Despite missing several players, Mount Si boys’ soccer opens season with huge road win

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team opened the season with a tough foe yesterday in Kentwood, and did so with a virtual hand tied behind their back as the team was missing a number of players and only ended up having 12 available to them for the game at Kentwood High School in Covington. Despite that, the Wildcats found a way to win, and in doing so perhaps discovered that their program’s depth may be even better than first imagined.

Henry Clark scored a pair of goals and Jared Davies added another as Mount Si held off the Conquerors 3-2.

“Henry Clark came up big today,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown by email. “What he demonstrated was that his work rate was high and created many opportunities for us. Netting two goals in your first game…not too shabby.” There were other players who also earned Brown’s praise, notably Stuart DeMerit and Jack Thorne. Regarding DeMerit, Brown said, “Stu provides us with a work horse on the field going both ways. I thought what he did off the ball today provided us with several opps going the other way.” And he had even more praise of Thorne, called up from the junior varsity to play in the varsity game to give the Wildcats a full complinement of athletes.

“We brought up Jack Thorne from JV today and he executed,” Brown said. “He got the start in warm ups and came out of the game really impressing the coaching staff. That second goal of ours (just before halftime giving Mount Si a 2-0 halftime lead) was led up all by him. Jack anticipated a poor pass, stepped to his man and stripped the ball and delivered a dime to a good run by Henry (Clark) to seal it.”

Thorne, Drew Harris and Reed Paradissis all had assists on the goals for Mount Si. The coach also had tremendous praise for goalie Jaedan Johnson, filling in for starter Colby Ramsey, among those missing yesterday. “Jaedan was really playing under the weather and he had an excellent match,” Brown said.

So where are all the missing Mount Si players?
The primary reason the Wildcats suited up only a dozen guys was that several of their players are out of town this weekend, competing with various teams from their Eastside FC club organization. The Preston-based club has three teams, all with Mount Si players, competing in this weekend’s round of US Youth Soccer National League competition in Las Vegas. Scores from yesterday’s games with a note that things wrap up today in Sin City.

Chicago Magic 3, Eastside ’02 Red 17U 1: Mount Si’s Banner Hovinga scored the lone Eastside goal as they dropped to 0-4 on National League play with the loss. Fellow Wildcat teammates Ramsey, Sebastian Bednik, Paul Talens, and Jared Davies are also on the Eastside roster and played in this contest, missing yesterday’s Wildcat game as a result.

Milwaukee Bavarians 3, Eastside 16U 1: Fellow Mount Si’er Sullivan Smith’s team came up short and fell for the first time in National League play this season dropping one to the Wisconsin-based foe.

Pipeline Academy (MD) 2, Eastside ’01 Red 18U 0: Wildcat senior Jake Jimenez’s Eastside team was blanked by a team from Maryland.

Next for Mount Si
All of the players are expected back for this coming Wednesday’s Kingco opener, at Bothell against the Cougars. Game time at Pop Keeney Stadium is 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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