They’re at the top of the 3A KingCo boys soccer table, and Redmond High coach Lacy Wilkinson said the Mustangs aren’t even firing on all cylinders yet.
Redmond upped its league record to 11-2 with a 1-0 victory over Liberty on Thursday and stands at 12-3 overall. KingCo sports a host of solid squads and Mercer Island, Interlake and Lake Washington aren’t far behind in the standings, so Wilkinson feels there aren’t any “gimme games” on the schedule.
“If you don’t play hard, don’t play a good game, you’re gonna lose,” he said. “There’s more important games ahead of us. You go step by step, there’s no time to rest on any laurels.”
The Mustangs, who have won seven straight and outscored their opponents 24-2 in those matches, are a talented squad and a true team, the coach added. He makes sure that everyone gets credit for the team’s success, whether it’s a player who scored a goal, notched an assist, made a key play in the midfield or on defense and so on.
Starting from back to front, Wilkinson gave shout-outs to junior goalkeepers Sean Rash and Ricardo Escalante, junior center back Reece Wiyrick, senior midfielder Victor Araujo, junior midfielder Jacen Stein and sophomore midfielder/forward Angel Hernandez.
Wilkinson uses the words “resiliency” and “determination” when describing his squad. He’s impressed with how the Mustangs have rebounded from early-game deficits and fought for victories.
“They were able to capitalize on chances and withstand pressure,” he said.
Redmond will continue to put its engine to the test in its remaining regular-season game against Juanita (7:30 p.m. May 1 at home) and in the postseason.