Mount Si boys’ soccer faces biggest test of season, one which if they succeed, sends them to state. Preview and thoughts now…..

Well, we’re here. Mount Si’s boys’ soccer team takes its final exam tonight. An exam which if they ace they head to state. Otherwise, their goals will fall short.

KINGCO 4A BOYS’ SOCCER
KINGCO PLAYOFFS – WINNER TO STATE, LOSER OUT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. ISSAQUAH EAGLES
SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL, SAMMAMISH, 7:00 P.M.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats and top-seeded Eagles meet for the second and final state berth from Kingco tonight. Mount Si is in after a 2-0 win Thursday, while Issaquah fell at home in the league title game also on Thursday to Skyline sending them to this game.

The Wildcats and Eagles met twice in the regular season with Issy winning both games 2-0 over short-handed Mount Si teams. Tonight, the Wildcats are fully healthy possibly minus freshman Rom Or which we’ll talk about in a moment but the core group is ready to go and that’s a bit of a difference for Mount Si compared to the other two matchups earlier this season.

That all said, this Issaquah team is loaded. Quinn Hancock and Gavin Herman scored the goals for the Eagles in their 2-0 win a month ago inside Mount Si’s stadium, and they are loaded with good players. A total of 11 of them received some form of all-league recognition earlier this week, led by five first-teamers. Forwards Joey Underwood, Jacob Barsher, midfielder Josh Lee and defenders Torin Dye and Grant Williams will look to lead that strong group that is well-coached and has already shown it can change Mount Si’s approach on the fly with its physical play.

The Wildcat tandem of Alec “Big Al” Bothwell and Sullivan “Sully” Smith hooked up for both goals Thursday in the 2-0 win over the Vikings. Watch Issy’s defense pay most of their attention to those two, meaning players such as senior forward Kyle Hunter and sophomore defender Jake Jimenez will have to step up and help the offensive load in this one. Other players that will be wild cards in this one include sophomore forward Banner Hovinga and senior defender Jaxen Maw, who missed that game April 14 with an injury.

Mount Si, since getting all their people back and healthy, has played better. They last week tied Skyline in a game on this same Skyline pitch, and that says enough to us about the Wildcats being competitive against these good teams. So we look for this to be a competitive test.

Now, about Or. Mount Si’s budding freshman role player ran head-on into an Inglemoor defender during the late stages of the game Thursday and that collision prompted him to be examined by the Wildcat trainers, it appeared to us, for a possible concussion or other head-related injuries after the game. Or appeared to be no worse for wear, but with that kind of injury it has to be monitored in the event it develops later. So there is a chance you may not see him in action tonight, and while him not being available if that’s the case will be a problem for Mount Si, we don’t expect it to be that big an issue at the end of the day. Or has played real good this spring, but this team has enough other weapons in its arsenal that an Or absence should not be too much of a problem.

So, there’s the storylines. Our thoughts are simple. First 10 minutes decide this. We’d look for both teams to play real defensive. Mount Si coach Darren Brown should have his players ready as he has done considerable preparation the last 36 hours for this game. Issy’s well-coached, too, but the question for them is can they bounce back mentally from being upset in the league title game on their home turf Thursday? Should be a good one tonight if you go see it in person or catch the broadcast of it on YouTube. Winner to state, loser goes home.

Our heart is with Mount Si and these guys, of course, but our head is with Issy. Look for this to go down to the wire.

ISSAQUAH 2, MOUNT SI 1

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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