One and Done in the Playoffs
Wenatchee Valley 2 Highline 1 (double overtime)
Nov. 6 – For most men’s soccer teams in the Northwest Athletics Conference, a 7-4-1 league record and a trip to the playoffs would be considered a very successful year. But by the high standards the Highline program has set over past years, the 2-1 first round loss to Wenatchee Valley in double-overtime can only seem a disappointment. It was a hard-fought contest that saw Wenatchee Valley take the lead at 46 minutes after a scoreless first half on an unassisted goal by Luis Navarrete. Highline’s Cris Garfias-Lozano tied the score on a penalty kick at 78 minutes. That ended the scoring through the end of regular time and the first overtime. The match ended when with a couple of minutes left in the second overtime midfielder Alex Medina of Wenatchee Valley took advantage of a scramble in front of the Highline goal and scored the game winner. And with that goal Highline’s season was over.
The loss marked the final matches for the sophomores, led by Alex Weaver, Gauoussou Doucoure, Nestor Quijada, and Augie Estrada. Head Coach Steve Mohn will need to replace such standouts but after playing this year with a freshman laden roster gaining valuable experience, Highline should be bringing back an abundance of match-tested players for the 2020 season.