T-Birds take two easy wins
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
The Lady T-Birds soccer team has been destroying opponents with a plus- 18-goal differential and shut-outs in their last two games.
The team came out firing on all cylinders against Green River with a final score of 7-0 on their home field at Starfire in Tukwila on Sept. 22.
Chloe Lamenzo got the scoring frenzy started at the 11-minute mark, assisted by Jewel Bo- land. Boland followed up by scoring just about a minute later, assisted by Jordan Goolsby, which put Highline up 2-0 after about 13 minutes of action.
At the 21-minute mark, Dino Gonzalez scored an unassisted goal, followed by Fiona Dawson's score at the 27-minute mark.
Even with a four-goal lead, the Lady T-Birds weren't going to let up. Kacy-Lyn Navarro joined the scoring party at the 40-minute mark on an assist by Rayna Santiago.
Goolsby (unassisted) and Taylor Capuzzi (assisted by McKenzie Buell) capped off the shutout with goals at the 55-minute and 86-minute marks, respectively.
Because of the lopsided score, it's reasonable to assume that specific aspects of the game plan were not only executed with perfection but, was also altered to combat the strengths of the Gators. However, Coach Tom Moore said otherwise.
"The game plan was to play the game as simple as possible but at a higher speed than our opposition. If we do the things we are sup- posed to do, then defending isn't as much of a chore and is having to be done less when you have the ball more," said Coach Moore.
Following the 7-0 thrashing of the Gators, the Lady T-Birds (6-1-1) came out on fire once again, this time with a 11-0 blitzing of the Centralia College Trailblazers (2-8-1) at Starfire.
The Lady T-Birds didn't take very long to impose their will on the game, beginning with a goal by Skyylerblu Johnson, assisted by Anderson at the 7-minute mark. Anderson's goal at the 18-minute mark, which was assisted by Boland, gave Highline a 2-0 lead.
After a 22-minute drought, Highline was able to score once again, with Boland scoring at the 40-minute mark, assisted by Navarro, which made the score 3-0.
Less than three minutes later, Lamenzo, assisted by Buell, scored a goal to make it 4-0.
Goolsby (49-minute mark), Rayna Santiago (50-minute mark), Anderson (54- minute mark), Santiago (57-minute mark), Savannah Nichols (62-minute mark), and Boland (two goals at the 66- and 76-minute marks) rounded out the rest of the scoring explosion.
Following the 11-0 drubbing of Centralia, Coach Moore made it known that although the Lady T-Birds are riding a four-game winning streak, that isn't the focus moving forward.
"I don't think we're focused on win streaks at the moment. If we start playing for things like that then the threat of losing becomes a larger focus than the fun of winning," said the coach. He also said that by sticking to the game-plan, the wins should come, regardless.
"Again, as long as we take care of what we set out to do each game then winning takes care of itself," he said.
Additionally, Moore does admit that isn't as easy as it sounds.
"That's the hardest thing to get players to buy in to — the fact that all these smaller things the coaching staff is asking them to do will
in turn result in total success," Coach Moore said.
He described it as: "total success is learning, competing, sharing, and getting the individual achievements that lead to the team results at the end of their time here at High- line."
As the regular season is swiftly approaching the half- way point, Moore also acknowledged that he wants everyone to improve every single day.
"The message I try to constantly send is that everyone is getting better every day. We can't rest on what we've done, and that our goals include playing better at the end of the sea- son than we have the rest of the way," he said.
Not only does Coach Moore want the Lady T-Birds to continue to improve upon their games every single day, he also said if Highline is playing to its full potential, adapting and bringing the game-plan to fruition every single time, no one can stop them.
"I always focus on what we're doing and spend little time on what other teams are doing," Coach Moore said. "I truly believe if we are playing the way we can then nobody can successfully adapt to what we do and stop us."
The T-Birds played the Pierce College Raiders yesterday after- noon, but results were not avail- able at press time.
They play next against the Tacoma College Titans on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Tacoma at noon and Grays Harbor College on Oct. 10 at noon at Starfire.