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Polling High

Sept. 18 – Highline has a strong presence in the first coaches polls for the Fall sports season.  The Highline Women’s Soccer team is top-ranked with six of eight first place votes, ahead of second ranked Peninsula.  The Men’s Soccer team is ranked second behind Tacoma.  And the Women’s Volleyball team is ranked 8th, coming off a second-place finish in the Walla Walla Crossover Tournament.

Men’s Soccer

Easing Past Pierce
Sept. 15  Highline 3  Pierce 0
Alex Velasco scored twice, both times assisted by Jason Rodriguez, and Ryley Johnson got his seventh goal of the season, assisted by Marcus Machado, as Highline shut out the home Pierce Raiders 3-0. The two assists by Rodriquez give him a league-best five for the year.  Ryley Johnson is second in goals scored and Alex Weaver, in goal against Pierce, is fourth in the NWAC with a 0.33 goals against average.

Highline next hosts Tacoma on Sept. 19 at the Starfire Soccer Complex. It should be quite the match with both teams undefeated (Highline 6-0-0; Tacoma at 9-0-0) and with the league’s best goal scored/goals allowed differentials (Highline 22-2, Tacoma 35-3).


Marcus Machado with Highline’s second goal against Bellevue

Women’s Soccer

Rebounding Against the Raiders
Sept. 15.  Highline 3  Pierce 0
Thunderbirds got back to their winning ways by traveling to Pierce College and defeating the Raiders 3-0.  Highline improves to 4-1-1 for the season and 2-0-1 in league play.  Savanah Hutchinson got the shutout in goal while six different T-Birds were involved in the scoring. Chloe Lamenzo scored her first goal of the season at 5:11, assisted by Kainoa Dafun. Skyylerblu Johnson followed at 38:11 (assist to Jewel Boland, and Hannah Anderson assisted Olivia Lee in her first goal of the year and the final goal of the contest at 60:46.  Highline next hosts Tacoma (4-3-1) at the Starfire Soccer Complex on Sept. 19.

Chloe Lamenzo on the corner kick against Bellevue.

Women’s Volleyball

Runners-Up at the Walla Walla Crossover

Sept.14-15 –  Highline took second place at the Walla Walla Crossover, losing to Blue Mountain in four sets in the finals.  For the tournament, the Thunderbirds went 4-2 with wins over Lane, Shoreline, Yakima Valley and Linn-Benton.  Highline’s losses came to Walla Walla and then to Blue Mountain in the finals.  Adrienne Haggerty and Alicia Nguyen were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Adrienne Haggerty - Highline Volleyball
Adrienne Haggerty

Alicia Nguyen - Highline Volleyball
Alicia Nguyen

The Women’s and Men’s soccer teams look to repeat their championships of a year ago as they kick off the 2018/19 Highline College sports year.