Varsity 2019

Varsity Stangs stay strong and finish the job 1-0 against Curtis!

Friday Night Lights?  Check!

Two ball boys?  Check!

Bag of Polly popcorn?  Check!

Flair for the creative?  Check!

Stangs victory?  Wait for it…

 

In another RHS match with a lineup shuffle due to missing personnel, the Stangs would be called on to find ways to produce results in somewhat unfamiliar ways.

 

Redmond came out a tad slow in the opening half, with multiple early loose balls gained and controlled by Curtis.  The Stangs were able to win some valuable corners with the always-pesky Rabadan asking some questions of the Curtis back line down the right hand touch line.  Eager to get in on the action, Hernandez applied some trademark body language to select Curtis players which left everyone in the stands singing “Kumbaya”, and “Give Peace a Chance”.  The illustrious Mr. Tibbs demonstrated some razzle dazzle and routinely conjured something out of nothing, leaving the Curtis wingers scratching their heads and wondering what had just happened.

 

A sequence of Curtis free kicks from midfield caused some furrowed brows when the ball caromed around in the Redmond box for a tad too long.  A short while later, RHS keeper Escalante had to go into “turbo scamper” mode when a ball squirted past the RHS back line and not one but two Curtis hot potato goal attempts were quashed in rapid succession by the expert exploits of Tricky Ricky.  The Stangs came up with some chances of their own, and a Price headed pass to a streaking Stein down the left wing led to Stein subsequently performing a nutmeg and a choice cross which barely missed the mark.  A late half Curtis free kick in the attacking third was cause for concern and made RHS fans second-guess the peperoni pizza they had for dinner, but the attempt sailed happily over the goal.  On the next RHS possession, Stein again evaded Curtis defenders and launched a quality ball to a ready Doyle who made good contact with a header which unfortunately found the arms of the Curtis keeper.

 

Coming out of half, RHS fans were optimistic of the Stangs’ prospects, and the Stangs themselves seemed ready to get something done.  RHS pushed hard right out off the whistle and worked the ball deep via the left wing, and Stein took a few moments to get up close and personal with the Curtis keeper.  Minutes later, RHS knocked again with several consecutive corners, the second of which took a miraculous save to prevent a Stein to Gordon goal connection.  It was impressive to see how quickly Gordon then got back on D and shut down a menacing Curtis counter attack.  At this point, Redmond was primed and ready to get on the scoreboard, and after a somewhat random and lengthy journey with the ball in the corner, the Price was right with a pass to an unmarked Stein for the precision near post put away.  Zap!

 

And Redmond wasn’t done there with the offensive pressure – playing higher up on the wing, the illustrious Mr. Tibbs again got sneaky and sped past the Curtis line to strike one off the keeper for a corner.  Sweet offensive chin music!  On the other side of the ball, Bomben played some solid D, gave up the body multiple times, and threw in a few of his patented slide tackles to avert sure disaster.  As the final grains of sand dropped through the hourglass, a spirited Kieneker run up the right flank ended with a cross to a Hernandez strike which sailed just high…but not to worry…

 

…Let’s try it again:

 

Stangs victory?  Check!!

 

Goals:  50’ (Stein, assist Price)

Varsity 2019

Your Varsity Stangs – Risin’ Up to the challenge and taking down Inglemoor 3-1!

Looking to rebound from the previous match’s 0-1 loss to North Creek, the Stangs desperately wanted to regain their collective Eye of the Tiger.  And while the Stangs still stood on the top of the KingCo 4A standings, all Redmond fans would agree – it would be a good night to get Back On the Street with a result!

 

With a lineup shuffle in this match due to missing personnel, Redmond initially seemed out of sync defensively.  An early Inglemoor solo breakaway caused all sorts of nervous chatter until the strike was blocked by keeper Escalante and cleared by the RHS back line.  Redmond combatted the jitters by getting back to basics – controlling the middle and wreaking havoc up top and on the wings.  Nice ball movement sequences between Diaz, Cain, Michalski, and Stein reminded fans how much fun this team is to watch!

