Quick exit for Kearns with the hot ticket (YC). 70 min mark, Mont Co player takes down a Birds defender hard.....Mont Co player gets YC! 70 min mark, Andrew Foley and Chad Gesenhues are subbed out, still with 10 min left and only a 1 goal advantage.....boy o boy! 71 min mark, Montgomery County puts a nice long Throw In right in front of Mathis but he had a charging Mont Co player and Bird defender charging right at him. Looks like Mathis might have checked up just a second and the ball either deflected off of the Mont Co or Bird defender just enough to change the ball direction to get past Mathis for a goal.....Highlands 2 Montgomery Co 2 Everybody buckle up because this ending is CRAZY!!! 74 min mark, Dash Macke gets the ball exactly where it was when Andrew Foley launched his assist to Pieper at the 44 min mark and does the same thing but this time Casey Stiles jumps up and gets a nice header on the ball that goes into the back of the net. Highlands 3 Montgomery Co 2 78 min mark, Bird defender plays a slow pass back to Mathis and once again Mont Co player literally looks like he new that was coming and intercepted the pass got by Mathis easily and puts the tying goal into the net. Highlands 3 Montgomery Co 3 CAN WE PLEASE STOP THE LAZY BACK PASSES!!!!!! You are killing me BIRDS!! Thinking the game is going to end in a disappointing tie, the Birds had other plans. They push up the field very aggressively after the kickoff and Colin Pieper receives a pass right at the top of the box (outside of it) he takes a shot which it looks like in doing so gets his plant foot stepped on, Center Ref delays the foul call to see if the Birds can get another quick shot off from the rebound but doesn't therefore the Ref blows the whistle and elects to reward the infraction on Mont Co on Pieper right outside 18 box right in the Center. Pieper places the ball and puts a sweet shot low into the far right corner of the goal avoiding the wall that was set up in front of him, they needed to build a bigger wall. After the goal there was some extra curricular activities between the Birds and Mont Co players but no cards given, maybe ref ran out? 30 secs left in the game, Highlands 4 Montgomery Co 3. Montgomery Co blasts their Hail Mary kickoff down by the box where a Mont Co attacker was going full speed ahead but instead of jumping cleanly up, jumps right into a waiting Birds defender causing ref to call an infraction, while Birds set up free kick time expires. O wait there is more.....as soon as the horn blows you see 2 of the Montgomery Co coaches storm the field heading straight to the Center Ref which causes him to quickly pull out his Red Card to show the Head Coach just to put the icing on the cake for the evening. I lost track of how many cards that was but man that was a crazy night!!!! Like I said in the title this is going to be a game those 17 boys will remember for the rest of their lives that was pure craziness! #GOBIRDS (NO MORE PASS BACK TO THE KEEPER!)
  12. BUMP!!!! Moving this thread to the top of the pile......should be a fun weekend! I'll post results whenever I see them out there..... BIG GAME right out of the gate with Highlands vs Cov Cath!!! Highlands won 1-0 in the Regular season game almost a month ago.....
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