Mount Si boys’ soccer outlasts Issy and advances to state semis

Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team made history last night, advancing the deepest they’ve ever advanced in the long tenure of head coach Darren Brown in the state playoffs, thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win over Kingco 4A rival Issaquah that wasn’t decided until the final whistle sounded at Issaquah High School. Reed Paradissis led Mount Si with two goals.

The play that perhaps ended up shaping this game came very early in it. In the third minute, Mount Si’s Drew Harris was ticketed with a yellow card after colliding hard with Eagle starting keeper Jordan Cooper. Mount Si fans protested what they thought was another controversial call by officials, something which has become a bit of a theme in these playoffs for the Wildcats. However, the collision forced a goalkeeping change, with Cooper being replaced by backup George Calvert, and things then became very interesting the rest of the way.

The scoring started in the 16th minute with a foul in the penalty area assessed to Issaquah after another goalie-Mount Si player collision, this the backup Calvert with Wildcat forward Sullivan Smith. Paradissis got the penalty kick opportunity and made no mistake, and Mount Si was off to the races. Smith then scored a very big goal for the Wildcats with seconds left in the first half. He found the ball in front off a blocked shot attempt by Paradissis and cleaned up the “trash” to make it 2-0 going into halftime, a commanding lead for sure for the Wildcats, and as it turned out, they needed all of it.

Issy opened the second half scoring after they were fouled in the penalty area by Mount Si and converted the resulting penalty kick in the 50th minute. But the response of Paradissis to that adversity, well, let’s take you back in time. Anyone remember the name Krisi Lund, from Mount Si’s girls’ soccer team, and a goal she scored in a game against Newport way back when from midfield? That particular goal happened some 13 or so years ago and propelled Mount Si’s girls that season if we remember it correctly to a state playoff berth. Paradissis took the resulting faceoff kick from that Issaquah goal and found a little inner Lund in him, kicking the ball from the midfield all the way toward the Issaquah goal, where it sailed over Calvert’s head and into the back of the net restoring the two-goal Mount Si lead.

The Eagles then scored again in the 64th minute off a corner kick to make things interesting again, and came very close to tying it in the 71st minute, firing a shot on goal which glanced off the crossbar and into the waiting hands of Mount Si goalie Colby Ramsey. Seemed as if the soccer gods were on Ramsey’s side on that one, and the gods proved to be on the Wildcats’ side the rest of the way as Issaquah wasn’t able to mount any more strong offensive challenges and Mount Si moved on to this next weekend and perhaps a coronation of a great coach’s coaching career.

The Wildcats on Friday in the 4A semifinals at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup will meet Ferris from Spokane at 6:00. They’ll meet either Jackson or Puyallup on Saturday afternoon at a time to be determined for a placing to be determined depending on the results of the Friday game.

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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