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Coupeville booter Grant Steller earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Four for the score.

The Northwest 2B/1B League released All-Conference soccer teams Monday night, with a quartet of Coupeville High School boys earning honors.

Senior forward Aidan Wilson, who led the Wolves in scoring, was tabbed as a First-Team selection, while senior defender Grant Steller landed on the Second-Team roster.

CHS also had a pair of underclassmen notch Honorable Mention status, with junior goaltender Nick Guay and junior midfielder Cole White getting their names called.

Orcas Island senior midfielder Tommy Anderson-Cleveland was named league MVP, with Friday Harbor’s Brett Paul claiming Coach of the Year after leading the Wolverines to a state title.

The Team Sportsmanship Award went to Orcas Island.

Aidan Wilson leads the charge. (Morgan White photo)

 

First-Team All-Conference:

Austin Birkhofer – Senior – Forward/Midfielder – Grace Academy
Alden Carli – Junior – Forward – Friday Harbor
Malachi Cary – Senior – Forward – Lopez Island
Owen Conde Raggett – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Eric Corbin – Senior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Isa Gonzalez-Rojas – Senior – Defender – La Conner
Diego Lago – Senior – Defender – Orcas Island
Lucas Millenaar – Sophomore – Forward – Mount Vernon Christian
Ben Rozema – Senior – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Luke Totten – Senior – Goaltender – Friday Harbor
Paxton White – Senior – Goaltender – Orcas Island
Aidan Wilson – Senior – Forward – Coupeville

 

Second-Team All-Conference:

Colby Border – Senior – Defender – Friday Harbor
Alex Bravo-Jump – Sophomore – Forward/Mid – Providence Classical Christian
Zia Fackethall – Junior – Midfielder – Grace Academy
Cecelia Groeninger – Senior – Defender/Mid – Orcas Island
Pedro Guerra – Senior – Forward – Orcas Island
Christian Kilvert – Junior – Midfielder – Mount Vernon Christian
Jonah Parsons – Senior – Midfielder – Friday Harbor
Cade Peterson – Junior – Forward/Mid – Grace Academy
Matthew Reeve – Defender/Mid – Providence Classical Christian
Grant Steller – Senior – Defender – Coupeville
Sam Sutton – Junior – Midfielder – Orcas Island

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Coupeville High School soccer players celebrate their season. (Morgan White photos)

The net is closed for business.

The Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad capped its season Monday, with head coach Robert Wood handing out awards and letters to his booters.

Senior Aidan Wilson topped the honorees, earning both the Golden Boot as the team’s leading scorer and the Ballon d’Or for being the top player.

Aidan Wilson slows down for a second.

Grant Steller and Wilson were acknowledged for their work as team captains, and the duo was joined by fellow senior Cameron Epp in receiving four-year awards.

Rounding out the awards, Mason Butler was tabbed as Most Improved, while Wood doled out MVP honors to one player from each class.

That foursome was comprised of Cameron Epp (Senior), Nick Guay (Junior), Cael Wilson (Sophomore), and Andrew Milnes (Freshman).

MVP’s (l to r) Cameron Epp, Nick Guay, Cael Wilson, and Andrew Milnes, plus coach Robert Wood.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Reiley Araceley
Mason Butler
Cameron Epp
Preston Epp
Nick Guay
Dane Hadsall
Joshua Lujan
(Manager)
Andrew Milnes
Hank Milnes
Grant Steller
Matthew Ward
Cole White
Andrew Williams
Aidan Wilson
Cael Wilson

 

Participation certificate:

Alex Smith

 

Scholar Athletes (3.5 or better GPA):

Reiley Araceley (Running Start)
Cameron Epp
Nick Guay
Joshua Lujan
Hank Milnes (4.0 + RS)
Grant Steller (RS)
Matthew Ward
Cole White (4.0)
Andrew Williams (4.0)

 

Big thanks to the following:

Amy and Jesse Epp
Dina and Dylan Guay
Kyle Nelson
Willie Smith
Holley and James Steller
Greg and Morgan White

Cole White and friends will return to the pitch in 2023.

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Wolf seniors (l to r) Grant Steller, Aidan Wilson, Cameron Epp, and Reiley Araceley are not done just yet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Now, it gets complicated.

Like maybe really, really, really complicated.

What we do know for sure is the Coupeville High School boys soccer team played a very strong first 30 minutes Thursday on Orcas Island, pushing the defending state champs to the brink.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, pitch contests are 80 minutes, and the last 50 belonged to the host Vikings, who turned a 1-0 deficit into an 8-1 win.

The loss, coming in its regular-season finale, drops Coupeville to 3-5 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-8 overall.

And that’s where it gets complicated.

Of the nine schools to play boys soccer in the NWL, five advance to the playoffs.

