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Wildcat boys soccer in playoff race: Tough schedule of games ahead
SNOQUALMIE - The boys soccer Kingco 3A playoff race is heating up. Like the girls last fall, the Mount Si Wildcats boys are in it, but losses on the road last week have left the team on the edge of elimination.
Last Tuesday's road win was a huge one and it came from outside Mount Si's usual scoring powerhouse of Gibson Bardsley and Yosef Yetneberk. Rather, it was Kyle Wiley-Fulton's goal in the 87th minute that was the difference as Mount Si defeated the Bellevue Wolverines 2-1 in double overtime at Bellevue High School.
Granted, Bardsley scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute, but it was Wiley-Fulton who finished things off, ramming home a pass from Yetneberk. Wiley-Fulton's tally was only the third goal scored by a Mount Si player other than their two offensive forces, Yetneberk and Bardsley, this season.
Mount Si loses to Sammamish
Sammamish scored early in their contest against the Wildcats last Thursday at Sammamish High School in Bellevue and held on for the 1-0 win, despite being outplayed by Mount Si through most of the match.
"We outplayed Sammamish tonight, but could not finish," said Mount Si coach Darren Brown, who added that the Totems were battling fatigue through much of the second half, but that the Wildcats couldn't take advantage. "Just like our last match with Bellevue, we controlled possession 80/20 tonight."
Liberty upsets Mount Si
Bardsley and Yetneberk connected again on goals Saturday night at Liberty, but despite being a man down most of the game, the Patriots pulled a shocking 3-2 double-overtime upset over Mount Si, leaving the Wildcats in danger of falling out of the race.
Junior forward Mackenzie Woehlbrandt scored twice for Liberty, including the game-winner with less than two minutes left in the second overtime. The Patriots survived a whistle-filled physical contest in which they played a significant portion of time without the services of forward Kyle Dehart. He was assessed a red card in the 19th minute after he committed a hard foul on the Wildcats' Dane Portscheller in front of the Mount Si bench. Dehart was ejected from the contest and Liberty played a man down the rest of the game.
Patriots coach Darren Tremblay was happy with Liberty's effort.
"Probably our best effort all season, considering the red card 20 minutes into the game and we played 70 minutes a man down," down," he said.
Brown, talking about the Wildcats' effort, was not as pleased with his team's performance.
"I don't know how you lose a game playing a man down," he said, adding, "We didn't perform. We didn't play to a level that we were capable of doing. I spread the offense as much as we could, and we just couldn't finish in the box."
Woehlbrandt scored the first goal for the Patriots in the 11th minute, then Bardsley broke past Liberty defenders in the 29th minute and punched a shot into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Yetneberk zipped one into the lower-right corner of the net to put the Wildcats up 2-1 in the 52nd minute to take the lead. The Patriots' Eric Borsvold broke for the net in the 59th minute. Mount Si goalkeeper Jeff Lewis ran to stop the oncoming rush, but Borsvold ran past and fired the ball into an empty net to tie the game at 2-2. Yetneberk had a number of great scoring chances late in the contest, but all were to no avail, then Woehlbrandt put the game winner in the upper-corner of the net from close range in the 88th minute.
Wildcat senior Evan Lloyd celebrated his 18th birthday Saturday night and the fans in the stands made note prior to the game. Lloyd, for his part, wished things could have gone better.
"We had a lot of looks in the box, we just could not put a single thing in," he said.
Mount Si is at Issaquah on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Next Tuesday is Senior Night and the final home game for Wildcat seniors Yetneberk, Lloyd, Lewis, Colin Parsons, Robert Jepson, Alex Crabtree, Jay Hunter and Owen Kirshner. They will be honored for their play in the program. Game time for that contest against the Knights at Snoqualmie Community Park is 5 p.m.