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)

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.

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)

Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity earns convincing victory over Bothell 3-0 in KingCo league match!

Match day found the RHS fans enjoying the clear skies and full moon of yet another beautiful evening in the Pacific Northwest.  The Stangs started with some pep in their step and were able to apply offensive pressure via their usual suspects on the wings.  An early RHS corner resulting from a dangerous Rabadan run caused all sorts of concern for the Bothell keeper but he was able to collect and distribute to safety.  The Bothell free kicks that did materialize were controlled in the air with ease by the likes of Wiyrick, Tibbs, Gordon, and Doyle.  In a rare moment of Redmond duress, RHS keeper Escalante found himself in a spot of bother with a tricky ball at the outer reaches of the 18, needing to quickly smother the ball in the face of a rushing Bothell forward.

Mid first half, a long ball served up with pinpoint accuracy by Wiyrick found Rabadan at the top of the 6 yard box who performed a magical loop de loop kick over the head of the keeper and gently into the back of the net!  Redmond kept the pressure on -throughout the first half with scampering runs and multiple through-ball attempts.  A few minutes later, a well placed through ball from Dadzie to a speedy and steamrolling Hernandez ended with a strong strike and goal.  Nice finish!

For a short while, all of these amazing soccer happenings on the field were overshadowed by the athletic prowess of an unknown RHS fan (and/or alum?) who reached towards the heavens and delicately fielded a high arcing ball which had been cleared far up into the RHS stands by “The Beast” Wiyrick.  A deafening roar of approval erupted from the crowd – a thunderous cheer like none other – which ended with complete strangers high-fiving each other in celebration of what they had just witnessed.

…Back on planet Earth, the Stangs were up to their old tricks in the second half, with Tibbs performing some magical defensive Houdini-like escapes with deft footwork.  There were a few errant RHS close-proximity passes which turned the ball over, but to the Stangs’ credit they were able to use their quickness to eventually regain possessive control.  Stein almost cashed in on a high speed attack down the left flank which ended a step too soon with the Bothell keeper scooping the ball up and out of danger to the dismay of all Redmond fans.

With a short time left in the match, a short negative pass from Dadzie ended with a delicate back heel by Stein, splashing through the pool of tears from the Bothell keeper and into the back of the goal.  The end of the match saw another RHS victory and clean sheet!

Goals:  25’ (Rabadan, assist Wiyrick), 32’ (Hernandez, assist Dadzie), 78’ (Stein, assist Dadzie)

Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity blanks Gonzaga Prep 4-0 in Saturday morning breakfast club match!

What a beautiful morning for soccer!  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the goals were flowing!  The only thing missing was popcorn…

Redmond put its stamp on the proceedings early, with trademark lightening runs down the touch lines, several of which ended in favorable corner kicks.  The Stangs were able to keep the ball in their attacking half for a nice chunk of the first half with quickness and quality physical play in the midfield.  Doyle, Stein, and Michalski all applied eager pressure to the Gonzaga Prep midfielders, leading to some nice turnovers.  Redmond’s over eagerness caught with them on a few occasions however, leading to a couple of offsides calls which negated sure goal scoring chances.

The Stangs got on the scoreboard with a nice slicing and dicing Dadzie run, ending in a perfectly timed pass between two defenders to a speedy and able Rabadan for the clinical finish.  A short time later, Dadzie got in on the assist action again, this time finding Price with a bit of daylight, who took it to the hole for a nice near post finish.

Gonzaga started the second half with better success at possessing the ball, but RHS was able to contain the momentum shift.  After a nice long free kick by Michalski, Dadzie was able to juggle down deep into Gonzaga Prep territory and dump the ball into some open space for an unmarked and barreling Hernandez, who punched the ball into the net past a laid-out keeper.  On the other side of the field, Gonzaga prep was able to earn some goal scoring chances, but the Stangs were able to snuff out the danger.  A nice save on tiptoes by keeper Condon showed us the value of height!

To finish off the assist frenzy, Dadzie timed a nice long pass to a hustling Loo even with the Gonzaga Prep defensive back line which ended in a one on one with the Gonzaga keeper, and the final goal of the match!

