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Going Head to Head: Four of the Best
Highline against Peninsula in Men's and Women's Soccer 

Men's Soccer:
Oct. 22

In the most important game of the year so far, against the top ranked team in the conference, with first place in the division and the possible top seed in the playoffs at stake, the Highline men's soccer team came up big, defeating the host Peninsula Pirates 1-0 behind a goal by Alex Lewis at 67 minutes (assisted by  Isidro Prado-Huerta) and the shutout goalkeeping of Greyson Raffensperger.  With the win Highline now leads the NWAC West Division at 9-1-2 with one game left at Tacoma on Nov. 1 before starting the playoffs.

It was a very physical game between two teams that really don't care for each other. Garrett Brewer and Vinny Nguyen of Highline and Caio Maciel
of Peninsula got yellow cards, and red cards were shown to Peninsula's Brodi Keefe at 74 minutes and Maciel at 90 minutes.

In its pre-game report, the sports website GoalWA wrote that "A fierce, deep-lying rivalry has existed between these two storied programs because of their insatiable desire to constantly be the best. Both programs have been in every Final Four over the past four years. Other teams know that if they want to win an NWAC Title, chances are you will have to go through either the Thunderbirds or Pirates, or in some cases, both."

Look for both of these teams deep in the upcoming NWAC playoffs and don't be surprised if they end up against each other.  

Read a report of the game from goalWA.

(For a coach's perspective of the men's matches check out the team Facebook page.)


Women's Soccer: Oct. 22
Two of the very best offensive and defensive teams in the NWAC Conference went at it in Port Angeles and after 90 minutes nothing was settled, with the visiting Highline Thunderbirds playing the Peninsula Pirates to a 0-0 tie (box).  Tessa Bruland and Amber Nielson, splitting time in goal as usual, recorded the shutout for Highline and Emily Flinn did the same for Peninsula.
It was a game in which the Thunderbirds had the territorial edge and came close to scoring several times, but couldn't quite finish.  The team also learned from its previous loss to Peninsula, in which two defensive mishaps led to the Pirates' 2-0 victory.  This time, the defense played it usual steady, stiffling game in keeping Peninsula scoreless.

Highline has two more regular season games, hosting Lower Columbia on Oct. 25 and traveling to Tacoma on Nov. 1 before gearing up for the playoffs.  The NWAC has a host of very strong teams challenging for the championship, with Highline (13-1-2 in league play) joining Peninsula ( 13-1-1), Everett (14-1-0), Spokane (14-1-1), and Lane (11-2-2) at the forefront.   

Follow the Women's Soccer Team on Facebook or Twitter

Back to Winning Ways
Women’s Volleyball (Oct. 22)

After a tough time playing in the Spokane Dig Pink Crossover,  the Thunderbirds got back on the winning track in defeating the host Grays Harbor Chokers 25-18, 25-19, 25-11 (box) Highline (22-11 season, 6-2 conference) is tied for second place in the NWAC West Division, tied with Clark College and trailing Tacoma (7-1 league).  Highline gets a chance to move into a tie for first place in hosting Tacoma on Oct. 24.

n defeating the Chokers, Highline was led by the usual suspects.  Danielle Tabor led both teams with 11 kills while Alexandra Toth provided 24 sets and five different players had at least 9 defensive digs.


Alex Castillo (21) rises up to meet both the ball and the rain in Highline's win
over Olympic College on Oct. 18.

On the Attack

Highline's Jocelyn Yanez dodges the rain and Olympic defenders in Highline's 4-1
win over the Rangers  on Oct. 17.

Anatomy of a Kill

Alexandra Toth (7) sets the ball for the upcoming kill by Jessica Markum (14)
against Lower Columbia.

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
(vs - home   @ - away)
Women' s Soccer
Oct. 22 Highline at Peninsula 1pm
Oct.25 vs L. Columbia (Starfire 12pm)
Nov.1st @ Tacoma 1pm (location TBD)

Men's Soccer

Oct. 22nd Highline at Peninsula 3pm
Nov. 1st Highline at Tacoma 2:15pm
Women's Volleyball
Oct. 22 7pm @ Grays Harbor
Oct. 24 7pm vs. Tacoma
Oct. 29 7pm vs. Centralia
Nov. 5 7pm @ Lower Columbia
Nov. 7 7pm vs. Clark
Nov. 12 7pm vs. Green River
Nov. 14 7pm vs. Pierce

Men's Wrestling

Oct. 30 Intersquad Meet
Nov. 9 Mike Clock Open
Nov. 15 Clackamas Dual
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

Oct. 31 TBA Green/White (intrrasquad)
Nov. 7 TBA @ Everett
Nov. 11 TBA @Wenatchee
Nov. 14 TBA @Edmonds

Pre-Division Games
Nov. 21 TBA vs. Peninsula
Nov. 22 TBA @Yakima
Nov. 29 TBA vs. Alumni
Dec. 4 TBA @Bellevue
Dec. 10 TBA vs. Skagit
Dec. 12-14 TBA Bellevue Tourney
Dec. 16 6pm vs. Olympic
Dec. 18-20 TBA Clackamas
           Crossover Tourney
Dec. 30 TBA @Whatcom

Women's Basketball

Oct. 25 vs Evergreen State 6pm
Oct. 25 vs.Wenatchee Valley 6pm
Nov. 2 @ UPS 2pm
Nov. 8 @ Bellevue

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

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Updated Nov. 2014

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