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Natalie Hollrigel and the CHS defense stepped up impressively in the second half Saturday, keying a Wolf comeback against a highly-touted rival. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Vegas odds-makers are not happy.

But Kyle Nelson is.

Blowing up pregame predictions, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team stormed back from two goals down Saturday, against a team which hadn’t been scored on in four straight games, and forced a 2-2 draw.

The tie, coming against a Mount Vernon Christian team which arrived on Whidbey boasting a 5-1 record, and having outscored foes 27-2 across the last five games, felt like a win as the Wolves exited the pitch.

Seeing his team dominate play, especially in the second half, reinforced Nelson’s belief his squad shouldn’t solely be judged on its 0-5-2 record.

With one or two exceptions, Coupeville has been highly-competitive in all of its games, while playing without its top scorer and starting goaltender for much of the season.

With Genna Wright likely gone for the season (she injured her knee in the season opener) and Mollie Bailey returning to the net Saturday — but just for a half — it’s required everyone on the roster to step up.

And the growth Nelson was hoping to see in a relatively young team is arriving.

“We’re finally getting to where we want to be,” he said.

“Our play in the middle third of the field has been solid, and now, after getting in some more practices, and working on our play in the final third, we’re seeing definite progress.”

Mount Vernon Christian hadn’t been touched since a season-opening loss to Cedar Park Christian, and the Hurricanes came out looking like a team intent on winning its sixth-straight game.

Two goals midway through the first half, the second off of a penalty kick which caught a gust of wind and shot over Bailey’s shoulder, staked MVC to a 2-0 lead.

Without Wright as the tip of its spear, Coupeville has struggled to score at times this season, amassing just five goals through its first six games.

But this time the Wolves broke through, as sophomore Eryn Wood beat a pair of defenders, then popped a shot into the right side of the net with three minutes to play in the opening half.

Her first high school goal, it gave the Wolves a genuine spark heading into the locker room, and it showed when CHS returned to the pitch.

Coupeville owned every second of the game’s second 40-minute stretch, peppering the Hurricane goalie with shot after shot, while Bailey’s backup, Samantha Streitler, only had to turn away a shot every 20 minutes or so.

But as many shots as the Wolves were firing, Mount Vernon was doing a nice dance of “dodge the tie,” with its goaltender deflecting shots on both sides of the net.

Her luck finally ran out thanks to her teammates love of physical defense.

Or maybe extra-physical, as the Hurricanes twice wiped out Wolf sophomore Sophia Martin as she careened towards the goal, ball on her foot.

The first time, the ref shrugged his shoulders and walked away with nary a whistle, but the second time the bodies hit the floor, a yellow card came out and Coupeville was awarded a penalty kick.

Taking the in-close shot was the ever-stone cold Avalon Renninger, who slightly arched one eyebrow, let the smallest of smiles slip to just the corner of her mouth, then drilled the snot out of the ball.

It curved past the flailing MVC goalie, found the back of the net, tied the game up, and made a little history.

It was Renninger’s team-leading third goal of the season, and the ninth of her four-year career.

That breaks a tie with big sis Sage, and moves the younger sister into sole possession of fifth-place on the CHS girls soccer career scoring list.

Not content for just a two-goal comeback and a tie against a strong non-conference foe, the Wolves kept their collective foot jammed on the gas pedal, driving it through the floorboards.

But, despite two sizzlin’ Renninger shots, packaged around a booming ball off the foot of Audrianna Shaw, it wasn’t to be.

With the game in stoppage time, the most-irritating of all time in a soccer game since only the ref knows how long he’ll let the “last two minutes” go on, MVC made its first sustained run in nearly 38 minutes.

A ball took a bad hop (for Coupeville) and a Hurricane shooter got away just long enough to fire off one final shot in a bid to drive a stake through the heart of Wolf Nation.

Streitler was in place to make the nab, but she never had to, as the ball sailed harmlessly past on the right side, and the final whistle mercifully tweeted.

Since it was a non-conference game (and soccer…), players exchanged handshakes instead of taking things to overtime and/or penalty kicks.

