T-Birds slide into playoffs
By Jarrett Spallino - Staff Reporter
When the T-Bird men's soccer team wakes up this morning, they will be f lying past the first round of play-offs or runner ups. But either way, they will be in the post- season.
Highline played its last regular season game against Tacoma on Oct. 24. The results from this game were un- available at press time.
This game is the third re- match between the T-Birds and Titans. They are 1-1 in their previous two games. Both teams have clinched playoff spots, making this game an important decider for postseason rankings.
"If we win tomorrow we get a first round bye and host the quarterfinals of the playoffs," Head Coach Steve Mohn said.
The previous match up on Oct. 6 ended in a 4-2 victory for Highline. Three of the goals came from Rodriguez, all of which were unassisted. Velasco had one goal. Both teams ended the game with 11 fouls. Ryley Johnson, Marcus Machado, and Gaussou Doucoure were penalized with yellow cards.
The T-Birds defeated Bellevue at home 7-3 on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Five of the goals came in the first half, two from Jason Rodriguez.
Noah Runsvold, Alex Velasco, Marcus Machado, Dane Evanger, and Che Chevallos each scored one goal. Ryley Johnson ended the game with two assists.
Highline then traveled to Pierce and shut out the Raiders 4-0 on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Machado scored the opening goal 18 minutes into the game. Velasco scored one goal and Johnson scored two with one unassisted. Alex Weaver saved three shots that were on goal.
Ryley Johnson and Jason Rodriguez are tied for third most goals in the league at 15.
Johnson also has second most points, assists, and shots in the league with ten assists, 40 points, and 50 shots.
"I think we've had some good growth after the loss against Tacoma," Mohn said of Highline's only defeat, 2-0 to Tacoma on Sept. 19.
"Every guy plays a huge role, whether they're starting or coming off the bench," Mohn said.