Men's soccer experiences first loss

By Andrew LaChapelle - Staff Reporter

The Highline men's soccer team suffered their first defeat in the final game of the season. 

Tacoma defeated the T-Birds 2-0 in Tukwila in a game that got downright odd.

The referees got to the game an hour late due to a confusion on the start time. Due to the referees' late appearance, the game also ended 20 minutes early because the field rental had expired.

 The T-Birds have already clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs so the loss to Tacoma will not hurt their position in the standings or playoffs. However, the loss to a playoff bound Titans team does not exactly give the T-Birds a huge momentum boost.

 Despite the game's result, Highline Head Coach Steve Mohn said he is confident in his team's ability. Mohn said winning the West Region and getting the first-round bye is a big victory for his team.

"Getting to host a quarterfinal at home is huge for us," said Mohn.

Mohn also said getting the bye is critical to his team's success in the playoffs.

"Our last two games weren't the results we were looking for, so we got a whole week to prepare," said Mohn.

As for the playoffs, there seemed to be a consensus among the coaches as to who the favorites and dark horses of the tournament are. 

Most coaches agreed with Whatcom Head Coach Jason Jorgensen whose team won the north Region and is nationally ranked.

"The top four of Highline, Whatcom, Portland, and Spokane are the clear favorites," said Jorgensen.

Meanwhile, both Jorgensen and Pierce Head Coach Luke Helling Christy said Everett is a team that could be a dark horse in the tournament. 

"They are coached very well and get max effort out of their players every time they step on the field," said Jorgensen.

As for Highline, Mohn said his team will need someone to step up.

"For us to win it all we will have to be sharp, and will take a special individual to step up,' said Mohn. 

Highline will play the winner of a first round game between Columbia Basin, and Everett. 

Columbia Basin finished second in the East Region, while Everett finished third in the North Region. 

The Columbia Basin and Everett game took place yesterday in Pasco, but results were not available at press time. 

Highline will play the winner this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Tukwila at Starfire soccer complex. If the T-Birds were to play Everett they would undoubtly play one of the toughest teams in the tournament right away.

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