But, from the way they walked off the field, it was hard not to feel like the Wolves were the better team on this day, regardless of record, and the true winners.

It keeps alive a remarkably successful run against Mount Vernon Christian, as Coupeville girls soccer has gone 5-1-2 against the Hurricanes across the last decade.

Something to keep in mind, because if CHS drops back from 1A to 2B next school year, as expected, they would rejoin their old stomping grounds, the Northwest League.

The current first-place team in that league? MVC.

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Eryn Wood got the assist on a late goal Saturday, propelling Coupeville to a 1-1 tie at home against 2A Kingston. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The home cooking paid off.

Back playing on their own pitch after a three-game road trip, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team pulled off a late rally Saturday, earning a tie which felt more like a win.

Despite missing four key starters — Avalon Renninger, Genna Wright, Mollie Bailey, and Mallory Kortuem — the 1A Wolves played 2A Kingston to a 1-1 draw.

The tie, coming in a non-conference game, lifts Coupeville to 0-4-1 on the season.

The two teams battled through a scoreless first half, before the Buccaneers broke the stalemate early in the second half on a goal which barely slipped past the Wolf defense.

Coupeville, coming off a 1-0 loss in its last game, didn’t buckle, however, charging back to get the answering goal with a hair over 15 minutes left in the match.

Eryn Wood set the play up, dropping a pass for Sophia Martin, who banged home her team-leading second goal of the season.

It was sweet payback for Martin, who had an earlier goal waved off when Coupeville was called for being off-sides.

With the game knotted at one, the Wolf defense clamped down and preserved the tie, kicking off a four-game home-stand for Coupeville.

The Wolves welcome Cedar Park Christian to town Tuesday, Sept. 24 for a North Sound Conference game, then return to action Sept. 28 against non-league foe Mount Vernon Christian.


JV gets its turn in the spotlight:

Coupeville’s second squad made its home debut, playing a fast-paced 7-on-7 version of soccer, and the young team hung tough in a 4-0 loss.

The Wolf JV sits at 0-2 on the season.

Most important was simply getting a chance to get on the pitch and do work.

“Nice to have JV out there getting playing time in,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “Every player got a full game worth of playing time today.”

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“I said it was MY FREAKIN’ BALL, woman!!” Coupeville’s Natalie Hollrigel (10) is a rampaging warrior during a jamboree Thursday in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Wolf soccer greats William Nelson (modeling a stylish zip-up) and Aaron Wright (in hat) stop by to see the next generation play.

Showcasing her explosive speed, Mallory Kortuem jukes a rival out of her shoes.

The Wolf faithful settles in.

Sherry Roberts (left) and Fanny Deprelle share a moment.

Fab frosh Carolyn Lhamon drops the hammer.

McKenzie Bailey doin’ what McKenzie Bailey does.

Eryn Wood makes the Earth rumble beneath her feet.

The pitch is open for business.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad made its 2019 debut Thursday at a four-team jamboree in Oak Harbor.

Joining the Wolves and the Wildcats were Anacortes and Meridian, and the second of those teams will be back on Whidbey shortly.

That’ll happen Saturday, and the trip will be a bit longer for Meridian, as the Trojans travel to Coupeville for the regular-season opener.

The non-conference tilt kicks off at 1 PM at Mickey Clark Field.

Until then, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken offers up a mix of pics from Thursday’s event, with some on the field, some off.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


And, while you’re there, remember that a percentage of any sales goes back to fund scholarships Fisken gives out at the end of the school year to CHS senior student/athletes.

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Eryn Wood played strongly Monday as the Coupeville JV spikers battled South Whidbey through three torrid sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Second match, same as the first.

The JV volleyball squads from Coupeville and South Whidbey played twice this season, and the result was identical – the Wolves roll early, the Falcons swoop in at the end.

Monday, CHS roared to a lopsided win in the opening set, crushing the visitors 25-15, but then came up short in the final two frames, falling 25-19, 25-13.

The loss drops Coupeville’s young guns to 3-4 in North Sound Conference play, 5-5 overall.