Orcas (7-0 in league) faces La Conner (2-5) Friday, then heads to the postseason.

Friday Harbor (7-1), Mount Vernon Christian (6-2) and Grace Academy (4-4) are also playoff-bound.

Cedar Park Christian-Lynnwood (0-8) is eliminated, and La Conner will be as well unless they spring the upset of the year against Orcas.

If that should somehow happen (it won’t), we’d have a four-way tie for the fifth, and final, playoff berth, with the Braves joining Coupeville, Lopez Island, and Providence Classical Christian at 3-5.

But, even if La Conner gets routed (it will), that’s still a three-way tie, which means we need something more than a straight tiebreaker game to decide the last postseason slot.

What will it be?

Personally, I vote for a team eggnog chugging contest, on a moving ferry, in the style of a penalty kick shootout.

Player barfs, team out. Last team standing with spotless uniforms “wins.”

Some call me a genius. Others use different words…

Meanwhile, back in reality, the #5 spot will be decided, in some manner, likely Saturday, Oct. 29, with the winner advancing to host the #4 team from District 2 in a loser-out playoff game Monday, Oct. 31.

The winner of the Halloween night game advances to face Mount Vernon Christian in a loser-out, winner-to-state game either Nov. 1 or 2.

Details of the tiebreaker should be revealed after the Orcas vs. La Conner game, when everyone knows if it’s a three-team or four-team affair. Stay tuned.

Coupeville had a shot to deny the logjam at #5, as a win on Orcas Thursday would have left the Wolves in a fourth-place tie with Grace Academy at 4-4.

That still would have necessitated a tiebreaker, as the NWL #4 team automatically gets a loser-out, winner-to-state game, but it would have been a straight up two-team affair.

Enduring a fair amount of wind, the Wolves held Orcas scoreless for almost 30 minutes, taking the lead when Aidan Wilson banged home his ninth goal of the season off of a deflection.

That gives the Wolf senior 12 tallies for his high school career, breaking a tie with Zane Bundy and leaving Wilson as the sixth-best goal scorer in CHS boys soccer history.

Orcas eventually broke through, however, netting the tying goal on a penalty kick and the go-ahead score in stoppage time right before the halftime break.

A tense 2-1 affair fell apart in the second half, with the Vikings raining down six goals and showing why they are a strong favorite to win back-to-back state 2B/1B titles.

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Aidan Wilson notched two goals Tuesday, sparking Coupeville to a big win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s fast, and he’s deadly.

Speedy senior Aidan Wilson slammed home two unassisted goals Tuesday, propelling the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad to a key victory on its home pitch.

Nipping visiting Providence Classical Christian 2-1 at Mickey Clark Field, the Wolves made a strong statement as they battle for a playoff berth.

Now 2-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-6 overall, Coupeville has three regular season games left on the schedule.

The Wolves host Lopez Island Oct. 22 and La Conner Oct. 22, before island-hopping Oct. 27 for a showdown with defending 2B/1B state champ Orcas Island.

CHS entered play Tuesday vying with PCC for the fifth, and final, playoff berth from the NWL, and made sure to claim the advantage.

“Really well-played game by both teams,” said Coupeville coach Robert Wood. “Aggressive but fair; quality movement and ideas; good build up and strong attacks.

“Wolves finally realize that if you play the game like you practice the game then good things happen.”

Wilson notched both of his goals by using his track and field speed to outrun the PCC defenders.

“Both goals for Aidan, unassisted, because he thinks it’s OK to run with the ball 60 yards and not include anyone else in the fun,” Wood said with a smile.

The scores give Wilson a team-best eight tallies on the season and push the Wolf senior’s prep career total to 11 goals.

That ties him with Zane Bundy for #6 all-time in program history, trailing just Abraham Leyva (45), Derek Leyva (38), Arama Leyva (29), William Nelson (20), and Ethan Spark (17).

Saturday’s home rumble with Lopez kicks off at 1:30 PM and is free to the public.

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Coupeville junior Nick Guay has two goals this season, and eight for his prep career. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re the electric eleven.

Nine Wolf boys and two girls have scored in Coupeville High School soccer games this fall, up from a total of seven booters last time we compiled season scoring stats.

There’s still plenty of games to play, as well, so our numbers could continue to soar.

The guys have seven regular season rumbles left on the schedule, while their female counterparts have either five or six, depending on whether a postponed clash with Sultan is rescheduled.

How things look through Oct. 6:

 

GIRLS:

Ayden Wyman – 4
Carolyn Lhamon – 1

 

BOYS:

Aidan Wilson – 5
Cameron Epp – 3
Reiley Araceley – 2
Preston Epp – 2
Nick Guay – 2
Alex Smith – 2
Cael Wilson – 2
Grant Steller – 1
Cole White – 1

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