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Mollie Bailey clears the goal on Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of one journey, beginning of a different one.

Three Coupeville High School soccer players — two of whom had been with the program a full four years — bowed out Friday night as the Wolves faced Mount Vernon Christian on Senior Night.

Genna Wright, Lacy McCraw-Shirron, and Mollie Bailey graduate in June, but first they got a pitch sendoff.

The pics are courtesy John Fisken, and you can see some more photos from the night by popping over to:

GS 2021-05-07 vs MVC – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

CHS seniors (l to r) Lacy McCraw-Shirron, Bailey, and Genna Wright join coach Kyle Nelson.

McCraw-Shirron, with dad Ansel Glendenning and teammate Lily Leedy.

Wright and the parental units, Christine and Ron.

Bailey and mom and pops, Donna and Rusty.

One big Wolf family.

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Coupeville girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson is already looking forward to next season — which should hopefully go down this fall. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Carolyn Lhamon is part of a talented group of underclassmen who can return.

Give credit where credit is due.

The Mount Vernon Christian girls soccer team just had a (pandemic-shortened) season for the ages.

Capping their torrid run with a 6-0 win over Coupeville Friday, the visiting Hurricanes finished with all their zeroes in the right place.

With the victory, MVC put the finishing touches on a 6-0 season in which it outscored its two foes, La Conner and Coupeville, 55-0.

That’s not a misprint.

The Hurricanes rang up 21 goals against the Wolves, winning 9-0, 6-0, and 6-0, while really reaming La Conner.

MVC thunked the Braves 9-0, 14-0, and 11-0, which is beautiful and horrifying in equal measures.

Thanks to their own 4-0 and 6-0 wins over La Conner — a third game was lost to the constant schedule shuffle of the Age of Coronavirus — Coupeville finishes 2-3 and claims second-place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Needless to say, La Conner, outscored 44-0 (also not a misprint) finishes last at 0-5, while Friday Harbor took a season off due to Covid concerns.

While the Wolves couldn’t stop MVC, they did slow down the fleet-footed Hurricanes for a chunk of each game.

Friday was no different, as Coupeville, celebrating Senior Night, played their phenomenal foes even for much of the first half.

“We did manage to frustrate them for the first 30 minutes, where we held them,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “But, unfortunately we could not hold them off longer, and tired legs gave way.”

While he’ll lose several players to graduation, headlined by goal-scoring terror Genna Wright and dependable goalkeeper Mollie Bailey, the Wolves can return much of their roster.

“The first half gave promise to things to come in the next season with some more time to work together,” Nelson said.

While Wright’s departure takes away Coupeville’s top goal-scoring threat, the other six players to find the back of the net this season were underclassmen.

Wright, who lost her junior season to injury and saw her senior campaign greatly reduced in size by the pandemic, graduates as the program’s #3 career scorer.

Her 20 goals trails just Mia (35) and Kalia Littlejohn (33).

 

Final scoring stats:

Genna Wright 3
Eryn Wood 2
Carolyn Lhamon 1
Sophie Martin 1
Ava Mitten 1
Audrianna Shaw 1
Reese Wilkinson 1

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Genna Wright peppered the net Monday, leading Coupeville to a 6-0 win in La Conner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophie Martin was one of five Wolves to score in the victory.

In a world of extremes, the middle belongs to us.

There are only three Northwest 2B/1B League schools playing girls soccer in the Age of Coronavirus, and the disparity between those three is epic.

Mount Vernon Christian, which would be contending for a state title in a normal year, is 4-0 and has outscored its foes 38-0.

Meanwhile, La Conner, which is having a radically different kind of season, is 0-4 and has been outscored 33-0.

And then there’s Coupeville, boppin’ along at 2-2 after beating that winless La Conner squad 6-0 Monday night.

The Wolves, who close the pandemic-altered season when they host the red-hot Hurricanes Friday, have been outscored this year, but just 15-10.

While pulling off an upset of MVC on Senior Night will take considerable work, don’t count out the Wolves, who have been scrappy when facing the big dogs, and dominant when facing the cellar dwellers.

Monday Coupeville hit the road and let its legs do the talking, raining down goals from all angles.

Wolf senior Genna Wright bashed home two more scores, running her prep career total to 20, though she should have been credited with a full hat trick.

A third goal was waved off after the ref whistled her for being “offsides,” even though she started from her own half of the field — leaving CHS coach Kyle Nelson a bit bemused.

Also scoring for Coupeville were Sophie Martin, Eryn Wood, Ava Mitten, and Audrianna Shaw.

It was Martin’s first goal of the season and her fifth overall in a Wolf uniform, while Wood sits with two scores this season and three for her career.

Mitten and Shaw both found the back of the net for the first time in a CHS uniform.

“Good game all around,” Nelson said. “The defense held the clean sheet for (goalie) Mollie (Bailey), and the offense was opportunistic in their scoring.”

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Ryanne Knoblich leads off a collection of CHS fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Snap goes the camera, capturing the portraits which define a season.

As we head into the last week of fall sports, a collection of images featuring some of the Wolf athletes still hard at work.

They come to us from John Fisken, whose work can be found at:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Nick Guay

Sofia Milasich

Isabel Johnson

Preston Epp

Gwen Crowder

Allie Lucero

Logan Martin

Mollie Bailey

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Carolyn Lhamon boldly flies into battle. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are the team to beat, and it won’t be easy.

Mount Vernon Christian is proving to be a formidable foe in the world of girls soccer this season, something which Coupeville was reminded of Wednesday afternoon.

Playing on the road, in their first game in 11 days, the Wolves fell 6-0 to the rampaging Hurricanes.

With the win, MVC improves to 3-0 and has outscored its foes 24-0.

Coupeville falls to 1-2, with both of its losses coming to the Hurricanes.

The Wolves are a half game up on La Conner (0-2), and they face those Braves next Monday in another road game.

With Friday Harbor sitting out all fall sports this time around after Covid case numbers spiked in the San Juans, there are only three Northwest 2B/1B League schools currently playing girls soccer.

With 9-0 and 6-0 wins over Coupeville, and a 9-0 victory over La Conner, MVC seems to have the league title well in hand, with the Wolves and Braves left to battle it out for second-place.

While the Wolves fell Wednesday, CHS coach Kyle Nelson saw improvement in how his squad played.

MVC scored one goal off a penalty kick and two others on corner kicks, with Coupeville keeping the Hurricanes slowed down on their regular attack.

“We were also able to make their goalkeeper work more this time with a number of good shots,” Nelson said. “Definitely an improvement from our first outing against probably one of the best girls soccer teams in 2B/1B.

“Seems like every time we switch leagues we are going up against a state champ.”

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