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