HIGHLINE, WA —The past year has brought about a lot of changes to the Highline College Men’s Soccer Program. The head coach, Jason Prenovost, who had been at the helm for 20+ years and amassed the most wins in conference history, decided to step away in winter to become the Athletic Director at Tacoma Community College. This transition has seen long time assistant Steve Mohn take over the reins as he looks to continue the rich history of success at HCC. Mohn has long been a staple in the Seattle soccer community and has vast experience playing the game at the highest level. Having graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Steve went on to play at the University of Washington, eventually winning a National Championship with the Kitsap Pumas PDL, and recently has been a stalwart in the Sounders U-‐23 backline. Mohn has all the necessary tools to help Highline continue to thrive as one of the premier programs in the NWAC.
Helping Steve lead the team will be two coaches who are very familiar with the program in Fawzi Belal and Emerson De Oliveira. Fawzi played for the school before going on to the Sounders as well as developing some of Washington’s top youth players as a coach for the Seattle Sounders FC Youth Academy. Emerson De Oliveira who played locally at Seattle University will be returning for his fifth year as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Thunderbirds. During his time Emerson has seen the Thunderbird goalkeeping core consistently rank as one of the top in the league. This staff will look to build on the already sterling reputation that is Highline College Men’s Soccer and look to secure HCC’s elusive second NWAC Championship.
This past season has also seen the Thunderbirds graduate almost their entire starting eleven who had previously taken the program to back-to-back final fours. In order the compensate for the massive gap left by the graduating class coach Mohn and his staff have been working tirelessly to bring in top-tier recruits. Some of the players signed are sure to be absolutely pivotal to the program’s success and will need to acclimate quickly to the college game. The road to a fifth consecutive Final Four will not be easy. The Thunderbirds reside in the Western Region where they will encounter some of the top teams in the conference such as Peninsula, who have won the NWAC championship two of the past three years. Additionally Highline will also be paired against the rugged Northern Division, which will be sure to test the depth, poise, and composure of the very talented Highline roster. The Thunderbirds will start off their season with two exhibitions games against teams that are also consistently challenging for a conference title in the form Clark and Walla Walla. Ironically Highline, Peninsula, Clark, and Walla Walla, have taken turns knocking each other out of the playoffs over the past four years.
This year promises to be another entertaining year in the NWAC and some games will absolutely be worth watching. Either of Peninsula games will be exciting because of the deep-lying rivalry between the two powerhouse programs as well as the talent that will be on display always makes these matches a must see. The Tacoma games also promise to be emotional as it will be a reunion for the current Tacoma AD Jason and his previous team and staff. The early conference game against Edmonds will be sure to an entertaining encounter, as it will be a clash of what is perennially two very talented teams. Lastly, the Skagit Valley away game should be hugely exhilarating and emotional. Last year’s quarter final match saw the Thunderbirds oust the reigning Northern Division Champs on a score line of 2-0 in an extremely physical game with multiple cards. One can be sure the Cardinals will be out for revenge.
|2014 Men’s Soccer Schedule|
|NWAC Friendlies||@ Starfire Sports Complex|
|Aug. 26th||Clark vs. Highline (2:30 pm)|
|Aug.27th||Highline vs. Walla Walla (8:30 am)|
|Sept. 3rd||Highline at Edmonds 7pm|
|Sept. 6th||Highline at Skagit Valley 2:15pm|
|Sept. 9th||Bellevue at Highline 4:15pm|
|Sept. 12th||Everett at Highline 4:15pm|
|Sept. 19th||Highline at Whatcom 5:15pm|
|Sept. 20th||Highline at Shoreline 8:15pm|
|Sept. 27th||Highline at Olympic 2:15pm|
|Sept. 30th||Peninsula at Highline 4pm|
|Oct. 8th||Highline at Tacoma 4:15pm|
|Oct. 11th||Highline at Bellevue 2:15pm|
|Oct. 18th||Olympic at Highline 2:15pm|
|Oct. 22nd||Highline at Peninsula 3pm|
|Nov. 1st||Tacoma at Highline 2:15pm|
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