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Ayla Muller with coaches Scott Rosenkranz (left) and Sean LeVine. (Kali Barrio photos)

   Ayla Muller, with soccer coaches Scott Rosenkranz (left) and Sean LeVine. (Kali Barrio photos)

The GU19 Whidbey Islanders gather for one last home game.

The GU19 Whidbey Islanders gather for one last home game.

Micky LeVine (left) and Erin Rosenkranz. (Sean LeVine photo)

Coupeville stars Micky LeVine (left) and Erin Rosenkranz exit with a smile. (Sean LeVine photo)

It was for the playoffs.

It was for revenge.

It was for a chance to walk off their home field together, united, as winners one last time.

Most of all, it was for Ayla.

When the GU19 Whidbey Islanders select soccer squad pulled out a thriller Saturday, edging the visiting Bellevue Ravens 1-0, it capped a whirlwind week.

The team held a red, white and blue going-away party for Ayla Muller, their spark-plug, who is moving to Roda, Spain with her family.

Then they took the turf at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Stadium for the final time — most of the team is comprised of high school seniors who are headed towards graduation — and assured they would play on for at least another week.

Just without Muller, who exits the country May 1.

“It was a very emotional game,” said Islander coach Sean LeVine. “Our final home game for our team and Ayla’s final game with us.

“This is a tough loss for our team as she is not only a great player, center-back, goal keeper, but she is absolutely adored by her teammates and coaches!,” he added. “In fact, we owe much of our shut out today to her.”

Muller, who shared time in goal with Kenzie Perry, took a leg to the head late in the game to cap her Islander career.

“She went out with a bang, literally, but thankfully she is fine,” LeVine said. “We are sad to see her go, but excited for her new adventure.

“I know she plans to play soccer over there, so I’m very happy about that.”

Beyond Muller’s departure and the game being the home finale, a victory was huge.

It avenged a 3-2 loss to the Ravens from earlier in the season and moved the Islanders into first place in their State Cup bracket.

Whidbey advances to play at Bellevue next weekend, with a win or possibly a tie in that game pushing them into the semifinals May 9.

With both teams fighting for their playoff lives, the game was a hard-fought affair, but the Islanders had two factors firmly in their favor.

“What a game! It was really non-stop action between two fairly evenly matched teams,” LeVine said. “The only difference was that we have the better defense and conditioning!

“We out hustled them!”

With the Islanders playing stellar defense, Perry was only called on for two saves in the first half, while Muller made three after the break.

Whidbey’s goal came on a bang-bang play, where it had several looks at the net, but actually scored via an own goal by the Ravens.

Late in the second half Jacalyn Hefflefinger, powering down the sideline, slid a cross into the box, finding Lydia Peplinski on the fly.

Defended well, Peplinksi took the ball wide and put a cross right across the top of the goal box, where Perry (now playing on the field) came flying in and got a touch on it, causing it to deflect off a defender and into the goal.

Even if the ball hadn’t taken a fortunate bounce, the Islanders were primed, with Gillian Crossley sitting ready to punch the ball in as well.

“It was an own goal, but a real team effort!” LeVine said.

Hunter Smith (John Fisken photos)

Hunter Smith swings through the raindrops. (John Fisken photos)

McKayla Bailey, AKA "Stevie Wonder" (ask her mom...) makes the slick play at short.

   McKayla Bailey, AKA “Stevie Wonder” (ask her mom…) makes the slick play at short.

A muddy (but safe) Aaron Trumbull slides across home.

A muddy (but safe) Aaron Trumbull slides across home.

Hailey Hammer

Hailey Hammer initiates the “Rocket Launcher.”

Smith, now in the sweet, sweet sun, tracks down a pop-up.

Smith, now in the sweet, sweet sun, tracks down a pop-up.

"Hi, I'm Jae LeVine and I approve these photos ... but mainly this one!"

“Hi, I’m Jae LeVine and I approve these photos … but mainly this one!”

Everything came raining down Thursday.

Wins, wins and more wins, plus a fair amount of that liquid stuff from the heavens.

Playing through rain, wind and fairly miserable conditions (with just a wee bit of sun), both the Coupeville High School softball and baseball squads thrashed Port Townsend.

As they did so, travelin’ photo man John Fisken dodged the bombs from the skies to snap some stirring pics.

The photos above (and you might notice the softball ones came AFTER the rain) are courtesy him.

To see more (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes) pop over to:

Softball — http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=8600&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

Baseball — http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=8601&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

P.S. — Plug in the code EB86014962 when you order before May 8 and they’ll give you 15% off.

Ana Luvera goes low for the volley. (John Fisken photos)

Ana Luvera goes low for the volley. (John Fisken photos)

McKenzie Bailey prepares to flick another winner.