Just like the first time these two JV teams faced off, back in late Sept. in Langley, the Wolves came out all guns firing.

Monday, Zoe Trujillo elevated and ripped a rival’s knee cap off with a ferocious spike to open the match, and that was just the beginning.

A nasty ace off the fingertips of Lucy Sandahl, followed by a block from Abby Mulholland and a kill from Izzy Wells, and Coupeville had a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Raven Vick and Sandahl each ripped off stellar runs at the service line to pad the lead, with Trujillo providing the snappiest point when she slipped in from the left side at the last second to drop a running tip which had the Falcons swinging at nothing but air.

Once again, Coupeville looked like it would put the match away in the second set, jumping out to a lead.

But once again, that lead slipped away, never to be regained.

Maddie Vondrak unleashed like a coiled spring exploding, driving a ball between two defenders for a kill, then immediately struck again, this time dancing in air while using just the tips of her fingers to reach up and snuff out a would-be-Falcon point.

That followed a sensational smash off the back line from Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and things were sailing along nicely. Until they weren’t.

The Wolves didn’t trail until 17-16, but once they found themselves on the short end of the score, they couldn’t get back in front.

Trujillo made a spectacular running save on one point, however, popping the ball back into play.

That gave Vondrak a chance to arc a high, looping shot over her shoulder, with the ball splashing down deep on the other side of the net for an unexpected, and thrilling, point.

With their swing players (Sandahl, Vondrak, Vick and Trujillo) unavailable in the third set, CHS coach Chris Smith went to his freshmen in the final frame, and they put up a strong effort against more seasoned foes.

Eryn Wood and Noelle Daigneault caught the spotlight, with the former dropping in several winners with a variety of sweet hits, while the latter lashed a booming ace on her very first serve.

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CHS freshman Eryn Wood runs during volleyball practice. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

So many sports, so little time.

Coupeville High School freshman Eryn Wood springs from an athletic family, and the middle child of three has dabbled in numerous sports over the years.

As a middle school star, she impressed on the volleyball court and shone while competing in both track and field events.

Now, as a newcomer to the world of high school sports, Wood plans to flip track for tennis, giving longtime net coach Ken Stange another talented young player to take under his wing.

This fall, she’s ignoring the possible anguish of her soccer-obsessed family and staying with volleyball.

At least for the moment.

“I have not decided if I will play soccer next fall instead of volleyball,” Wood said. “I am definitely torn between soccer and volleyball because I’ve grown up around a family that worships soccer.

“But I also really enjoy playing volleyball as an outside hitter,” she added. “I enjoy how competitive and exhilarating it can be. I also love when you receive the perfect set to just kill the ball.”

Wood, whose goal for high school is to eventually earn an athletic letter (“I think that’s a good start, given that I’m a freshman”), considers herself a work in progress on the volleyball court.

Cue hard work and constant effort to refine her skills.

“I would say that I’m a good passer and hitter,” Wood said. “Although this is a very crucial part of the game and it really helps to have this as a strong area, serving is definitely one of my weaknesses.”

When she’s away from practices and games, the young Wolf enjoys a wide range of leisure activities.

“I really enjoy reading,” Wood said. “I think it’s just a fun way to disconnect from reality and get your mind off of whatever is stressing you out.

“I also LOVE to travel. I love to experience new cultures and see new places.”

Whether she’s pounding the ball on the court or off exploring, Wood is part of a tight-knit family, and she hails her parents, Robert and Jill, as well as older brother James and lil’ sis Aby, for the joy they bring to her life.

Even when she’s not playing soccer.

“My dad is a soccer coach, so I’m pretty sure he wants me to play soccer,” Wood said. “But he also encourages me to do something different and play volleyball.

“My mom just tells me that she will support me no matter what.”

Her appreciation for family support also carries over to her siblings.

“My brother James, a junior, knows everyone on the volleyball and soccer team,” Wood said. “So he just gives me the insider information.

“I love my sister Aby; it can be tough sometimes having a little sister with such an incredible personality but she really just keeps me on my toes and she supports me just as much.”

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