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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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Genna Wright and Coupeville soccer fell to a strong Mount Vernon Christian squad Saturday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Speed kills.

Unable to slow down a much-quicker Mount Vernon Christian squad, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team endured a rough game Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Hurricanes hit like a … well, hurricane, deluging the Wolves in goals en route to a 9-0 win.

The loss evens Coupeville’s record at 1-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play.

MVC benefited from a bit of luck, taking advantage of several caroms which bounced perfectly, but also dominated in every aspect of play.

The Hurricanes, who racked up six of their goals in the first half, with the opening score coming less than two minutes into play, are a talented bunch of sharpshooters.

But, while he wasn’t thrilled about the final score, Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson was pleased with how his team rebounded in the second half.

“They didn’t drop their heads after the break, and played competitively with a good team with a lot of quality players,” he said.

“We still have two more games with them, and we have a solid chance if we can match their intensity.”

It was the season-opener for MVC, while Coupeville was coming off of a 4-0 win over La Conner.

With Friday Harbor sitting out this season in all sports after a spike in Covid cases, those three teams are the only ones playing girls soccer.

The Wolves hit the road to play La Conner April 23 and MVC April 28, then come back home to play the same squads May 3 and 7, respectively, during a pandemic-shortened campaign.

While Coupeville couldn’t crack the Hurricane defense for a score, it did have several decent shots on goal, with a booming kick from Carolyn Lhamon coming the closest to splashing home.

On defense, Nezi Keiper, Audrianna Shaw, and Co. put up a good fight in a losing cause.

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Genna Wright, seen here during tennis, netted Coupeville’s first soccer goal of the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s back.

It’s been 585 days since Genna Wright left the soccer pitch in agony, suffering a devastating injury in the season opener of her junior season.

Chucked hard from behind while sprinting towards the sideline in pursuit of a ball, the effervescent star went down awkwardly, tearing her ACL, MCL, and meniscus.

In the blink of an eye, her season was done, and then the hits kept coming.

Surgery. Recovery. A worldwide pandemic shutting down prep sports just as she was set to return.

Jump forward to Wednesday night, though, and a lot of that melted away.

Wright, running free in front of family and friends once again, slashed through La Conner’s defense to open her senior campaign with a much-more positive result, and her smile, and those of her teammates, lit up Mickey Clark Field.

By the time the Wolves were done ripping up the turf, they had a tidy 4-0 win over the visiting Braves, putting Coupeville atop the Northwest 2B/1B League standings a game into a pared-down six-game schedule.

With two more games against La Conner, and three against Mount Vernon Christian, CHS is chasing the first league title in program history.

Play like they did Wednesday, and the Wolf booters will soon have a place on the Wall of Fame in the CHS gym.

Coupeville struck quickly, with Wright going on a rampage barely four minutes into the game.

Fed a ball by Carolyn Lhamon, the resurgent one went coast-to-coast, then slapped a shot left to right, burying the ball in the corner of the net for the year’s first score.

It was the 18th prep goal for Wright — she had 10 as a freshman, and seven as a sophomore — allowing her to break a tie with Lindsey Roberts as the #3 scorer in CHS girls soccer history.

Mia Littlejohn (35 goals) and Kalia Littlejohn (33) sit at #1 and #2 all-time.

The Wolves stayed on the attack the rest of the first half, keeping the ball on La Conner’s side of the field, but narrowly missed on a couple of prime scoring opportunities.

Up 1-0 at the break, with goaltender Mollie Bailey able to spend much of her time quietly basking in the sun, Coupeville broke things open in the second half.

Sophie Martin crunched a shot which should have been a goal, only to have it be redirected by the La Conner goalie’s knee, while Audrianna Shaw and Wright also had strong looks which didn’t quite pay off.

But then the dam broke, as the Wolves whacked home three scores in the final 22+ minutes.

Eryn Wood was first up, punching in a ball off of a feed from Shaw, before Lhamon and Reese Wilkinson buried shots in the back of the net.

It was Wood’s second career high school goal, and the first for both of her teammates.

Coupeville continued to hammer away, with Lily Leedy putting together a nice run on goal which fell just short, while the Wolf defense was virtually lights out.

Bailey was her usual calm self in goal, flicking away the few shots La Conner mounted, but watched as her defenders did much of the dirty work.

Nezi Keiper, Anna Myles, Katelin McCormick, and Mary Milnes were a wall in the backfield, blunting any chance the Braves had to mount a threat.

CHS coach Kyle Nelson has his program in a strong place, with a 17-woman roster which also includes Ava Mitten, Camryn Clark, Sofia Milasich, Noelle Daigneault, and Gwen Crowder.

The Wolves are back at it Saturday, hosting Mount Vernon Christian in a game set to kickoff at 1 PM.

