Women's soccer hopes to stay in first
By Aileen Kaye - Staff Reporter
Women's soccer heads into the second half of league play with a mission to finish in first place.
Highline has won 10 out of its 11 games in league play. The only game they did not win was a game against Tacoma, in which they tied.
The second time around they beat Tacoma 4-1.
"The countless hours we spend on the field/track/gym makes us form bonds and relationships that help us understand each other better off and on the field which makes us successful," said freshman forward Jewel Boland.
On Oct. 11, the T-Birds showed up to Grays Harbor to give them a 6-0 loss.
Freshman Hailey Small scored all three goals in the first half.
McKenzie Buell, Boland, and Bianca Acuario assisted her goals.
In the second half Kaci-Lyn Navarro scored making it 4-0. Then Boland scored two more goals bringing it to 6-0.
Boland is tied for third in the NWAC for goals scored, leading her team with 14.
She is also ranked second in the NWAC with 36 points.
"The biggest adjustment would be fitness and the demands you have to meet going in, as well as throughout the season," Boland said referring to her move from high school to college.
On Oct. 14 Highline beat Lower Columbia 4-0. Lower Columbia was fifth in the western standings.
McKenzie Buell was the first to score, and Jewel Boland scored the next two goals before the half 3-0.
Kaci-Lyn Navarro was the only one to score in the second half of the game.
Highline played against Bellevue 5-2-2 yesterday. Results from this game weren't available at press time. Bellevue is third in the western region.
The NWAC playoffs for women's soccer begins on Nov. 1.
Only the top three teams from every region have a shot for the championship.
The teams that finish first within their region will play their first game on Nov. 4 against the winners of the Nov. 1 games.
If Highline finishes in first, they will get a first-round bye, and then play the winner of the Northern No.3 and Eastern No. 2 playoff game.
Highline has three games left until the playoffs.
This Saturday the T-Birds will defend their home field at Starfire against Green River, 1-7, at noon.
They will play Centralia at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Starfire.