Mount Si’s varsity girls’ soccer team season ends with loss to Liberty on Senior Night, but JV’s make a little history

Almost two weeks ago, when Mount Si’s girls’ soccer team started their string of four straight home games to close out the season, the Wildcats were sitting pretty looking straight ahead to a potential long playoff run. Oh, how times change, and in a big way. Three straight losses going into last night’s regular season home finale against Liberty put Mount Si on the outside of the Kingco playoff hunt looking in, needing a win and some help to earn their slot. It, however, was not to be, ending the season for Mount Si and the high school careers of seven special seniors.

The Patriots scored a pair of goals within about three minutes of one another early in the second half, then held on for a 2-1 win which knocked the Wildcats out of the playoff hunt; Mount Si finished 7-7-2 on the season, and even if the Wildcats had won, Juanita, who needed to beat Interlake, was instead shut out by the Saints, giving Interlake that last playoff berth, so Mount Si would have still been left out in the cold.

This season basically came down to the two overtime losses that began this homestand – to Lake Washington October 17 and to Bellevue last Tuesday (October 22), losses which came after the Wildcats had taken second-half leads in both contests. Had Mount Si won both games, they would have finished with 26 points and the fourth slot in the playoffs. Instead, the team finished with 20 points and in sixth in the league.

The cold reality of the season, and the high school careers of the Class of 2014, being over did not dampen the spirits of those seniors. Co-captain Kelsey Lindor will remember her time well with the Wildcats. “They’ve (the past four years) been awesome. It’s been awesome to be part of a team that is great as the one at Mount Si,” she said. Her senior teammate and fellow co-captain, Sophia Rouches, concurred. “It’s been a great four years. It’s crazy to see the progression of everyone that we’ve played with,” she said.

Wildcat head coach Darren Brown will miss his seniors, which in addition to Rouches and Lindor, included co-captain Leah Corra, Emma Larson, Hailey Kuykendall, Maddy Hutchison and Kristen Kasel. “This was a great group of girls,” Brown said. “A lot of fun to be around, good leaders and (they’ve been) with me for a long time so we’ll miss them.”

All seven seniors were recognized prior to last night’s game, and had their pictures taken with their parents and Brown. It is not clear if any of the group will be playing collegiately next fall, but if they do, they’ll potentially have a chance to make a positive impact on the pitch at that level, just like recent Mount Si grad Miranda Rawlings did last Sunday. As we told you here Monday, Rawlings scored her first college goal for UNLV in their game at Wyoming, and it happened to be the overtime game-winner for the Rebels in a 3-2 decision over the Cowgirls. Brown hopes that Rawlings’ success this season – she has played an average of around 50-60 minutes a game for UNLV, and has been handling some corner kick duties for that team – is not lost on these seniors, and the rest of his program. “It says something that you can go on and you can do great things if you just really put the time and work in into your game and that’s what she’s done,” Brown said.

Rouches had this message for the returning players for next season, led by senior-to-be Karli White. “Just play hard every game, do everything you can in your off time, and don’t take anything for granted,” she said.

Wildcat JV finishes unbeaten
One of the best-kept secrets this fall in Mount Si sports has been the success of girls’ junior varsity teams in both volleyball and soccer. The Wildcat volleyball JV’s finished an undefeated league schedule at 14-0 with a win Monday night over Liberty, and last night, the Mount Si girls’ soccer JV’s closed the season likewise in style with a win over the Patriots that finished off an unbeaten season.

Mount Si finished with nine wins, no losses and five ties after the Wildcats took a 2-1 win over Liberty in the final junior varsity contest of the season. Hannah Winfrey and Jane Livingston scored the goals for Mount Si to help them post history. According to coach Glenn Cramer, this is the first time in his nearly 30 years of coaching he has had an unbeaten season with a team, and he was happy with how things went overall. “The girls played really hard. We would have liked to had a clean slate with all wins, we thought we should have, but you can’t win them all,” he said.

Cramer has been a coaching mainstay with both Mount Si’s boys’ and girls’ soccer programs, dating back to the days of Bruce Caldwell’s tenure as head coach.

Rhett Workman

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