C-Team 2019

Redmond C-Stangs Put Away Juanita in the 2nd Half, 4-0

On a beautiful day for soccer at Walter L. Seabloom Field, the Mustangs took on the Juanita Rebels. Although a conflict of interest was present for Coach Fleming (a Juanita alum), the boys helped him get over it as they dominated the game with possession and, eventually, on the scoreboard. Coach Fleming’s grandparents, who were in attendance, were an oddly motivating factor for the boys, as they seemed particularly enthusiastic about helping him not lose in front of his grandma.

The scoring opened quickly with Max Klyuchko scoring a clinical goal, but the scoring wouldn’t resume until later in the 2nd half, despite the constant control of the ball by the Mustangs. In a story similar to the Inglemoor game, the Stangs had all the chances and yet couldn’t quite out them to good use. Luckily, the backline of Kyle Statkus, Rishab Rajeev, Dan Firstenburg, Jaden Low, Kyle Volta, and Dhruv Chittamuri (I know, that’s a lot of names) were dominant in providing few, if any, real chances to the Rebels and even moreso led the charge in possessing, swinging, and pushing the ball forward. With Max’s goal, the boys took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Stangs, having been in possession all day, were charged with being more aggressive and creating more chances in the second half, and that they did. Michael Lee found the back of the net for the first time this season having just made the move to LM from CB, with the assist from Max Klyuchko. The second of the three goals in the half was provided by Zan Litovkin, who chipped the goalie from 25-30 yards out and then proceeded to celebrate by raising both hands like Andy Dufresne after he escapes from Shawshank. The closing goal was a beauty, with Eli Friedman putting away another goal after a beautifully unselfish assist from Caio De Oliveira.

Congratulations to the boys, who have now won 5 straight games by a total margin of 15-1. Go Stangs!

C-Team 2019

Redmond C-Team Scores Late Again to Beat Inglemoor, 2-1.

Ladies and gentlemen, your Mustangs are officially on a roll. After losing their first game to Woodinville, the Mustangs rattled off their 4th win in a row to move to 4-1 on the season with another goal in the waning moments of the game, leaving Coach Long and Coach Fleming curious as to whether or not the boys think they can only score right before the game ends.

The boys moved the ball well throughout the game, possessing beautifully and finding many chances, but they weren’t able to put one home until the end of the 1st half after they had just conceded their first goal in 3 games, when Eli Friedman got on the receiving end of a beautiful through ball from Max Klyuchko and tucked it home in the bottom left corner.

During the 2nd half, chances continued to come but goals were hard to come by. The boys stuck with it though, and were rewarded after Max Klyuchko played a great ball out to Alex Staggs, who sent a beautiful cross low and hard on the ground to Caio De Oliveira, who made a beautiful run but couldn’t put it away. The deflection of the goalie came straight back to Max Klyuchko who ripped it home and brought the Mustangs their 4th win.

Congratulations to the boys on moving to 4-1 on the season and getting a big win in the closing seconds yet again!

 

JV 2019

The JV Stangs keep them doggies movin’ with another shutout win, outclassing a spirited Mount Si Wildcats 2-0!

The score line belies the fine performance from our boys as they took down yet another team in the KingCo 4A division.  Anchored by a solid defense, versatile midfield and lightning fast front line, the Stangs demonstrated yet again the teamwork and agility of the entire team to switch from defensive to offensive play and back on a dime – a triple redundancy system of sorts at both ends.

In typical fashion, the Stangs controlled the tempo of the game from the start, fraying the Wildcats’ nerves with some early blitzes from Ian, Ben and Jacob.  It wasn’t long before Mount Si was sent reeling.   In the third minute, a defensive play that quickly turned offensive started with an intercept from Brandon just inside the Mount Si half.  He laid the ball to Ian on the right touchline who placed a deft back heel to an onrushing Jacob.  Taking command at the helm, Jacob rounded a defender at the top right corner of the Mount Si box, shielded from another, and wrong footing a third right outside the 6-yard line, running it to an unmarked Ben who neatly tucked it in for Redmond’s first goal.  The Stangs keep raking in the profits from these quick flank attacks.

Another barrage from the Stangs starting at the 6th minute nearly added more profit to the ledger.   A speedy play on the flanks saw Ian’s volley hit the side netting, and yet another attack on the 10thminute involving Ian and Pablo resulted in a Julian shot just a tad wide of the right post.  A minute later, a Pablo shot forced a tip over save by the Mount Si goalie and an Ian header was also saved by a Mount Si defender on the line a minute after that.

