Mount Si boys’ soccer to compete for Kingco 4A championship

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team Thursday night celebrated the careers of their strong senior class, then saw that group of Class of 2016’ers lead the way for the Wildcats into the Kingco 4A title game.

Mount Si High School senior boys' soccer player Jimmy Jacobson attempts a first-half penalty kick for the Wildcats in their game Thursday night against Eastlake. He converted the PK for the game's lone goal in Mount Si's 1-0 win. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Mount Si High School senior boys’ soccer player Jimmy Jacobson attempts a first-half penalty kick for the Wildcats in their game Thursday night against Eastlake. He converted the PK for the game’s lone goal in Mount Si’s 1-0 win. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Jimmy Jacobson, one of the several seniors honored for his time with Mount Si prior to the game, scored the game’s lone goal – on a penalty kick – in the 30th minute, and that was enough to lift the Wildcats to the 1-0 win over the Eastlake Wolves at Mount Si High School. Mount Si with the win finished the regular season with five wins, a loss and two ties, in league, 12-2-2 overall, and in second place overall, earning them a date with the Skyline Spartans in the conference title game May 9 at Skyline High School. Skyline finished the regular season unbeaten at 7-0-1 and with the conference’s regular season title after tying Issaquah, also on Thursday.

For Jacobson, bound for Walla Walla’s Whitman College this fall after initially looking to attend a college in southern California, his time in the program was special. “It’s been really fun. It’s always been kind of an attacking mindset. We’ve been lucky to have a bunch of really good coaches,” he said.

Among those coaches is Mount Si head coach Darren Brown, and he will miss this group of seniors. “This group of seniors, they’re very special to me. I’ve had my captains (Ethan Duvall/Reid Howland/Jacobson) with me for a long time and they’ve been an outstanding threesome,” the coach said. “They’ve done one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen as captain leaders. I’m very proud of them and I can’t say enough good things about them.”

Jacobson will also miss playing in front of his peers. “Playing in front of a huge crowd of all your friends, there’s nothing like it,” he said.

Duvall has also appreciated his four years in the program. “They’ve just been very developmental. Just learning so much about myself and being here now as a senior after going through the entire program is super exciting,” he said.

Howland has a message for future Wildcats. “Come out with intensity. If you want to play, you’ve got to show up each time,” he said.

Mount Si will have two shots to advance to state – first, the May 9 game, and if they lose that, again on May 14 at home against a team from the Greater St. Helens League. Regardless of the end result, another senior, Henry Mitchell, will always remember his time with the team. “It’s been a great experience,” he said. “The coaching staff has treated me well.” Mitchell had this message as well for future players. “Always believe in yourself. You don’t have to be the most technical player around, you don’t have to be the most physical player around. Just believe in yourself, believe in you game and good things are yet to come,” he said.

The game on May 9 starts at 7:30 p.m.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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