A Most Improbable Win

Sept. 11 – the Thunderbirds, behind the goal keeping of freshman Kate Nelson and the lone goal of the match at 88 minutes by freshman Abigail Carmel (assisted by Kaiti Hamilton), scored a 1-0 win over the Bellevue Bulldogs.  Highline improves to 3-0-1 while Bellevue falls to 3-2-0.

What made the win so improbable is that on a warm, late summer afternoon the Thunderbirds played one player short for almost all of the first half. For a variety of reasons the T-Birds started out shorthanded and spent the first 45 minutes fending off a barrage of Bellevue shots as the Bulldogs dominated time of possession.  Nelson, in goal for Highline, showed poise beyond a freshman in her fourth game in made a series of saves to keep the game scoreless.  In all, she recorded 10 saves. As so the game remained scoreless until the 88th minute, when on a scramble in front of the Bellevue goal Carmel scored her second goal of the year. And so, playing shorthanded for almost half the match, not being able to substitute on a very warm day, and largely on the defense, Highline managed the win. Improbably.

Kate Nelson - Highilne Women's SoccerKate Nelson in goal for Highline against Bellevue

Abby Carmel - Highline Women's Soccer
Abby Carmel scored the only goal of the match.

Women’s Soccer:  So Far So Good

Sept. 7 – the Thunderbirds improved its early season record to 2-0-2 with a 4-0 win over Lower Columbia.  Rayna Santiago and Skyylerblu Johnson each tallied a pair of goals. Kate Nelson had the shutout in goal.  With her two goals, Santiago teads the team with four scored, while Savannah Nichols leads with three assists.

The team next hosts Bellevue on Sept. 11 at the Starfire Soccer Complex, followed by another home match on Sept. 14 against Pierce College.

Women's Soccer - Hannah Anderson
Forward Hannah Anderson fights for ball possession in the win over Lower Columbia (Sept. 7).

2019 Highline Women’s Soccer Team

Back Row (L to R):  Raquel Johnson; Hannah Jenkins; Cassidy O’Dell; Rayna Santiago; Cortney Cullison; Savannah Nichols; Alyssa Andrews

Front Row (L to R): Sophia Leer; Hannah Anderson; Kaitlyn Hamilton; Abigail Carmel; Skyylerblu Johnson; Lilya Stepchuk; Kate Nelson