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Mount Si girls' soccer continues strong conference start

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SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Wildcats girls' soccer team continued its conference domination last week with a waxing of the Liberty Patriots for its second straight win at home in conference play.

Star sophomore forward Kirsten Mills scored twice, and fellow sophomores Jessica Oliver and Monica Nelson, along with freshman Mariana Zanella, added goals as the Wildcats took home a 5-1 decision last Tuesday at Snoqualmie Community Park on Snoqualmie Ridge.

"When we spread our offense like that, [when] we get [multiple] people contributing, it makes us more lethal, because we're not just relying on Mills or Zanella. When everyone contributes, it spreads it wide, more things happen and we're more of an attacking squad," said Mount Si coach Darren Brown.

Nelson was pleased with her efforts.

"I'm just glad to be back. I've been out with an injury. I'm just starting to get back in it, and I'm just glad to be out here and be part of the team again," said the forward, whose first goal of the year came early in the first half off a pass from Mills.

Liberty's lone goal came early in the second half.

The ending of the game was marred by a collision between Mount Si senior reserve Amy Trenkamp and a Liberty player, which left the Patriots' player on the ground. The game was delayed while the Liberty player was still being attended to, but not before officials assessed Trenkamp a yellow card for the collision, the second such card handed out during the match by the officials. Earlier in the second half, they gave a card to Patriots' senior co-captain Sarah Creveling.

"It was late, it was the 78th minute, and I think both the girls were just hustling and Amy got her from behind, clipped her, and it was actually a good call by the ref. He was trying to settle things down before things got too intense," said Brown.

The Wildcats were without Trenkamp later in the week, who was out of town on personal matters. It didn't matter, as Mount Si controlled the game from the outset and beat the winless Interlake Saints 5-0. Five different Wildcats' players - Mills, Oliver, senior Jessie Fisher, junior Jordan Tipton and sophomore Cortney Becker - scored goals in the game. Considering how many shots on goal the team took (an official count of 42), and the total domination that took place on both sides of the ball, clearly, there was a lot more that could have been desired.

Brown described the win as an "ugly 5-0."

"This was probably our worst game of the season. They couldn't finish, and that's what we've been working on all week, and that's frustrating. As far as our performance, sure, we're undefeated, we're 3-0-1, but we're not playing like an undefeated team," Brown said.

The one-sided control of the game by Mount Si allowed Brown to get all of his players in, and also give regular goalkeeper Jessica Blessard a rest, albeit a short-lived one. Brown allowed Blessard to play in the field in the second half. The last time she played there was two years ago, and the rust showed. However, she got quality time with the ball and almost scored.

"Well, coach [Brown] said if we won by a certain amount today, then I'd be able to go into the field, which is fun for me to score on the other goalkeeper, so of course, I just went out there, and I was having fun, so I gave it all I got," the sophomore said.

Blessard's backup, Shannon Posey, did well in net, and the senior received praise from Blessard.

"I thought Shannon did a really good job. I was really proud of her, and I'm glad that I have a backup keeper that I can trust in there, because she's also an excellent keeper, and she's got a good kick, too," Blessard said.

The team lost junior midfielder/defender Collette Hatch for possibly a game after she sprained her ankle in the second half.

Mount Si travels to Newport Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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