McKenzie Bailey prepares to flick another winner.

Sydney Autio reaches up for an overhead, while doubles partner Micky LeVine lurks in the background.

   Sydney Autio reaches up for an overhead, while doubles partner Micky LeVine lurks in the background.

The best team in all the land.

After thrashing a depleted Friday Harbor squad Friday, the Coupeville High School girls’ tennis team has a 5 1/2 match winning streak, the longest streak for any Wolf program this spring.

The 4-2 non-conference victory over the Wolverines lifted Coupeville to 6-3 overall, 2-0 in Olympic League play.

Technically, the streak is as five, though Coupeville was far ahead of Klahowya in a match postponed by rain.

The tail end of that match will be wrapped up next week, before the third and final show-down between the two schools.

The Wolves are scheduled to play three and a half matches next week, hosting Chimacum Tuesday, going to Friday Harbor Wednesday, then playing a match and a half at Klahowya Thursday.

They then wrap up the regular season, and, hopefully, a league title, with matches at Sequim (May 5) and Chimacum (May 7).

Friday, it was all about putting the Wolverines away early.

All four wins were quick affairs, while the only two losses came in matches that stretched out over three sets.

Freshmen phenoms Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger netted Player of the Match honors for a double-bagel win at first doubles.

“It’s difficult enough to win at that spot,” said CHS coach Ken Stange. “A blowout win always feels good.”

Complete results:

1st Singles — Jacki Ginnings lost to Ashton Timmons 2-6, 7-5, 10-8

2nd Singles — Wynter Thorne lost to Yasmin Sarah 7-6(9-7), 4-6, 10-8

3rd Singles — Ana Luvera beat Hailey Loucks 6-2, 6-4

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Sophie Dillery/Halle Carrier 6-0, 6-0

2nd Doubles — McKenzie Bailey/Jazmine Franklin beat ? 6-4, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Sydney Autio/Micky LeVine beat Nayaleah Tucker-Belt/Mia Saccio 6-0, 6-0

 

P.S. — To see more photos from this match (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes), pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=8605&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

Uriel Liquidano kick-starts the WOlf offense, which poured in 13 goals Thursday. (John Fisken photos)

   Uriel Liquidano kick-starts the Wolf offense, which poured in 13 goals Thursday. (John Fisken photos)

Wolf supporters Kerry Rosenkranz (left) Erin Rosenkranz and Keegan Kortuem

   Wolf supporters Kerry Rosenkranz (left) Erin Rosenkranz and Keegan Kortuem brave the blustery, wet conditions.

One was fun. Three was better.

Coupeville High School senior Colin Belliveau got his first taste of being a scorer for the Wolves Thursday and liked it so much he just kept on firing away.

By the time he was done, he had rung up a hat trick, and that, combined with four more goals for team scoring leader Abraham Leyva, powered Coupeville to a 13-3 shellacking of visiting Chimacum.

Their second straight blow-out of the Cowboys lifted the Wolf booters to 3-5 overall, 2-0 in Olympic League play.

They sit alone atop the league at the moment.

Things will get a bit tougher, though, with Coupeville headed to Klahowya Tuesday.

The Eagles are 8-1-2 overall, 1-0 in league play.

But thoughts of that first-place showdown were far off Thursday, as the Wolves overcame a rainy, windy day to rain down the most goals the squad has scored in a game in recent memory.

And, possibly, school history.

Junior Sebastian Davis and freshman William Nelson tallied two apiece in support of Leyva and Belliveau, while Loren Nelson and Joel Walstad rounded out the scoring attack.

Leyva now sits with 12 goals, while Belliveau, Davis, William Nelson and Walstad are tied for second with three apiece.

Colin Belliveau (15) drops the boom on a pesky foe. (John Fisken photos)

Colin Belliveau (15) drops the boom on a pesky foe. (John Fisken photos)

Sebastian Davis unleashes his full fury on the ball.

Sebastian Davis unleashes his full fury on the ball.

Cody Menges: "Fancy meeting you all the way up here!"

Cody Menges: “Fancy meeting you all the way up here!”

Wolf fans refuse to go home in the middle of a storm. They're not tourists.

Wolf fans refuse to go home in the middle of a storm. They’re not tourists.

"Please sir, I just want to go home..."

“Please sir, I just want to go home…”

The weather? Atrocious.

The score? Divine.

Shredding Chimacum for the second straight Thursday, the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad rolled to a 13-3 victory. More on that coming later.

For now, some snappy pics captured by travelin’ (and water proof) photo man John Fisken.

To see more (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes) pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=8599&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=183&sport=0

P.S. — Plug in the code EB85994962 before May 8 and you’ll get 15% off any orders.

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