By Naomi Schapiro
Perseverance and strong defense led to a tied game between Western and Highline Community College men’s soccer teams.
The first home game of the season was at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Robert S. Harrington Field. This was the soccer team’s fourth game of its spring season.
The game started out slow, with no score until 26 minutes into the game when Highline broke the tie. Highline’s second goal was scored by freshman forward Ryley Johnson.
The score remained 1-0 until the 36th minute, when Western senior defender/forward Stephan Jinneman scored a goal. He then scored another goal in the 40th minute.
Western’s defense and resilience were positives in the game that helped led to its comeback, said Reed Smith, an audience member and soccer player at Sehome High School.
Despite this turnaround, no one scored for the remaining six minutes of the game, and it ended in a tie.
“I think that if they continue to perform like they did in the second half, they are going places,” Smith said. “They looked really strong and if everyone stays active and hungry, it’ll go really well.
For senior middle/defender Garrett Strawn this wasn’t the result he wanted, but he said spring season is all about getting better.
“We brought out more energy in the second half,” Strawn said. “We want to represent Western well.”
The soccer team’s next home game is against British Columbia at 7:30 p.m. on May 4. For a full schedule of the men’s soccer games this spring, go to http://www.wwuvikings.com/sports/m-soccer/sched/wwu-m-soccer-sched.html.