Wildcats open Conference play on strong note

SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Wildcats girls' soccer team not only lost its two nonleague games two weeks ago, but also lost junior midfielder Amy Torget for a month to a serious leg injury suffered against Redmond. Despite all of that, last week the Wildcats opened the Kingco Conference season, and against Bellevue last Tuesday at Snoqualmie Community Park on Snoqualmie Ridge, put on an offensive show, especially in the second half.

The two players expected to be the main offensive weapons for Mount Si, sophomore speedster Kirsten Mills and freshman counterpart Mariana Zanella, both scored twice, and junior defender Jordan Tipton added a penalty kick goal to give the Wildcats a convincing 5-0.

"[Five to nothing] is a big statement. Bellevue's not a poor team; they're a good squad, and we just played at the top of our game today," said Wildcat coach Darren Brown.

Mills thought her first goal, a breakaway, was a key to the onslaught.

"I think it just opened up the scoring opportunities knowing that we could come out strong and have some fire and just put them away," the sophomore forward said. "I was just going in with a lot of intensity and yeah, just worked hard."

With the rain and wind that fell Tuesday afternoon the field became extremely slippery. Several times players from both teams fell. Fortunately, there were no weather-related major injuries to report, but a huge collision between a Wolverine and Mount Si player in the second half left the Bellevue player injured. She was taken off the field after several minutes.

Last Saturday, Mount Si traveled to Sammamish and played the Totems in the Wildcats' first big test of the conference schedule. This was the first meeting between the two teams since last year's playoff game, a game which Mount Si won. Sammamish got a bit of redemption, however, on this night, scoring a 1-1 home draw with the Wildcats.

The Wildcats return home for their longest stretch of home games this season. It began Tuesday against Liberty, continues Thursday against Interlake and ends next Tuesday against Issaquah. The match against the Eagles will be a big one, since Issaquah, led by senior Lauren Dascenzo, is expected to contend for the league title this season. All home matches this season are at 4:30 p.m. at Snoqualmie Community Park in the Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood at 35016 S.E. Ridge Street, just off Snoqualmie Parkway.

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