Saturday, November 2, 2019. Postseason 1B/2B Tri-District Tournament Play-In Match~~ Life Christian Academy and Mount Vernon Christian. MVC opened the Tri-District play-in match with good pressure and a couple of shots on goal early into the match, but it was Life Christian who eventually claimed the winner-advance match, 4-1. Nearing the midway point of the first half, the Eagle’s Brandt Kelly, the State’s top goal scorer with 32 goals going into the match, scored the first of four goals he would put away on the evening giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. He added two more goals before the break to give Life Christian a 3-0 advantage at halftime. In the 65th minute following a steal, the Hurricanes’ Nathan Schmaus scored on a gorgeous half volley shot from around thirty yards out cutting into the Eagles’ lead. However, Life Christian answered a few minutes later with a final goal that established the margin of victory. The postseason loss left Mount Vernon Christian with a 6-9-0 record overall and concluded their 2019 season. “The Hurricanes bid a fond and heartfelt goodbye to seniors Luke Gott, Jonathan Myers, Noah Lubbers, Peter Opp and Christopher Wyatt,” Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth shared.
Thursday, October 31, 2019. Lopez Island at Mount Vernon Christian. On an afternoon where the program’s Seniors and their Parents were recognized following their last home field match, the Hurricanes closed out the regular season portion of their schedule with a convincing victory over winless Lopez Island, 7-0. MVC (6-6-0 in league/district, 6-8-0 overall) jumped to an early lead when Luke Gott scored in the 3rd minute of the match on a ball served up by Noah Lubbers. Two minutes later, Canaan VanderArk provided the assist on a Jacob Hays goal. In the 15th minute, VanderArk scored on a long-range, unassisted shot to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 advantage, which they kept going into halftime. VanderArk opened the second half scoring four minutes in with his second goal of the afternoon. Ben Rozema, Peter Opp and Cody DeVlieger tallied the additional Hurricane goals. DeVlieger’s goal was his first as a Hurricane. Hays and Lubbers had their second assists of the match in the second half, and Rozema also added one. Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth was pleased with the play by his back three defenders. “The defense of Peter Opp, Christopher Wyatt and Ryan Boon secured the clean sheet,” he reported. Matthew Wyatt was in goal for MVC. About the regular season finale, the MVC coach added, “The Hurricanes put forth a total and complete team effort from back to front with contributions in the scoring column from many players and a great overall defensive effort.” Up next for MVC is a postseason, play-in match to the 1B/2B Tri-District Tournament with Life Christian Academy (Tacoma, District Four representative) on Saturday, November 2 at Mount Vernon High School beginning at 6:00PM.
Saturday, October 26, 2019. Friday Harbor at Mount Vernon Christian. (Portions of the report taken from the Skagit Valley Herald) The visiting Wolverines won the non-league matchup 4-1 with all four goals coming in the first half. MVC’s Jonathan Myers scored his second goal of the season for the Hurricanes in the second half with the assist coming from Jacob Hays. Mount Vernon Christian coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth said he was pleased to get some non-regular players more playing time. “We got all of our bench in. We played everybody,” he said. The Hurricanes fell to 5-8-0 overall. The Wolverines improved to 12-3-0 on the season. Next MVC matches: On Thursday, October 31, the Hurricanes will host Lopez Island at 3:15PM to close out their regular season. A victory over the Lobos sends MVC into the postseason to face District Four representative Life Christian Academy. The match will most likely be played on Saturday, November 2. The neutral turf site and time will be arranged by MVC as they are the “host” school. A win advances the Hurricanes into the 1B/2B Tri-District Tournament. A loss to the Eagles concludes MVC’s 2019 season.
