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   Men's Soccer Team Take NWAC Title
Defeats North Idaho 3-0 in Finals

Vinny Nguyen Named Tournament MVP

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. 

For the game story from the NWAC, go to Highline Men Cruise to NWAC Soccer Championship
(For a more complete report of recent games, go to goalWA.)  
(For a coach's perspective of the men's matches check out the team Facebook page.)

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 championship
trophies on behalf of the men's soccer team.

See Men's Soccer page for additional game photos


Congratulations to the Thunderbird  student/ athletes who made the
NWAC All-Academic Team for Fall Sports 2014/15:

  Joey Walker
Men's Soccer
  Armando Castillo 
Mathew Cruz  /   Klo Phillips
Women's Soccer
  Madissen Ostergaard   
 Adriana McMahon
Women's Volleyball 
Megan Smith  /  Danielle Tabor 
 Leone Tanielu  / AlexandraToth

Upcoming Events
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Men's Wrestling
Nov. 22 North Idaho Duals
Nov. 23 Spokane Open
Dec. 4 S. Puget Sound Dual (home)
Dec. 14 SWOOC DUAL (home)
Dec. 20 Reno Tournament of Champs
Men's Basketball
Pre-Division Games
Nov.21  6pm vs. Peninsula
Nov.22  3pm @Yakima
Nov.29  2pm vs. Alumni
Dec. 4  7pm @Bellevue
Dec.10  8pm vs. Skagit
Dec.12-14 TBA Bellevue Tourney
Dec.16  6pm vs. Olympic
Dec.18-20 TBA Clackamas
           Crossover Tourney
Dec.30  3pm @Whatcom

Women's Basketball
Pre-League Games
Nov. 21-22 @ MT Hood Classic
Nov.29 vs Alumni 12pm
Dec.5,6,7 @ Bellevue Classic
Dec.10th vs Whatcom 6pm
Dec.16 @ Peninsula College 5pm
Dec.18-20 @ Green River Crossover
Dec.27-29 @ Chemeketa Tournament

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