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).
Muzzling the Bulldogs
Sept. 12 Highline 4 Bellevue 0
It took a while for Highline to get going but once it did there was no doubt in the result as the Thunderbirds shut out Bellevue 4-0 with a balanced attack and Alex Weaver in goal. It was Jason Rodriguez, the first of four goal scorers for the T-Birds, who got the game’s first goal at 44 minutes (assist to Mohamed Duntow). This was followed four minutes later by Marcus Machado, assisted by Tre’ Flowers. The score stayed 2-0 until Ryley Johnson got in the act at 67 minutes off an assist by Jason Rodriguez. And Desire Katameya (assist to Alex Velasco) finished the scoring at 90:00. With the win the T-Birds improve to 5-0-0 for the season, having outscored opponents 19-2.
Men in Action Against Bellevue
Ryley Johnson Under Armour Men’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 2
Ryley Johnson, Lynnwood HS / Lynnwood, WA., scored a hat trick in Highline’s 4-0 win over Spokane. Johnson has tallied goals in all three of Highline’s matches this season as the defending champion Thunderbirds have outscored three of last season’s power teams (Whatcom, Portland & Spokane) nine goals to one in pre-league competition.
“Ryley was very efficient in front of goal against Spokane and scored 3 great goals,” said Thunderbird head coach Steve Mohn. “He was a threat everytime he was on the ball in attacking areas. He was very intelligent with his running and found himself in good attacking areas and was able to finish off the plays.”
Highline Men’s Soccer Team 2018
(Back L-R) Tre Flowers, Agustin Estrada, Daniel Gomex, Gabriel McGregor, Alex Weaver, Dylan Murphy, Dane Evanger, Axel Mejia, Tucker Davidson, Nestor Quijada, Nelson Cervants. (Front L-R) Marcus Machado, Haruki Takemura, Emmanuel Tarr, Chris Gonzalez, Jacob, Matt Douran, Desire Katameya, Jason Rodriguez, Ryley Johnson, Noah Runsvold, Skyler Roehr