Eagles defeat Wildcats in overtime

“We just want to get healthy. We know we can play with anybody,” Mount Si coach Darren Brown said.

A showdown between undefeated KingCo 4A soccer teams wasn’t decided in 80 minutes of regulation.

The Mount Si Wildcats and Issaquah Eagles, who both came into the matchup without a loss, were tied at 0-0 after two halves of play forcing overtime. With just under a minute left in the first five-minute overtime session, Issaquah senior Grant Williams scored on a free kick giving the Eagles a crucial 1-0 lead.

With just two minutes remaining in the second five-minute overtime, Issaquah midfielder Josh Lee found the back of the net, propelling the Eagles to a 2-0 win against Mount Si on March 24 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Issaquah improved its overall record to 5-0 with the win while Mount Si dropped to 2-1-1 with the loss.

Issaquah head coach Kyle Tatro said Williams wasn’t the player who was originally projected to take the free kick.

“I don’t think he would be our first choice kicker but he stepped up and said he wanted it. When a guy does that you let him take the shot. We reaped the rewards of it,” Tatro said.

Williams placed the ball perfectly into the lower left corner of the goal. The shot was just out of reach of Wildcats’ goalie Colby Ramsey.

Mount Si head coach Darren Brown said his team is currently battling the injury bug but expects his squad to be at full strength in the near future.

“We have a good squad. My top two players are out right now. We got one of them back tonight for about a half, which was nice. We just want to get healthy. We know we can play with anybody,” Brown said.

The contest between the Wildcats and Eagles was evenly matched. Both squads had multiple opportunities to score goals over the course of the game.

“It was unfortunate the night ended the way it ended. We will use this as fuel for the second time we play them,” Brown said.

Mount Si will host Issaquah at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 in Snoqualmie.

Brown said junior Reed Paradissis is one of the top defenders on the Wildcats roster. Kyle Hunter (midfielder), who has been on the sidelines all season due to an ankle injury, will be returning to the lineup in the future. Wildcats’ forward Alec Bothwell, who is battling a hamstring injury, hopes to be at full strength soon as well.