Rockledge Ousts Lake Wales, Winter Haven falls to Merritt Island

LAKE WALES | The Lake Wales Highlanders team failed to capitalize on their first district title in school history as they fell to Rockledge 3-0 in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal game at Legion Field Wednesday night.

With the victory, Rockledge (18-4-3) will play Merritt Island Saturday in the regional semifinals. The Highlanders, whose squad consists of mainly freshman and sophomores, finished their season at 12-7-0.

After a couple of scoring chances early, the visitors scored the only goal they needed five minutes in as ninth-grader Savannah Henriquez took a pass from Heather Buck and shot from just inside the goal box, lobbing the ball just over the outstretched arms of Highlanders goalkeeper Ashley Castleberry. Henrquez later scored Rockledge’s second goal too. more