Women's soccer finishes season undefeated
By Hailey Still - Staff Reporter
The Highline women's soccer team has clinched the regional championship for the fifth year in a row.
Highline women's soccer team defeated both Green River and Centralia last week, and is still one of three teams in the NWAC to be undefeated.
The Lady T-Birds have a conference record of 13-0-0 and an overall record of 14-0-1.
'We knew the other team for both of our games this week were going to give it their allâ€”they're trying to get into playoffs," said freshman Abby Carmel. "But, we were ready for both of them."
The last time the T-Birds faced the Gators they beat them 3-0.
"Wednesday we came out and scored quite quickly and were moving the ball pretty nicely," said Carmel.
On Oct. 23 Highline brought the thunder against the Gators, defeating them 4-0.
It did not take long for the T-Birds to score their first goal.
Carmel, in the eighth minute, received a pass from Taylor Mitchell and placed the ball in the net. Hannah Anderson scored Highline's second goal of the match in the 26th minute. Just before halftime, the Thunderbirds' Kaiti Halmilton scored off an assist by Cassidy O'Dell.
In the 86th minute Lilya Step chuck scored Highline's final goal after receiving a ball from O'Dell.
Freshman goalie Kate Nelson recorded another shutout with the help of the T-Birds defense. They have not allowed a single goal in the last four matches.
The Lady Thunderbirds played Centralia on Oct. 26, also the day Highline honored their sophomores.
"Yesterday's game had a special feeling to it since it was our sophomore night. We were playing for each other of course, but mainly for them. They're an amazing bunch and I cannot imagine playing without them," Carmel said a day after the match.
After the T-Birds celebrated their seven sophomores, they secured their 13th win of the season, 5-0.
"The game was a battleâ€”Centralia came out more intense than they did last time, but we were confident in ourselves and put away a few goals," said Carmel.
Highline started the scoring in the 13th minute. Mitchell connected to Anderson for the opening goal. Less than six minutes later O'Dell scored off an assist from Carmel. Mitchell scored in the 33rd minute after receiving a ball from Stepchuck to finish the half with a 3-0 lead over the Trail Blazers.
Highline scored its fourth goal in the 79th minute when Hannah Jenkins scored after receiving a ball from O'Dell. Skyylerblu Johnson scored in the 89th minute off a pass from Sophia Leer to finish the scoring.
"Centralia -- I thought we put a really good product on the field and the girls took care of business," said Head Coach Tom Moore.
Highline was supposed to play their last league game on Oct. 31 against Grays Harbor, but due to not enough players the Chokers had to forfeit the match. Grays Harbor has a record of 1-13-0.
"This is our first year of no blemishes [15-0-1] on the record for me," said Moore. "So I'm proud of them. They have persevered and nothing has really been easy so far. That's when you have the most growth and investment is when you have to work to be good, we've done that so far."
Highline will go straight to the quarterfinal where they will either play Lane or Whatcom in a loser-out game on Nov. 9.
"Now it's time to rest and heal up for playoffs, which will be a fun ride," said Carmel.