And before the crowd could scream “Who’s your Dadzie?” the final whistle signaled full time and another win for the mighty Stangs!

Goals:  18’ (Rabadan, assist Dadzie), 34′ (Price, assist Dadzie), 49′ (Hernandez, assist Dadzie), 63′ (Loo, assist Dadzie)

Varsity 2019

RHS Varsity set pieces as tasty as pie as the Stangs take down Hazen 5-1 on 3.14!

After the team introductions and pledge of allegiance were recited by the resident Hazen Jill-Of-All-Trades (ticket seller, announcer, medic, valet, and mascot), the Stangs started the match with their game faces on.  Some good pressure from both sides pumped up the excitement levels.  An early Stein yellow card prompted a quick substitution, and a few minutes later a well-directed Hernandez header pass to a scampering Rabadan set up a precision cross back for a Hernandez one-touch strike and the opening goal.   After a mugging in the attacking third, a wonderful Stein free kick forced an impressive flailing and diving save by the Hazen keeper.  Riding the wave of momentum, another chance soon appeared for RHS and a Stein moon ball pass set up a header cross from “The Beast” Wiyrick which led to a delicate Dadzie tap-in.  In the waning moments of the half, a well-executed ball shielding by Wiyrick prompted a chastising from the ref which left some spectators scratching their heads.

Despite the 2-0 RHS lead, the position seemed somewhat uncertain.  Hazen came out of half time with fire in their collective belly and immediately seized the momentum for themselves when an unmarked Hazen attacker was able to slip into open space and drive the ball home.  The Stangs rebounded with renewed focus, and some nice Tibbs distributions down the touch line led to additional RHS attacks.  After more back and forth, Redmond was able to grab the reins again when a loose ball caromed off of Michalski and a Hazen defender and directly to a ready Hernandez who volleyed in another nice one-touch goal.  A few minutes later, Wiyrick was not done with his beastliness, and took a well placed Fahrig corner off the head and into the sweet spot of the net.  Keeper Rash had his hands full and made a few acrobatic saves off of some dangerous Hazen free kicks.  In the waning minutes of the match, a beautifully bending Fahrig free kick and well-timed Doyle header put the match to rest.

Goals:  15’ (Hernandez, assist Rabadan), 39′ (Dadzie, assist Wiyrick), 52′ (Hernandez), 63′ (Wiyrick, assist Fahrig), 75’ (Doyle, assist Fahrig)

Varsity 2019

They need no introduction – Your RHS Varsity Stangs blank Woodinville 3-0!

On a cool and drizzly evening, Redmond fans in attendance at Pop Keeney stadium asked the eternal questions – Would Redmond prevail? Would it snow? Would the RHS players be introduced? Would there be popcorn? The answers, in case you were wondering, were Yes, No, No, No.

Right out of the gate Redmond was scampering, slicing, dicing, doing the hand jive, and taking names. Multiple early RHS corners hinted at the possibility of a bountiful stream of goals, but alas the set pieces didn’t yield the desired results. The constant attacking pressure did though, and yield did Woodinville, to a lively Rabadan run down the right side ending in a slight negative pass back for a Dadzie tap in over and around an outstretched keeper to take the early lead. Dadzie added a second a bit later, gobbling up a loose ball in the attacking third, beating three Woodinville defenders and keeper in the process, and striking it home. Meanwhile, the Woodinville attacks that did materialize were stymied either by the super solid Stangs back line or by the sure hands of keeper Escalante.

The second half saw more pressure from the skilled RHS attackers, causing multiple Woodinville errors. Nice to see such an array of Redmond crosses in this match! RHS Keeper General Rash kept everyone on their toes, spectators included, with barked encouragement and directions. Surefooted Cain kept sequences alive with accurate distribution. Conductor Stein split quality time between striker and midfield and grabbed a goal himself after a Dadzie pass found Stein’s left foot and the back of the net. With the match winding down, Bury smothered space and gave up the noggin with a few much needed defensive clearances. With Woodinville thoroughly frustrated, tempers were flaring but in the end RHS laughed it off and looked up at the scoreboard.

Onward, Stangs!

Goals: 13’ (Dadzie, assist Rabadan), 25′ (Dadzie), 45′ (Stein, assist Dadzie)