Wildcat soccer scores huge win

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The Mount Si Wildcats continued their strong climb back into the postseason picture in Kingco 3A girls' soccer with a 2-0 upset victory over the Skyline Spartans last Tuesday night in conference action at Mount Si High School.

Junior midfielder Whitney Chelgren and freshman phenom Kirsten Mills scored first-half goals to help Mount Si offensively, then the defense took over, shutting down the Spartans the rest of the game.

"[This is a] huge win. This puts us right up there. We're in the playoff hunt. And we turned the corner now, so [we've] just got to keep pressing it," said Mount Si coach Darren Brown, as his team extended their unbeaten string to three games (two wins and a tie, outscoring opponents in the three games by a combined 11-2).

Defense was key, according to sophomore defender Jordan Tipton.

"Our defense was really strong and as we moved on the field it worked really well with our crosses and everybody finishing," said Tipton.

Mount Si was pressuring early, getting a couple of scoring chances early. Among those was one in the eighth minute by freshman midfielder Monica Nelson. Nelson broke away from the Spartan defenders and fired a shot, which sailed wide and over the net. While Nelson was unable to convert, the chance signaled that the Wildcats were ready to do something big.

That big play occured in the 13th minute. Off a corner kick, a battle developed in front of the Skyline net, and when the battle ended, Chelgren had scored the Wildcats' first goal of the game. Sophomore midfielder Collette Hatch was credited with an assist and Mount Si was ahead 1-0.

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