Men's soccer team playoff bound

By Andrew LaChapelle - Staff Reporter



Deep into the regular season, the Highline men's soccer team remains undefeated.

With just three games left the T-Birds are still first atop the West region standings.
Last Saturday Highline traveled to South Puget Sound in Olympia to take on the Clippers in a regional matchup.

The T-Birds' lone blemish on their record was a tie with South Puget Sound earlier in the season but the T-birds were not about to let that happen again.


Highline throttled South Puget Sound 7-0 for their largest margin of victory this season. Highline never gave the Clippers a chance to breathe as just 25 seconds into the match, sophomore Gavin McLeroy scored a goal and it was all T-Birds from that point forward.


The Thunderbirds had a pair of late goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes of play by Million Teckie and Cris Garfias.


Usual offensive stars Ryley Johnson and Adam Kante had two goals each, adding to their totals of 13, and nine for the season respectively. Five of Johnson's 13 goals have been game winners, which is the most in the Northwest Athletic Conference.


Head Coach Steve Mohn said Johnson has been a huge part of his teams' offensive production this year.


"He is very dynamic and is always a threat to score a goal at any point in a game," Mohn said.


While Highline has reaped the benefits of outstanding offensive production all year long Mohn said that the play of the goal keepers has been crucial to his team's' success.


"I personally think we have the three best goalkeepers in the NWAC," Mohn said.


The three goal keepers are Cooper Hutchins, Julian Tafolla and Akili Kasim who have been the pride of the league allowing only seven goals all season. All three have gotten ample playing time and are a tight-knit group, which Mohn said is a large reason for their success.

"They have done a great job pushing each other to improve and keep sharp over the course of our season," Mohn said.


The trio has recorded five shutouts, which is a key factor as to why Highline finds itself so far ahead in the West Region standings. A matchup with undefeated Whatcom seems to be looming in the playoffs, which would pit the conference's two super teams against each other.
For that game to come, however, Mohn said his team still has much to improve on.


"We need to make sure we are not satisfied with our current position, stay consistent with our performances, keep improving as a team, and make sure we are peaking and playing our best soccer over the next four games and into the playoffs," Mohn said.


Highline had three games left in the season including a matchup at Bellevue at 3 p.m. yesterday but stats were unavailable at press time. The next match is a 6 p.m. home game on Saturday against Pierce at Starfire Soccer complex in Tukwila.

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