Early-season promise, high energy for Mount Si boys soccer in pair of wins

Mount Si goalie Bruce Corrie, center,  celebrates his game-saving reaction Thursday, March 20, with teammates. - Photo by Richard Dolewski
Mount Si goalie Bruce Corrie, center, celebrates his game-saving reaction Thursday, March 20, with teammates.
— image credit: Photo by Richard Dolewski

A beaming Bruce Corrie was cheered off the field by teammates after making the key save at the net for Mount Si’s boys soccer team.

With seconds left in the contest with 4A Bothell, it was all down to Corrie, the Wildcats’ junior goalkeeper, to prevent the tie. Facing him, Bothell was about to take a penalty kick.

“I’ve got used to reading the kicker,” said Corrie, a club player experienced in facing PK’s.

He did just that, watching subtle signs of face and body. “It seemed like he used the inside of his foot to curl it around. There was no way I was going to be able to catch it. So I just pushed it away,” saving the day.

Mount Si won 2-1 against Bothell on a chilly Thursday night, March 20, thanks to the key play.

“He’s clutch,” head coach Darren Brown said of Corrie. “I have a lot of faith in him. He’s a quality keeper.”

Corrie didn’t get overworked that evening, besides a late-game Bothell goal, thanks to Mount Si’s defenders.

“I love our defense,” Corrie said. “We’ve played together for three years. We all play on the same club team, with the exception of Cameron” Dwight, a freshman. “He’s been a huge star and a big addition to our defense.”

Two goals for Williams

Junior team captain Connor Williams scored both goals on the night for Mount Si, his first this season.

“It felt so good,” Williams said.

The first score happened at the 52nd minute of play. Mount Si sophomore Reid Howland launched a shot that bounced off a Bothell defender, and Williams was there to follow up.

His second happened on a fast drive down the field from the Mount Si goal, with about eight minutes to go.

“The pass was supposed to go to someone else,” Williams said. “I was just running through, felt it on my foot, and put it away.” Alex Dolewski and Aaron Baumgardner were credited with assists to Williams.

Mount Si kept possession over Bothell for most of the game, though the Cougars brought some real pressure in the tail of the second half. Bothell’s Johan Muliadi scored to tie the game at the 67th minute.

“It was a playoff-atmosphere game,” Brown described the match. Going into it 3-0, 4A Bothell, “that’s a good team we played. I was telling them, this is going to be a tough match. They stepped up.”

Against Interlake on March 18, Mount Si won, 2-1.

Down 1-0, Dwight used a feed from Williams to score his first varsity goal. Dolewski, who is Mount Si’s extremely physical senior outside flanker, penetrated inside 18 yards to pass to junior midfielder Evan Betz, who scored.

“He’s lightning,” Brown said of Dolewski, who was everywhere, energetic throughout Thursday’s game.

Now, it’s on the Wildcats to keep it up. They host Interlake on Tuesday and Sammamish on Friday.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Alex Dolewski powers the ball downfield. He had an assist against Bothell. Photo by Richard Dolewski

Connor Williams uses his head to make an attempt on the goal. Williams, a junior, scored both goals against the Cougars last Thursday, March 20. Photo by Richard Dolewski

Aaron Baumgardner seeks an opening.

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