Highline soccer teams take home gold

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

Highline's soccer teams pulled off a rare double by winning both the men's and women's NWAC soccer championships last Sunday in Tukwila.

For the women's team, this is the first time in 22 years they have been able to win it all. 

 They have come up short the last two years and this was an emotional win for Head Coach Tom Moore.

"As a coach I was surprised at the emotions that came with the final whistle... It's almost overwhelming having done this for so long.  I'm just unbelievably happy for this group of women," said Moore.

He recalled that very moment when the game ended on a goal by Jewel Boland after more than 90 minutes of scoreless play.  

"I didn't know how to react," Moore said.

"I literally walked on the field when the goal happened and just looked up at the sky.  Only things going through my mind were that we've been doing this a long time and I'm so happy for this group, and also my mom, who passed in 2013," he said.

This was not just an emotional win for the coach, but the whole team.  The Lady T-Birds team experienced one of the greatest losses before the season started, losing a teammate, Haylei Hughes, in a hiking accident last summer.  

"I definitely believe Haylei, our teammate who died before the season started, pushed us and motivated us to want to get that ring and win it all for her," said freshman forward Boland.   

"Not only for her, but we all went through tough personal battles throughout the season and we all wanted to win for someone special and so we used that energy and drive to power through every negative vibe that came our way to make us stronger, which helped us win," she said. 

They managed to beat Peninsula, a team that had gone the whole season undefeated and was winning in the playoffs by an average of three points. 

"For me winning this was a lot more than just getting a trophy.  It was about accomplishing something that no one thought was possible for our team. For us it was definitely about beating adversity," said defender Tori Morton. 

Morton was named Most Inspirational Player of the game.  

Boland was named Most Valuable Player.

"It means more than just a trophy or title, it's everything we've worked for the entire season and the people that drove me and all us to want to work hard and win," said Boland.    

The men's team earned their third title and their second in three years.

Head Coach Steve Mohn has been a part of all the Highline men's soccer team's titles.

"Winning the NWAC championship as a player in 2004 was an awesome feeling. Winning it in 2014 in my first year as a coach was unbelievable. It's hard to find words on how happy I am for all the players and coaches. Being able to win it again this year has been incredible," said Mohn.

Dane Evanger scored the game-winning shot in the 58th minute with an assist by freshman forward Ryley Johnson, putting the team up 1-0.

"The belief we had in reaching this goal all season long. The mindset knowing, we are the best team in NWAC and having the ability to prove it," said Johnson.

Whatcom, ranked No. 9 in the country, had not lost to anyone on the season.

"It is an amazing feat, definitely great for the department, but more importantly great for all the student athletes and coaches who put in all the hard work to achieve their goals," said Highline Athletic Director John Dunn. 

"I never anticipate wins or losses, but I did feel that both teams this year where very special, which is a real credit to both coaching staffs and their recruiting efforts," he said.

Dane Evanger was named Most Inspirational Player and Freshman Goalkeeper Akili Kasim was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament. In the championship game, Kasim had four saves on goal to help them secure the win. 


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