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Sam Wynn was a four-year star on the CHS pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cael Wilson brings the thunder.

It’s the big bounce back.

From having the program cancelled, to unexpectedly returning to play, to handing out varsity letters to 14 players, Coupeville High School boys soccer had a topsy-turvy, but successful season.

The reborn Wolves got six games played on the pitch during a pandemic-altered campaign, and head coach Robert Wood acknowledged the effort and grit his players showed while awarding letters.

Senior Sam Wynn was honored with a four-year award for playing every season of his prep career, while Cael Wilson was noted for being the first 8th grader to ever score in a CHS boys soccer game.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Owen Barenburg
Ryan Blouin
Cameron Epp
Preston Epp
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Logan Martin
Xavier Murdy
Cole White
Andrew Williams
Aidan Wilson
Cael Wilson
Jesse Wooten
Sam Wynn

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Sam Wynn leads off a last collection of Wolf boys soccer pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The games almost always end before the photos do.

While the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad wrapped up its pandemic-shortened campaign Saturday, I still have a pile of pics to get out to the world at large.

So, here you go — an assortment of Wolf booters in glossy color, courtesy wanderin’ photo bug John Fisken.

Robert Wood

Jesse Wooten

Ryan Blouin

Cameron Epp

Reese Cernick

Xavier Murdy

Aidan Wilson

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Coupeville senior Sam Wynn scored two goals Friday in his final high school game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call it a private school special.

Get to the playoffs, face off with a team you’ve already beaten, and, ta-da, that other squad suddenly has a dominant new player inserted in the lineup.

Maybe us hicks from the sticks living out here in Cow Town are just overly suspicious, but sometimes you wonder…

Anyways, having removed the tin foil hat from my head (for a moment at least), I can report that Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood, with its new Cristiano Ronaldo-style ringer, capped its boys soccer season Friday with a 5-3 win over visiting Coupeville.

Sam Wynn, the pride of public schools everywhere, banged home a pair of goals for the scrappy Wolves, but when the other team has a guy pegging all his shots from 25+ yards out and recording a hat trick, well…

Still, CHS coach Robert Wood came away from the finale fairly pleased.

“A great game. Tons of fun,” the pitch guru said. “Their guy, who missed our first game, put the ball anywhere he wanted.

“A coast-to-coast dribbler, pretty amazing, but not impossible to defend,” Wood added. “(Our) kids never gave in to them … played strong the ENTIRE game. They just had our number.”

Wynn rattled home his first scores of this pandemic-shortened season, punching home the sixth and seventh goals of his prep career while making his final appearance in a Wolf uniform.

The first came on a penalty kick, while the second sprang from a torrid run upfield.

“Speedy Sam beat the defense several times, and finally went one-on-one with the keeper and buried it,” Wood said.

Coupeville’s other goal came from a star of the future, as freshman Nick Guay “drilled a ball to the upper right corner” for his first high school score.

While the Wolves finished 1-5 on the season, they were young, hungry, and highly-competitive.

Bouncing back after the program was originally shut down due to a lack of sufficient players, they finished the season with 14 players, 12 of whom can return next season.

Wynn and fellow senior defender Owen Barenburg depart, but the players who scored during this campaign included a junior, a sophomore, two freshmen, and an eighth grader.

Xavier Murdy is one of five Wolves who scored this season who can return next year.

 

Final scoring stats:

Aidan Wilson 3
Xavier Murdy 2
Sam Wynn 2
Nick Guay 1
Cole White 1
Cael Wilson 1

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Ryan Blouin gets dramatic. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nathan Ginnings plays keep-away. (Morgan White photo)

One more time.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer team will get another game during this pandemic-shortened season, with a “playoff” contest Friday afternoon.

The Wolves, who are 1-4 on the season, travel to Lynnwood to face Cedar Park Christian, which is 3-3-1.

The game is a rematch of Coupeville’s season opener, which it won 3-0 at home April 16.

While there are no conventional playoffs this school year, Northwest 2B/1B League Athletic Directors set up a one-day royal rumble, featuring six of the seven schools to play soccer this time around.

Along with CHS vs. CPC, league champ Orcas Island plays Providence Classical Christian, while La Conner and Mount Vernon Christian square off.

