Mount Si’s boys soccer team went into Thursday night’s game against lowly Lake Washington missing five key starters, among them Davis Karaica, Aaron Baumgardner and Dane Aldrich, all of whom were out with various injuries. But that didn’t stop the rest of the team from getting it done, and maintaining the pace as they seek to overtake Mercer Island to take the league title.
Three different Wildcats scored goals as Mount Si shut out the Kangs 3-0 in the midst of a driving rain at Mount Si High School. Wildcat coach Darren Brown was pleased. “We were without five starters so a lot of guys (who) normally don’t get an opportunity to play got some time,” Brown said.
The Wildcats got on the board first in the 24th minute. Mount Si was fouled within the Lake Washington penalty area, and referees awarded a penalty kick to the Wildcats. Alex Censullo made no mistake on that kick, and it was 1-0. Several minutes later, freshman Connor Williams made a little personal history, scoring his first ever high school varsity goal. “I was just waiting for a ball, one on one, and finally got one and I capitalized on it,” Williams said. Brown was very pleased with Williams’ play overall. “He had a good game. I was really proud of Connor. Connor played great tonight,” Brown said.
Mount Si maintained their 2-0 lead on the Kangs through much of the second half, and that allowed Brown to mix it up a bit, giving kids a chance to play positions they don’t normally play. Well, that allowed starting goalkeeper Hunter Malberg to play forward late in the contest, and that got the MSHS student section fired up a bit. The students really got fired up in the 77th minute, when Malberg, with a header, ripped a feed from Nate Popp into the net to close things out. “It was all Nate,” the junior said. “Beautiful ball and just finished it.” Shortly after the goal, Malberg came out of the game after being assessed a yellow card by officials, but by then, his impact had left its mark. Malberg was pleased with how things went in goal and he offered praise. “Not much action tonight, ‘cause the defense played real well,” he said.
Mount Si is in action Tuesday against Juanita at 7:30. Brown knows what the team must do going forward. “We’ve got to go 5-0, that’s the mindset here,” he said.