Thursday, October 24, 2019. Mount Vernon Christian at Providence Classical Christian. Providence Classical Christian scored twenty seconds into the match on a breakaway goal and added a second first half goal to claim the Northwest District One match for third place, 2-0 at home in Bothell. “The Hurricanes couldn’t respond despite constant and concerted efforts throughout the second half,” reported MVC Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth. Despite the loss to the Highlanders, the Hurricanes will still claim fourth place in the Northwest 2B/1B League and District One with a victory over winless Lopez Island on Halloween. A win over the Lobos would result in MVC hosting Life Christian Academy (a District Four school from Federal Way), likely Saturday, November 2 on turf at a local “home” site. A win in the “play-onto-the-bracket” match with the Eagles would put the Hurricanes into the 1B/2B Tri-District Tournament as District One’s #4 seed and they would travel to the District Two #1 seed for an opening round match on Tuesday, November 5. However, a loss to Life Christian Academy would end MVC’s 2019 season. Next MVC matches: a non-league match at home with Friday Harbor, Saturday, October 26 beginning at 1:30PM. Then on Thursday, October 31, the Hurricanes will host Lopez Island at 3:15PM. Following the match, MVC’s athletic department will hold a Senior Athlete-Parent recognition ceremony.
Thursday, October 17, 2019. Mount Vernon Christian at La Conner. “Overall, it was our best eighty minutes of the year,” Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth reported about the Hurricanes 3-0 victory over county-rival La Conner on the Braves home field. “We played tight defense and calculated offense. We passed the ball well, controlled the midfield, and distributed consistently through possession and overall team cohesiveness,” continued Wohlgemuth. Jacob Hays scored MVC’s first goal in the 34th minute of the match. Canaan VanderArk dished out the assist. The Hurricanes led 1-0 at halftime. MVC netted two more goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. Ben Rozema scored in the 44th minute and Nick Wyatt found the back of the net in the 47th minute. Matthew Wyatt was in goal for the MVC shutout. Coach Wohlgemuth praised the defensive efforts of Peter Opp, Christopher Wyatt, Ryan Boon and also the play of Nathan Schmaus. With their back-to-back victories this week, the Hurricanes upped their league/district record to 5-5-0 on the season and continue their push for the Northwest 2B/1B District One’s third seed in the upcoming 1B/2B Tri-District (1/2/4) Tournament, which happens the first week of November. Up next for the Hurricanes is a 3:30PM away match, Thursday, October 24 in Bothell with Providence Classical Christian,who currently hold the third of four postseason spots from Northwest District One.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Friday Harbor at Mount Vernon Christian. MVC put together a solid Northwest 2B/1B League and District One home match and scored the only goal needed in the first minute of overtime to defeat Friday Harbor, 1-0! Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth shared this about the afternoon’s result, “Two-thirds of the way through the season, the returnees and freshmen finally meshed and produced our best eighty-one minutes of the year against a very good Friday Harbor team.” The match was scoreless following regulation time. “Defensively, everyone who stepped on the field was effective and organized. We finally pushed through in the first overtime period with a well-earned goal,” Wohlgemuth added about MVC’s victory. The Hurricanes goal came after Noah Lubbers crossed a ball into the box and Jonathan Myers headed home the match winner. Matthew Wyatt was in goal for MVC in recording the shutout of the second-place Wolverines. Up next for the Hurricanes is a 4:00PM away match, Thursday, October 17 at La Conner.
Saturday, October 12, 2019. Mount Vernon Christian at Crosspoint Academy. The Hurricanes traveled to Bremerton to meet the Warriors in a non-league match. MVC fell to the home squad, 2-0. Crosspoint Academy picked up a goal in each half that provided their margin of victory. “After a slippery ball squeaked past (goalkeeper) Matt Wyatt in the first half, the Warriors converted on a free kick just outside the box for their 2nd goal a few minutes into the second half,” Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth reported on the match. He further stated about the match, “The Hurricanes outshot Crosspoint, but couldn’t find the net.” Up next for MVC are two Northwest 2B/1B League/Northwest District One matches this upcoming week. On Tuesday, October 15, the Hurricanes will host second-place Friday Harbor in a 4:30PM match. Then on Thursday, October 17, MVC will travel over to La Conner for a 4:00PM match with the Braves.
