Match Recaps

May 1, 2021. With the unexpected cancellation of the remainder of the season due to Covid quarantining, the Hurricanes will finish the season without the opportunity to compete further in matches. At the time of the announcement, MVC had a 3-1-0 league record and were 4-2-0 overall for the season. The Hurricanes were looking forward to a Monday, May 3 match with La Conner, a contest that was to feature a time for recognition of Seniors and their parents. MVC was to conclude their abbreviated regular season on Wednesday, May 5 at Cedar Park Christian-Lynwood. Because of not being able to compete in those matches, they have been recorded as forfeits. The Hurricanes were also excited for a Friday, May 7 opportunity to compete with Orcas Island in a postseason match, billed as a “League Championship” this season, since there were no WIAA-sanctioned postseason or State Tournament events scheduled this year in any sport due to Covid. The team’s participation in the postseason match has been cancelled. Following their last match win at Grace Academy, MVC’s win-loss record had them in second place behind Orcas Island, who likely will finish as the regular season League champion. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes’ official league record will be listed at 3-3-0, while their season record will be 4-4-0. Coach Wohlgemuth commented on the season ending too early stating, “Great things were happening. It’s a shame it had to end prematurely.” No doubt, the Hurricanes will regroup this summer and be ready for a full season of soccer this fall.

April 30, 2021 at Grace Academy (Marysville). Mount Vernon Christian 2, Grace Academy 0. The Hurricanes scored a goal in each half Friday afternoon in defeating Grace Academy, 2-0.  Julian Pedrosa staked MVC to the lead in the 33rd minute and Nathan Schmaus found the net in the 67th minute.  Both goals were unassisted.  “Matt Wyatt stopped a penalty kick in the first half and the defense only allowed two or three legitimate opportunities,” Coach Wohlgemuth stated about the match with the host-Eagles.  Beside the goalkeeping from Wyatt, Coach Wohlgemuth also mentioned the defensive work turned in by Colby Faber, Nick Wyatt, Christian Kilvert and Nathan Hayward.  The win moved the Hurricanes record to 3-1-0 in league and 4-2-0 overall.  With the loss, Grace Academy fell to 0-5-1 for the season.

April 27, 2021 at Mount Vernon Christian. Mount Vernon Christian 3, Coupeville 1. Coupeville scored an early goal before Mount Vernon Christian controlled much of the rest of the match in claiming a 3-1 victory at home Tuesday afternoon. The Hurricanes initial goal came in the 33rd minute off a strike by Canaan VanderArk to tie the match at 1-1, which is where things stood at halftime.  “A change of tactics at halftime led to an increase of possession and opportunity for the ‘Canes, leading to two second half goals to seal the win,” Coach Wohlgemuth commented. MVC took the lead in the 47th minute when Reuben Hall knocked in a teammates’ missed penalty kick that had been denied by the Coupeville goalkeeper and the Hurricanes would add another score in the 63rd minute  when Ben Rozema converted a penalty kick.   Coach Wohlgemuth added, “I was happy with the way we responded to a defensive-minded Coupeville team, working through the midfield and in rhythm and concert with the forwards and defenders to dominate possession and draw them out to create opportunities.”  With the victory, MVC moved to 2-1-0 in league, 3-2-0 overall for the season.  Up next, the Hurricanes are scheduled for a Friday afternoon match at Strawberry Fields in Marysville with Grace Academy. The Eagles, who have not played for two weeks related to Covid protocols, have a record of 0-3-1 on the season.

