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Mount Si second half stuns Bellevue
SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Wildcats closed out the regular girls' soccer season in the KingCo Conference with a very strong second-half performance, stunning the Bellevue Wolverines 3-2 at Mount Si Stadium in Snoqualmie last Thursday.
Kristin Berndt and Marian Lloyd provided the offensive punch for the Wildcats.
The game opened on a very high-tempo, defensive note, but as it went on, it looked as if Bellevue might seize control of the game. This was reinforced by a goal from Sarah Coyne in the 31st minute of the first half. Coyne's goal went in to the right of Mount Si goalkeeper Christine Bauman, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead that they took to half-time, despite being out-shot 8-7 by the Wildcats.
The second half proved to be a different story offensively for the Wildcats. Berndt opened the scoring for Mount Si in the ninth minute of the second half on a two-on-none breakaway after a Wolverine player had fallen to the turf.
Seven minutes later, Lloyd scored the go-ahead goal for the Wildcats on a free kick. The ball glanced off the crossbar before going in, much to the delight of those in attendance on Senior Night. Berndt then scored again with 12 minutes left to give Mount Si an insurance goal.
Berndt nearly had a third goal very late in the game, but missed by just inches, after Bellevue's goalkeeper made an athletic save. With two minutes left, Bellevue drove home a penalty kick goal, to make it 3-2 in favor of the Wildcats. Many in the crowd began to get a little nervous, since the referees tacked on a lot of extra time, and Bellevue got a few more chances to tie the game. Once the final whistle sounded though, everyone celebrated the victory.
Prior to the game, seniors Carrie Franz, Erin Vassar, and Taylor Waddell were honored in special ceremonies for their contributions to the team over their four years at Mount Si. Each was presented with flowers.
Coach Bruce Caldwell said his team stayed strong and got better over the course of the game, managing to take the wind out of Bellevue's sails.
He also praised his team for playing well all season and continuing to show improvement. He did acknowledge the loss of his three senior players, all of whom he said were good, but did say things look pretty good for next year.