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Coupeville senior Lindsey Roberts (front) was named to the 1st team All-Conference squad by league soccer coaches. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Junior defender Tia Wurzrainer was also honored by the North Sound Conference.

Two for the win.

Coupeville High School landed a pair of players on the All-League team when North Sound Conference girls soccer coaches tabulated their votes.

Senior midfielder Lindsey Roberts and junior defender Tia Wurzrainer both landed on the 1st team.

Those honors, and many more, were revealed Thursday night as the Wolf booters capped their season with an awards shindig.

In addition to her All-Conference hardware, Roberts, a four-year starter who banged home 17 career goals, was tabbed as the team’s Player of the Year.

CHS coach Kyle Nelson also honored freshmen Mary Milnes (Rookie of the Year) and Lily Leedy (Most Improved), along with senior Sarah Wright (Most Inspirational).

 

Varsity letter winners:

Knight Arndt
Mollie Bailey
Kiara Contreras
Anna Dion
Maddy Hilkey
Natalie Hollrigel
Mallory Kortuem
Lily Leedy
Katelin McCormick
Mary Milnes
Avalon Renninger
Lindsey Roberts
Audrianna Shaw
Ema Smith
Genna Wright
Sarah Wright
Tia Wurzrainer

 

Participation certificates:

Megan Behan
Aurora Cernick
Casey Rogers

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Anna Dion punched home her first goal of the season Thursday, as Coupeville soccer romped to a 5-0 win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lindsey Roberts also found the back of the net against Port Townsend, scoring for the 17th time in her stellar career.

Let the goals flow.

With sophomore sensation Genna Wright banging home a hat trick Thursday night, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad turned its offense back on in a big way, snapping two dry spells at once.

Romping to a 5-0 non-conference win over visiting Port Townsend, the Wolves ended a six-game losing streak which stretched back three weeks.

It also signaled a major turn for the positive for a pitch squad which has been putting up strong shots, only to watch them narrowly miss time after time.

CHS had tallied just two goals during its losing skid, suffering four shut-outs during that run.

That changed Thursday, as the Wolves lifted their season mark to 2-8-1.

Wright tossed in three goals, giving her a team-high five for the season.

With 15 scores in less than two full seasons of play, the Wolf ace is almost halfway to Mia Littlejohn’s program record of 35 goals.

Thursday, she was joined by junior forward Anna Dion, who scored her first goal of the season, and senior midfielder Lindsey Roberts, who notched her fourth tally of 2018.

Roberts has 17 goals for her career, keeping her slightly ahead of the fast-charging Wright on the Wolf career scoring chart.

Coupeville has a prime opportunity to keep the offense flowing, and possibly start its first winning streak of the season.

After a couple days off, the Wolves head to the wilds of Sultan Tuesday, Oct. 9 to face a Turks team it throttled 6-0 the first time around.

That clash kicks off the final stretch of the regular season for CHS, which then plays Cedar Park Christian and South Whidbey at home, before closing league play on the road at Granite Falls Oct. 17.

Postseason brackets are expected to be revealed in the next day or two, but it seems likely five of the six North Sound Conference teams will advance to the modified double-elimination playoffs.

At 1-5 in league play, Coupeville currently sits in fifth-place, a game up on Sultan (0-6) and two back of Cedar Park Christian (3-3).

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Wolf senior Lindsey Roberts launched a 30-yard missile Thursday, netting the 16th goal of her stellar prep soccer career. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mallory Kortuem, directing traffic in an earlier game, held her own against a physical Granite Falls squad.

Lindsey Roberts can mash a ball.

The Coupeville High School senior possesses a golden leg, one capable of launching a soccer ball like a missile from the 30-yard line, before snapping it off and neatly dropping said ball right over the shoulder of a flailing goaltender.

She’s done it before and she did it again Thursday night, providing the game’s biggest bang in a rough-and-tumble bout with visiting Granite Falls.

It was the kind of night when an otherwise easy-going Wolf booter paced back and forth after the game, telling a teammate “I was so close to squaring up on that girl!”

It was also the kind of night when, despite Roberts cannon shot, and solid work in net by backup goalie Mollie Bailey, Coupeville fell 4-1.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-4 in North Sound Conference play, 1-7-1 overall.

CHS sits in fifth-place in the six-team league.

