Women's soccer ready for rematch
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
Following the Lady T-Birds' quarterfinal victory versus the Walla Walla Warriors, Highline is now set for a rematch of last year's championship match against the Peninsula Pirates on Friday.
Fresh off their first-round bye, the Highline women's soccer team defeated the Walla Walla Warriors, 3-1 this past Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.
2018 NWAC all-star midfielder Dino Gonzalez received a red card at the 76-minute mark, which meant that the 'Birds were to play down a woman for the remainder of the game. This proved to be irrelevant as the Lady Birds were able to hang on for the win.
However, the victory could prove costly. With the red card, Gonzalez is suspended for one game, which will mean that she'll miss her team's semi-final match- up against Peninsula.
"We will definitely lose her intensity and creativity on the field, but I believe the team needs to stay strong, composed this next game and be able to play for each other," said Valeria Rios.
Goalkeeper Hutchinson said that initially, the team was a little sluggish, but eventually they were able to get back to who they were.
"We did well responding to when we got scored on, and we stayed focused even after the long break, but we had a hard time finding our rhythm at first," she said.
Meanwhile, as the 2018 NWAC women's soccer all-stars were revealed, Highline led the way with six selections, headlined by West Region MVP Jewel Boland, and West Region Coach of the Year Tom Moore.
Midfielders McKenzie Buell & Andrea Gonzalez, defenders Fiona Dawson and Rios, and goalkeeper Hutchinson were all named all- stars in addition to Boland.
The Highline women's soccer team plays next against the Pen- insula Pirates, who also boast six all-star selections themselves.
The Lady T-Birds defeated the Pirates in their first game of the season, way back on Aug. 23 at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila, 4-2.
Led by North Region Coach of the Year Kanyon Anderson, Peninsula finished the regular season with a 16-2-1 record overall, which culminated in a No. 1 seed entering the playoffs.
Hutchinson believes Highline has work to do if they are to beat Peninsula once more.
"We need to work on pressing as a team and focusing on playing the way we like to play instead of getting caught in emotions of the game," she said.
Rios said that although it has been a year since they defeated Peninsula, there isn't anything drastically different this time around.
"There really isn't much of a difference because I know Peninsula really wants to beat us since we beat them in the championship last year. We also want a repeat," she said.
The Highline women's soccer team is set to play the Peninsula Pirates on Friday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.
As for the other semi-final matchup, the Clark Penguins play the Tacoma Titans on Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Starfire.
The winner of that match- up will play the winner of the Highline-Peninsula match-up in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Starfire.