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Lily Leedy has spirit. Do you? (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The games wouldn’t be the same without the fans.

Sure, they’d still be played, but as proven by a contest or two last season when Covid restrictions barred rooters, it would be awfully quiet.

The pics above and below, courtesy John Fisken, are the exact opposite of that.

Look closely and you can practically hear the roar of the crowd through their images.

Xavier Murdy set up a Coupeville goal Tuesday, picking up an assist on a score by Cael Wilson. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a perfect time to learn under fire.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer team is closing the season with back-to-back road games against the top two squads in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

With the Wolves out of playoff contention, and only three players set to depart — seniors Xavier Murdy and Tony Garcia and exchange student Miguel Puente — CHS coach Robert Wood plans to give his younger booters plenty of playing time in the final moments.

Tuesday afternoon, with a rainbow taking the place of the rain which poured down earlier in the day, Coupeville went toe-to-toe with defending league champs Orcas Island.

And, while the Wolves fell 6-1, Wood was able to give his bench a chance to play the entire second half.

“Crushing defeat, but we had fun,” he said. “Orcas is #1 or #2 and they certainly were tonight.”

The loss drops Coupeville to 4-9 on the season, while the Vikings rise to 12-2, a half-game off of Providence Classical Christian (11-1), which welcomes the Wolves to Bothell for the Oct. 28 regular-season finale.

Tuesday’s lone CHS goal came courtesy of a thrilling wham-bam-bam play.

The Wolves sent a corner kick screaming for the net, where Xavier Murdy went high to collect the ball with his head and deflect it towards pay-dirt.

When the ball hit the post, denying X-Man, it popped right to freshman Cael Wilson, who punched it in for his first goal of the season, and second of his prep pitch career.

Carolyn Lhamon and Coupeville High School girls soccer finished 4-7 on the season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophomore Ava Mitten is part of a strong group of underclassmen who can return next season.

The season is done, but the growth continues.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad fell 4-1 at Friday Harbor Tuesday afternoon, bringing a close to this chapter.

But, even with a strong seven-player senior class (plus a foreign exchange student) departing, the Wolves can return 12 of 20 booters next season.

That includes veteran defensive stalwarts Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper, as well as two bright offensive talents with most of their career still ahead of them.

Freshman Ayden Wyman, who rapped home Coupeville’s lone goal Tuesday, tied senior Audrianna Shaw as the team’s #1 scorer.

Wyman’s four goals this season were the most for a CHS frosh girl since Genna Wright tallied 10 in 2017.

Meanwhile, Amaya Schaffeld, who shone brightly all season and assisted on Wyman’s score, is only an 8th grader, leaving her with a full four-year high school run ahead of her.

Coupeville’s primary goaltender, Maylin Steele, is also among the underclassmen who Wolf coach Kyle Nelson can look forward to seeing again.

The Wolves finished the season 2-6 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-7 overall, and were likely denied another win when a postponed match against La Conner was never rescheduled.

Both of Coupeville’s league wins came against the Braves, though it also played Friday Harbor very close, and closed the gap over the course of its three-game series with frontrunner Mount Vernon Christian.

The Wolves also garnered non-conference wins against a pair of 1A schools — Sultan and Granite Falls — and won three of their five home games.

While Tuesday’s finale featured Wyman’s fourth goal, it also offered senior Sophie Martin a chance for a swan song.

After missing three weeks with illness, the fleet-footed one capped a three-season run for the Wolves in which she finished as the program’s #6 scorer all-time.

 

Final scoring stats:

Audrianna Shaw – 4
Ayden Wyman – 4
Sophie Martin – 3
Eryn Wood – 3
Carolyn Lhamon – 2
Lily Leedy – 1

Audrianna Shaw tied for the team lead in scoring.

Katelin McCormick and her fellow seniors depart after four stellar seasons.

Chelsea Prescott has made a successful transition from the Coupeville senior she was here to being an NCAA D-III spiker in New York. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Keep fighting, keep swinging for kills.

Medaille College volleyball and Chelsea Prescott, its Coupeville-raised star, didn’t have an easy task Tuesday, but the Mavericks proved to be reliably scrappy.

Facing the top team in the nine-school Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, Medaille eventually fell 25-18, 25-18, 25-14 to host Penn State Behrend, but not before pushing their rivals hard on their Senior Night.

The loss drops the Mavericks to 1-6 in league play, 4-16 overall, while PSB jumps to 7-0, 19-5.

Things should be easier next time out for Medaille, which closes the regular season Saturday, Oct. 30, at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (1-5, 2-19).

Tuesday night in Erie, Pennsylvania, Prescott racked up two kills, three digs, a block assist, and 2.5 points of offense.

Halle Bogas (10 kills), Haley Kennedy (18 assists), and Baylee Romano (12 digs) paced the Mavericks, while Kristin Reiland (nine kills, 12 digs) topped Penn State.

On the season, Prescott has started in all 20 matches, played all 65 sets, and recorded 106 kills, 157 digs, 22 aces, 12 assists, two solo blocks, 11 block assists, and 135.5 points.