June 12, 2013
While the Wildcats’ boys soccer season may have ended early with a first round playoff loss to Bellevue, Alex Censullo was left with an impressive consolation prize — league most valuable player.
Although the Mount Si High School senior led the league in points, he said the award was still a little bit of a surprise.
April 17, 2013
It’s midpoint in the boys soccer season and Mount Si High School head coach Darren Brown’s team isn’t where he wants them to be.
At 5-3-1, the Wildcats stare up at undefeated and league leading Liberty (6-0-1). The latest match between the two rivals ended April 9 with a 1-0 shutout win for the Patriots.
Brown said he switched up the team’s formation to throw off the Patriots’ strong attack. The strategy worked for 69 minutes before the Patriots’ Joe Dapper scored the game’s lone goal.
March 21, 2013
The Mount Si High School soccer team took the field March 14 against Eastlake. For 90 minutes, neither team scored.
Even after two five-minute overtime periods and penalty kicks, Eastlake and Mount Si were still 0-0, an outcome that doesn’t happen often, said Adam Gervis, Eastlake head coach.
March 13, 2013
It’s all business for Mount Si High School this year.
After a high-flying regular season that ended in a stunning loss to Juanita in the playoffs, the team is bringing an ironclad attitude to the 2013 campaign.
November 28, 2012
It started as an amusing cheer; it became a winning mantra.
Before every game, the U-10 Cascade FC girls led one another in repeating, “1-2-3, I believe in the power of me.”
Then, “4-5-6, there’s nothing that can happen that we can’t fix.”
Then, “7-8-9, this is our time to shine: We are one team, with one heart.”
Indeed it was, to the tune of a 2012 campaign with six wins, two ties and no losses. Not bad for a soccer squad that lost four out of eight games in 2011.
November 21, 2012
Oh, how sweet — and sour — it is to make it to state.
The Sweet and Sour, the nickname for the soccer squad otherwise known as FC North Bend Girls U-14 Smothers R1 Recreational, earned a berth in the Washington State Youth Soccer Association state tourney for the second consecutive year.
The team went 9-1 in the season, scoring 29 goals and allowing seven. They finished first in the league for the fourth year in a row.
In the district title game Nov. 18, the team lost to the Daredevils from Bothell in a penalty shootout. Three in-game shots and two penalty kicks for the Sweet and Sour hit the post.
November 21, 2012
They had never beat Concordia. They had never won a regular season championship. And they had started their 2012 preseason losing seven of nine matches.
The 2012 season for Kirkland’s Northwest University womens soccer team, and for its two Snoqualmie Valley standouts Jessie Oliver and Jordyn Wilson, went from unfathomable to unforgettable.
The team built a storybook season on the back of an improbable streak after the string of losses.
The team started its regular season with a loss and a tie, and then did not lose again until the final game of the conference playoffs, nine matches later.
October 31, 2012
The visitor, vastly — and firmly tongue-in-cheek — regarded as a jinx, could breathe a little easier.
The minute he arrived at Liberty High School’s soccer field, the Mount Si Wildcats had taken a 3-2 lead over the Patriots.
But then, minutes later, Liberty tied the game, 3-3.
“So, it IS you,” Wildcats’ assistant coach Tom Burford joked and pointed toward the bleachers. “For the rest of the game, look that way.”
Burford and the rest of the Wildcats could afford to joke. Tied or not, the team had put on quite a show against the Patriots. Down 2-0 in the first half, KingCo Conference Player of the Year Miranda Rawlings scored her first hat-trick of the season to leave the league-leading Pats reeling.
October 24, 2012
It’s been a month of challenges and triumphs for the Wildcats’ girls soccer team.
They are still primed to walk with heads held high into the playoffs, unbeaten in their last five matches. But if they do, they will have to do it without All-Conference midfielder Leah Corra, who is out for the season with a bad knee.
Their schedule will command that if they make the playoffs, they do so on the road, with their last four matches away from Meadowbrook Way.
Still, coach Darren Brown said there is plenty of reason to believe.
“We have a lot of depth and a good pool to pick from down on the farm,” he said referring to the JV squad. “So we will be OK.”
Furthermore, the last two forays into foreign territory yielded a 3-0 win against Lake Washington and a 2-1 thriller victory against Bellevue.
September 12, 2012
The French have a term for it, “bête noire.” The rival that, try as you might, still ends up getting the best of you, time and time again.
For the past two years, Bellevue has filled that role admirably for the Mount Si High School girls soccer team. Two years ago, the Wildcats’ run to the playoffs ended in the first round with a 2-1 loss to the Wolverines.
Then in last year’s first-round of playoffs, Mount Si was ahead with two minutes to go in the game. Bellevue tied it, won in overtime, 3-2, and awarded Mount Si a particularly long offseason.
This year’s crew of Wildcats booters is upperclass-heavy, so head coach Darren Brown predicts they will use the last two years as a motivator to finally get over the hump.
“The girls are all-in,” Brown wrote in an email.
The sting of last year’s loss to the Wolverines has stayed with his veteran players, Brown said, and with him.