Liberty, Mount Si play to scoreless tie
April 15, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The last time the Liberty High School boys soccer team set foot on Mount Si’s home turf, they left as KingCo champions with a direct berth into the state tournament.
The Patriots returned April 9, and while the league title wasn’t directly on the line, the two were still battling to top the conference standings at the season’s midpoint.
Liberty was able to maintain its place atop the conference, after the teams, both considered among the best in the state, played to a scoreless draw.
“You always want to win,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said. “A tie kind of feels unfinished, but a tie on their home field, we can live with it.”
It was a tale of two halves, with both teams having their moments.
The Patriots took control in the first half, keeping the ball in Mount Si’s end of the field for most of it.
The Wildcats largely dominated the second half, and the two overtime periods, narrowly missing some close goals.
“I thought we played well,” Mount Si coach Darren Brown said of his team’s effort. “I thought we had some chances we could’ve taken advantage of and it was just unfortunate we didn’t.”
The game got quite physical at times, and emotional, too, when a call was overturned toward the end of game.
Brown was not happy, and he let the officials know, after they overturned what was going to be a chance for the Wildcats to try a penalty kick in the game’s waning minutes.
“There were some missed calls, and some things I still don’t understand, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes,” he said.
Both teams’ defenses showed well in the scoreless bout. Tremblay, in particular, praised Liberty’s center backs Tyler Wray and Jacob Muttart for containing Mount Si’s leading scorer, Connor Williams.
Brown highlighted the Wildcats’ Colton Oord and Aaron Baumgardner as players that stood out for the home team.
“They were sensational tonight,” he said. “They just worked real hard on and off the ball and we got good results out of it.”
Goalkeepers Quinn Magendanz, of Liberty, and Bruce Corrie, of Mount Si, manned the nets for the scoreless draw.
At the season’s midpoint, the teams are both squarely in the hunt for the KingCo title, with Mercer Island and Interlake right there with them.
Both Brown and Tremblay commended the way the other runs their teams’ programs after the game.
“It was just a classic battle of two good teams,” Tremblay said.
The tie left the Wildcats in second place immediately after the game, which isn’t where Mount Si aspires to be, Brown said.
“We’re shooting for first, that’s what we want, so we still have more work to do,” he said.
Liberty, on the other hand, hadn’t recorded a loss as of press time, and maintained the conference lead with the draw. The Patriots were set to next face Interlake on April 14.
“Obviously, we haven’t lost,” Tremblay said. “It’s probably better than I expected because we graduated our whole backline, but our defense has really done a great job.”