SVSJ team preview: Mount Si girls’ soccer looks to return to elite status

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of six team previews from Mount Si High School fall sports teams we will have for you throughout the week here at the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal, as we get you set for the 2010 fall sports season for the Wildcats. We hope you will check in with us throughout the week as we get you up to speed on what’s happening in Mount Si sports.

Mount Si’s girls’ soccer team looks to rebound from a tough season last fall. The Wildcats went 8-7-1 last season and bring back a solid group of returning players under veteran coach Darren Brown, who will be coaching his ninth season with Mount Si. He is excited about the season ahead.

“We’re going to be good. It’s a hard working group, a good group of girls. They get along real good,” Brown said, and he added, “More importantly, I think this group’s hungry.”

The Wildcats return a number of top players. Sophomore forward Sophia Rouches and senior midfielder Laura Barnes, along with junior midfielder Miranda Rawlings will be expected to anchor an offensive unit which Brown says fans can expect a lot from. “I want them to expect us to put the ball back into the net,” the coach said.

The defense will be a strong, experienced group, anchored by senior twins Brittany and Taylor Duncan. Taylor echoed her coach’s sentiments about the upcoming year. “They can expect us to be really good this year. We have good chemistry as well and we play as a team,” she said. So how do the Wildcats plan to carry that throughout the entire year? “Working hard at practice, working together as a team,” Brittany said. Both are looking at majoring in business or communications in college, but they have not decided on which school they will attend.

A newcomer to watch could be defender Claire Johnson. Johnson transferred in from Skyline, which has been among the best in 4A in recent seasons under coach Don Braman. Other players to keep an eye on include senior goalkeeper Sophie Rockow, and senior defender Trina Eck.

Brown expects a top-three finish within Kingco this season by his Wildcat team. Other teams that could be in the hunt include Liberty, with senior star Cassidy Nangle; Sammamish and Mercer Island also look to possibly make some noise as well.

The Wildcats open the season next Thursday, September 8, with a road game at Cedarcrest. Playing the Red Wolves is a good test for Mount Si; not only is Cedarcrest the Wildcats’ Valley rivals, but the Red Wolves have been among the state’s best the past few years in 2A, so this will be a good measuring stick for this team.

Mount Si opens their home schedule Saturday, September 10, hosting a tournament which will include three 4A schools – Kingco’s Newport (Bellevue), and Wesco’s Mariner (Everett) and Monroe. Times are to be announced.

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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