Highline came in third in its Crossover Tournament, finishing behind Spokane and tournament champion Tacoma. Highline went 3-1 in the tournament, with victories over Skagit Valley, Wenatchee Valley, and Linn-Benton before falling to Spokane.
Aliya Ranis of Highline was named the All-Tournament Libero and Megan Smith and Dani Tabor were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Thunderbirds stand at 15-5 for the season, with start league play by hosting Grays Harbor on Sept. 24 in the Highline College Pavilion.
Setting for the Kill
Alexandra Toth (7) sets the ball against Linn-Benton in the Highline Crossover Tournament.
Highline remains the only undefeated team in the NWAC League, recording two away shutouts over the weekend in defeating Whatcom 3-0 box on Sept. 19 and Shoreline 4-0 box on Sept. 20. The women are 8-0-1 for the season and
6-0-1 in league, maintaining a slight advantage over second place Peninsula College.
The T-Birds shared the scoring load in the two game, with six players providing the seven goals. In addition to Nanea Tavares’s two goals against Shoreline, goals were also recorded by Jessi Beverlin, Bailey Allison, Hayley Doss, Madison Gale, and Serenity Grim. Tessa Bruland got the win in goal against Whatcom, and Amber Nielsen was in goal against Shoreline.
Highline has a few days to rest before hosting Grays Harbor on Sept. 24 at the Starfire Soccer Complex.
The T-Birds went visiting up north and came away with a win and a tie in two games over the weekend. On Sept. 19, Highline tied Whatcom 1-1 box as Brandon Masden, assisted by Alex Lewis, scored at 36 minutes to give the Thunderbirds a lead until Whatcom’s Josh Miller tied it at 80 minutes. It was Masden’s sixth goal of the year. Greyson Raffensperger recorded the tie in goal for Highline, which now stands at 4-0-2 in league play (4-1-3 season), good for second place in the NWAC West Division behind perennial soccer power Peninsula College. The team next travels to the Kitsap Peninsula to take on Olympic College on Sept. 27..
For a coach's perspective of the games against Whatcom and Shoreline go to the team Facebook
Cross-Country - (Sept. 13)
The Cross-Country team participated in the Central Washington University Cross-Country Invitational in Ellenburg, WA. In a 6-K run, the Men's team finished in 10th place and was 1st among NWAC schools. The Thunderbirds were paced by freshman Endalkachew Abebaw, finishing at 20 minutes 26 seconds, finishing in 10th place overall and first among all runners from community colleges participating. Also running for Highline were Colton Maddy (21:22.0), Aleks Biteman (21:46.0), Hunter Printz (22:25.0), David Huff (22:46.0), and Joey Walker (23:12.0)
Endalkachew Abebaw of Highline at the CWU Invitational. He would lead Highline
to a 10th place overall finish and 1st among NWAC schools.