T-Birds have another shutout
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
Currently riding a six- game winning streak, the Lady T-Birds (9-1-1 overall, 7-0-1 in league play) now find them- selves hot on the heels of the Bellevue Bulldogs (9-0-1 over- all, 7-0-1 in league play) for the West Region championship.
With the Lady T-Birds set to play against the Bulldogs on Oct. 17 at Starfire, every game from here on out becomes a must-win for the 'Birds.
"Being in first place would put us in a good spot for the playoffs but in hindsight, if you're not learning and growing then placing really doesn't mat- ter," said Jewels Boland.
Head coach Tom Moore be- lieves that although the match- up is a compelling one, the team hasn't put that much thought into the game.
"To be honest, we haven't talked about it much at all. Fo- cusing on that game will just cause us stress and potential- ly cause us issues in the games preceding that one. I'm just ex- cited for a great matchup," said coach Moore.
The Lady T-Birds took care of the Pierce College Raiders with a final score of 5-1 on their home field at the Starfire Com- plex in Tukwila on Oct. 3. For- ward Jewel Boland led the way with two goals and two assists for the T-Birds.
With a 37-3 advantage in terms of the total number of shots attempted, the Lady T-Birds were very aggressive throughout and it was on dis- play on the scoreboard.
Forward Hannah Ander- son broke the opening scoring drought for both teams at the 24-minute mark, scoring on an assist by Boland.
At the 44-minute mark, Pierce finally got on the score- board with an unassisted goal from Camryn Wolter.
Heading into the half, the Lady T-Birds were tied 1-1 with the Raiders.
Coming into the second half, the T-Birds flipped the switch and jumpstarted the half with a goal at the 46-minute mark. This time around, it was Boland scoring the goal on an assist by Anderson.
Within a span of 11 minutes, Boland, Chloe Lamenzo, and Dino Gonzalez all chipped in with goals of their own. By the end of the 57-minute mark, it was the Lady T-Birds with a 4-1 lead.
Boland capped off the final score of the game at the 85-minute mark, scoring on an unassisted goal to make the final score 5-1.
Boland says that the sluggish start to the game could have been attributed to the team not being themselves mentally.
"Yes, there was a definite change more so with ourselves
rather than changing our game plan. As a team, we just had to get out of our own heads and simply realize who we are as individuals and as teammates", said the star forward.
On the other hand, the Bel- levue Bulldogs are also riding a six-game winning streak them- selves and are coming off vic- tories against Centralia (2-7 in league play) & Green River (2- 4-2 in league play).
In their game against the Ta- coma Titans (6-3 in league play), Highline got the victory, this time 1-0. Boland led the way for the Lady T-Birds by scoring the only goal of the game.
The Lady T-Birds played stout defense throughout, as goalkeeper Savanah Hutchin- son and the rest of the defense were all vital cogs in the T-Birds' five saves, and the shutout.
Once again, Highline had the advantage in the number of shots attempted, finishing with a 19-9 edge.
Highline clashed with the Grays Harbor College Chokers yesterday afternoon, but results were not available at press time.
They play next against the Lower Columbia College Red Devils on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon at home before the crucial match-up against the Bulldogs on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at Starfire.
On the other hand, Bellev- ue played the Centralia College Trailblazers yesterday after- noon, but results were not avail- able at press time.
They play next against the Pierce College Raiders on Satur- day, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. before the showdown against the 'Birds Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at Starfire.