Granite Falls used a stingy defense (and a few well-placed elbows) to improve to 3-1 in league action.

The Tigers are lurking in second-place, a game-and-a-half off of the pace of defending 1A state champ King’s, which is 5-0 after hammering South Whidbey 5-0 Thursday night.

The match-up against Granite Falls, the first home game for Coupeville after four straight on the road, opened with a bang, and a bad one at that.

Attacking right off the opening tip, the Tigers slammed home a goal less than a minute into play, slipping in a sizzler from the left side on a breakaway.

With starting goalie Sarah Wright off on a college visit, Bailey, a sophomore, got a rare start in the net and largely held her own, making several nice saves as the evening played out.

Mollie did a solid job,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “Very nice to see.”

Bailey, who made an impressive snag on a ball during a multi-player rumble in front of the net, teamed with her defenders to clamp down hard on the Tigers after the opening goal, holding them scoreless the rest of the way until halftime.

Coupeville had trouble getting many shots of its own in the first half, however (something which would change after the break), and the game remained stuck at 1-0 for almost 40 minutes.

Wolf freshman Kiara Contreras had a nice run down the right side, and Genna Wright fought the good fight in a crowd of sharp elbows, but nothing was going in for CHS.

The Wolves, who have struggled to score in recent games, finally broke the seal on the net in stoppage time.

Roberts set up on a free kick, and with everyone in the stadium glued to her every move, brought back memories of former Wolf Jenn Spark, who used to routinely crush long balls in the same manner.

The Granite net-minder jumped as the ball came in hot, but had no chance to stop the rocket as it curved neatly into the back of the net for Roberts’ third goal of the season, and 16th of her stellar career.

The goal seemed to suck a lot of the air out of the visitors in the moment, but halftime, which arrived mere seconds later, saved them.

Revived by the break (and maybe orange slices?), the Tigers pushed their attack in the second half, slipping home the tiebreaker six minutes in, before tacking on cushion goals in the 57th minute and in stoppage time.

CHS had multiple chances to generate goals of its own in the offense-heavy second half, but the soccer gods were unforgiving.

Avalon Renninger, Wright and Roberts all had quality looks, and snappy shots, only to have the ball ding off the crossbar or skip by the net by a matter of inches.

Not making things better, the Wolves appeared to have a second goal, only to have the lead ref be the only person in the stadium, including all the Granite players and coaches, to think the ball hadn’t crossed the threshold.

After the Tiger goalie lost the ball, another Granite booter went into the net to kick it out, but did so in the manner of someone who thinks their team has just given up a score and is returning the ball to midfield.

To the surprise of all, and the disappointment of Wolf supporters, the ref acted as if nothing had happened, and, after a few seconds of everyone struck in neutral, play picked back up.

Nelson would have liked the goal, but didn’t hold the non-call as a defining moment.

As he pointed out, there are a lot of angles in a stadium, and while it might have looked like a score from many of them, it’s possible (maybe…) the ref had the one angle where the ball didn’t get across the line.

Instead of being angry, Nelson instead chose to focus on his team’s near misses, which showed an aggressiveness on offense which may yet benefit the Wolves.

“It was nice to see us step up against a very physical team. That’s a good sign,” he said. “We had some good shots that just wouldn’t go in.

“I’ve told the girls, if we keep getting good looks and shots, they will eventually start to go in. They just need to keep firing.”

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Natalie Hollrigel and the CHS girls soccer squad are deep into a four-game road trip. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fear the wrath of the Hurricanes.

Mount Vernon Christian might be just a 1B school, but its girls soccer squad is a fearsome foe, something Coupeville was reminded of Saturday afternoon.

Playing their third game in a four-game road trip, the Wolf booters weren’t able to generate much offense against a very-effective MVC defense, falling 3-0.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 1-5-1 on the season.

The Hurricanes, who haven’t given up more than a single goal in a game, are flying high, posting a 5-1 record.

MVC has outscored its first six opponents by a combined score of 21-5.

The Wolves are having a bit more trouble with their scoring differential, having been shut-out in four of seven games.

Playing, and losing, during back-to-back weekends, has dinged the ol’ win/loss record a bit.

“Saturdays do not seem to agree with us,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson. “We were half a step slow today, and ultimately that cost us.”

