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Wildcats top rival Cedarcrest
ISSAQUAH - The Mount Si Wildcats top offensive threat, junior forward Yosef Yetneberk, opened his season on a strong note March 23 at Issaquah High School, scoring all of the team's goals in a 2-0 Kingco 3A Conference opening win over the Eagles.
Yetneberk continued that onslaught March 26 as the Wildcats opened their home schedule with a convincing 3-0 win over their Valley rival, the Cedarcrest Red Wolves.
The junior scored twice in the first half and put a couple of solid shots on goal in the second half.
Yetneberk has four goals on the season and is quickly turning into one of the top offensive threats in the league.
Senior midfielder Patrick Davis opened the scoring for Mount Si in the 12th minute, breaking in on goal to the left of Cedarcrest's goalie Lawrence Remedios.
"What a lovely cross, I believe it was from Nick Swanson," said Davis. "I had a huge amount of time down there in their box and I was able to see where [Remedios] was going and place the shot and just ripped it in the back side netting. It was wonderful."
Yetneberk scored his first on a penalty shot in the 16th minute, then in the 29th minute he fired a shot thatcaught Remedios off guard and went into the net to give the Wildcats the 3-0 lead. Mount Si's defense took over the rest of the way, keeping the Red Wolves' offense at bay, thus giving senior goalkeeper Kellen Patterson his second shutout in just his second conference game of the season.
Team speed was key to victory.
Mount Si's offense in the first half displayed speed that has not been a factor with past teams.
"We're not too big, but we've got speed and quickness and getting and winning those 50/50 balls really makes the difference," said Davis.
Mount Si, with the two wins, has six points already, which is important for the post-season playoff picture.
"It's really important to get the wins early in the season cause then late in the season you're not chasing, trying to get points, so if we can win early, [it] makes it easier later in the season," said Wildcats Coach Tom Bialek.
Davis agreed, and pointed to one important factor in getting the wins.
"Especially when they're division points, and I think this team this year has a lot of heart and I think that's going to carry us a long way," he said.