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Grant Steller swings his Leg ‘o Death as the soccer ball silently screams for help which isn’t coming. (Morgan White photos)

The pitch has been hoppin’.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer team had back-to-back home games recently, with the two best teams in the Northwest 2B/1B League visiting Whidbey.

With a win over Friday Harbor and a competitive loss to defending state champ Orcas Island, the Wolves exited the home stand looking fairly decent.

Along the way, Wolf mom Morgan White snapped a ton of pics, some of which can be seen above and below.

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Grant Steller (right) comes in ready for battle as La Conner’s goaltender denies the Wolf attack. (Morgan White photos)

The pitch was alive with the sound of clicks.

Coupeville and La Conner waged a boys soccer rumble Tuesday which finished with a wild, and somewhat controversial, game-changing call in overtime.

But this story is not about that, as we instead use this space to focus on pics from the camera of Wolf mom Morgan White.

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Xavier Murdy is one of two departing seniors for the CHS soccer squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tony Garcia is the other 12th grader.

“There were moments of greatness. There were moments of frustration.”

Coupeville High School boys soccer coach Robert Wood could have been talking both about Thursday’s season finale, and the season in whole.

The Wolves fell 5-0 in Bothell to Northwest 2B/1B League frontrunner Providence Classical Christian.

PCC improves to 13-1 with the win, while Coupeville finishes 4-10 and will claim sixth-place among nine teams.

The Wolves, who almost saw the program shut down last season due to a lack of players, rebounded in numbers this season, with 19 booters.

CHS will only lose three — seniors Tony Garcia and Xavier Murdy, as well as exchange student Miguel Puente — but now there’s a need to keep the momentum going.

Wood used his younger players in the second half Thursday, and hopes the experience lights a fire under them.

“Can’t build a competitive team with only nine players at the start of practice/school (like last time),” he warned.

While Coupeville may not boast travel ball players like PCC and other private school teams often do, Wood would like to see a serious commitment from his players going forward.

If everyone returns, things look bright, with five of the seven players who scored this season being underclassmen.

All three goaltenders — Aidan Wilson, Alex Murdy, and Nick Guay — are also due back.

 

Final scoring stats:

Nick Guay 5
Alex Murdy 5
Xavier Murdy 3
Miguel Puente 3
Grant Steller 1
Andrew Williams 1
Cael Wilson 1

Team captain Grant Steller is among the possible returners for next year.

Nick Guay, just a sophomore, tied for the team lead in scoring.

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