T-Birds come up short in semifinals
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
Highline fell just short in their quest to defend their championship, falling to Peninsula in the semifinal.
On Nov. 9 at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila, the Lady T-Birds were outdueled in a defensive slugfest versus the Peninsula Pirates, 1-0.
If she had it her way, High- line forward Chloe Lamenzo said that there were some things that the team would have liked to do over.
"I would have liked to be more precise on my shooting and I think in general, our team really needed to finish our opportunities. It's really hard though because I felt like we did everything to come in prepared physically and mentally," said Lamenzo.
Though they had the upper hand in shots attempted with 25, Highline's aggressiveness was countered by Peninsula's stingy defense, led by goalie Andrea Kenagy's 12 saves on 12 shots on goal.
"I feel that our biggest struggle was just getting our shots more on frame. The fact that they played a very tough defensive game against us didn't allow us to get in our true rhythm," said West Region MVP Jewel Boland.
The first half ended without a score from either team. While the Lady 'Birds were able to get up plenty of shots, they simply weren't able to capitalize on any of them.
The Pirates didn't fare any better, attempting a combined six shots throughout the entire- ty of the game.
Approaching the 76-minute mark of the game, Kayla Alcott of the Pirates scored the only
goal of the game albeit on a wild scramble which led to many players looking confused as to what happened.
"Right after they scored their goal, I was so confused as to how the ball went in. The goal just didn't make sense. But immediately after, I had no doubt in my mind that we'd get it back," said Lamenzo.
While Highline's season unfortunately comes to an end in heartbreaking fashion, they did finish the year 13-0-1 in region play, 16-2-1 overall (including playoffs), secured another division title, a first-round bye, and a playoff victory against Walla Walla in the quarterfinal of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, not only were the Peninsula Pirates able to avenge their loss to the Lady T-Birds, they won the championship against the Clark College Penguins on Nov. 11 at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.
The Lady T-Birds have a very promising core of freshmen set to return next year, one of them being Kaitlyn Hamilton.
"What I learned from that game [Peninsula] was that if we want to win, we need to do everything that we possibly can. I'm positive that the other fresh- men and I will do everything possible to get back to the final four," said Hamilton.
She added, "I'm just looking forward to what the team will be like next year and what we can accomplish."