By Bob Kirkpatrick
It was a tale of two halves on the pitch at Pop Keeney Stadium, Thursday night, Oct. 7. The Vikings attacking, owning possession and Avery Libed scoring the lone goal of the first 40 minutes. The second half of the fuss was a bit more physical than the first half and that worked in the Wildcats favor as it seemed to knock Inglemoor off their game.
The visitors from Snoqualmie tied the match with just over 10 minutes to go that was set up off a corner kick. The go-ahead score came with 3:40 left to play on a blast from 25 yards out that caromed off the left post and into the back of the Inglemoor box.
“Last night turned out as I feared it might—we had a lot of things going against us. Tuesday night’s win at Skyline took its own physical and mental toll and then combine that with the emotions that go with senior night—it was a bit too much for us to overcome,” coach Kent Nelke said. “With that being said, the credit should go to Mount Si. They were the better team in the second half and took advantage of a couple of our mistakes. We’ll recover and move forward.”
The loss snapped Inglemoor’s three-game win streak and puts the Vikings at 3-3 in league play and 5-5 overall and into a tie with Redmond for sixth place in the standings.
With three games left in regular season play against familiar foes Bothell, North Creek and Woodinville, Inglemoor needs to close out strong to nail down a berth to the postseason.
“I’m not concerned with how many wins we will need to qualify for WesKing, (playoffs)—all we can do is handle our own business and see how everything else plays out,” Nelke said. “It will make for an entertaining finish to the season.”