Rigby's pair sink Wildcats

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Colin Rigby scored twice and Brian Govier added a goal as the Mercer Island Islanders defeated the Mount Si Wildcats 3-1 in Kingco 3A boys' soccer action last Friday night at Mount Si High School. Yosef Yetneberk scored the lone Mount Si goal, but it ended up not being enough.

"Mercer Island took it to us. [I] have to give them credit. They just came out on our field and beat us. We have to learn from it. We have to learn how to compete game in and game out," said Mount Si coach Tom Bialek.

"I think we came out a little sluggish but we did step it up but it was just a little too late," said disappointed Wildcats' junior midfielder Dan Talevich, as his team dropped into a tie for third place in the Valley Division with Liberty.

The Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders to open the game. Strong Wildcat offensive pressure through the first several minutes of play resulted in solid scoring chances, and it eventually paid dividends when Yetneberk cracked the lower right corner of the net in the 13th minute to put the Wildcats up 1-0.

Over the course of the half the Wildcats lost their edge and it turned into a open end-to-end battle. In the 17th minute, Rigby from close range punched the ball into the lower left corner past Mount Si senior goalkeeper Eddie Becker to put the Islanders even at 1-1. The Wildcats got a couple of chances to retake the lead - junior midfielder Sean McCrae's close range header in the 23rd minute being the best chance - but the Wildcats could not convert. Then in the 29th minute, Rigby kicked a ball out of midair and into the net past Becker to put Mercer Island up 2-1.

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