Previewing and picking the Wildcat girls’ soccer playoff opener tonight against the Interlake Saints……

Time now to talk playoffs, girls’ soccer style. Tonight, the Mount Si Wildcats open the league playoffs at Mercer Island with a game against the Interlake Saints.

KINGCO 3A GIRLS’ SOCCER – PLAYOFFS, FIRST ROUND (LOSER OUT)
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. INTERLAKE SAINTS
TONIGHT, 5:30, MERCER ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL

The two teams – Mount Si and Interlake – finished just one point away from each other in the standings; Mount Si with 29 and Interlake with 28, so one can expect this to be a very even matchup tonight. And we would look for that, too.

Mount Si rolls into tonight’s game off a strong finish to their regular season: 5-0-2 in the second half, with one of those two ties coming against the Saints, and the other last Thursday against Liberty on the back of their senior star, Miranda Rawlings, who scored all three goals in the 3-3 tie. With Rawlings now considered according to the record books to be the greatest single season scorer in Mount Si history, the UNLV-bound senior will be the one that Interlake’s defense will most focus on. Meaning the play of supporting cast members, such as junior midfielder Kelsey Lindor (five goals, three asssists), sophomore midfielder Claire Johnson (four goals and four assists), and sophomore forward Michaela “KK” Wallace (seven goals, one assist) will be key tonight. Those three, among others, will have to step up in a big way to take the load off of Rawlings incase the Saint defense decided to focus all their attention on her.

So who should the Mount Si defense be most concerned about from Interlake? Simple. Junior forward Emma Bergstrom is the go-to player from the Saints, and she scored their lone goal in a 1-1 draw the last time these two teams played, and that came just minutes after she came off the bench in the second half. So as you can see, once Bergstrom is out on that pitch, she can make a big difference for an Interlake team, which as you will remember, won the 2A state title last year over Cedarcrest.

Another factor to think about is Mount Si is on a three-year streak of losing in this first round and seeing their season come to an early end. They are looking to end that string, but one of the keys to doing that is finishing, and that is an issue the Wildcats have historically had issues with. But the team has 38 goals on the season, so there is plenty of firepower, to be sure.

Mount Si is 0-1-1 against the Saints on the season, and will have a tough challenge ahead of them tonight.

INTERLAKE 2, MOUNT SI 1

There is one other game tonight, and it’s Mercer Island hosting Bellevue. The two teams finished in a 2-2 tie last Thursday, but we look for the Islanders to deliver tonight and move on, as MI finished tied with the Wildcats for second place in the league this season.

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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