No Championship Repeat
Peninsula Defeats Highline 1-0 in Semifinals
In a rematch of last year’s championship match won by Highline 1-0, the Peninsula Pirates got its revenge, defeating the Thunderbirds 1-0 behind the stellar goalkeeping of Peninsula freshman Andrea Kenagy, who played the game of her life in stopping 12 Highline shots on goal, some in spectacular fashion. The only score of the game came at 76 minutes by Kayla Alcott after a scramble in front of the Highline goal.
The two-year sophomores moving on from Highline can take pride in their numerous accomplishments. Over their two years the team went 34-2-3, scoring 198 goals while allowing only 12. They won two NWAC West Division titles, finishing each regular season top ranked in the league. And of course, to top it all off, they won Highline’s first Women’s Soccer Championship in 2017.
Those graduating and moving on from the team include West Division MVP Jewel Boland, who scored the winning goal in overtime in the 2017 championship match. All-Stars leaving include midfielder McKenzie Buell, defensive stalwarts Valeria Rios and Fiona Dawson, and goalkeeper Savannah Hutchinson.
The team will be returning a core of solid freshman who saw a lot of playing time in 2018 and will be expected to provide the leadership in maintaining Highline’s winning ways.
2018: The Year in Photos
Tom Moore: NWAC West Division Coach of the Year
Jewel Boland: West Region Most Valuable Player
Tom Moore –
West Division Coach of the Year
Jewel Boland – West Division MVP
West Division All-Stars
Jewel Boland (forward)
McKenzie Buell (midfielder)
Andrea Gonzalez (midfielder)
Fiona Dawson (defender)
Valeria Rios (defender)
Savannah Hutchinson (keeper)
On Winning his 150th game as the head coach of the Highline Women’s Soccer Team
(against Green River on Oct. 20, 2018)
“First off, I don’t like thinking about myself all that often. My players may say differently, but I don’t like the spotlight. When I think about 150 wins all I can picture are all the players who have come through this program. I always hope that they have had a great experience, and that I can somehow help add to them as people moving forward.
As soon as the girls started cheering and holding the sign of 150 I was shocked…not only because everyone was focused on me, but also I thought about how long it really took. It made me think back through the many years and allowed me to reflect on all of the friendships, successes, mishaps, and unpredictable events that happen within a sports program. I wouldn’t change anything as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Highline. The coaches throughout the athletic department have always been supportive and my Athletic Director has put up with me for this long, so that’s good right?!
I’ve mostly reflected about why I’m coaching. The people I’ve been able to meet and interact with has been inspiring. One of the greatest things has been all of the opportunities I’ve had to help shape young minds as they move through what can be an overwhelming experience, LIFE. I’m truly blessed to have gotten the opportunity to work in this environment, with the people on this campus, and most importantly all of the student athletes who have come through the program to this point, they are the true heroes.”
The 2018 Highline Women’s Soccer Team
Back Row (L-R)Suraya Whitaker, Savannah Nichols, Valeria Rios, Alexis DeWalt, Savanah Hutchinson, Sophia Leer, Jewel Boland, Taylor Capuzzi, Fiona Dawson, Dino Gonzalez Middle Row (L-R)Kaitlyn Hamilton, Hannah Anderson, Kainoa Dafun, Kacy-Lyn Navarro, Olivia Lee, Rayna Santiago, Hannah Jenkins, Jordan Goolsby Front Row (L-R)Chloe Lamenzo, Tiana Ono, McKenzie Buell, Lexi Maslowski, Quincy Quinteros, Hannah Shires, Skyylerblu Johnson Not Pictured: Kiara Rivera, Jessica Chen