The Stangs, firmly in command, ran the same script in the second half keeping the Wildcats on the defensive most of the time.  A fine diving save by the Wildcats’ goalie in the 65th from a Pablo shot prevented the Stangs from doubling the score.  As the clock wore on, frustration started to set in on the Wildcats.  Pablo was pulled down in attack at the 68th and at the 77th, Ian was fouled at the left touchline by two defenders.  The resulting free kick by Julian was punched in by the Wildcats’ goalie for the Stangs’ second goal as he was pressured by Amir.

Towards the end, a scary collision between Julian and a Wildcats midfielder saw Julian being flipped on his back resulting in a yellow card for the Wildcats player for dangerous play.  Julian was able to walk it off after a minute on the turf.

With each game, our boys are showing that they are a force to be reckoned with in the division.  With this win, the JV Stangs are 3 for 3 and maintains their spot at the top of the table.  Tied on points (9) with second placed Issaquah and third place Eastlake, the Stangs are even on goal difference (+11) with Issaquah but has a better overall performance as they’d never been scored on.  Issaquah scored 12 goals but let in 1.  Eastlake has a goal difference of +7.

Keep on rollin’ Stangs!!!

Goals: Ben Rist (3rd, assist by Jacob Martin), Wildcats Goalie (78th – own goal, free kick from Julian Bilger)

Highlights: Game Film

Varsity 2019

Varsity Stangs silenced by North Creek 0-1

After a huge marquee win against Mt. Si a few days prior, there was concern about the possibility of an RHS squad letdown against the quality North Creek team.  Which team would show up with the most motivation and fire?  Who would want it more?  All in attendance yearned to find out.  North Creek came out and played a compact game, with forwards rarely venturing far into the RHS half.  This gave the Stangs ample opportunity to move the ball around unpressured in the backfield, although whenever they tried to move forward RHS seemed to have difficulties advancing the ball past midfield.  In the early going, the Stangs demonstrated some nice defensive work with Tibbs working his usual fleet footed magic around the touch line, and Gordon presenting serious resistance to the pesky North Creek attacks.  On the other side, Rabadan was able to win an early corner, but the kick was cleared out of harms way by the tough North Creek D.

North Creek would periodically pounce on loose balls and an open forward would typically cause all sorts of problems for the Redmond defense.  At one point, a somewhat routine ball bouncing around in the box was headed and controlled by a North Creek forward who struck it hard into the side netting on the outside of the goal.  Redmond got in on the offensive action when a Fahrig free kick bounced dangerously around in the box until struck high through the uprights.   A bit later, the North Creek persistence and drive paid off with a strong strike between the wickets of the RHS keeper Escalante and in for the first half North Creek lead.  North Creek was almost able to capitalize again in short order against a stunned Redmond squad which was having a few uncharacteristic defensive communication breakdowns.  Redmond would settle a bit before the end of the half and provide some concern for North Creek when a deep Price cross found waiting Stangs who struck the ball just over the goal

Coming out of the half, RHS was definitely amped up and ready to play.  Rabadan got off a quality cross soon after the restart, and the Kojo Mojo started to appear with Dadzie’s slicing and dicing attracting the attention of at least two defenders at a time.  Diaz impressed with his hard-nosed play on the wings, winning strong tackle after tackle.  RHS continued to win the possession battle, but were unfortunately not able to convert the possessions to material goods.  RHS long balls and crosses were the name of the game to try to get on the board, and a few of the attempts showed some real promise.  Another nice Rabadan cross found an open Cain, who had courageously made space for himself in the box, but the strike floated high.

With RHS frantically trying to find the equalizer, a final glimmer of hope was presented when a second yellow card (and subsequent red) was shown to one of the more touchy-feely North Creek defenders.  The free kick by Stein was a beauty, with the fall barely flicked over the crossbar for a Redmond corner by the outstretched North Creek keeper.  The corner unfortunately did not find the mark, and a bit later the clock ran down to the first Redmond defeat of the season.

Full Program 2019

Picture Day THIS Thursday, March 28th!!!

Our apologies for the late notice, but are going to have our program/team pictures with Matt Campbell Photography THIS Thursday (3/28) at 3:00pm on the RHS Field.

The boys should be at the field by 2:50pm wearing their full white uniforms (including socks). We will begin with a full program photo, then Varsity team pictures, senior pictures, then JV, and finish with C-team. Every boy will participate in the full program picture and their specific team picture, and they will also have the [optional] opportunity to pose for individual/group shots if you complete the online form BEFORE noon on Thursday (more information found below). Typically, the whole process takes about an hour and a half.

Information about the online form:

Any parents that want their son to take individual pictures on Thursday in addition to the required team pictures must complete the online form at the following link: http://www.mattcampbellphotography.com/hs-order before noon on Thursday. Please also be sure to tell your son to ask Matt to take an individual picture during photos. Please note: the order form is generic (it has example photos representing the products available to purchase, but not specific to soccer).  If anyone has trouble they can contact the photographer, Matt Campbell, directly at matt@mcphoto1.com or 206-819-2781.

