Lady 'Men's soccer advances to regionals next Wednesday
By Natalie Corrales - Staff Reporter
A win and a loss this past week helps Highline move into the playoffs.
The Highline men's soccer team ended its season in second place in the West Region with an overall record of 8-6- 1 and a conference record of 7-4-1.
This past Wednesday, Oct. 23, the T-Birds hosted Pierce College where they defeated the Raiders 2-0. The previous matchup resulted in a 1-1 draw.
The first goal came from Jesus Jeronimo with the help of Oscar Guzman. Later in the second half, Jeronimo scored again assisted by Cris Garfias-Lozano.
"Defensively, we were solid that game and we need to make sure we're solid for the playoffs," said Nestor Quijada, sophomore midfielder. "I think we had a very solid game where everyone contributed and helped each other progress."
Highline then hosted Tacoma this past Saturday where the T-Birds fell to the Titans, 2-1.
"Mentally going to the game we had the mindset that we wanted to beat them [Tacoma] to make a statement," said Quijada. "We wanted to be the ones that beat the undefeated team."
The first goal came from Tacoma's Gilbert Da La Luz with the help of Jesus Flores. Later in the half Tacoma scored again, Luka Cecic assisted by Masa Fukushima.
Two minutes after the second half, Highline found one in the back of the net. Gaoussou Doucoure, with the help of Jesus Jeronimo, scored Highline's only goal.
"Getting the goal gave us hope and you can see that Tacoma was worried because we had many chances, [it] seemed they were starting to play desperate," said Quijada.
Throughout the game a total of three yellow cards and one red card was given out. The red card was given to Highline's Gaoussou Doucoure in the 90th minute of the game.
If Highline were to play Tacoma for a fourth time in the playoffs, forward Cris Lozano said that the team wouldn't make any drastic changes in their game plan.
"We plan on playing with the same intensity throughout the whole game because we tend to play harder when we're down," Lozano said.
Next up, Highline will play a regional playoff game on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The T-Birds will play the third place East Region team, Wenatchee Valley.
If the T-Birds win, they will move on to the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Starfire Sports Complex.
"Heading to the playoffs, we just to finish the opportunities that we create," said Quijada. "Oscar and Cris are making major strides to make sure that happens."
"We're becoming a threat and people will underestimate us because of our record," said Quijada.