 

Meanwhile, Bury was taking a page from the gazelle of the savanna, prancing forward, blending into his surroundings and going completely undetected by his opponents.  Undetected that is until he found himself in a large patch of empty space after receiving the ball from a scampering Tibbs and launched a beautiful top shelf strike which left all Redmond fans delirious.  A few minutes later, the Stangs’ slicing and dicing midfielders were starting to attract significant Inglemoor attention.  These distractions left a sprinting Rabadan wide open on the wing to receive a delicate “split-the-defenders” pass from Hernandez which Rabadan took to the hole for the second RHS goal!

 

Redmond continued their solid play into the second half, where their “first to the ball” work kept paying dividends and frustrated their opponents.  A Stein free kick from waaaaaaay downtown caused all sorts of aerial bother for Inglemoor until the RHS friskiness was deemed excessive and were called for the foul.  Numerous additional chances appeared for Redmond, and the offence was firing on all cylinders.  A bit later, Mr. Kieneker decided to get in on the action by dancing the ol’ soft shoe around multiple Inglemoor defenders as he gently caressed a pass with perfect weight to a charging Dadzie for a sweet one touch into the back of the net.

 

With time winding down in the match, an Inglemoor corner bounced around in the RHS box a bit too long and eventually found its way into the goal, despite the Stangs’ protestations of offsides.  The goal seemed to energize both sides, with Inglemoor riding the wave of renewed optimism, and Redmond channeling the frustration of a questionable call.  A late Inglemoor free kick just outside the RHS box caused some gnashing of teeth and biting of nails, but the threat was quickly extinguished.  A minute later, Price found a completely unmarked Dadzie on the wing earned a Stangs corner with a ricochet off the Inglemoor keeper.  Redmond was able to control the ball in the waning minutes, and sealed the victory!

 

Goals:  11’ (Bury, assist Tibbs), 18’ (Rabadan, assist Hernandez), 58’ (Dadzie, assist Kieneker)

JV 2019

Still moss free as the JV Stangs gathered another shutout win, rolling over Inglemoor Vikings 3-0!!

With the season just over the half way mark, our boys remain top of the table, unbeaten and still unscored on.  Hosting a determined Inglemoor at Seabloom field, the Stangs continued their streak with some creative plays and great team work.

The Vikings started the game with some early attacks but lacked finishing or were quickly stifled by our midfielders and back line.  Within minutes the Stangs quickly turned the tide with some creative play from midfield, keeping the Vikings’ goalie and defense busy.

Trying to weather the Stangs attack, the Vikings had to play defensively, sometimes stacking 7 to 10 players in defense.  This however, was not enough to stem the green machine making full use of the flanks.  In the 20th minute, Jacob got out of a tight situation on the right touchline and floated a cross to the top of the Vikings penalty box in the middle to a waiting Trent who deftly back headed the ball to his left to Will.  Calmly cushioning the ball, Will then blasted in the Stangs’ first goal.

The Vikings needed to raise their level of play and did so with some strong defensive plays and almost had a chance at the 32nd minute.  An intercepted Redmond pass at the back was followed by a cross but saw no Vikings up front to take advantage due to their defensive play.  Our back line quickly contained the situation keeping the one goal lead at half time.

The Stangs got right down to business in the second half.  Within a minute of the starting whistle, a Pablo pass from the middle of the field found Jacob, who’d timed his run perfectly to beat an offside trap. Controlling the ball with his head and another touch with his right foot, Jacob slotted the ball between the outstretched arms of the Vikings goalie and the upright for the Stangs’ second goal.

Firmly in control, the Stangs kept the Vikings’ defense on their toes.   With the constant pressure, the Vikings’ dam started to breach again.  In the 47th minute, a foul on Ian 20 yards outside the penalty box saw a nice freekick from Julian chipping over the back line.  Ian had the ball in the net with a header but was closely ruled offsides.

Eventually the Vikings’ dam burst.  In the 58th minute, another Redmond attack saw Cole Poly tripped up almost level to the first foul but on the right this time.   The resulting free kick from Luke was met by Ian who headed in the Stangs’ third.

