Varsity 2019

Varsity Stangs drop a tight one in overtime against Eastlake 2-3, but look forward with eager eyes to the playoffs

For the nine graduating seniors on the squad, the pre-match RHS Senior Night festivities marked the culmination of four years of hard work and a chance to reflect on their time spent at the home of the Mustangs.  What a treat it was to be able to celebrate these Redmond seniors along with the rest of the proud RHS Soccer family!  The packed house was raucous and ready for some mid-week soccer action under the Tuesday night lights.  Both teams had a chance to earn the coveted second seed in the Districts playoffs with a win, so this was sure to be a hotly contested affair!

 

The beginning of the match showcased some nice pep from the RHS players, with great movement off the ball.  Stein took an early jaunty crack from outside the box and although the shot on goal was saved with a desperate dive from the Eastlake keeper,  the strike put a bit of concern in the brow of the Eastlake faithful.  The Stangs defense was also clicking well in the early going, with all contributing to the cause.  Bury “The air is great up here”  impressed with his aerial assault, helped control possession for RHS, and cleared multiple balls safely out of harm’s way.  It has been fun to watch him work his smart play this season.  The Beast Wiyrick made his presence known with a “My shoulder is bigger than your shoulder” defensive manhandling of the Eastlake forwards.  The illustrious Mr. Tibbs took his trademark scrambling to another level and had everyone on the RHS side of the pitch chanting to the opposing stands “We can’t see you scampering!  We can’t see you scampering!”

 

For the first fifteen minutes of the contest RHS was in solid control, maintaining possession and running Eastlake ragged around the pitch.  Even the miscue passes would somehow find their way back into RHS possession.  Kieneker’s command of the midfield was impressive and he always seemed to find a weaving path to elude the Eastlake contingent.  Stein had a couple of nice additional chances in the first half, both of which ended up just wide of the promised land.  A short while later, Stein crossed a nice ball which found the noggin of Dadzie but glanced a bit high of the mark.  Eastlake was also able to make some first half noise when a through ball which was pounced on by keeper Escalante squirted out of his grasp for a point-blank opportunity for the Wolves.  To everyone’s amazement, the Eastlake strike somehow flew wide and RHS miraculously escaped a first-half goal deficit.  To follow that up, another Eastlake offensive push just before the end of the half had a chance when another through ball penetrated the RHS box and the strike caromed off the post and wide.

 

Coming out of half time, RHS provided consistent pressure on the ball.  Some nice smothering D by Gordon on the wing and physical presence in the middle by Michalski resulted in a stretch of good possession for Redmond.  Eastlake was able to ask some questions with a very dangerous run down the wing, but the cross didn’t find the mark.  Another dangerous run was snuffed out by Michalski running down and sticking like glue to the Eastlake attacker.   After a number of back and forth exchanges and close calls to break the scoreless tie, Stein lobbed a ball skyward to a waiting Price on the wing who promptly spun around his defender and found daylight for a cross directly to a salivating Stein for the opening goal, 1-0 Stangs!

 

Eastlake kept searching doggedly for the equalizer.  With impressive long distance throws from the touchline, most every Wolves toss seemed like a corner kick.  With just a couple of minutes left in full time, Eastlake was able to convert on a winger’s cross into the box for the equalizer, 1-1.  Before Redmond had a chance to digest what had just happened, the Wolves capitalized on the momentum switch and struck again with a cross and header goal, 1-2 Eastlake.  In stoppage time, Redmond was pulling out all of the stops and were the recipients of a timely Eastlake handball in the box for a PK, which Stein promptly and expertly converted for the equalizer, 2-2!

 

In the first stanza of overtime, Eastlake was able to cash in on a long ball strike, catching keeper Escalante a bit too far outside to cover the ball.  2-3 Eastlake.  This result would hold as the last ditch RHS long ball attempts and Eastlake time wasting would take the remainder of the second stanza.  While the end result on this evening wasn’t what the Redmond fans were hoping for, the grit and fire shown throughout the match by the Stangs embodied the spirit of competition that all should aspire to.  Next stop, the playoffs!

