Patriots blank Mount Si, 3-0

May 3, 2012

By Sebastian Moraga

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By Calder Productions Connor Noblat (21), Liberty High School freshman, intercepts Mount Si High School senior defender Chace Carlson during the first period of their April 13 match.

Darren Tremblay had plenty of reason to be happy.

“It was a total team effort,” the Liberty boys soccer head coach said of the Patriots’ 3-0 win over Mount Si. “Every guy played well.”

The Patriots populated their back lines, playing the Wildcats with a 4-5-1, stifling the creativity of the Mount Si squad at three-fourths of the field. The Wildcats had one shot on goal.

“It’s the only time we do this, when we play Mount Si,” Tremblay said of the tactical formation that puts four defenders, a crowded midfield of five and a lone forward on the pitch. “They play 4-3-3, so there’s nobody out wide and we can match up man-to-man in the middle.”

Quick counterattacks put the Patriots on the board and in a prime position at the start of the second half of the season.

“It’s a big win for us,” Tremblay said. “If we were going to try to win this thing, we had to have this one. We would have been two games back if we had not beat Mount Si.”

The opposite happened to Mount Si, which dropped from first in the league to third with the loss. Coach Darren Brown said his team suffered from a lack of leadership.

“We didn’t show up to play tonight,” he said. “I think it’s our lack of focus, lack of being ready before a game. We did the same thing over and over again, just really poor play. It was embarrassing.”

The Wildcats had a five-game winning streak to start conference play. Since then, they’ve lost to Bellevue, tied Mercer Island and then lost to Liberty.

The Patriots’ scoring began in the 50th minute, when freshman Connor Noblat scored off a pass from Jared Bales. Ten minutes later, Josh Johnson scored off an assist from Eric Warlick.

With two minutes left, senior Zach Lentini sealed the win with a rocket off the crossbar.

Liberty is undefeated in its last six games, playing some stingy defense. The Patriots have given up more than one goal in conference play just once this season in their season-opening loss against the Wildcats, 3-2.

“The key is probably they all play together in a club team,” Tremblay said of his defense. “All those guys play club, so the chemistry is really good and they work well together.”

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