March 7, 2012
Bellevue College has hired Darren Brown, head coach of the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams at Mount Si High School, as assistant coach for its men’s team.
Brown wrote in an email he will stay on as Wildcat head coach and as teacher of a sports marketing class at the high school.
“My high school programs are my babies,” he wrote. “This is just a good experience and fit for me to do a little more.”
May 11, 2011
At the beginning, adversity.
An own goal left Mount Si behind 1-0 against Mercer Island, 13 minutes into their May 6 match.
At the end, adversity.
A penalty kick called in favor of the Islanders with three minutes to go in the first overtime threatened to break what was up to that point a tense 2-2 tie.
Both times, Mount Si responded.
It retorted to the own goal with two goals by Dane Aldrich.
And it retorted to the penalty kick call by salvaging the tie, using a maneuver worthy of the pros.
It started with head coach Darren Brown calling Dillon Oord, the senior goalie to the sideline.
March 22, 2011
The team that stepped onto the field March 18 looked like the fifth best team in the state. For about 10 minutes.
The Mount Si Wildcats, opening their 2011 season started their home match against Bellevue in a way reminiscent of the 2010 squad, which broke all sorts of records and finished fifth at the state tournament.
Five minutes into the match, the Wildcats already had a 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal on a breakaway by forward Kody Clearman on the third minute.
March 15, 2011
The Wildcats matched 4A Issaquah High School to a 1-1 draw March 12 in preseason play.
The team showed it is building on last year’s historic success. In 2010, Mount Si finished 12-2-4 and won its first KingCo Conference championship. The team also won its first ever state playoff game.
The Wildcats drew first blood. Team co-captain Eric Baumgardner scored on a pass from Kody Clearman at 9 minutes into the game. Baumgardner, a senior, is a midfielder, and Clearman, a freshman, is a forward.
But Issaquah struck back in the second half. James Garcia scored after 69 minutes. Michael Roberts picked up the assist.
The match highlighted the young team’s strengths.
The Wildcats demonstrated their ability to control the ball and maintain possession, Coach Darren Brown wrote on the team’s website.
Some new varsity members showed their skill.
September 10, 2010
NEW — 9:00 a.m. Sept. 10, 2010
After limping through a rebuilding season last year, the Mount Si High School girls soccer team could have a leg up on the rest of the league this year.
Most of last year’s top schools lost key players to graduation, which leaves the league in flux for this season. Issaquah’s Liberty High School has a strong squad returning. The rest are rebuilding.
But Mount Si has been down that road already, and is ready to compete, head coach Darren Brown said.
May 19, 2010
NEW — 2:53 p.m. May 19, 2010
The Mount Si boys soccer team continued making history Tuesday May 18 with its first ever win in a state tournament, beating visiting Auburn Mountainview 4-0.
May 13, 2010
NEW — 1:33 p.m. May 13, 2010
Mount Si soccer takes KingCo division title
The Mount Si High School boys soccer team won its first KingCo division title after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Juanita High School in the season’s final game May 6. The team was 9-1-2 in conference play this year and 11-1-4 overall.
The team now advances to the 16-team state tournament that starts May 18, and Mount Si has home-field advantage for the first two games of the tournament.
August 20, 2009
Think winning a conference championship for the first time ever solves all the problems of a program?
The Mount Si girls soccer team had perhaps its most successful season ever last fall, capturing the KingCo title and advancing to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. Still, all that winning did was leave a taste for much more in the mouth of the Wildcats.
“It gave us a lot of confidence,” head coach Darren Brown said. “But we haven’t gotten past that hump of getting into the (state) championship match or of winning it all. That’s where we need to get.”
To do that this season, Mount Si will need to find a ton of scoring in a hurry. Of the many goals the Wildcats scored a year ago, 82 percent of them were booted through by outgoing seniors, including league Player of the Year Nikki Stanton.
May 14, 2009
Mount Si boys soccer coach Darren Brown finally pin-pointed what his team needs to work on in the offseason.
Problem is, that work is coming a little sooner than all of the Wildcats anticipated.
In a physical, rough-and-tumble battle with Sammamish at home May 11, Mount Si was beaten 1-0 in the first round of the Class 3A league tournament and eliminated from the postseason.
The game was full of plenty penalties, shoves and even a thrown punch that was missed by officials. What it wasn’t full of was scoring opportunities by the Wildcats. Sammamish scored the game-winning goal with 22 minutes to play, then let its physical style do the rest to preserve the shutout.
April 8, 2009
The Mount Si boys soccer team had the same result in each of its two games last week, but that didn’t mean the Wildcats suddenly became predictable.
Mount Si took league favorite Mercer Island to the wire, before losing a 2-1 overtime decision March 31. Three days later, the Wildcats were seemingly a different team, as they were upset by Liberty, 2-0, on the road.
Now two weeks into the league schedule, Mount Si is 1-2. And head coach Darren Brown has resigned himself to the fact that it could be a nutty season.