Mount Si boys’ soccer survives against Union, plus news from the ladies to wrap it up on a Sunday….

Time now for soccer. Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team closed out a back-to-back set with Greater St. Helens League teams yesterday at home, hosting Union. And this was a very competitive game throughout, that turned out not to be decided until the final minutes.

Mount Si High School boys’ soccer players watch as the ball sails into the net for the third goal for the Wildcats during yesterday’s 4-3 MSHS win over Union. The goal was scored by Mateo DiDomenico, his second on the game. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ)

Mount Si held the lead for much of the game before Union rallied to tie the game with about four minutes left in regulation. That is when senior Drew Harris showed why he was such a significant addition to the program this year in him coming back to Mount Si’s team following two years away with the Seattle Sounders’ junior program. Harris popped the game-winner with a minute left and that lifted the Wildcats to a 4-3 win over the Titans.

Mateo DiDomenico had two goals and two assists on the afternoon leading Mount Si. “Today was a planned day to get everyone some time on the ball and get some rest time for some others. I thought we started the first twenty minutes the same way we finished last night which was electric and our movement off the ball was crisp,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown.

DiDomenico opened the scoring in the ninth minute. Jared Davies fired a shot in on goal which was misplayed by Union keeper Christian Alcorn, and DiDomenico, bound for Cal State East Bay this fall, found the resulting trash and rammed it back home to put Mount Si in front. Davies scored just a minute later firing a shot past Alcorn and just like that it was 2-0 and things looked like they would be the same as they were Friday night in the second half when they scored all three of their goals in the 3-0 win over Camas.

Union, though, responded in the 27th minute. Junior forward Sebastian Iniguez-Duarte all game was a force offensively for the Titans, and he pocketed a goal to make it 2-1. The score went this way to halftime in the midst of rain showers at MSHS.

DiDomenico pounded home his second goal in the 46th minute to extend the Wildcat lead to 3-1, then Union rebounded shortly thereafter with a goal to get their deficit back down to one goal. Then, in the 77th minute, the Titans fired a shot on goal which, thanks to the wet conditions and people slipping, bounced through the legs of Mount Si keeper Jaedan Johnson and the game was tied 3-3.

Mount Si then mounted one last push for the win, and we’ll let Harris describe it. “I knew everyone was getting tired at the end, so I knew if I cut back on my left the defender would fly by and I had time to look up and I saw Reed (Paradissis) and Sully (Smith) and a few other guys in the box and I just put it up. I put a curl on it so it would go towards the goal and the wind picked it up and it just went right over the keeper.” The shot appeared to be intended more as a pass that would ideally have been finished by either of the other two players Harris mentioned, but fortunately for Johnson and the Wildcats, it instead sailed over Alcorn and into the net giving Mount Si the lead for good. The whistle sounded soon after, and Johnson breathed a sigh of relief.

“He saved my (rear) there,” the sophomore Mount Si keeper said. “I don’t know what I would have done the rest of the week if he hadn’t done that.”

Harris was pleased with the results. “It’s good. It was a bit more tense at the end tha we wanted it to be but were happy with the two wins this weekend,” the senior said, also suggesting that folks around the state should pay attention to this team thanks to their success against these tough squads from southwest Washington. “We want people to pay attention and we want people to take us seriously,” Harris said. “We’re just getting into our groove and these (two wins) are good examples of it.”

It’s a busy time for Mount Si as they are in the midst of a four-game in five-day stretch. Today is the lone day off of that stretch, as they’ll play again tomorrow at home with Wenatchee at 5:00 p.m. before heading up to meet Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday as they return to Kingco play.

Other news on this Sunday morning, all from the ladies.

San Diego Crew Classic: Valley rowers competed for multiple schools in women’s action yesterday at the San Diego regatta.

The Gonzaga varsity eight, with North Bend’s Lauren McCallum on board, took fifth in their heat of the Jessop-Whittier Cup invitational, with a time of 6:47.21. WSU’s second varsity eight boat, with Fall City’s Sara Brevick on board, took second in their heat of the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy invitational and earned a berth to today’s finals. They clocked just under seven minutes. UW’s third varsity eight, with Snoqualmie’s Ellie Bruce aboard, won their heat of the Copley Cup semis, clocking 6:56.80. And in the UCSD Health Cup semi, St. Mary’s-CA, with North Bend’s Emily Sprigings aboard, took fourth, clocking 6:53.14. All of the ladies are Mounr Si High School grads.

Rezoski aids Linfield: It was a busy week this past week for the Linfield College women’s lacrosse team as they played two matches. A Valley player was a factor in both games as well.

Freshman Maia Rezoski has increasingly begun to play a key role for Linfield, and she showed why with her efforts in the two games.

She had a goal and assist for the Wildcats in a 19-4 blowout of Pacific-OR this past Wednesday down in Forest Grove, OR, and had two goals yesterday for Linfield as they beat Puget Sound 14-8. Linfield is now 4-1 in conference play with the two wins and sits in second place overall. Rezoski is a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall. She played high school lacrosse for Mount Si’s program as CHS does not have a lacrosse program.

Could Mount Si freshmen be on track to compete in nationals?: The opening day of play at the Red Rock Rave national qualifier tournament down in Las Vegas went well for a pair of local U-15 teams with Mount Si High School freshmen, and those efforts on day one could help catapult one or both teams into contention for a berth to the USA Volleyball national tournament later this summer.

Kent-based Kent Juniors is off to a strong start at the Vegas event, having won all three of their matches yesterday. KJ, with Paige Phelps, Jade Petrzelka and Kira Holmberg, beat teams from Arizona and southern California, and now looks to do that again this afternoon. Another sweep of matches today and they’ll be in position to punch a national tournament berth tomorrow.

To a degree, the same was said for Bellevue’s Sudden Impact 15’s. They opened yesterday with a loss to a team from northern California but then rung off a pair of wins over two southern California clubs. They’ll need a sweep of their matches today to also put themselves in position perhaps to make nationals tomorrow.

Both teams are competing in the event’s 15-U “USA” division. Action as noted runs through tomorrow in Sin City.

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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