April 24, 2021 at Orcas Island. Orcas Island 4, Mount Vernon Christian 3, in Overtime. Orcas Island scored two first half goals, MVC netted three second half scores to take the lead, then surrendered a penalty kick goal in the waning seconds of regulation, before the host Vikings added a golden goal with two minutes remaining in the second overtime to claim the league win, 4-3. “After giving up a goal two minutes into the match and another one before the 20th minute, we made some adjustments on defense to counter their attack and finished the first half with several chances,” Coach Wohlgemuth commented. He added that “(MVC goalkeeper) Matt Wyatt had several point-blank saves that kept us in the game early and throughout.”  After halftime, in the 48th minute, Ben Rozema created an opportunity that ended with a goal to pull the Hurricanes within one.  Several minutes later, Orcas Island was whistled for a high-kick in the box resulting in an indirect free kick for MVC.  Coach Wohlgemuth shared, “Nathan Schmaus and Reuben Hall concocted a clever play to sneak it into the bottom left corner to pull the Hurricanes even.”  Play went back-and-forth during the rest of the second half, before “Canaan VanderArk found Jacob Hays open in the middle of the pitch off a throw in and Hays put one touch on the ball and finished over the Orcas keeper from thirty yards out,” said Coach Wohlgemuth about MVC’s go-ahead goal.  With less than a minute remaining in regulation time, Orcas Island earned a penalty kick, which was converted to tie the match forcing overtime.  Neither team scored in the first five-minute extra period, but with two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Orcas Island put in a golden goal to claim the victory.  The Hurricanes league record stands at 1-1-0 and they are 2-2-0 overall.  Tentatively scheduled next for MVC will be a 4:00PM home match Tuesday, April 27 with Coupeville, who has yet to compete this season.

April 16, 2021 at Mount Vernon Christian. Mount Vernon Christian 4, Providence Classical Christian 3 in Overtime. “A very entertaining and exciting high school soccer game against two evenly-matched teams,” was how Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth described Friday’s contest.  It took all of regulation time and two minutes of overtime before the Hurricanes claimed the league victory at home with Providence Classical Christian.  The Highlanders scored the first goal of the match, before Julian Pedrosa tied things with a goal in the 32nd minute for MVC.  The two teams went to the break tied at 1-1.  “PCC took the lead at 2-1, when in the 53rd minute, Reuben Hall took over, scoring his first goal off a well-placed corner kick that trickled over the line to tie it at 2,” Coach Wohlgemuth shared.  The Highlanders converted a free kick to go ahead again, before Hall lofted a corner kick into the net over the PCC goalkeeper in the 73rd minute.  The match remained tied 3-3 as regulation ended. Two minutes into overtime, Pedrosa attacked down the right side, “placed a perfect ball into the box and Ben Rozema finished with a one-timer,” Coach Wolgemuth said of the goal that provided MVC with the 4-3 victory. The Hurricanes are 1-0 in league (2-1 overall).  Providence Classical Christian is 0-1 in league (1-3 overall). Up next for MVC will be a ferry ride to Orcas Island Saturday, April 24 for a 12:30PM league match with the Vikings.

April 13, 2021 at La Conner. Mount Vernon Christian 2, La Conner 0. In their second match of the season, the Hurricanes found themselves facing the same scenario as they did in their initial outing last week, tied 0-0 at halftime. But MVC came home from La Conner with a better result as they netted two second half goals and beat the host Braves, 2-0 in the non-league afternoon match.   “We got off to a slow start with the wind at the Brave’s backs, but controlled the pace and style of play for most of the first half,” remarked Coach Wohlgemuth about the first forty minutes. Nathan Schmaus got MVC their first goal in the 63rd minute on a well placed free kick from 22 yards out.  “The goal gave us energy, but also seemed to ignite La Conner as they upped their pressure and intensity,” commented Coach Wohlgemuth.  In the 80th minute, Julian Pedrosa scored off of an assist by Canaan VanderArk.  “Goalkeeper Matt Wyatt and the defense of Christian Kilvert, Nathan Hayward, Nick Wyatt and Colby Faber earned the shutout!” added Coach Wohlgemuth. Up next for MVC will be their first league match Friday, April 16 at home with Providence Classical Christian.  The Highlanders currently have a 1-2 record, beating winless Grace Academy, 7-1 before dropping matches at Orcas Island, 3-2 and at home with Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood, 5-2.  Friday’s match begins at 4:00PM.

April 7, 2021 at Mount Vernon Christian. Orcas Island 3, Mount Vernon Christian 0. The Hurricanes and visiting Vikings both opened the 2020-21 ‘Fall’ season in a match that remained scoreless at halftime despite goal scoring opportunities for both squads.  Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth reported that “MVC outshot Orcas Island 8-2 in the opening half, including a missed penalty kick and several breakaway 1 v 1 chances.”  For their part, Orcas Island was offside on a scoring run and hit the crossbar on a shot during the first half.  “In the 55th minute of the match, Orcas Island scored their initial goal off a handful of well-timed and well-placed passes,” Wohlgemuth shared.  The game played back-and-forth for much of the remaining time before the Vikings added late goals in the 77th and 79th minutes of the match to close out the afternoon.