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(Asheville Citizen Times) Special thanks to the Highland Football Club for this press release and the photo:

HFC Girls Team Advances to the NCYSA Final Four

The 97 Highland Football Club Red G (Under 17 Girls) have advanced to the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Final Four this weekend in Wilson, NC. The team will play in the state semi-finals on Saturday against the 97 Carolina Rapids Burgundy G from Huntersville, NC. The winner of that game will advance to the state finals on Sunday. With a win, the 97 HFC Red G will compete for the first ever NCYSA State Championship in girls’ soccer for the club.

"This is a great accomplishment for all of the players and families. It is testament to all of their hard work and dedication over the years. A lot of credit goes to their current coach, Carolyn Warhaftig, as well as all of the coaches that have helped these players develop over the years. It is great for our players to be able to compete at the highest levels in North Carolina. There are definitely some exciting times ahead for the Girls’ Program here at HFC," said Jason ReMine, the Director of the Girls’ Classic Program for HFC.

The team consists of players from Western North Carolina:

  • Elizabeth Baird (North Henderson HS)
  • Makayla Ballenger (Reynolds HS)
  • Kaley Cross (Reynolds HS)
  • Karissa Grooms (Reynolds HS)
  • Celina Jacobi Barham (Enka HS)
  • Alexandra Mahoney (TC Roberson HS)
  • Jordan Melvin (Reynolds HS)
  • Megan McCallister (Reynolds HS)
  • Elizabeth Montes (Reynolds HS)
  • Kaileigh Mora (Asheville HS)
  • Anabell Motely (TC Roberson HS)
  • Cassidy Pate-Moore (Tuscola HS)
  • Ashlyn Perkins (Reynolds HS)
  • Christina Shimshock (Reynolds HS)
  • Lily Talley (TC Roberson HS)
  • Ashley Weidlich (Tuscola HS)


Highland Football Club (HFC)

ABYSA’s Classic Division

The goal of HFC is to provide talented young athletes, who possess a strong interest in soccer training and competition, an environment that will allow them to reach their maximum potential in the sport. We offer the highest level of soccer training available to youth in Western North Carolina and employ the best coaching staff available. The majority of our coaches have played soccer at the collegiate level or higher and hold coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Coaches in the older age groups commonly have collegiate coaching experience.


HFC teams compete in the NCYSA classic league, the highest level of competition available to youth players in our state. Our most successful U14-U18 teams compete in the Region 3 Premier League East with the best teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.


Playing classic soccer with HFC requires a significant level of commitment from both players and their family. This commitment is an essential component for each player who wishes to reach his or her potential in soccer and for our club and our teams to be successful. If selected, you will need to arrange your schedule so that you can participate in your team’s training sessions, games, and tournament activities. HFC families help each other and cooperate with transportation and travel in order to make this happen. We do ask our families to give a serious commitment to the club regarding finance, time and other resources, but the rewards from the friendships developed and the quality of time spent with your child are immeasurable.


We expect the highest level of sportsmanship from our players, coaches and parent spectators at all times. It is important that all of our members support us in this endeavor.