MI came ready to play and early in the match they appeared to be the crisper of the two squads, with multiple loose Redmond passes being intercepted for turnovers. Redmond’s touch seemed a little off, and the boys had a difficult time connecting the ball with dangerous runs. Despite the somewhat stagnant offensive play, Redmond was able to win a number of first half corner kicks and started to mount the pressure. The pieces came together in the eleventh minute when Bilger skillfully delivered an inch perfect pass to Price who slalomed through a few defenders and finessed a shot with his left just past Mercer Island’s keeper. Mercer Island had few offensive chances in the first half, with the Redmond back line holding strong and refusing to yield. Early in the second half, a signature Rabadan slice and dice run up the right wing ended with a cross which bounced off of Michalski and onto Price’s waiting foot into the back of the net for Redmond’s second goal. Keeper Condon had some wonderful play in this match, including a masterful save sequence with about ten minutes left in the contest while flying through the air and then flopping around on the ground like a fish. The efforts led to a clean sheet and a Redmond win!
Goals: 11’ (Price), 41’ (Price, assist Michalski)