Mount Si High School boys’ soccer remains perfect in league after Senior Night win, which also clinches first Kingco regular season title since 2010

The Class of 2015 on Mount Si High School’s boys’ soccer team, 11 players strong, has been a central force this spring as the team has gone undefeated in league and amassed a top-10 ranking in 4A high school boys’ soccer in Washington, according to the Seattle Times. Last night, the Wildcats and their fans recognized those 11 seniors for their accomplishments this year and throughout their high school careers, and those seniors delivered in a big way to help Mount Si lock up their first Kingco regular season championship since 2010, and keep themselves undefeated within conference play.

Connor Williams and Jake Turpin both had a goal and assist, while Nick Dolewski added a tally of his own, as the Wildcats dispatched Issaquah in a very physical game 3-1 in the final regular season home game for the seniors at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Mount Si (7-0-0 KC, 9-1-3 overall) can celebrate perfection in league with one more win – tomorrow at Eastlake.

“That about did it (clinch the league title). Now we just want to complete it and go 8-0,” said Mount Si coach Darren Brown.

The Wildcats and Eagles made it through the first half scoreless, then things got going quickly in the second half. Dolewski’s goal broke the scoreless deadlock in the 57th minute, as he took a feed from Williams and punched it into an empty net past Issy senior keeper Connor Hansen. Just minutes after Dolewski’s tally, Williams found the back of the net in the 59th minute, off a feed from Turpin; a misplay of the ball by Hansen helped it go in, and despite his protests to officials, the goal stood.

Issaquah came back and scored a goal in the 64th minute to tighten things up a bit, but the Wildcats held tough through what had been increasingly become a very nasty contest, so nasty in fact that officials ended up issuing a pair of yellow cards to MSHS players for some of the physical play. A foul was called in the penalty area in the 77th minute against Issaquah on a shot that would have gone into the goal if not for a spectacular play by an Eagle defender prior to the whistle. So instead of a possible game-saving play by the defense, Mount Si’s Turpin got an opportunity to attempt a penalty kick, and he converted it with ease, locking up the game and conference crown.

“It was fun,” Turpin said about the game. ”I just played for my teammates and they found me the ball and they trusted me to take the PK at the end.”

Brown will miss this group of seniors. “They’re like my second family. It’s tough because I’ve had them for so long,” he said. “We’ve been prepping together for a long, long time. It’s a bittersweet moment, because I’m happy for them, they’re moving on, but also sad that they’re leaving.” For Max Adamson, a moment from last season ranks as his most favorite one as a Wildcat. “Probably making it to state last year as a junior,” he said. Mount Si defeated Liberty in the Kingco 3A tournament to make state last spring, and it looks as if they are in prime position to do that once again this season, provided they get through the Kingco 4A tournament.

Defender Colton Oord, another senior who also has been an integral piece for scarlet and gray on defense this spring, is looking to playing collegiately; he’s currently looking at an NAIA school in Kansas, where he’d major in elementary and special education with an eye on becoming a teacher. Would Oord possibly come back and teach here in the Valley? “I’m not sure. I’m probably going to stay out of Washington, but you never know,” he said.

Many of these seniors have been playing together for several years, both at the school level and at the club level, within the locally-based Cascade FC program. Oord has this message for future Wildcats. “Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed,” he said. Brown added, “Put in the hard work, a lot of time on the ball,” he said. “Don’t stop working, that’s the key.”

Mount Si plays the Wolves tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. up at Eastlake High School. Turpin believes his team can run the table. “We’re excited, we’re ready,” he said.

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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