No Repeat in 2018
Highline Loses to Whatcom in Semifinals
Nov. 9 – Whatcom 2 Highline 0
Highline’s reign as defending NWAC Men’s Soccer Champion came to an end with a 2-0 loss to the Whatcom Orcas in the semifinals of the NWAC playoffs. Early goals by Cam Miller at 4 minutes and and Keegan Rubio at 30 minutes provided all the scoring Whatcom would need as the Orca defense stifled the Highline attack, allowing only two shots on goal.
The departing Highline sophomores leave an impressive legacy, going 28-3-4 in the last two years, scoring 107 goals while allowing only 24. They won one NWAC West Division title outright and shared a second division title, and finished each regular season top ranked in the league. And of course, to top it all off, the men won Highline’s fourth championship in 2017.
The team will have a challenge in replacing the dynamic scoring tandem of Ryley Johnson and Jason Rodriguez, along with other key sophomores including forwards Dane Evanger and Alex Velasco, midfielders Noah Runsvold and Axel Mejia, and defenders Dylan Murphy and Tucker Davidson. With 14 freshmen on its current roster, the team returns a solid core on which to reload for another run at the title.
2018 in Photos
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