Friday, October 11, 2019. Orcas Island at Mount Vernon Christian. The Hurricanes and unbeaten Vikings met on MVC Field in the Northwest 2B/1B League/ District One match won by Orcas Island, 5-1. The visiting Vikings held a 2-0 lead at halftime. In the 60th minute, Ben Rozema scored for MVC. Canaan VanderArk provided the assist. “Ben’s goal was a brilliant half volley into the back of the net,” Coach Wohlgemuth stated of the goal that closed the Hurricanes to within one score. Unfortunately for MVC, Orcas closed out the final thirty minutes of the match with three additional goals. Coach Wohlgemuth had specific praise for the play of three Hurricanes. “Ben Rozema, Jacob Hays, and Canaan VanderArk played very well in the middle of the pitch and showed fantastic energy and heart.” Up next for MVC is an 11:00AM, non-league match in Bremerton on October 12 with Crosspoint Academy. The Warriors are a member of District Two and the Sea-Tac League. The Hurricanes will return to Northwest 2B/1B League and District One play next week with a Tuesday, October 15 home match with Friday Harbor (4:30PM) and a Thursday, October 17 contest at La Conner (4:00PM).
Tuesday, October 8. Mount Vernon Christian at Grace Academy. On a wet and cold afternoon in Marysville (Strawberry Fields), the Hurricanes dropped a 3-2 Northwest 2B/1B League/District One match to host Grace Academy. The Eagles connected on the first goal of the match and took a 1-0 lead into halftime. During the first fifteen minutes to open the second half, Grace Academy scored again to take a 2-0 lead, but MVC answered. Ben Rozema scored for MVC in the 55th minute with the assist being recorded by Noah Lubbers. “After falling behind 2-0, the Hurricanes responded only to have the Eagles score their third (goal) a few minutes later. Another ‘Canes goal came in the 74th minute, but despite several more chances (MVC) couldn’t get the third goal in,” commented Coach Wohlgemuth on the match. The Hurricanes second score came on an unassisted goal by Noah Lubbers. Up next for MVC is a 4:00PM home match Friday, October 11 with Orcas Island. The Vikings come to the mainland undefeated this season, ranked as the number one State 2B/1B Boys’ Soccer team (by MaxPreps), and riding a twenty-five match regular season win streak dating back to the 2017 season.
Thursday, October 3. Mount Vernon Christian at Lopez Island. The Hurricanes finished up the first round of Northwest 2B/1B League and District One matches with a 2-0 victory at Lopez Island keeping the Lobos winless on the season. The two teams were active throughout the first half of the match, but the score was 0-0 at halftime. “After a busy, but non-productive first half, the ‘Canes reorganized at half and came out with more intensity and focus, and were quickly rewarded for their efforts,” Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth reported. Seven minutes into the half, Nick Wyatt scored an unassisted goal for the Hurricanes to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later in the 57th minute, Noah Lubbers netted his first goal of the season coming off an assist from Christopher Wyatt to establish the final margin of victory. Matthew Wyatt was in goal for MVC, which recorded its first shutout of the season. The Hurricanes upped their record to 3-wins and 3-losses. Up next for the MVC: a Junior Varsity home match Friday, October 4 at 4:00PM versus La Conner JV. The next Varsity appearance is a Tuesday, October 8 match in Marysville at Strawberry Fields with Grace Academy, beginning at 3:30PM. The contest begins the second round of Northwest 2B/1B League/District One matches for the Hurricanes.
Saturday, September 28. Providence Classical Christian at MVC. Providence Classical Christian and Mount Vernon Christian both entered the match with identical 2 win, 2 loss records in Northwest District One contests. At the end of the afternoon, it was the visiting Highlanders that came away with the victory, 2-1. Providence netted a goal in the first half on what MVC Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth said came “from Providence’s only true opportunity.” In the second half, “the Hurricanes controlled the ball, pace of play and momentum before giving up a penalty kick to go down 0-2,” Wohlgemuth shared. “That only fueled the ‘Canes, though, and their perseverance was rewarded with their own penalty kick in the 77th minute.,” Wohlgemuth added. Ben Rozema converted from the spot to cut the Highlander lead in half, but MVC was unable to put away the equalizer before the match ended. Up next for the Hurricanes is a 3:00PM match on Lopez Island Thursday, October 3 with the Lobos.
