Williams’ big night lifts Mount Si boys’ soccer to first Kingco 3A win of 2014

The Mount Si Wildcats’ boys soccer team has been looking for a little bit of an offensive spark as they reached the quarter pole of the spring schedule last night hosting Sammamish. And they got that spark last night by keeping it simple and being alert and opportunistic at the same time.

Mount Si's Connor Williams (right) celebrates with teammate Reid Howland (left) after Williams scored one of his three goals to aid the Wildcats' 4-1 victory over Sammamish last night at Mount Si High School. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Mount Si’s Connor Williams (right) celebrates with teammate Reid Howland (left) after Williams scored one of his three goals to aid the Wildcats’ 4-1  boys’ soccer victory over Sammamish last night at Mount Si High School. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Three miscues by Sammamish’s goalkeeper enabled Mount Si to score goals in the second half, and the Wildcats took care of the Totems 4-1. Connor Williams recorded a hat trick – three goals – and also assisted on the fourth, a tally by Evan Betz, as Mount Si returned to the win column for the first time in three games.

“I thought Connor Williams was spectacular,” Wildcat coach Darren Brown said. As for Williams, he was humble. “Give it all to my teammates. They played a perfect ball every single time and I was just lucky enough to be the guy to get the finish on them. Anyone could have finished those,” he said.

All the scoring in the contest came in the second half. Mount Si opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with the first Williams tally. It came on a penalty kick conversion; the kick resulted from Sammamish being called by officials for using their hands on the ball in the penalty area, which is not allowed. With Mount Si in the lead for the first time since last week (they did not hold the lead at any point of the game in their loss this past Tuesday to Interlake), and their play having been inconsistent as of late, it was going to be interesting to see how they responded. The Totems didn’t help matters, though, as just four minutes later, on a complete broken-down play, Kai Albrecht found a way to punch the ball into the net past a sprawling Mount Si goalie Matt Cowan, who played well filling in for starter Bruce Corrie, out with injuries sustained during the loss back on Tuesday.

That allowed goal did not faze Cowan, as he continued to maintain his solid play the rest of the way. “It was an interesting first game for me because it was my first time playing a full game on varsity,” the junior said. Cowan, after that excellent first go-round, is ready to go if called upon again. “I think with the game under my belt, I’ll be really prepared for the next game,” Cowan said. “I adjusted to the speed of play and the skill and I think I’ll hold my own.”

Cowan’s play earned Brown’s praise. “’Cowbell’ (Cowan) did a great job. ‘Cowbell’ settled things down. He was calm under pressure,” the coach said.

All throughout the game, Sammamish goalkeeper Kevin Rubalcava worked to prevent Mount Si offensive opportunities by playing the ball well out in front of his goal. As a keeper, there is a risk involved with doing that because if you misplay it, you leave your net pretty much wide open behind you for the opposing offense to get easy goals. That happened, as noted, three times in the second half, propelling scarlet and gray. The first came in the 65th minute and gave the Wildcats the lead for good. The goal was credited to Betz, and the play left a Totem defender injured; he had to be helped off the field by trainers with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Rubalcava continued to make attempts to play the ball well out in front despite the miscue, and he once again was burned in the 76th minute, when Williams got past him and punched it home, then for good measure, in stoppage time (the 79th minute), Williams was wise to Rubalcava once more and moved right around him on a breakaway, tapping it in, and that was all she wrote.

Mount Si plays Bellevue and Lake Washington next week, with both games on the road. Brown knows what needs to happen for his team. “We know what we can do,” Brown said. “We’ve just got to play consistently.”

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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