 

Go Stangs!!

 

Goals:  58’ (Stein, assist Price), 80’ (Stein, PK)

JV 2019

JV Stangs falls to Issaquah Eagles 0-1 in tough top-of-the-table battle

Apr 23, 2019 – A dramatic evening at the Issaquah High School Soccer Stadium sets the stage for a bitter loss for the Stangs against a tough Eagles. 

The drama started early in the first half.  An innocuous collision in the 7th minute outside the Eagles’ penalty area between Pablo and an Issaquah defender, as they both went for the ball, resulted in a knee injury to the defender.  As the defender stayed down, it became evident that the injury was serious.  Coach Antonio, with his background in First Aid, jumped in to assist and helped determine the need for further treatment by paramedics.  The stoppage lasted around 15 minutes, and with the scheduled Seniors Night for the Eagles right after the game, the referee had to reduce the duration of the halves to 35 minutes.  

As play resumed, the evenly contested game saw action on both ends.  Goalie Nathan and the Stangs’ defense did well to contain the Eagles attack but in the 18th minute, Brandon was called for a handball in the box from an Issaquah cross.  The resulting spot kick was squeezed right inside the left post just out of reach from a diving Nathan.

Play became more physical after the goal and in the 20th minute, Cole was manhandled on the right that resulted in a shoving match between the players.  However, the referee must have seen something else on the pitch that was not evident on the footage as he awarded the freekick to Issaquah.

Things calmed down in the second half but the Stangs could not penetrate the Eagles defense for the equalizer, and the reduced time for the half worked against them also. 

With Eastlake tying Skyline 1-1 the same night, both teams now have 20 points with Eastlake in first having a better goal differential.  Issaquah is third with 19 points and Redmond rounds up the top 4 with 18 points.

The Stangs have an uphill battle as they meet rivals Eastlake (who have yet to lose a game) in a must-win final game on Tuesday to move higher than 4th place. Mathematically, the Stangs can still finish top if they beat Eastlake and both Skyline and Issaquah lose or draw their final games (to Newport and Mount Si respectively). 

Whatever the result, the boys have shown tremendous spirit and hard work in their inaugural season in 4A.  Stangs fans have enjoyed each game and truly appreciate all the effort the team had put in and are behind the Stangs 150%. Let’s all come out in force next Tuesday at our home field to cheer them on in the penultimate game of the season.  The game is at 5:30pm.  Go Stangs!!! You Can Do It!!

Varsity 2019

Varsity Stangs gallop untethered around the pitch and take down the Overlake School Owls 3-0!

On a pleasant and dry Saturday in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the stands were packed and everyone was soaking in the pastoral setting surrounding the Overlake School’s soccer pitch.  The song birds were in abundance as were dreams of popcorn.  It was wonderful to see such a large contingent of RHS soccer players and students tuning in to witness another chapter in this cross town rivalry.  On top of it all, the capable announcer hypnotized all in attendance with his smooth and soothing baritone over the PA.  Who-who-who was that guy?  “The Voice of the Owls”, that’s who!  Time for some slicin’ and dicin’!

 

Right off the bat, the Stangs were pushing forward and demonstrating happy feet.  Stein had a bee in his bonnet and wasted no time getting RHS on the board after receiving a through ball from Price into the box.  After a Stein stutter-step, clicking of heels, juke, and moonwalk, the Stangs were up early, 1-0!  This seemed to wake the Owls up, and Gordon needed to show some good moxie and resolve to clear a dangerous ball after a driving Overlake had the RHS defense on their heels.  Not to be outdone by the work rate of the defense, Dadzie pushed hard into the attacking half to drive a dangerous cross in for a Rabadan almost-goal.  Not more than a minute later, Rabadan returned the favor and finished a trademark run down the right flank with a pass to a waiting and chomping-at-the-bit Dadzie, whose strike went just over the crossbar.