Tuesday, September 24. MVC at Friday Harbor. A ferry trip to San Juan Island Tuesday afternoon resulted in the second road loss of the season for the Hurricanes, 4-1. Unbeaten Friday Harbor scored their opening goal in the 7th minute of the match, but MVC responded with the equalizer in the 14th minute, when Nick Wyatt scored an unassisted goal to tie the match. The host Wolverines scored later in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Friday Harbor scored quickly three minutes into the second half to open a two goal lead. “We had two potential goals cleared off the goal line by Wolverine defenders that could have changed the course of the game,” MVC Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth shared. The Wolverines netted another second half goal that provided their final margin of victory in the match. Up next for the Hurricanes is a 4:00PM Saturday afternoon match at home with Providence Classical Christian.
Saturday, September 16. MVC v. La Conner at MVC. The Hurricanes and Braves exchanged goals in the opening minutes of the match with Luke Gott giving MVC the early lead 1-0 in the 1st minute. The assist was credited to Ben Rozema. La Conner quickly countered with a goal of their own to tie the match at 1-1. It remained that way until the 21st minute when Nathan Schmaus scored for the Hurricanes. Rozema again assisted on the goal, which carried the Hurricanes into halftime with a 2-1 advantage. There was no further scoring until the final six minutes of the match. “Defensively, we were stout,” Coach Wohlgemuth said. “Peter Opp and Chris Wyatt, they really complement each other in the back.” In the 74th minute, Gott tallied his second goal of the match scoring from an Opp assist. Three minutes later, Schmaus found the back of the net on a free kick from twenty-two yards out to give MVC its 4-1 victory. Matthew Wyatt was in goal for the Hurricanes. “We like the way the result turned out,” the MVC coach added. “It was a little tighter than we wanted to start.” Up next for the Hurricanes is a Tuesday, September 24 match at Friday Harbor. [quotes courtesy of the Skagit Valley Herald]
Saturday, September 14. MVC v. Orcas Island on Orcas Island. The early season matchup between Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island was won by the home-field Vikings 3-0. Orcas Island, a 2B/1B State finalist from a season ago, got off to a fast beginning with a goal in the opening minute of the match. “We played on our side of the field much of the first half with a powerful wind aiding the home team,” Coach Wohlgemuth reported. Orcas scored again on what the MVC’s head coach called “a beautifully struck volley in the 34th minute.” The Vikings took a 2-0 lead into the half. “Playing with the wind the second half, we turned the momentum and managed to get ten shots on goal, but couldn’t mange to find the net,” said Coach Wohlgemuth. Orcas was able to add an additional goal in the second half for their final total. Up next for MVC will be a 4:00PM home match on Monday, September 16 with the La Conner Braves.
Monday, September 9. MVC v. Grace Academy at MVC. The Hurricanes opened their 2019 season with a solid 4-1 victory over Grace Academy at home Monday afternoon. “After a somewhat slow start, we gained better possession of the ball,” first year head coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth commented about the match’s beginning. During the first half, MVC had 11 shots that resulted in two goals. The first came in the 14th minute on an unassisted goal from 30-yards out by senior Christopher Wyatt. The Hurricanes doubled their lead just four minutes later, when freshman Elijah Lisenby scored from an assist by fellow freshman Nick Wyatt. MVC led 2-0 at halftime. During the first fifteen minutes of the second half, Grace Academy cut the lead in half with the Eagles only goal of the match. “A careless giveaway led to the goal, but we quickly regained momentum and possession, ” coach Wohlgemuth shared. In the 6oth minute, freshman Ben Rozema converted a penalty kick and junior Canaan VanderArk closed out MVC’s scoring in the 75th minute with an unassisted goal. In the second half, the Hurricanes earned another 11 shots. Sophomore Matthew Wyatt was in goal and recorded six saves. “(Senior) Peter Opp and Christopher Wyatt anchored a stout defense allowing Grace just six shots on goal,” the Hurricane coach reported. Up next for MVC will be an early season trip to Orcas Island for a 2:30PM match on Saturday, September 14.