Coupeville returns to the Island to wrap up its longest road trip of the season, visiting Langley this Tuesday, Sept. 25, to face South Whidbey.

CHS is 1-2 in North Sound Conference play, and a win against the Falcons (1-1 in league, 3-3 overall) would propel the Wolves up the standings.

The Island rivalry clash kicks off at 6 PM at South Whidbey High School.

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CHS soccer snipers (l to r) Mallory Kortuem, Lindsey Roberts and Avalon Renninger scored two goals apiece Thursday night. (Photo by CoupevillePaparazzi.com)

The first one was nice, the second one even sweeter.

Doubling their pleasure, Wolf gunners Mallory Kortuem, Avalon Renninger and Lindsey Roberts scored two goals apiece Thursday as the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad thrashed visiting Sultan 6-0.

The runaway win, coming on a night when the CHS defense never allowed the Turks to take a single meaningful shot on goal, lifts the Wolves to 1-1 in North Sound Conference play.

They sit in a tie for third place in the six-team league, just a game out of first place, with eight more conference games left on the schedule.

Coupeville is 1-2-1 heading into a non-league game Saturday at Chimacum.

That meeting with their former Olympic League rival kicks off a stretch of four straight road bouts, as the Wolves don’t play at home again until Sept. 27.

Perhaps anticipating the two-week separation from many of its fans, Coupeville put on a fireworks display before leaving town.

The Wolves controlled the flow of the game — absolutely, positively and without any doubts — firing bursts of shots at the Sultan goalkeeper.

To her credit, she knocked down several, including punching away one wicked Genna Wright sizzler from in close, but the Turks had too many holes in their defense to keep the Wolves fully at bay.

Renninger broke the seal on the goal a little over 10 minutes into the contest, turning on a dime and bashing a frozen rope while sliding between two defenders.

After that, Roberts, a senior captain making one final run on the CHS pitch, took over.

First, she notched her debut goal of the young season, lighting up the scoreboard with a eye-popping run right through the heart of the defense.

Dodging at least four rivals on her charge, she juked the Turk defenders out of their spikes.

Deftly tapping the ball between her feet as she slid through the maze like the star of the ’80s arcade game Centipede hurtling downward to rob a player of yet another quarter, Roberts finished things off by drawing the goalie out of the box, then bashing the ball under her leg.

Showing off a different side of her game, Roberts set Kortuem up on the next goal, sliding the ball between defenders, then stepping back and nodding in approval as her teammate slapped a shot into the corner of the net.

Putting a final punctuation mark on a first half to remember, Roberts pounded her second goal of the night, and 15th of her career, with a little over six minutes to go before the break.

Taking a ball from Ema Smith, Roberts faked with one foot, then dropped the hammer with the other, proving she can kill with every part of the body.

While the second half featured a little less offense, as the Wolves pulled back the reins a bit and gave younger players valuable field time, both Renninger and Kortuem found time to pop in second goals of their own.

Renninger’s came on another laser shot from the top less than two minutes into the half, while Kortuem closed out the scoring after emerging with the ball from a scrum of players in front of the net with a little under six minutes to play.

While Coupeville scored seemingly at will, the Turks were firmly held in check by the Wolf D.

CHS goalie Sarah Wright spent more time admiring the sunset than having to deflect shots, with the few times she touched the ball coming mainly when she chased down wayward shots which rolled out of bounds.

That was largely due to the efforts of her defenders, as Tia Wurzrainer, Natalie Hollrigel, Mary Milnes, Maddy Hilkey and Co. constantly frustrated Sultan’s would-be shooters, roughing them up, stripping the ball, and otherwise being very unaccommodating.

The stellar play on both sides of the field brought a smile to coach Kyle Nelson’s face.

After the game, he spent a few moments talking with former soccer manager Sebastian Wurzrainer, who was gazing a bit wistfully at the shiny new press box after years of battling rabid bees while working the mic in the old, ramshackle hut that stood atop what is now the road stands.

Once he was caught up on Wurzrainer’s college life, the Wolf pitch guru returned to marinating in the victory.

“I told the ladies, we’re new to this league, and this was a statement win,” Nelson said. “It gives us an idea of where we belong.

“It’s still early and there is always room for growth and things to work on, but we are showing great improvement.”

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