Soccer team looks for talent in off season workouts

By Tim Mochylo - Staff Reporter

Coming off last fall's NWAC championship, Highline's women's soccer team has proved itself a great place for students who are interested to play at a high level, the team's coach says. Highline coaches recruit their players from all over the country.

"We go to three major events each year. One is a player showcase in [Las] Vegas, we go to Surf Cup on November nights down in San Diego, and then we go to a College ID Camp in Hawaii, part of the Hawaii Surf soccer club over there," said Highline Women's Soccer Coach Tom Moore.

"Everything else is pretty much we go and watch local games but we have a lot of four-year coaches that contact us about kids that couldn't get into their programs and then they send them our way and would like to place them here for a year or two before they go back to that school. That's the main part of recruiting," he said.

Last season the team went 13-0-1 in the league and won the championship. So, many players are interested in playing for the school, he said.

"And I think just because our program has a lot of success, we have a lot of random kids contact us because they want to play at a high level or they think this is the pathway for them to get into a four-year school," Moore said.

Coach Moore has developed connections over the years with other colleges and bigger schools that has led to great opportunities for his athletes.

One of the ways Highline tries to help its athletes is to produce highlight videos of its players.

"We put together highlight videos for every kid, and send it out to every coach in the nation, at every level. Every year they get that right after the playoffs and they're able to access and watch the highlights, and they'll contact us back if they like a kid," Coach Moore said.

Many students have different opportunities to go play at different schools and at different levels after they're done with their time at Highline.

"Each year, we've had every sophomore have multiple opportunities to go and play. Sometimes they choose not to play because they're done, and a lot of times they get to choose between what kind of schools and where they're at," Coach Moore said.

Some players have many choices to make regarding what school they are going to play for after they're done at Highline.

"One of our forwards, Bianca Acuario, had a chance to go to a few Division I schools. She visited the University of Iowa, the University of Cincinnati, and SMU so she visited a bunch of different places and got to decide what she wanted to do," said Coach Moore.

Acurio chose the University of Iowa.

Other players who have gone on to higher levels include Jasmine Brilliante, who chose Evergreen State, Neo Vande Loo, who chose Grambling State, Bella Keane, who chose the University of Indianapolis, Jocelyn Hanrath chose Lamar University, Sara Olanda who chose the University of Nevada-Reno, Jenna Jensen, who chose Eastern Oregon University, and Tori Morton, who chose Seattle University.

All of them had at least five schools to choose from.

"The last couple of years we've done a very good job at getting our kids off to four-year programs and getting scholarships. I would say that there are only about three programs in the entire conference that actually are able to do that," Moore said.

Highline tennis team drops match to Spokane, 5-4

The Thunderbirds lost their last regular season match against Spokane last Fri...

T-Birds hope RPI can save season

The Highline Fastpitch team's hopes for a playoff spot, dimmed somewhat last w...

Soccer team looks for talent in off season workouts

Coming off last fall's NWAC championship, Highline's women's soccer team has ...

Students give thanks for their mothers

Mother's Day is around the corner and students are celebrating what makes thei...

No swings taken during demolition

Building 26 was scheduled to have its demolition day on Monday, but nothing wa...

Student turns life from troubles to triumphs

Highline student and Latinx Club President Erika Juarez-Ramos is on track to g...

Kent wrestles with budget shortfall

Mayor Dana Ralph is on a mission to improve the city of Kent. Ralph visited c...

MaST needs counselors for summer camp

MaST is looking for camp counselors for their upcoming day camp, held July 9-1...

U.S. has long anti-immigrant history

The Obama Administration did nothing in regard to immigration, and the Trump A...

Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at

Women's Programs giving tree brings gifts to children

The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

Academic Success Centers open house

The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.

Summit provides resources to Native students

Fliers show that hate exists around us

Enjoy sipping wine while strolling in Des Moines

T-Birds in three-way tie going into finals

Student government has new faces

Student losing sight finds way to keep hope

Kent taking a varied approach to gang activity

Workers demand a raise in the 'Pajama Game'

Highline tennis team drops match to Spokane, 5-4

Kent wrestles with budget shortfall

Festival will take you on a journey

Faith and intellect can add up

Princess Zelda returns to 'Hyrule Warriors'

T-Birds hope RPI can save season

MaST needs counselors for summer camp

Foundation Gala to raise funds for college

The man who changed the war

Highline Video Game Club plays everything

Soccer team looks for talent in off season workouts

U.S. has long anti-immigrant history