In the latest NorthWest Athletics Conference (NWAC) Coaches Polls (Sept. 17), Highline's Mens Soccer Team is ranked first, the Women's Soccer Team is ranked fourth, and the Women's Volleyball Team is ranked second in their respective sports
Adding a Tip
Keeping It Going
Sept. 30 – a Highline squad brimming with confidence hosted the Centralia Trailblazers and swept the visitors in three sets 25-13, 25-13, 25-18 (box) for its tenth consecutive win and 14th win in its last 15 matches. Highline’s Emi Atanoa led all players with 11 kills and a very effective kill percentage of .625. Katelynn Fullmer had 36 sets and Pumehana Nedlic added 15 defensive digs.
Highline’s superior frontline height advantage was evident as the Thunderbirds consistently battles at the net in blocking kill attempts while willing points on tips and well-set kills. The Thunderbirds could also call on a deeper bench in its rotation, with 11 players seeing action.
With the win the team moves to 22-2 for the season and 3-0 in league play, good for first place in the NWAC West Division.
(photo by Susan Timofeyev)
Katelynn Fulmer tips the ball against Centralia in Highline's three set win (Sept. 30)
Sept. 30 – a surprisingly stubborn Columbia Basin defense held Highline to two goals but these were enough as the Thunderbirds defeated the Hawks 2-0 (box) for its seventh consecutive victory. Goals by Nikole Cruz (7 minutes) and Arianna Fiorillo (45 minutes), both assisted by Maya Gray provided all the offense the T-Birds required.
While the Highline offense had its share of quality scoring chances, peppering Columbia Basin goalkeeper Kelsey Kerker with 13 shots, it was the Thunderbird defense that controlled the game, both territorially and tempo. The back line of Serenity Grim, Sierra Leach, and Kylee Inman-Wolfe kept Columbia Basin bottled up and from any quality scoring chances, with Rachel Thompson in goal recording her seventh shutout of the year. This ties her with Manaia Siania-Unutoa of Peninsula College for the most in the NWAC.
Highline is now 9-2-1 for the season and 5-0-0 in league play, tied for first place in the NWAC West Division with Bellevue, both with 15 points.
Arianna Fiorillo deflects the ball past the Columbia Basin keeper for her fourth goal of the season
Back on Track
Sept. 30 – Alvaro Osornio scored three goals and assisted on another as Highline rebounded from a disappointing loss against Tacoma with a dominating 5-0 (box) win over the South Puget Sound Clippers. With the victory the Thunderbirds stand at 5-1-1 for the year and 3-1-0 in league play, one point behind first place Tacoma in the NWAC West Division.
Highline dominated the game throughout, with Jandjamuje Maharero starting the scoring at 6 minutes. Osornio scored the first of his three goals at 21 minutes as the T-Birds went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Osornio scored again at 49 minutes to put the game out of reach. Alex Lewis scored his third goal of the season at 61 minutes off an assist from Italo Mota, and Osornio capped the game with the hat trick at 78 minutes. Freshman Admir Kucalovic recorded his first complete shutout of the year in goal.
Game Report from Associate Head Coach Emerson De Oliveria
The T-Birds next take on Bellevue College at 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 3.
|First of Three
Alvaro Osornio (just visible behind the South Puget Sound defender) with his first of three goals against the Clippers (Sept. 30)
(home games in red)
Sep 30 vs.
Centralia (7:00 pm)
Oct. 2 at Green River 7pm
Oct. 7 at Lower Columbia 7pm
Oct.14 vs. Grays Harbor 7pm
Oct. 16--17 Chemeketa Crossover Salem, OR
Oct.21 at Tacoma 7pm
Oct.23 vs Pierce 7pm
Oct.28 at Centralia 7pm
Oct.30 vs. Green River 7pm
games are at the Starfire complex unless otherwise noted)
Sep 30 vs. Columbia
Basin (1:00 pm)
Oct. 3 at Bellevue TBD
Oct. 7 at Pierce 2pm
Oct. 10 vs Tacoma 12pm
Oct. 14 at Grays Harbor 12pm
Oct. 17 at Lower Columbia 12pm
Oct. 21 at Bellevue 6:30pm
Oct. 24 vs Green River 12pm
Oct. 31 vs Grays Harbor 12pm
(home games are at the Starfire complex unless otherwise
Sep 30 vs. S. Puget
Sound (3:00 pm)
Oct. 3 vs Bellevue 5pm
Oct. 7 at Pierce 4:15pm
Oct. 10 vs Tacoma 2pm
Oct. 17 at Lower Columbia 2:15pm
Oct. 21 at Bellevue 8:45 pm
Oct. 24 vs Green River 2pm
Oct. 28 vs Tacoma 3pm
Oct. 26 TBA vs. Evergreen State
Fri. Oct 30
at Evergreen State College
Oct. 31 7pm Intrasquad Meet