Missed opportunities, defensive miscues cost Mount Si girls’ soccer in key Kingco clash with MI, 9-27

Mount Si’s girls soccer team battled for first place in Kingco 3A last night as they hosted the Mercer Island Islanders. It was a big chance to make a statement, and an injury to a key piece of the Islander puzzle in the second half looked to make that chance easier to attain, but the Wildcats could not capitalize, then had a couple costly mistakes on defense, and all of that combined to hand Mount Si a very disappointing loss.

Marissa Hammerstrom and Kianna Chang both scored goals minutes apart midway through the second half, and that gave MI a 2-0 win which solidified their hold on top spot. The news did not get easier for Mount Si, as Liberty beat Bellevue, dropping the Wildcats out of a tie for second place with the Patriots.

The game started out with a flourish, as both the Islanders and Wildcats had golden chances to score within the first five minutes – MI’s glanced off the crossbar behind Mount Si goalie Lauren Solene – then things settled down a bit as the half went on, and the two teams went to halftime scoreless.

Early in the second half, at about the 45th minute or so, the Wildcats once again had a golden opportunity to score, but were unable to do so. That said, the battle in front of the Islander net which resulted in that excellent chance left MI’s starting goalkeeper, Corey Goelz, injured. Trainers came out and attended to her, before she was helped off and freshman backup Jessica Blakeslee, who is listed on MI’s roster as being a strictly junior varsity player, came in for what presumably may have been her first ever varsity high school appearance. So, there was a cold goaltender, with very little to no previous varsity experience, against Mount Si’s supposedly potent offense. It shaped up to be pure gold for the Wildcats. But it turned out not to be, as Mount Si only was able, through the rest of the second half, get about four or five real good chances on Blakeslee, all of which she took care of with ease.

She was then helped at the other end by her offense, who took advantage of Mount Si mistakes. First, in the 62nd minute, MI fired a shot on goal which was deflected by Wildcat defenders and looked to be going away from danger, but out from the side came Hammerstrom, who shot the ball at what ended up being an empty net past Solene. The Islander senior forward being in the right place at the right time helped put them up 1-0. Then, in the 67th minute, more mistakes on defense helped lead to a Islander corner kick, and out of that corner kick, Chang ripped a laser past Solene into the lower left corner of the net.

Mount Si’s offense could not recover, and the Islanders finished things off nearly scoring once more, before closing it out with the 2-0 result.

The Wildcats host Liberty next Tuesday at 7:30. This is a must win for Mount Si if they want to stay close in the league title hunt.

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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