Nov. 16 - In a perfect ending to a stellar season, the Highline Thunderbirds defeated the North Idaho College Cardinals 3-0 (box) to take the NWAC Men's Soccer Title. Goals by Brandon Madsen (14 minutes), Vinny Nguyen (36 minutes) and Jacob Jones (77 minutes) provided the scoring while Greyson Raffensperger sparkled in goal to record the shutout against the league's top scoring team. Vinny Nguyen, who dominated the midfield and set up numerous scoring chances in addition to his own goals, was named tournament most valuable player.
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The Path Through the Playoffs
Highline finishes the regular season at 12-2-4. It's league record of 9-1-3 is good for the NWAC West Division title. The Thunderbirds get a first round bye in the playoffs.
Nov. 8: In its first playoff match, Highline defeats Whatcom 4-2 in a comeback win behind three goals by Isidro Prado-Huerta and a goal and two assists by Brandon Madsen.
Nov. 15: A flurry of Highline goals late in the match secure the 4-1 win over Skagit Valley. The Thunderbirds take the lead at 44 minutes with a goal by Vinny Nguyen. Skagit Valley's ,Christian Theode ties the match at 74 minutes, and then a quick succession of goals by Colton Ronk (77 minutes), Brandon Madsen (84 minutes), and Isidro Prado-Huerta (87 minutes) lead to the victory.
Nov. 16: Highline shuts out the North Idaho Cardinals 3-0. Vinny Nguyen is named tournament MVP, Greyson Raffensperger gets the shutout in goal, Head Coach Steve Mohn gets a championship in his first year as head coach at Highline, and the Thunderbirds win their first men's soccer championship since 2004.
Estaban Tobin (left) and tournament MVP Vinny Nguyen accept the
trophies on behalf of the men's soccer team.