Speed will be the reloaded Mount Si boys soccer team's main weapon in its hunt for greatness this spring.
"Everyone that plays attack is lightning quick, and we can use that to our advantage," says senior Alex Censullo.
"We've got the leaders that we need, the role players," says senior keeper Hunter Malberg, who, at practice, stands out as the vocal communicator of the squad.
After last year's heartbreaking season-ender game to Juanita, the lesson for Hunter is "Don't take any teams lightly."
A big group of seniors includes Censullo and Kody Clearman, who were among the top scorers in KingCo as juniors, while current junior Aaron Baumgardner will be a key part of the Wildcat attack.
Malberg calls Baumgardner "a big facilitator."
Meantime, Makhosandile Lancelot, a junior transfer from Shorewood High, is also expected to add some speed to this team. Lancelot loves the right side of the field.
"I'm a quick, small guy, used to getting into tight spaces," he says. Lancelot started playing at a young age and got more competitive as he got older. A social person, he says he's been welcomed to this team.
"We are here to take home the KingCo championship," says Censullo, whose personal goals include getting back on the league first-team list, and stepping up as a vocal leader.
As in many Mount Si sports, the roots run deep.
Censullo and Clearman play on the same club team, and Censullo says this group has known each other for years.
This team has been underrated, says Clearman, but they've got the potential to do a lot, especially with their attack.
"We've had some good flashes of ball movement," he says.
"I'm hoping to get as many goals as I can," he says. "If that means setting a record, that'd be sweet."
Clearman sees a good work ethic as something special about this group.
"Our team works hard in practices," he said. With no one 'superstar' on the team, "We have to work for everything we're gonna get."
Mount Si boys soccer schedule
Friday, March 15
• Mount Si hosts Eastlake, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 22
• Mount Si at Interlake, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 29
• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2
• Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5
• Mount Si at Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9
• Mount Si at Liberty, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12
• Mount Si at Juanita, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23
• Mount Si at Lake Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30
• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 7:30 p.m.