 

The Owls had a few close chances of their own in the first half, with Overlake able to penetrate the Redmond defenses on the wings.  The Stangs averted sure disaster with some heads-up “wall defense” by the back line in the box, and some quick reactions by keeper Escalante.  Eager to make a mark, Wiyrick unleashed one of his trademark Hulk Smash clearances that left everyone sorry for the ball.  Other examples of great physicality were the aerial heroics by Fahrig, and some hard-nosed shoulder-to-shoulder defending by Doyle.  After tirelessly working hard in the midfield with great field awareness, Tiglon took an opportunity to push forward and was rewarded by being assaulted in the box for a PK.  Deliver he did, and this led to a 2-0 Stangs lead!

 

Coming out of the half, keeper Condon had his mettle tested almost immediately with a shot on goal which he safely gathered.  Coming back down the other side, an offensive sequence ended with Dadzie being tripped and a free kick awarded juuuuuuust outside the box.  Did I mention it was juuuuust outside the box?  This foul led to a lovely Dadzie free kick strike which was batted out by the Owls keeper for an RHS corner.  Those RHS boys kept knocking!  Super scamperers Kieneker and the illustrious Mr. Tibbs worked hard to keep position and possession in the Stangs’ favor.  After a few offensive attempts were snuffed out , Price delivered a ball from midfield to a lonely but surging Hernandez on the wing who struck a clean winner for a 3-0 Stangs lead!  The lead held for the final waning minutes of the match, as the Stangs finished strong, snuffing out any hope that was left in Overlake Owls.

 

These boys have been impressive all season, and it will be a pleasure to watch where it takes them.  Go Stangs!

 

Goals:  4’ (Stein, assist Price), 37’ (Tiglon, PK), 64’ (Hernandez, assist Price)

Full Program 2019

Important Announcement!

Please read this important email from Meredith Cain, our booster club president:

Hello RHS Boys Soccer Families,

We are writing to give you an update on our current status for the Booster Program.

First, we want to thank everyone who has donated your $100 family donation to the Booster Club! Our awesome car decals have arrived and you should have received yours by now.

There is STILL time to help us each our goal –

About half of our families have donated so far, we have reached $3600 of our $6000 goal. There is still time to donate to help us build RHS Soccer and reach our fundraising goal! These family donations are the easiest and fastest way for our families to help reach our goals and build our program. This also allows our players to remain focused on soccer and community outreach, rather than selling products or other fundraising programs throughout the season. Please help us reach our goal, just use this link: https://rhsboyssoccer.org/teams/

Corporate matching update –

For those of you able to corporate match through the Benevity program, please request through your company to match your donation to the Redmond High School Girls Soccer program. This is how we had to do it last year and we had hoped the issue was cleared up but we are still working to fix it. So until we do, we will work with the girls program to find your matching donations.

 

Where your funds are going –

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to purchase new warm-ups and backpacks for the Varsity, sweatshirts for all three teams, and provide the Hudl videotaping service, which is awesome! Our next big goal is to purchase a shelter for our bench, yet another way to help build Redmond Soccer! We are moving along and approving mock-ups now and will keep you posted on the status. Our goal is to have it to RHS by the beginning of the State tournament.

 

Boys youth summer camp, help spread the word –

Don’t forget our upcoming summer event – the Boys Youth Summer Camp! We have purchased lawn signs advertising the camp and we’ve already had several registrations, please help spread the word by either sharing the link below or the attached flyer!  https://rhsboyssoccer.org/summer-soccer-camp/

Please share your feedback anytime – 

A quick shout-out to all of our players who attended our community service clean-up at Wilder Elementary, your hard work is so much appreciated! As always, your questions and comments are more than welcome. We are looking for new ideas to help Boost our Boys Soccer program and we want to hear from our families and members. Thanks again so much for your support – GO STANGS!  Donate toady – https://rhsboyssoccer.org/teams/

Varsity 2019

Newport surprises with moon ball equalizer in the first half, but RHS races back and takes care of home field with a 2-1 win!

