Women's soccer set for playoffs
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
The Lady T-Birds have now moved one game closer to clinching first place in the West Region following their latest victory.
Although they've been on a tear recently and are well-positioned heading into the playoffs, Highline Head Coach Tom Moore says that they can still find ways to get better and improve as a team.
"We are in a good spot, but have to keep striving to get better, more focused, more intent on taking care of business from here on out. There are a lot of things we want to achieve by the end of this sea- son's run, and effort and consistency are the keys to that success," said the coach.
Tied for 5th in the league with 15 goals on the season to date and 3rd in assists with 10, star forward Jewel Boland said the team is not trying to overlook anyone.
"Heading into the playoffs we just plan to take one game at a time and prepare our- selves for hard fought games," she said.
"Being that we are the de- fending champions, we have a lot more riding on our shoulders, but if we just stick to how we play and not let our emotions get the best of us, then positive results follow," said Boland.
The Highline women's soccer team followed up Oct. 17's pivotal game against the Bellevue Bulldogs with an 8-0 shellacking of the Gators on Oct. 20 at the Wilson Playfields in Kent.
Forward Savannah Nichols and Olivia Lee led the way with two goals apiece while six different Thunderbirds scored.
Chloe Lamenzo got the scoring binge going early for the Lady T-Birds, scoring on an assist from forward Han- nah Anderson at the 5-minute mark.
Nichols then scored the final two goals of the half to make the score 3-0. However, they weren't going to let up, even with the firm lead. They followed up their first-half performance of 11 shots with even more in the next half.
Jump-starting the second half of the game was Rayna Santiago at the 48-minute mark on an assist from Kacy-Lyn Navarro. All in all, the Lady T-Birds finished with 15 shots attempted in the second half alone, finishing the game with 26 combined shot attempts.
In addition, midfielder Dino Gonzalez and Lee chipped in with goals at the 56-minute mark (Gonzalez) and the 66-minute mark, and the 69-minute mark (Lee), respectively.
Capping off the lopsided contest with a score was Taylor Capuzzi at the 87-minute mark.
On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Savanah Hutchinson continued her stellar season thus far, with a save on the only shot on goal that went her way, which played a vital role in the 10th shutout of the season for the 'Birds.
Meanwhile, the other team contending for first place in the West Region, the Bellevue Bulldogs recently tied with the Tacoma Titans on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Bellevue with a final score of 1-1.
The tie now puts the Bull- dogs at 9-1-2 in league play and 11-1-2 overall, two points
behind Highline. With the tie, the gap between the Lady T-Birds and the Bulldogs for first place in the West Region now highly favors the 'Birds, who have two very winnable games remaining on their regular season schedule.
If the Lady 'Birds manage to win out in their final two games against the Centralia Blazers and the Grays Harbor Chokers, they take sole possession of first place in the West.
In addition, a top-two seed in the playoffs would be in play as well for the reigning NWAC Women's soccer champions.
As for the regular season, they went to battle against the Centralia College Blazers this past Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Centralia but results were not available at press time.
The Lady T-Birds, riding a win streak of 10, conclude their currently undefeated season in league play against the Grays Harbor Chokers on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.