Wildcat soccer rolls over Bellevue in second half

BELLEVUE - The Mount Si Wildcat boys' soccer team used a strong second half to roll over the winless Bellevue Wolverines for their second straight win coming out of spring break.

Junior forward Yosef Yetneberk scored twice and added an assist as the Wildcats helped its postseason chances with the 4-1 win last Friday night at Bellevue High School, keeping them in second place in the Kingco 3A Valley Division.

"It was a game that we didn't play very well in the first half and fortunately for us, we picked up in the second half and they gave a good effort," said Mount Si coach Tom Bialek.

The first half was a difficult one for the Wildcats as Bellevue took advantage of several Mount Si defensive breakdowns to set up great scoring opportunities, none of which went in the net. In the 12th minute it appeared that Yetneberk had scored the first goal of the game, but the goal was called back by the referee prompting an angry response from Wildcat fans. Mount Si fans repeatedly protested calls by the referees the entire game and in one case in the second half, Bialek also protested a call.

The Wildcats got their share of scoring chances but finally broke through in the 30th minute when senior midfielder Nick Swanson scored off a Yetneberk pass for the first goal of the game. Swanson believed he was in the right place at the right time.

"Yosef just made some great dribbles through the outside and passed across the middle. [It] bounced off a defender and I was fortunate to be right in the spot where it came right to me, and I just kind of shot my left foot and then the goalie reached out and got to it, but he didn't get there in time, so fortunately [it] made it into the back of the net," said Swanson.

Late in the first half, Bellevue mounted what appeared to be an odd-man breakaway. But like the previous chances, this one did not end well for the Wolverines. Mount Si had escaped the first half with a lead, which, considering that Bellevue had outplayed them during stretches of the half, was remarkable.

The team made adjustments to open the second half and it paid off right away. The Wildcats had several good scoring chances right out of the gate in the half and finally got one in the net in the 48th minute thanks to the foot of sophomore defender Dane Portscheller.

"Well, it was a pretty good cross, got Dan Barnes to thank for that, and Dan Talevich. Barnes hit the ball and [I] cleaned up the garbage," said Portscheller.

Yetneberk then took over. In the 61st minute he broke away from Wolverine defenders and fired a shot that was stopped by Bellevue's goalkeeper. Yetneberk picked up his own rebound and fired it back into the net to give Mount Si a 3-0 lead. Wildcat senior goalie Kellen Patterson's shutout bid ended in the 68th minute, when the Wolverines' Matt Ramirez scored. Then Bellevue got a little too physical. In the 71st minute, a Wolverine player tripped Mount Si junior midfielder Evan Lloyd, causing him to injure his ankle. Lloyd had to be helped off the field and did not return to the game.

The Bellevue player was assessed a yellow card by the referee, one of several calls that the Wildcat fans were pleased with. Then in the 79th minute, Yetneberk was fouled in the penalty area by the Wolverines and he punched in the subsequent penalty kick to wrap things up.

Mount Si will finish their regular season home schedule this Friday against Issaquah. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, the team will honor its seven seniors: Dan Barnes, Patrick Davis, Sean Macrae, Patterson, Ben Steel, Swanson and Dan Talevich. As it stands currently, should the Wildcats maintain their existing second-place standing in the Valley Division, they will host a playoff game in the first round of the Kingco Tournament.

In earlier action last week the Wildcats defeated Liberty 1-0 on Tuesday at Liberty.

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