Thanks, everyone! Again, we apologize for the late notice.

Varsity 2019

Redmond upends Mt. Si 3-0 in an exciting and physical KingCo 4A Varsity tour de force under the Friday Night Lights!

In a highly anticipated match, Redmond and Mt. Si met on Friday night for a Battle Royale between two undefeated squads.  Everyone in attendance knew that something was bound to give!  After the opening whistle, Redmond seemed a bit on their heels and taken aback by the physicality of the Mt. Si players.  The size and speed of the Mt. Si forwards immediately asked questions of the RHS defense, with Gordon courageously snuffing out a scary Mt. Si attack right out of the gate.  This was definitely a different type of opponent than the Stangs had encountered in the early season.  This was big boy soccer.

An early RHS attack progressed nicely with a well-placed Stein cross into the box for an approaching Rabadan who pushed the strike just a touch wide.  A couple of possessions later, Mt. Si offered another dangerous attack down the left side of the field which ended in a scrambling Escalante having his mettle tested by an imposing Mt. Si forward.  Additional chances would periodically appear for both sides, and Mt. Si soon took a free kick a few yards outside the Redmond box which squirted past the RHS wall into dicey territory before being tracked and pinballed out of the red zone by a scampering Cain.  As the match progressed, the Stangs began to match the physicality of Mt. Si, with notable hard-nosed play from Diaz in full display, and this carried over through the end of the first 40.

After the scoreless first half, the Stangs knew that they would need to continue to be stingy on defense.  Almost immediately after the opening whistle of the second, “The Beast” Wiyrick made a strong statement by clearing a ball into the stratosphere and dropping a Mt. Si attacker in the process who would have to think twice before again challenging His Beastliness.  On the offensive side of the ball, Redmond fans weren’t sure if or how the Stangs would ever be able to penetrate the Mt. Si defenses.  As it turned out, the long ball was the key to the puzzle.  Lining up for a long free kick near the left touchline a few minutes into the half, Stein had a twinkle in his eye that could be seen from the cheap seats and delivered on a high arcing “Bend it like Jacen” strike which left all RHS fans agog with shock and unbridled joy.

Mt. Si started pushing hard, searching for the elusive equalizer.  Long balls and runs down the wings were the name of the game.  A captivating mano e mano again featuring Wiyrick and “Big Mt. Si Guy”, ended with The Beast trotting calmly away from his Mt. Si opponent who was left on the ground, staring into space and thoroughly frustrated with his inability to make inroads against the stout RHS back line.

With time winding down in the match, Stein once again came through on a direct kick, this time a few yards outside the Mt. Si box.  Stein delivered another beautiful shot with a lot of shape on it to befuddle the Mt. Si keeper.  A short few minutes later, RHS struck again with the long ball, when a scrambling Hernandez was given just a touch of space by the Mt. Si defenders at the top of the box.  A touch of space was all that was needed to angle the ball into the upper right corner, surprising and confusing the Mt. Si keeper for the 3-0 lead and sealing the win!

Keep it rolling Stangs!

Goals:  45’ (Stein), 77’ (Stein), 79’ (Hernandez)

C-Team 2019

In an Instant Classic, Redmond C-team 1, Eastlake C-team 0

A beautiful day in Redmond found the Stangs traveling to Eastlake High School, baptizing the many freshmen into the always intense rivalry. As the game began, the Mustangs controlled and moved the ball well, with Eli Friedman and Jaden Low connecting beautifully down the right side, and Cameron Pisan and Phillip Araujo distributing from the midfield, but they couldn’t find any dangerous chances. Quickly, the Wolves settled in and started to take control of the game, constantly pressuring the defense with long ball after long ball. Due to the confident defending of the back line, particularly Kyle Statkus’ dispossessions and push up the left side, the long balls were largely ineffective.

The Mustangs, held on and battled, maintaining a 0-0 tie into halftime, where they refocused and came out calm and collected. With some questionable calls both ways, the boys did brilliantly to keep their heads and stay in the game. Although both teams were fighting hard, neither could find a real opportunity, and with time dwindling, the intensity picked up in this heated rivalry game.

The Mustangs, who had kept their cool the entire game, were rewarded with 2 minutes left. Anthony Sinyagin played a sharp ball up the field, which was tapped on from Zanny to Max K., who took the ball from the 30 yard line and in, rocketing one past the keeper. Amidst the elation, there was still 2 minutes to play, and a goal-saving deflection by Dan Firstenburg kept the Stangs’ lead safe, and ultimately allowed them to walk home with a big time 1-0 win over their rivals.

The Stangs will get a great chance to sweep the season series against Eastlake in the last game of the season, in what is sure to be a dogfight. Hats off to both Eastlake and Redmond for a great game!