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Genna Wright is the first Wolf in the last 16 years to play their entire prep career at #1 singles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaimee Masters (left) and Emily Fiedler join Wright in being honored on Senior Night.

It was a unique farewell.

For the 16th time at Coupeville High School, girls tennis coach Ken Stange bid adieu to his seniors with heartfelt sentiment and a fair share of laughs.

Friday’s ceremony, which honored Emily Fiedler, Jaimee Masters, and Genna Wright, was like no others, as Age of Coronavirus regulations shortened the season and left everyone clad in masks.

But the trio still got its moment in the sun, and photos courtesy wanderin’ camera bug John Fisken.

Before leading their team to a fifth-straight win, the Wolf seniors each had their own farewell statement to deliver.

An excerpt from each:


Jaimee Masters:

Everyone has been so nice and understanding, so much that I could actually be myself and grow.

Tennis has really impacted me and I appreciate anyone who has been here and I will miss everyone so much.

Masters and the family.


Emily Fiedler:

I would like to thank all of the tennis girls from the past years and the girls now, everyone has always been so sweet and friendly.

I appreciate how lighthearted tennis is and how much fun I always have when playing.

Fiedler and the parentals.


Genna Wright:

Thank you mom and dad for constantly doing the most for me.

Thank you for showing and always being my biggest cheerleaders, for making sure I had enough food packed for away matches and picking up all the small pieces.

I could not have done it without you.

Wright and associates.

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Carolyn Lhamon pushes the ball upfield in pre-pandemic times. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

New league, new dreams.

With the pandemic, it’s been a bit since the Coupeville High School girls soccer team has competed together as a unit.

That would be fall of 2019, and a lot has changed since then.

CHS moved from 1A to 2B, joined the Northwest 2B/1B League, and top scorer Genna Wright has recovered from a devastating leg injury which erased 98.2% of her junior season.

Now, Wright is back to torch nets again, the Wolves are on what should be a more level playing field, and coach Kyle Nelson is only leading one Coupeville soccer program.

The move to 2B brings boys soccer into the same season as girls soccer — technically the fall, but being played this school year from April to May — with the pitch guru opting to step down as boys coach.

While former assistant Robert Wood takes the reigns of that program, Nelson is ready to bound back into action with the Wolf girls as they head into new waters.

“I am thrilled to have left some of those 1A schools behind,” he said. “In soccer we were facing schools that were sending off some of their seniors to go play at Division I schools, not something we were ever able to compete with.

“Now, each school is on a fairly even playing field.”

In this pandemic-shortened season Coupeville will face NWL mates Friday Harbor, La Conner, and Mount Vernon Christian three times each, with five of nine games at home.

“From our past experience with these schools, all the games we have played against them have usually been good contests where either team could have been the winner,” Nelson said. “Looking forward to going into all of our games knowing that we could win that game.

“Friday Harbor and Mount Vernon Christian could both be strong,” he added. “But, since it has been a year and a half since any of us have played, it really could be anyone.”

And there’s no reason to think these Wolf booters can’t be the first CHS soccer team to capture a conference crown.

“Our first goal is not any different than any other year, and that is to have some fun,” Nelson said. “Since there will be no playoffs, a league title will be our team goal.”

Sophie Martin shows off some wicked skills.

Leading the pursuit of that goal will be a group of players with years of experience on the pitch.

Nelson’s three captains are seniors Mollie Bailey and Genna Wright, along with junior Mary Milnes.

Bailey anchors the Wolf defense in goal, with Milnes and sophomore Nezi Keiper holding down the back line.

Midfielders Sophie Martin, a junior, and super sophomore Carolyn Lhamon will be joined by Wright and junior Eryn Wood, who lead the Coupeville attack.

Martin rattled home four goals in 2019, while Wright enters play this season tied for third-place all-time on the CHS girls scoring chart.

With 10 goals as a freshman and another seven as a sophomore, she sits with 17 goals, the same figure thrown down by former Wolf star Lindsey Roberts.

Wright is chasing Mia (35 goals) and Kalia Littlejohn (33 goals) for the career record.

While he has a strong core of returning players to lean on, Nelson also looks forward to seeing which other Wolves accept the challenge and rise to prominence.

“I am sure we will have some athletes that will be stepping up for us to cover key positions, but at this point I am not sure I can identify them,” he said.

“It has been awhile since we have really had a full team out there playing, and it will be fun to see who is ready to take it to the next level.”

However the roster spots break down, Nelson is ready to roll.

“We bring back quite a bit of experience all over the field,” he said. “We just need to bring the pieces together to form a cohesive unit.

“This could prove to be tricky in such a short season, but we will give it our best effort.”

Mollie Bailey clears the goal.

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