A state title is on the line for these two Kingco stalwarts of the pitch. Mount Si. Issy. The right to go compete for that title next weekend in Puyallup in state. Preview and pick right here, right now.

The WIAA’s 4A boys’ soccer playoffs continue, with the feature clash we think of this quarterfinal round coming up tonight. A Kingco battle between two of the best. Such a matchup should have waited we think until the finals, but here we are. Mount Si. Issy. All the marbles and a trip to Puyallup on the line.

KINGCO 4A BOYS SOCCER
WIAA 4A STATE QUARTERFINALS – LOSER OUT
MOUNT SI WILDCATS AT ISSAQUAH EAGLES
ISSAQUAH HIGH SCHOOL, 7:00 P.M. KICKOFF – YOUTUBE (SEARCH PHOTOMATTO)

Mount Si and Issaquah meet in a rematch of their regular season meeting, which happened back on April 30 on the Wildcats’ Senior Night. Two of those members of the Class of 2019 for Mount Si, Drew Harris and Reed Paradissis, scored goals for Mount Si as they rallied for a 2-1 win to close out the regular campaign against a very solid – and well-coached – Issaquah team.

The Eagles come into this matchup off a 4-1 first-round win over Tahoma at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley this past Tuesday. They are 11-3-2 on the season, and are led by seniors Gavin Herman and Taiga Crenshaw. The Eagles played very well and will be very tough to deal with once again tonight, especially since this one is on their home pitch as opposed to Mount Si’s.

Coach Kyle Tatro has done a solid job with his squad this season, and had several players make the Kingco All-League. Crenshaw, midfielder Charlie Butler and defender Jack Higgins made the all-league first team while Herman, forward Ryan Barrett and midfielder Josh Lee earned all-league second team honors. Add in the guys from Mount Si who also earned All-Kingco recognition – first-teamers Harris, Paradissis, Mateo DiDomenico, Jared Davies and Sullivan Smith, and second-teamers Colby Ramsey and Paul Talens – and this shapes up to be a clash of the titans with the right to be Kingco’s rep in the final four in the state 4A playoffs next weekend being on the line.

Harris and DiDomenico scored the goals for Mount Si in their 2-1 win over Sumner on Wednesday that brought them to this game tonight. The Wildcats played very solid, holding down top Sumner threat Alec LaBarge and keeping him off the scoresheet. But one thing was an issue once again Wednesday as it was in their previous playoff game, the district title game against Jackson. The officials. Officiating has been a sore spot for Mount Si and their fans as of late, with both of the past two games having some controversial calls that have helped to shape the outcome of those two contests. How the Wildcats respond to what is called tonight could be telling. Coach Darren Brown will be back on the sideline tonight, having served a one-game suspension Wednesday for his ejection from the district title game for arguing with the refs following the controversial penalty kick by Jackson that lifted the Timberwolves to their 3-2 district title shootout win.

This will be a fun game for sure, and the seniors from both teams really want that trip to Sparks Stadium next week. Especially the Mount Si group, hoping to send their coach out on a strong note as he retires following this season to take on full-time duty as the school’s athletic director. Longtime assistant Ben Tomlisson, as we have been telling you, is expected to be named head coach once Brown hangs it up, and Tomlisson got a taste of what life will be like as a head man on Wednesday, handling those duties in Brown’s place while he was serving his suspension.

It’s a big game tonight, and since it’s close by, we hope you can all head down for it, or hop on YouTube for the live coverage online. This is going to be a close one, but since it’s on Issy’s pitch this time, we give the slightest of advantages to the Eagles here. Take Issy in a shootout.

ISSAQUAH 2, MOUNT SI 1 (PK’S)

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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