Grace Academy, which finished in last place, sits out the mini-tourney, while Friday Harbor sat out the entire fall sports season because of Covid concerns.

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Cael Wilson made history Wednesday, becoming the first 8th grader to score in a Coupeville High School boys soccer game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They ain’t seen nothing like this before.

Coupeville High School has been playing boys soccer continuously since 2004 — except for last spring, when Covid erased all prep sports.

So, now, during this oddest of seasons, a pandemic-shortened campaign in which traditional fall sports are being contested in the spring, it had to end this way — if it is ending.

Putting a cap on a season in which the soccer program was shut down due to insufficient numbers, then saved when tennis was cancelled, the Wolf booters fell 2-1 Wednesday at La Conner.

“They’re a good team,” said Coupeville coach Robert Wood. “They played well and really wanted the win.

“We played well but just gave away too many balls with players out of positions.”

But hold on just a doggone second, cause here’s where things go sideways in 27 different directions.

First, the game may (or may not) count as an official contest.

No refs showed for the pitch rumble, so Wood and his La Conner counterpart manned the whistles.

“We relived our golden days!,” the Wolf pitch guru said with a laugh.

The whole no refs thing may mean the loss won’t be official and drop the Wolves to 1-4 on the season. Instead, it may be classified as a “friendly.”

Soccer Nation waits anxiously for word from CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who, hopefully, is otherwise enjoying a quiet evening during a school year which would have driven a weaker man batty.

Second, it may not be the final game of the season.

It is the last one on the regular season schedule, yes.

But, Northwest 2B/1B League officials have been working on a “playoff” plan in which the top six schools from the seven-team league will face off in … MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!!

Or a bunch of soccer games.

Just sayin’ the first choice is the best choice.

Anyways, the games will feature the league’s #1 team versus its #2, #3 vs. #4, and #5 vs. 6.

Regardless of whether Wednesday’s game counts or not, Coupeville should be one of those latter two teams, as Grace Academy finished 0-5-1 and clinched dead-last after losing to league champ Orcas Island.

So, one more game Friday, maybe, possibly?

Want to know the opponent and whether it’s home or away? The nation turns its lonely eyes to Willie Smith one more time, and, hopefully, he turned his phone off for a few hours.

For our third unusual tangent, we return to Wednesday’s game, where those in La Conner witnessed something I don’t believe has ever happened in a Coupeville High School boys soccer game.

A middle school player scored for the Wolves.

Step up Cael Wilson, younger brother of team scoring leader Aidan, and claim your bit of history.

With CHS back in the 2B classification, and the soccer program in need of saving, the Wolves were able to add 8th graders to their roster, and Cael Wilson and Preston Epp answered the call.

Wednesday night, in the 17th season of Wolf boys soccer, the stars lined up just right.

Aidan Wilson, a sophomore, sent a cross which eluded two other Wolf players and two La Conner defenders, with the ball popping right out in front of his younger brother.

Cael was hanging out in the Zen zone and just placed it right to the corner,” Wood said.

My soccer stat hunting has been an uphill battle, as some scoring records have vanished into the mists of time, and the local newspapers didn’t spend a lot of time documenting the early seasons of the program.

But, prior to Wednesday, I had tracked down 57 Wolf boys who found the back of the net in a CHS varsity game.

From Abraham Leyva, who sits atop the career scoring chart with 45 goals, to guys like Tanner Kircher, Laurence Boado, and Zeb Williams, who celebrated once, it’s a semi-complete record of pitch excellence.

None of those 57 soccer scorers was still in middle school when he punched home a goal however, as far as I know.

Which puts Cael Wilson in the company of a mere handful of Wolf athletes who have hit pay-dirt in a high school game before being an actual, you know, high schooler.

The gold standard is “Big” Mike Criscuola, CHS Class of 1960, a man among boys on the basketball court, even as an 8th grader towering over his older teammates.

Who knows where Cael Wilson’s sports career will go. He might be a legend or a footnote. Only time will tell.

But either way, he’ll always have that moment on the La Conner pitch on May 5, 2021, when he did something I’m 99.2% sure no Wolf booter before him has accomplished.

In a season of weirdness, one bright shining moment to treasure.

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