On a cool and moist April night, the only things keeping the fans warm were the promise of hotly contested soccer action and the possibility of popcorn after the match.  Redmond started this romp a touch hyped up with errant passes and turnovers being offered aplenty.  It was clearly a struggle to string passes together in the initial minutes.  Players, coaches and fans alike were all in agreement – the boys just needed to settle down a bit.  In the early going, the illustrious Mr. Tibbs did a great job shutting down some dangerous stuff on the wings against imposing Newport attackers.  Newport wasn’t shy of the physical stuff though and took advantage of the ref’s seeming unwillingness to hand out cards during this match.

 

Once the Stangs took it down a notch, the offensive opportunities started clicking.  A Michalski to Rabadan to Stein connection was just over the crossbar for a corner and had Newport shaking in their boots.  A few minutes later, a loose ball found its way to super scamperer Kieneker, who crossed a beautiful negative lob into the box for a pinpoint Dadzie header goal!  With RHS riding the momentum wave, a few other through ball opportunities appeared in quick succession with corners and crosses galore.

 

Not to be outdone, Newport started asserting themselves as the half wore to a close and had some offensive chances of their own.  In one instance, it took a crafty split-second Escalante save to keep a close range Newport strike from finding the promised land.  To make things really interesting, Newport was able to capitalize on charging keeper Escalante straying a bit too far outside and lobbed a moon ball over everyone and everything (except for the goal) for the equalizer.

 

With the score knotted at 1-1, the second half was sure to tickle everyone’s fancy.  Are you not entertained?

After a few matches out of action, it was nice to see Wiyrick back on the pitch, crushing long balls and bruising the earth (and the competition).  It was also great to see Tiglon make an appearance for the first time this season after a long injury layoff.

 

A few minutes into the half, Dadzie found himself scurrying along with the ball in the attacking half, marked by two Newport defenders.  He took the opportunity to split the defenders with a strike, befuddling the Newport keeper in the process, and leaving all RHS fans dancing a jig in delirium.  Newport took this opportunity to pick up the physicality and attack with increased gusto.  As part of this Newport surge, a scary ball rattled around in the RHS box before Kieneker gave up the body to clear the ball away from danger.  Later in the half, the Newport physicality took RHS keeper Rash to the ground with a clear unsporting mugging, which had Redmond fans shouting their displeasure.

 

In the waning moments of the match, a wonderful long range Kieneker free kick showed real promise and just missed Dadzie in the box for a sure goal.  As a last gasp, the Dadzie hat trick looked destined to materialize with a Hernandez to Price to Dadzie setup that was miraculously saved by the Newport keeper at close range.  Despite the near miss, this was the last play of the game, and the Stangs emerged victorious!

 

Goals: 21’ (Dadzie, assist Kieneker), 51’ (Dadzie)

JV 2019

Tough night for the JV Stangs as they go down fighting after an early goal against Skyline (0-1).

Apr 09, 2019 – The Stangs had a frustrating night as their unbeaten shutout streak ends with an early goal to a feisty fourth place Spartans.  The Stangs fought hard for an equalizer but the Spartans defended fiercely and even had luck on their side as they withstood the onslaught.

The Spartans went ahead right off the starting whistle.  An attack on the left saw their left winger sending a cross into a crowded Stangs’ 6-yard box that was met by a center forward who threaded the ball into the net for the Spartans’ first goal.

Missing a couple of regulars already, the Stangs suffered another blow as they lost midfielder Trent early in the first half through a hard ball to the head.

Determined to even things up, the Stangs piled on the pressure and came close quite a few times with some entertaining and creative plays.  At the 14th minute, a Will cross from the left was met by an Ian header but was fingertip saved by the Spartans’ goalie at full stretch.  Four minutes later Will got off a shot on goal but it was well saved by the goalie.  Another chance came in the 21st minute through a corner kick on the right.  Ian’s shot had the goalie out of place but was saved on the line by a defender.  A minute later, another attack from the left saw Will’s cross floating above the Skyline defenders that was met by Ian.  Unfortunately for the Stangs, his looping header over the goalie hit the crossbar.

