Mount Si girls’ soccer’s season opener ends early due to Mother Nature, and Wildcat football alum makes triumphant return to college football

Good Sunday morning.

It was supposed to be a great start to the season for Mount Si High School’s girls’ soccer team as they hosted Curtis from Tacoma last night at home in Snoqualmie. But Mother Nature decided to crash the party, forcing an early stoppage to the game.

The huge lightning storm that rolled through the region last night and impacted some areas of the Valley caused the early end to the contest. The game between the Wildcats and Vikings was tied 1-1 in the 30th minute when referees noticed lightning in the air and forced a delay, which ultimately turned into a cancellation of the contest. As time was played in the game, it was declared an official game with no need to reschedule it later in the season.

Curtis opened the scoring with a goal in the fifth minute, but Mount Si remained focused on their strategy, with it paying off in the 17th minute courtesy of the first varsity goal from freshman Sydney Dunn, assisted by sophomore Anna Simmons. “We definitely had the momentum from there on out, which is why it was even more disappointing to have to stop the game due to weather,” said Mount Si coach Sophie Rockow by email to the SVSJ. “All in all, we accomplished what this non-league match was supposed to accomplish, and we’ve got a great starting point to prepare for our upcoming (Kingco 4A) match against Bothell on Tuesday.” This match will start at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si’s stadium in Snoqualmie.

Also from the pitch this morning:

Mount Si girls not the only team with Valley players impacted by the lightning: That lightning storm proved to be a much bigger sight in Seattle, where Seattle Pacific University’s men saw their non-conference clash with Chico State scrubbed at about the same point in their contest Mount Si had theirs stopped – in the 35th minute – with a 1-0 Falcon lead and both of their Valley players, Duvall’s Alden Massey and Nik Reierson, the pair of Cedarcrest High School grads, playing. Lightning forced the delay at 7:40 p.m. with the game officially being called two hours later after the lights at Interbay Stadium were knocked out.

The two teams will try to make the game up at a later date. This early end to the game was the first time SPU’s had that happen to them since October of 2014. Stats from last night’s contest were voided and the two squads, if they can make the game up, will make it up from scratch.

Western Washington women 1, St. Edward’s 0: For the second straight night, North Bend’s Karli White was a factor in the ultimate outcome going in the Vikings’ favor. This past Friday, the 2015 Mount Si HS grad scored what turned out to be the game-winner for Western in their season-opening win over Metro State in Denver. Last night, the fifth-year senior got the assist on what turned out to be the game’s lone goal, the game-winner in the 83rd minute by teammate Grace Eversaul as Western finished their trip to the Mile High City 2-0 with the neutral-site win over the Texas school. White finished having played 63 minutes, firing four shots, two on goal with no goals scored but with the aforementioned assist.

Northwest U. women 1, Puget Sound 0: The Eagles scored the lone goal of the game in the 82nd minute and escaped with a surprise over the NCAA Division III Loggers in Tacoma. The Valley duo of Sarah Hommas and Maggie Gunning both logged plenty of minutes in this one for NWU – Hommas going 78 minutes with eight shots recorded, six on goal, with no goals scored as a starting forward for the Eagles, and Gunning working the full 90 on NWU’s defense with no stats of note reported. Hommas is a freshman from Duvall and June CHS’er, while Gunning is a sophomore from Snoqualmie and a 2018 MSHS’er.

Lawrence Tech women 1, Indiana-Kokomo 0: The Blue Devils went to 3-1 on the season with the home win in suburban Detroit over the visitors from Indiana. Winning this one in goal for Tech was sophomore Renee Anderson, from Snoqualmie, and the 2018 MSHS’er didn’t have to do a darn thing to notch it either – she did not face a single shot in her 35 minutes of work in relief of starter Rebecca Almandoz. Anderson was in goal when the Devils scored that lone goal of the game – in the 67th minute by teammate Katelyn Mather.

Corban 3, Linfield women 1: Northwest’s NAIA conference rival Corban, from nearby Salem, surprised the NCAA D-III Wildcats on home turf last night in McMinnville, OR. Senior Sydney Kuehn, she of Duvall and a 2016 CHS’er, started and worked the full 90 up front for Linfield, recording three shots, one on goal, with no goals scored for the Wildcats, who dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

Football: Mount Si grad Hillel makes triumphant return to field after long absence
It has been a long couple of years for North Bend’s Jonathan “JoJo” Hillel. The last time he suited up for Central Washington University’s football team, it was the 2017 season, as he missed all of last year dealing with academic challenges. Well, those are now out of the way for the 2015 Mount Si High School grad, and last night, he made an emphatic return to the field for Central’s Wildcats in their season opener with the University of Idaho.

Hillel threw for a touchdown then caught one later on in the game, aiding the Division II team as they made it a game with the FCS Vandals. Idaho, though, got the last laugh and held on for the 41-31 win in front of a sparse crowd of about 6,000 inside the Kibbie Dome on the U of I campus over in Moscow, ID.

Hillel, who is rostered as a wide receiver this fall as a fifth-year senior, had 99 all-purpose yards – 60 of those on the first touchdown, which was part of a wide receiver sweep play in which he hooked up with fellow receiver Tony Archie downfield for that score in the second quarter. Archie then returned the favor in the fourth, hooking up with Hillel for the 39-yard connection which happened with the Valleyite being defended by two Vandal defenders, so a great individual effort for sure by Hillel to beat those two guys and get the touchdown. That got the game to 34-31 Vandals midway in the fourth quarter before Idaho sealed it with a touchdown with around 90 seconds left in the contest.

Central opens their home schedule this coming weekend taking on Ferris State from Michigan in Ellensburg.

Also:

Eastern Oregon 24, Southern Oregon 21: The Mountaineers bested the Raiders in the Frontier Conference (NAIA) opener for both squads down in Medford, OR, but freshman Murphy McDowell did his part for SOU in this one. The June grad of MSHS, from Snoqualmie, had three tackles, one solo and another for loss, and he also blocked an Eastern Oregon punt in the fourth quarter, helping set up an offensive series for his Raider team that led to a touchdown.

Eastern Washington 59, Lindenwood (MO) 31: The Eagles racked up a school-record 769 offensive yards as they survived a bit of a scare midway through the game and then cruised to a win in their home opener in Cheney over the NCAA Division II team from St. Louis. Helping in the efforts offensively for EWU was one Chris Schlicting, the senior from North Bend manning his usual post on the right side of the offensive line for the Eagles. He is a 2015 Mount Si HS grad.

Hawaii 31, Oregon State 28: The Warriors held off the Beavers late last night down in Honolulu. Sophomore Jesiah Irish, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS grad, returned one punt for OSU in the contest, netting 12 yards.

Portland State 70, Simon Fraser 7: The FCS Vikings rolled over the Division II Clan down in Portland. Redshirt freshman Tank Brewster, from North Bend and like Irish a 2017 MSHS’er, played defensive end in this one for Simon Fraser and recovered a fumble for the Clan, one of just a couple of turnovers SFU’s defense forced all game against PSU.

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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