The Lions gave up two first-half goals to Heathwood Hall but scored 12 minutes into the second half. They had a few solid chances to tie the game late, but the ball did not find the back of the net as they fell 2-1.
Heath Brace got the Lions (0-5) on the board with 28:30 to go after taking a cross from Hunter Miller.
Brace had a few shots in the final two minutes but was unsuccessful.
The Highlanders (4-0) were on their heels a bit in the beginning of the game but the Lions just missed taking advantage of early opportunities.
Austin Roper got clear of the defense five minutes in, and with the goalkeeper scrambling back to the net, Roper’s shot sailed over the crossbar. At the 32-minute mark, Miller had a good look at a header, but his shot went wide left.
Meanwhile, the Lions defense was doing a good job of insulating goalkeeper Jacob Gardner. The eighth-grader turned away one shot as the defense was able to clear Highlander forays into their end. He finished with seven saves.
Heathwood Hall was able to break the deadlock with 7:50 left in the first half, as Highlander striker Brandon Hill headed the ball into the net after a deep throw-in from Daniel Settana.
Settana then set up John Rothell for the Highlanders second goal with 1:40 to go before intermission.
Lions head coach Josh Ryer was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We had three good chances early,” he said. “The offense was playing phenomenal and the defense stepped up really big tonight. It was a great game tonight.”
The Lady Lions (0-4) faced a unbeaten Lady Highlanders squad and didn’t make it out of the first half, losing 10-0.
Erin Ress led the Lady Highlanders (5-0) with four goals.