The second half, much like the first, saw the Stangs mounting attacks in search of an equalizer but the Spartans defended strongly, knowing that by keeping the advantage bodes well for their chances to mount a challenge to the top three teams.  In the 48th minute, a Cole shot from the left was smothered by the Spartans goalie.  Another chance came in the 69th minute from a through pass to Ian who had beaten his defender but had shot a tad too high.  It just wasn’t our night.

As it stands, Eastlake leapfrogged Redmond and Issaquah to the top of the table, still unbeaten but having played one game less.  Redmond is second, followed by Issaquah and Skyline – each having lost one game.  All four teams are still leveled on points (15).

The Stangs next league game is against Newport (at home), then followed by two important and tough games – against Issaquah (away) and Eastlake (at home).  Stangs fans and families, let’s give our boys some support as they head into the final leg of the season.  Games are at 5:30pm.

Go Stangs!!

 

Varsity 2019

Skyline strikes first but your Varsity Stangs keep the bit between their teeth and earn the 1-1 draw!

Everyone and their grandmother had this match circled on the calendar – the KingCo 4A leading 8-1 Redmond Mustangs against perennial powerhouse Skyline, who were riding a five game winning streak.

 

Right off of the opening whistle, Skyline applied pressure against the RHS back line, resulting in a few early errant passes but Redmond was able to ride the swell and eventually settle down.  The intensity was on full display, and it was fun to watch Diaz wrestle the ball away from the Skyline coach for a throw in.  The Stangs also showed some early offensive promise and were able to get in a few Stein to Dadzie connections.  Unfortunately, the early promise didn’t produce immediate dividends for the Stangs, and they found themselves playing catch-up after a Spartan corner in the sixth minute went un-cleared and hit the back of the near-post net for the 0-1 Skyline lead.

 

The RHS defense was working overtime to ensure that the one goal deficit did not grow larger.  A scary Skyline corner bounced around in the RHS box for a spell and was flicked by keeper Escalante’s outstretched hand to the trusty foot of Bury for the clearance.  As the match progressed, Skyline leveraged the long throw to put balls dangerously deep into the box from the touch line, and Escalante and Co. were repeating the “bend but don’t break” mantra to themselves.

 

Redmond countered and found some good looks themselves, with a Stein pass searching for an unmarked streaking Rabadan on the wing, only to be frantically smothered by the Spartan keeper at the top of the box.  After a few minutes another chance emerged, with Henandez delivering a wonderful cross to a very dangerous place but alas no Stangs were reared to tap it in.  Redmond was also bitten by the offside bug a few times in this match which negated sure offensive chances from Stein and Dadzie runs.  As the half wound down, a Michalski feed to a sprinting Price down the left wing raised some hopes and resulted in a shot on goal, which was saved and swatted out by the Skyline keeper for an RHS corner.

 

The Stangs came out for the second half with renewed determination and grit.  The excitement and anticipation levels were palpable.  Redmond quickly found themselves with possibilities, Michalski and Dadzie leading the charge deep downfield for a cross just past the outstretched foot of Stein.  On the defensive side of the ball, freshman Hammond played with good awareness and stifled some Spartan attacks which were sure to otherwise materialize.

 

The intensity levels escalated as the match wore on, and Redmond fans were wondering if the Stangs would be rewarded for their persistent scurrying and hard-nosed scampering.  And then it happened – with three minutes left in regulation, Dadzie picked up a free ball and casually offered a side-foot flick from midfield to a charging Stein who broke free of two defenders and befuddled the Skyline keeper with a near post strike.  1-1!

 

Overtime saw Redmond riding the momentum wave and with the Spartans on their heels, the Stangs provided virtually all of the offensive chances.  A Diaz cross to a Dadzie header had some promise, but was nabbed high in the air by the Skyline keeper.  A couple of minutes later, a Stein corner to a Dadzie one-touch strike looked like it had a chance, but alas, no dice.  Great fight, Stangs!

 

 

Goals:  78’ (Stein, assist Dadzie)