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The Clackamas Duals and taking on Warner Pacific and Southwestern Oregon
In early December the Thunderbirds wrestled in the Clackamas Duals and also defeated Warner Pacific (39-6) and Southwestern Oregon (32-19). Ben Gore continues to wrestle well at 174 lbs, as does Austin Lister at 133 lbs. See the full results as reported by Head Coach Scott Norton.
With nine new players and a new coach and system to learn, it was obvious that the team would be facing a steep learning curve at the start of the season. And so it has been, with the T-Birds standing at 1-4, losers of four straight after a win at home against Olympic College. While they still play hard, the team lacks a inside presence and the players are still getting to know each other on the court. This is a season of transition so expect a season of ups and downs, with the ups coming more as the season progresses.
Adrienne Haggerty goes in for the layup against Umpqua College (Dec. 3)
Highline fell to 1-4 for the season after losing 83-80 against Edmonds in a pre-season contest. David Harris led the Thunderbirds with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Steffun Singleton had a double double with 12 points and 11 assists. Robert Hester contributed 16 points off the bench. Edmonds had four players scoring in double-figures, topped by Jake Higgins with 17 points.
Highline next plays in the Bulldog Classic at Bellevue on Dec. 8-10.
David Harris on the 3-point shot against the Seattle Mountaineers
Women’s Soccer Takes First Championship
Defense Stifles Peninsula For 1-0 Win in Overtime
In the end, it took grit, perseverance, an unbreakable defense, and a jewel of a kick in overtime for Highline to win its first ever championship. After playing to a scoreless tie in regulation time, it was Jewel Boland, Highline’s top goal scorer, playing with a heavily wrapped left leg, who hit a rocket from 20 yards that caromed off the top crossbar into the Peninsula goal at 1:06 into overtime to bring the long-awaited championship to the Women’s program. It was the first loss for the Pirates, who entered the game a perfect 19-0-0. Highline finished the season as the league’s only unbeaten team at 18-0-2, and the 2017 NWAC Women’s Soccer Champions.
In addition to the winning goal by Boland, assisted by Bella Keane, the story of the game was Highline’s defense, which had surrendered only five goals all season, best in the NWAC Conference. Although constantly tested by Peninsula, with the league’s most prolific offense averaging seven goals a game, and hanging on by its collective fingernails at the end of regulation time, the Thunderbird defense, with Jocelyn Hanrath in goal, kept Peninsula at bay just long enough for Boland’s jewel of a kick.
See the full report and photos from the game at the Women’s Soccer page.
T-Birds Edge Whatcom For Men’s Soccer Title
Kasim Sparkles in Goal; Evanger Gets Game Winner
When your goalkeeper is named Most Valuable Player in the Championship game, chances are you walk away with the title. And so it was with Highline defeating the Whatcom Orcas 1-0 behind Akili Kasim’s spectacular play in net and Dane Evanger’s goal at 58:39, assisted by Ryley Johnson. For the Thunderbirds it was their first championship since 2014, and the second for Head Coach Steve Mohn. Despite the lack of goal scoring the game was wide open, with Whatcom getting the majority of the better scoring chances, especially in the waning moments as it pressed the Highline defense in looking for the equalizing goal. In the end it was a contest between Whatcom, with the league’s best offense (65 goals scored) against Highline, with the league’s stingiest defense (11 goals against). In this case, defense won out. And as for Highline’s offense, while it was Ryley Johnson, the team’s top scorer and Adama Kante (3 goals in the semifinal win over Spokane) who put the most pressure on the Whatcom defense, it was Evanger, the team’s third leading scorer, who boomed in what proved to be the game winner off an opportune bounce. For the Thunderbirds and its defense, that is all it took.
See the full report and photos from the game at the Men’s Soccer page.