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Cole White tallied his fourth high school goal Tuesday at Marysville. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sometimes you get the breaks, and sometimes you don’t.

For the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad, Tuesday’s trip to Marysville was one of those days when the sports gods chose not to smile on the Wolves.

Despite getting strong play from across the roster, CHS came up on the short end of a 3-2 game with host Grace Academy.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-5 overall.

“Three mistakes at the wrong time in the wrong area…,” said Coupeville coach Robert Wood.

“That’s what happens.”

Even with his team coming out on the short end of the score, Wood was largely pleased with the play he saw from his booters.

Nick Guay was an excellent second half goalkeeper,” Wood said. “And we had very good, coordinated, disciplined play most of the day from everyone.”

Coupeville’s scores came from Preston Epp and Cole White, who both notched their third goals of the season.

Epp redirected a ball in the game’s 30th minute, taking advantage of a corner kick which bounced around and then came out to him.

For White, he put some pizazz on his goal, charging a high pass from deep in Coupeville’s end of the field, then using his noggin to flick the ball past the Grace Academy netminder, all while having a defender draped all over him.

The Wolves get back at it this Friday, heading back off of Whidbey one more time.

Coupeville’s destination is Friday Harbor, where they’ll get a rematch with a state title contender they shocked 3-1 earlier in the season.

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Cael Wilson and Coupeville toppled Grace Academy Friday night in a game decided by penalty kicks. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cameron Epp and Co. are 2-4 and headed home for three-straight games.

“The soccer gods were on our side today.”

Coupeville High School boys soccer coach Robert Wood and his team exited Marysville with a hard-fought win Friday night, thanks to some skill and some luck.

The Wolves bounced host Grace Academy 3-2, with the game decided by a penalty kick shootout after two scoreless overtimes.

That finale went down 5-3 in favor of Coupeville, and lifts it to 2-4 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, with both victories coming against the same opponent.

“Strong second half with a good result,” Wood said. “Ending with PK’s is probably the most unfair method known to mankind … but a win is a win, even when the other team outplayed us most of the night.”

Closing out a three-game road trip, the Wolves went to extra time for the second-straight game. Coming off of a loss to La Conner, this ending was much more preferable.

Alex Murdy got CHS on the board with his first high school goal, coming on an “aggressive takeaway and good couple moves to get a power knuckleball shot over the keeper, under the bar.”

Coupeville’s second score came courtesy Nick Guay, who tallied his team-leading third goal of the campaign.

“An aggressive attack on a free ball … cheeky little chip over the keeper rushing the ball and into the goal,” is how his coach fondly remembered it.

Grace forced overtime by scoring in stoppage time, then the two teams failed to score in either of the two five-minute extra periods.

While the Wolves played stellar ball at times, they also benefited from Grace hitting the goal post four times.

Coupeville now returns home for three straight games, starting with a rematch with La Conner next Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The Wolves then host Mount Vernon Christian Oct. 7 and Providence Classical Christian Oct. 9.

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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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