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Xavier Murdy and the CHS boys soccer squad played hard Friday on the road, but fell short in a 2-0 game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday Harbor played keep-away.

Thoroughly controlling the action on their home turf Friday, the Wolverines bounced the Coupeville High School boys soccer team 2-0.

The loss drops the Whidbey pitch kings to 1-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, with two more games on the road before they get another chance to play in front of their home fans.

Coming off of a huge win over Grace Academy, Coupeville was hoping to build on its momentum, but it wasn’t to be.

“They handled us all night,” CHS coach Robert Wood said. “Probably 85% possession for them; 20+ shots.”

The Wolves did scramble hard on defense, allowing only two goals to find the back of the net.

Unfortunately, Coupeville wasn’t as efficient on offense.

“We had a couple or four good chances that just never panned out,” Wood said. “The team didn’t hold their positions and Friday Harbor capitalized time and again.”

The Wolves head out on the road again next week, playing at La Conner Tuesday, Sept. 28, followed by a Friday Nights Light rematch Oct. 1 with Grace Academy.

Coupeville’s next home contest is Oct. 5, and that kicks off a stretch where five of the next seven games will be at Mickey Clark Field.

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Taylor Brotemarkle, destroyer of worlds. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Action everywhere.

With six Coupeville High School fall sports teams in action — seven if we count varsity and JV volleyball as their own entities — wanderin’ photographer John Fisken has plenty of targets.

The pics above and below, which give you a little feel for the wide range of activities goin’ down, are courtesy him.

To see more, and possibly purchase some glossy pics for grandma in Boca Raton, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/

Alex Murdy believes he can fly.

Lucy Crouch ponders the mysteries of the universe.

Tum Ursu keeps chugging right along.

Eryn Wood, soccer sharpshooter.

Landon Roberts (left) and Cole White, possibly planning shenanigans.

Reiley Araceley, fleet of foot.

“Volleyball is life!”

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Cael Wilson uses his uncanny telekinesis powers to control the flight of the soccer ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This time he could hold the camera steady with no issues.

After shooting through gale-force winds at the last Coupeville High School boys soccer game, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken had an easier time of things Tuesday night.

The weather was balmy, the game was a thriller, and there was Diet Coke awaiting him in the press box.

With that in mind, he delivered the pics seen above and below.

To take a gander at everything he snapped, and possibly buy some glossies for the in-laws, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-soccer-2020-2021/BS-2021-09-21-vs-Grace-Academy/

 

Andrew Williams unleashes a laser.

Xavier Murdy (16) and Preston Epp celebrate Coupeville’s first goal of the season.

“I think it’s time for a second goal, gentleman.”

“I’m on it. Put me in, coach!”

Aidan Wilson sends the ball far, far away.

Cameron Epp works on that whole telekinesis thing.

Goal #2, and win #1.

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Miguel Puente’s first goal in America was a game-winner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Miguel Puente is a Wolf for life.

When his year as a foreign exchange student ends, he’ll likely return to Mexico, taking him with tales of a small farming town on a rock in the water up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

But back in Coupeville, Puente will be remembered for a balmy night in late September, 2021, when he strode into the spotlight and unleashed some magic.

With an overflow crowd of fellow CHS students chanting his name, the midfielder/defender buried a penalty kick into the left corner of the net with less than four minutes to play Tuesday, lifting the Wolves to a 2-1 victory on their home turf against Grace Academy.

The victory, capping a night of high action and nerve-rattling suspense, takes Coupeville to 1-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

Coming off of shutout losses to conference heavyweights Mount Vernon Christian and Orcas Island, the Wolves needed a goal, and a spark.

They found both on a night when CHS coach Robert Wood hailed his entire team as the “player of the game.”

“They really came together and showed their talent and ability, and what happens when everyone does their job,” he said, his voice slightly choked with pride.

Alex Murdy and Co. were aggressive and played as a unit Tuesday, claiming their first victory of the season.

An early sign of what was to come was delivered by Wolf goaltender Aidan Wilson, who put together a phenomenal performance in front of his home fans.

Grace Academy unleashed the first truly great shot of the game about 11 minutes into the game.

It arrived fast and furious, but Wilson was right where he needed to be, deflecting the ball up and over the net with a nifty block which brought a roar from the partially-filled stands.

Things got progressively noisier as more CHS students arrived, coming from their own practices or games, and Wilson and his teammates rightfully earned their applause.

Several more saves from the Wolf netminder kept things scoreless, before Xavier Murdy finally broke the seal on the net.

Rampaging on the left side of the field, the Coupeville senior bashed in a ball from distance in the game’s 23rd minute, notching the fourth score of his prep career.

The Wolves carried that 1-0 lead into the halftime break, and held on to it for the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The visitors bounced one through the CHS defense however, knotting things up and, very briefly, taking a bit of wind out of the sails of the Wolves and their fans.

But it was very briefly, as Aidan Wilson and the Grace Academy goalie traded off saves, both teams looking for the tiebreaker, but unable to find it.

Until Cael Wilson — Aidan’s younger brother — went motoring down the left side of the field, his legs churning, on a breakaway.

His stride was broken by a hard-charging defender, but the game’s biggest break came out of the play, as a Grace Academy player was flagged for a very-flagrant hand ball.

Given a penalty kick, the Wolf players actually made the decision on who would take the shot, with Wood signing off on things with a slight nod like the serene soccer guru he is.

As the ref placed the ball, players fidgeted, and CHS students lost their minds, Puente sauntered to his spot like a seasoned pro.

He offered no fakes or sleight of hand, but instantly crushed a low, zippy shot which slid past the flailing goalie and kissed the back of the net in a deep, dark corner.

At which point the Wolf fans almost prematurely rushed the field, but then showed a bit of restraint.

Suddenly trailing, with each precious second flying off of the ref’s personal watch, Grace Academy came hard in the final frenzied moments.

And once again Aidan Wilson soared, deflecting several shots, including knocking a free kick up and over the bar to preserve the win.

Afterwards, as his team (and their fans) basked in the first win of the season, Wood leaned against the bench and smiled.

“So proud of these guys,” he said. “It’s a huge confidence booster.

“We did exactly what we worked on all week, and brought it to the field, everyone trusting in their teammates. Everybody played well.”

Coupeville takes the win and hits the road, with its next three games away from Whidbey.

The Wolves face Friday Harbor (Sept. 24) and La Conner (Sept. 28), then have a rematch with Grace Academy (Oct. 1), not playing in front of their home fans again until Oct. 5.

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Miguel Puente dances with the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wind snapped hard, the photographer’s finger on his camera even harder.

Battling through some truly-impressive wind gusts Friday, wanderin’ cameraman John Fisken managed to stay upright long enough to snap pics of the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad in action.

To see everything he shot, and ponder buying some glossies for Aunt Myrtle in Palm Springs, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-soccer-2020-2021/BS-2021-09-17-vs-Orcas/

 

CHS girls soccer players come out to support their male counterparts.

Andrew Williams prepares to launch a rocket.

Aidan Wilson maintains a laser focus.

Buffeted by the breeze, Wolf players huddle low to hear coach Robert Wood (in black jacket) discuss strategy.

Coupeville fans try and pretend they’re warm. Spoiler: they’re not.

Grant Steller runs away from the defense.

Alex Murdy is off to create some havoc.

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