It was a memorable night for Reid Howland.
Cheers echoed from the grandstands when the freshman defender scored his first varsity goal, one of a string of scores in a lopsided Mount Si win last Friday, March 29, at home with the Lake Washington Kangaroos.
It was a total team effort, as Howland explains it. He and junior Alex Dolewski were trading passes, and as they neared the Kangaroo box, Howland took his shot.
The players, fans and coaches all played a part in this moment. “It’s definitely something to keep in my mind,” he said.
Mount Si’s 6-1 win was one of the rare easy moments. It was a chance for younger players to take the field.
“Everybody gets out there. Everybody’s happy,” said head coach Darren Brown.
The Wildcats were charged up from a stinging loss the prior Tuesday, their first of the season. They rushed in to take control, and kept the ball on the Kangs’ side for most of the game.
Junior midfielder Aaron Baumgardner snagged the first goal early, clocking two assists on the night. He blasted a laser-like shot from about 20 yards out in the 10th minute. Senior Alex Censullo had the next, 15 minutes later.
Sophomore Max Adamson, an all-around utility player, fired in his own first varsity goal 10 minutes after that, and senior Kody Clearman fired in his shot with 2:48 left on the first. The Kangs scored at the two-minute mark, with a shot from Chris Mayr.
The two seniors, Censullo —who had two on the night—and Clearman, lead Kingco in goals.
“I’ve had some great overall scorers over the years, but I’ve never had a punch like this,” Brown said of the two forwards. “It’s dangerous.”
His all freshman-and-sophomore defensive line are meanwhile showing strong promise.
“We have a young back line, but they’re doing very well,” Brown said. “I’m very proud of them. They’re stepping up. That says a lot for the future.”
"It's good to bounce back and put a team away like we can" said Censullo. "If we keep playing like we did tonight, and have the same composure, we're just going to keep going forward."
Mount Si soccer is now 4-1-1.
The Mount Si boys soccer team faces Bellevue at home tonight. A real test comes against Mercer Island this Friday, with the 'Cats on the road. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
You can follow Mount Si soccer at http://mshsboyssoccer.com.
Photos by Calder Productions/Curt Carlson
Alex Dolewski does a header during the Lake Washington game Friday. The evening's win was a charged chance to earn vindication for the boys team.
Kody Clearman, one of the league's top scorers.
Aaron Baumgardner, who fired a laser-like first goal.
Alex Holt, senior defender, in play.
Dane Fortenberry congratulates Reid Howland on his first varsity goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bruce Corrie launches the ball back in
enior Robin Casillas charges downfield.
Mount Si senior keeper Hunter Malberg gets a rare chance to stretch his legs. Battling for the ball against a slew of Kangaroo defenders, he spent half of Friday evening up front.