Mount Si, Cedarcrest boys’ soccer on winning paths within league play

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team this season is expected to be very explosive offensively, but as of yet the Wildcats haven’t been able to put it all together. Well, that changed last night.

Sullivan Smith had a hat trick – three goals – along with an assist, and freshman Joey Salem scored his first-ever high school varsity goal, all helping the Wildcats roll past Woodinville 5-0 last night at home in Snoqualmie.

“The boys looked good tonight,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown by email to the SVSJ. “I could tell at our pre-game meeting and at warm ups that confidence was high and the level of focus was spot on. Sully (Smith) was on a mission from the opening whistle and very involved up top. His off the ball movement was excellent and he created opps in the box because of that hustle. Drew (Harris) was laying dimes out all night and was also around the ball most of the evening. I thought he did a fine job.”

Banner Hovinga also scored a goal and added an assist for Mount Si, with Mateo DiDomenico assisting on three of the goals. GK Jaedan Johnson earned the shutout in net for the Wildcats.

“Our wing backs received a lot of praise for the pace and support into the attack. Mateo (DiDomenico) and Paul (Talens) were very strong in those numbers and I was very pleased with both performances. We are playing with two different systems at the moment that fit our personnel. This will serve us well going forward,” Brown said.

He also offered praise for senior co-captain Reed Paradissis. “Reed really plays the high school game as two players. That is how much real estate he covers and it very difficult to get around him,” Brown said.

Mount Si has the rest of the week off, then will be busy next week. They will host North Creek next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., then go into non-league games next weekend at home.

Cedarcrest starting strong in Wesco: After an 0-3 start, the Red Wolve boys are on a roll, having won three straight. They beat Mountlake Terrace last Saturday after a win last Friday over Marysville-Getchell. In the 3-1 triumph over the Chargers, Caleb Chung had a pair of goals and an assist. CHS is now 3-3 on the season, 3-1 in Wesco play and host Stanwood Friday night. That game incidentally will be the first game of a long nine-game road trip for the Spartans that will close the regular season for them. Stanwood held its final home game of the season last night as their stadium is being closed for renovations – according to the Everett Herald, namely turning the facility from a natural-grass one to one outfitted with FieldTurf, similar to most if not every other stadium within the conference, including CHS.

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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