The Stangs kept the action in their opponent’s half right up till the end and got close to extending the lead a few times had it not been for the fine performance from the Vikings’ goalie.

As it stands, three teams remain unbeaten in the league with only goal differences separating them.  Level at 15 points, we have Issaquah (on second) and Eastlake (on third) nipping at the Stangs’ hooves.

The Stangs’ next game is a non-league game against Curtis High at home this Friday which should help prepare for an exciting and important game next week against the Skyline Spartans on the Sammamish Plateau.  The Spartans are currently fourth in the table, the only other team with double-digit points (12), having lost only one game.  If you can make it, do come out and support our boys next Tuesday (4/9/19).

Roll on Stangs!

Goals: Will Fitzgerald (20th – assist by Trent Denholm), Jacob Martin (40th – assist by Pablo Sanchez), Ian Loo (58th – assist by Luke Hammond)

Game Film

JV 2019

JV Stangs, galloping at full speed, maintains perfect record as they rout North Creek Jaguars 5-0 away!

Rain or shine, home or away, nothing seems to tamper the thundering hooves of the JV Stangs.  Parents, relatives and friends who made the trip up north were treated to some beautiful soccer from our boys on a lovely sunny Tuesday evening.

Coach Antonio’s well-tuned machine got down to business right away from the starting whistle.  With superior horsepower and torque our front line stretched the Jaguars’ defense with their signature probing runs and barrages while our back line and goalie applied the Brembos to any inkling of an attack.  Our stalwart midfielders marshaled attacks and backed up the defense when required.  Heard this script before?

It wasn’t too long before the first dividend was paid.  At the 7th minute, a through pass from Amir at midfield found Luke on the left wing, who floated a beautiful looping cross toward the top of the 6-yard box.  An onrushing Ian made no mistake with a leaping power header into the net giving the Jaguars’ goalie no chance.

This seems to jolt the Jaguars as they tried to string a few attacks of their own.  But true to the script, the Stangs packed the defense with 5 to 10 men to stifle their opponents.  Before too long, the Stangs got the game firmly in control, keeping the ball mostly in the Jaguars’ half and pulling the seams of their defense.  The Stangs almost doubled their lead in the 26th minute.  A one-two pass between Ian and Alan saw Ian’s pinpoint backheel met by Alan but the upright got in the way of his shot.

The Jaguars started playing the offside trap to contain our speedy forwards but paid dearly for it in the 30th minute.  A superbly placed through ball by Pablo was latched on by a quick Ian after beating 2 defenders.  A third defender on the left had played Ian onside by a yard when the ball was passed. Sprinting to the right side of the 6-yard box, Ian slotted home his second goal with a diagonal shot.

The Stangs maintained control of the game in the 2nd half.  A creative play at the 42nd minute saw Ian using his speed to outrun a defender to collect a through pass near the end line left of the Jaguars’ goal.  His pass wide to the left teed up Julian for nice cross across the Jaguars’ goalmouth to a waiting Jacob on the right just inside the 6-yard box.  Deftly controlling the ball, Jacob bulged the Jaguars’ onion bag for the Stangs’ third.

Not known for resting on their laurels, the Stangs continued with their attacks from the flanks and another dividend was collected in the 51st minute.  A looping cross – this time from left winger Luke – was met by Ian inside the Jaguars’ 6-yard box who then nutmeg the goalie to complete his hat-trick (and the Stangs’ fourth).

The Stangs put a bow on the game in the 76th minute.  A beautiful pass from the left found Trent near the Jaguars penalty box. He gave the goalie no chance with a screamer into the back of the net for the Stangs’ fifth.

With this win, the JV Stangs stays on top of the JV KingCo 4A level on points with Issaquah on 2nd and Eastlake on 3rd with only goal differences separating the three.   The Stangs remains the only team with a clean sheet.  Onward to the next game.

 

Keep rolling Stangs!!

 

Goals: Ian Loo (7th – assist by Luke Hammond, 30th – assist by Pablo Sanchez, 51st – assist by Luke Hammond), Jacob Martin (42nd – assist by Julian Bilger), Trent Denholm (76th – assist by Ryan Maldonado)

Game Film

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)