Issaquah takes wind out of Mount Si's sails

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The Issaquah Eagles scored twice within the first 20 minutes of play and never looked back as they defeated the Mount Si Wildcats 5-0 in Kingco 3A conference girls' soccer action last Thursday night at Mount Si High School. Junior midfielder Lauren Dascenzo scored twice to lead Issaquah, while sophomore defender Lindsey Kasser added three assists to help the Eagles' cause.

The loss ended the Wildcats' short two-game winning streak.

"What a turnaround. I wasn't expecting that at all. It was about the exact opposite of what I was expecting. Taking nothing away from Issaquah. They're a well coached team and they play as a team, and there's no individuals. They're going to go far," said Mount Si Coach Darren Brown.

Junior midfielder Whitney Chelgren was disappointed with the loss.

"We just didn't have the right mentality going into the game and, I don't know, we did not play like I know we're capable," she said.

The Wildcats got an outstanding scoring chance in the third minute when senior forward Kristen Berndt sailed the ball over the goal on a quick breakaway.

The Eagles then turned around and scored the first goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Leale was credited with the goal, and from that point the Wildcats were playing catch-up.

"It was a turning point. One of the things I told these girls is that we needed to come out and attack and do something [in the] first 20 minutes, and they got one on us and the momentum shifted quickly. It was an uphill battle from there," said Brown.

Berndt narrowly missed tying the game in the 12th minute when she fired a shot that sailed just wide right of the net. Things then got worse in the 16th minute when senior forward Karen Frost punched the ball into the net off an assist from Kasser to put the Eagles up 2-0, a lead that they would take to halftime.

Before the Wildcats could mount an attack in the second half, the Eagles scored again four minutes in, again off a corner kick. Dascenzo was credited with her first goal off an assist from Kasser, her second assist of the game. Junior midfielder Kirsten Wood then got into the action, scoring a breakaway goal for Issaquah in the 54th minute, catching Wildcat senior goalie Caitlin Braun by surprise. Mount Si had chances to break the shutout. In the 55th minute, a shot from sophomore midfielder Jordan Tipton deflected off the fingers of Issaquah junior goalie Lauren Davis away from then net, then shortly thereafter, Berndt fired a shot that deflected off the goal post.

To cap off the Issaquah rout, Dascenzo and Kasser hooked up again in the 70th minute. Dascenzo scored her second goal, Kasser picked up her third assist, and the Eagles had taken care of business.

Both Brown and Chelgren know what has to happen now, with the team falling to 2-3 in conference.

Said Brown: "Were going to have to start over from scratch now."

Chelgren has already chosen the direction.

"Nowhere to go but up," Chelgren said.

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