Second-half surge propels Mount Si past Interlake

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The Mount Si Wildcats boys' varsity soccer team overcame a slow start to defeat a tough Interlake Saints squad 3-1 in KingCo Conference action last Tuesday evening.

"That was a great game tonight. Guys stepped up and played hard. We needed it bad," said Mount Si coach Glenn Cramer. The win kept Mount Si in the playoff race, although the team is on the outside looking in.

"[It] kind of leaves things wide open still, but we're there," Cramer said.

The Saints' Luke Thevenet opened the scoring off a corner kick in the 15th minute to give them a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats, though, got stronger as the game went on, getting scoring chance after scoring chance against Interlake's goalkeeper. Mount Si's Drew Arenth scored the team's first goal in the 37th minute off a pass from Dan Talevich. The game went into half-time tied 1-1.

The Wildcats picked up where they left off to start the second half. The increasing pressure finally resulted in the go-ahead goal for Mount Si when Evan Lamon picked up a pass from Pete Talevich, and scored just four minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats' high-powered offense slowed down some after that, causing some concern in the sparse crowd. But the team regained its fire after Arenth made a spectacular save on what would have been the tying goal in the 47th minute. The ball had gotten past Wildcat goalkeeper Kellon Patterson, but Arenth was there on the goal line to kick it away, much to the delight of the fans in attendance.

The Wildcats added an insurance goal from Roger Patterson, who scored off a pass from Pat Reilly, in the 68th minute to seal the game.

Skyline 1, Mount Si 0

The Spartans scored the lone goal in the 60th minute of what proved to be a defensive battle on Friday. The loss hurt the Wildcats' chances of making it into the playoffs this year.

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