Wildcat girls soccer scores tie with Skyline, plus other news from the pitch….

The Mount Si Wildcat girls’ soccer team opened their conference schedule last night with a tough test. The Skyline Spartans just days prior had beaten the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup, and are seen as one of the top teams in the region. It looked as if the challenge would be the same last night, but a varsity newcomer did her best to change that with a special goal. However, what looked to have been a great result for Mount Si instead ended up being diminished somewhat by a critical call by officials in crunch time that ended up giving the Spartans new life, and helping them escape with a point.

A penalty kick goal by Skyline’s Lauren Carson with seconds left in regulation knotted things up at 1-1, and that’s how the game ended, in a 1-1 tie. The PK came as the result of some furious play in front of Wildcat goalkeeper Nellie Joselyn. It appeared initially that Skyline had scored straight up, but officials whistled the play dead and after a brief conference, called a handball in the box foul on Mount Si. The Wildcat player who committed the foul was assessed a red card and sent off, leaving Mount Si down a player as a result; all in all, it was a difficult penalty to stomach for what appeared to be the Wildcat player’s best efforts to help her team secure what was going to be a huge win.

Mount Si took the lead initially late in the first half, on a tally from junior Miranda Fischer. Fischer, playing in her first-ever varsity game after being called up from the junior varsity team, fired a laser past Skyline’s goalkeeper in the 37th minute, lifting the Wildcats into the halftime break. “We were connecting passes and we were doing really well in possession and then we just got the finish,” she said. Getting the goal was special for Fischer. “It just felt really good,” she said.

The second half was very defensive, although Skyline senior defender Natalie Neumiller attempted to change that in the 68th minute, coming in on goal right at Joselyn. Neumiller fired a shot point blank on Joselyn, who made a spectacular save, one that would have earned even more praise had Mount Si secured the “W”. But, as noted, it was not to be, but not for a lack of effort.

Wildcat coach Darren Brown was pleased. “Very proud of (the team’s) effort tonight. (They) played hard all night and we know where the bar of excellence is. (Fischer) scored her first varsity goal and how sweet it was. Pure textbook,” Brown said. Defender Claire Johnson concurred. “It just kind of showed we have a lot of heart,” she said.

Cedarcrest blanks Granite Falls: The Red Wolves’ girls soccer squad scored another home conference win last night in Duvall, this time shutting out the visiting Tigers from Granite Falls. More on this matchup from the Everett Herald.

College action: On Monday, the University of Hawaii-Hilo men fell at Notre Dame de Namur 1-0 in a contest held in Belmont, CA. Senior Morgan Popp, from Ames Lake and a 2011 Mount Si High School grad, played 27 minutes off the bench for the Vulcans with no stats of note to report.

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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