Mount Si’s boys soccer team is in the semis of the WIAA 4A state boys’ playoffs. Cats. Saxons. Preview and pick right here, right now.

Well, this is a big night tonight for Mount Si High School’s soccer program. A historic night. Never before has a Mount Si soccer team – either boys or girls – played in the state semifinals. That all changes at 6:00 tonight on the pitch at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.

KINGCO 4A BOYS SOCCER
WIAA 4A STATE SEMIFINALS – WINNER TO TITLE GAME, LOSER TO THIRD-PLACE GAME
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. FERRIS SAXONS
SPARKS STADIUM, PUYALLUP, 6:00 – WIAA NETWORK (MOUNT SI YOUTUBE TBA)

Mount Si’s boys have been prepping for an opponent this week they do not know about too much, so they’ve been studying up where they can while also celebrating their academic success. The senior scholarship breakfast took place yesterday morning, and two seniors, Drew Harris and Mateo DiDomenico, received scholarships for college, which will help them defray some of those very significant costs associated with their post-secondary education. But they had to get that out of their system real quick yesterday afterward, and shift their focus back to this exam tonight, an exam which if they pass earns them a trip to the title game tomorrow. What a nice coronation to a coaching career for head coach Darren Brown if that happens.

The Saxons are 18-1 on the season, and from the limited MaxPreps numbers that they have available, two players stand out and will need to be watched closely by Mount Si’s defense. Senior Solomon Katumbi and junior Caden Martin appear to be the goal scoring leaders for Ferris, each with over 10 goals apiece. A third player, senior Liam Kelly, also is noted as having 10 goals this season. So he, too, will have to be watched closely by Reed Paradissis and friends tonight.

That goal by Paradissis in the second half of last Saturday’s semifinal game helping the Wildcats beat Issaquah was an absolute thing of beauty, you know it, we know it, everyone knows it. And the Mount Si senior and his teammates probably spent the early part of this week talking about it with friends, fans, media, anyone and everyone. But like with yesterday’s senior scholarship breakfast, and a congrats by the way to Harris, DiDomenco and the other seniors who received scholarships from us here at the Journal, that’s in the past now and the focus has to be on this opponent right here, right now.

The big thing we told you about Ferris on Tuesday was their overall schedule product to us was problematic. In other words, the style Mount Si plays perhaps has not been one seen by the Saxons this year as their schedule largely featured opponents from the Greater Spokane League, which is a good league in a lot of sports as many of you know (and in our view, a league Kingco needs to figure out a way to schedule more games with, especially in football and basketball, travel be damned). And if they did their research right, they’ll have found plenty of Mount Si game video to get ready for it. But there’s a real big difference in seeing them on film versus seeing them live and in living color. The challenge for the Wildcats is to be able to adjust to anything Ferris does early in an attempt to counter Mount Si.

This Ferris group is loaded with seniors – there’s a total of 11 on the team including the two we just mentioned. Experience will be a factor for sure, but Mount Si’s experience is itself a big part of their success, too. And that experience, especially at a high level, can be useful. We saw a number this week on the Twitter feed for Eastside FC. The soccer club, which is based in Preston, reports 17 of Mount Si’s players play club ball for Eastside, and that high-level play helps prep them for situations like tonight, that’s for sure.

So this will be a good game, but again, we see this as a matchup where when both teams don’t know a lot about each other, speed and stamina will win out. Mount Si has those in the bag. Look for a win and a move on to the finals tomorrow. Will it be a rematch of that district title game? Who knows. Jackson’s facing Puyallup on their home pitch in that semi. That will be a good one.

MOUNT SI 3, FERRIS 1

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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