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. “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.