'Cats play tough but fall short

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SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si girls' varsity soccer team played host to a tough Newport team, losing a close contest to the Knights 2-1.

Leading the offensive effort for the Wildcats was Kristen Berndt, who had seven shots on goal and scored the only Mount Si tally. Defensively, goalies Christine Bauman and Kristen Travis kept the ball out of the net, allowing Mount Si top stay even with Newport.

Newport controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game, consistently putting pressure on Mount Si defensively. At the 9:36 mark of the first half, Kristen Berndt launched a shot from near the corner and hit pay dirt, striking the far side of the net.

Both teams kept up the pressure to the midway point of the first half, with each taking shots at the other's goal. Newport's first goal would come on an unusual play, as the Knight's Selima Berisha pushed her way into the goalie's box and knocked the ball into the back of the net.

However, she was called offsides, negating the point and giving the Wildcat's a penalty shot from the point of infraction, which, in this case, was the goal line. Bauman kicked the ball out about 20 yards, where Berisha intercepted it and booted it past Bauman for the score, tying the game at 1-1.

With their team controlling the ball, both Berndt and Erin Vassar managed shots at the Newport goal during the remainder of the first half, but nothing found twine.

With Travis in goal for Mount Si in the second half, the first 10 minutes began much the same way as the first half ended, with both teams taking shots. Then, 9 minutes and 40 seconds into the second half, the Knights struck again on a goal by Jill Fogal.

The Wildcats would get another chance 23 minutes and 15 seconds into the second half. Berndt, driving for the goal was fouled 10 yards out. Angala Jones took the shot for Mount Si but it was blocked by the Newport goalie.

Mount Si pressured Newport, but the 'Cats were unable to even the score.

Berndt, the Wildcats' offensive spark plug, was disappointed after the game. "I just wasn't getting the angles I wanted," she said.

"Typically Newport is pretty strong," said coach Bruce Caldwell. "We got stronger as the game went on and I think we just wore them down. I felt really good about how we played."

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