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Mount Si girls' soccer looking for strong year
SNOQUALMIE - A late season rally last year propelled the Mount Si girls' soccer team to a playoff berth. In 2004, second-year coach Darren Brown and his squad are hoping to take that camaraderie and skill gained last year to a new level.
It won't be easy for the Wildcats. The team lost several key seniors, including goalkeeper Caitlin Braun. But filling her shoes will be sophomore Jessica Blessard, who says she's ready.
"I'm really excited to play on varsity this year for the whole time and I think our team looks really good this year. I'm excited to play, ready to go," said Blessard.
Brown also is excited about Blessard.
"She's a real solid player, [and] compliments what we have from last year's playoff game," said Brown.
Blessard held her own under fire in that playoff game last year, a 1-0 loss to Skyline in late October .
Another key senior loss was the speed-and-scoring punch of Kristen Berndt, who's playing for Whitman College this fall. A freshman that might fill part of that void is Mariana Zanella. Zanella will join a group of young talent, led by sophomore sensation Kirsten Mills. Brown is hoping for another great year of production from Mills.
"[She has] real good touch, [and is a] solid ball handler [who] will be one of our top scorers this year," said Brown.
Trenkamp thinks the combination of Mills and Zanella may be dangerous this season.
"Following Kristen is a tough job but we have a few girls that can fill that in and with Kirsten [Mills] and [Zanella] up front, I think it's going to be powerful," said senior Amy Trenkamp.
Trenkamp and multi-sport star Shannon Posey lead a large senior class returning this season. Trenkamp was the shortstop for the state runner-up Mount Si softball team, and she thinks this soccer team could go quite far.
"We're going to go farther than last year and not lose in the playoffs, but I'm hoping to carry over some success from the softball season, and just bring that fire that we had going to state, and just do as well in soccer," said Trenkamp.
Seniors joining the varsity team this year include forward Bree Carns and midfielder Jessie Fisher.
Posey thinks that the Issaquah Eagles will be the team to beat this season.
The Wildcats will play their home games on the field at Snoqualmie Ridge this season due to construction at Mount Si High School, but Brown does not expect the lack of a true home field to be a disadvantage, which will likely be important since that will force the team to play the majority of games on Field Turf surfaces, which reward speed. With Mills leading the way, that shouldn't be much of a problem. Home games will start at 4:30 p.m in the month of Sept. and 4 p.m. in Oct.