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Mikey Robinett played strongly Wednesday as Coupeville edged Granite Falls 2-1 in a middle school soccer thriller. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes banged home both goals, giving him five on the season.

Another day, another milestone.

Roaring from behind Wednesday, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team rode two goals from Logan Downes and bounced visiting Granite Falls 2-1.

It was the first home victory in the history of the program, which improves to 2-4 in its first season of competition.

The Wolves proved resilient, not flinching after falling behind early.

Granite slipped a goal into the back of the net barely 10 minutes into the contest, using a short shot into the opposite corner to break the ice.

It would be the final happy moment the visitors had the rest of the afternoon, however, as Coupeville’s defense went into lock-down mode after that.

Downes pulled the Wolves even with his fourth goal of the season shortly afterwards, then scored the eventual game-winner in the second half.

Coupeville wasn’t content to sit on the lead, though, with CMS coach Reese Cernick unleashing his offensive attack.

The Wolves crashed the net hard, getting good looks for Nick Wasik, Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, and Mikey Robinett, but had every shot narrowly miss hitting pay-dirt.

Still, the defense made the lead hold up, and Cernick capped things with a short, but sweet, sentiment.

“We played well,” he said.

CMS completes a three-game home-stand Oct. 14, when it welcomes Northshore Christian Academy to town.

After that are two road games, then the season finale at home Oct. 23.

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Andrew Williams battles for control of the ball Monday as Coupeville faces off with Lakewood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alexander Smith comes flying in to deal death ‘n destruction.

Nick Wasik dances with the ball.

Logan Downes sends the ball flying far away.

William Davidson enjoys playing on a wet, muddy field.

Zane Oldenstadt pushes the ball up-field.

Tavan Hughes plots his strategy.

Nick Guay sacrifices his noggin.

Back where they belong.

Finally home after a three-game road trip, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad got to slide around on a wet field Monday afternoon while clashing with Lakewood.

Taking advantage of the Wolves being in town, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken also showed up at Mickey Clark Field, and the snaps seen above are courtesy him.

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Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim set up one of Coupeville’s goals Monday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First improvement, then wins.

As the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team works its way through the program’s first-ever season, coach Reese Cernick has preached growth.

And there have been results, as the Wolves continue to fine-tune their collective games.

While CMS fell 5-2 to visiting Lakewood Monday, the positive changes are being noticed by all.

“The opposing coach congratulated us after the game on our team’s improvement since we last played,” Cernick said. “I would like to say that we are playing against three other teams with great coaches.

“Each coach has been great to speak with and had has nothing but good things to say about our team.”

Coupeville hits the halfway point of the season at 1-4, with its next two games at home.

Granite Falls arrives on Whidbey Wednesday, with Northshore Christian Academy set to show up Oct. 14.

The Wolves netted their scores Monday on vastly different plays.

On the first, Logan Downes beat the Lakewood goalie on a one-on-one, ramming home his team-leading third goal of the season.

Coupeville also scored off of a bit of teamwork, as Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim crashed a shot at the net, allowing teammate Andrew Williams to step up and head the incoming ball past the net-minder.

It was the second score of the season for Williams.

Cernick stepped off the rain-slickened pitch with a spring to his step.

“Our passing game continues to improve as well as our desire to get to the ball first,” he said. “I am proud of each and every player on the team.

“They each played a great game today.”

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Andrew Williams scored Monday, lifting the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad to the first win in program history. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every day a new milestone.

A game after scoring the first goals in program history, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer squad went one better Monday afternoon.

Sparked by a lock-down defense, the Wolf booters nipped host Granite Falls 1-0, recording their first-ever win.

Now 1-2 in its debut season, Coupeville got the only goal it needed thanks to a wham-bam play and a little luck.

Logan Downes rifled a corner kick towards the goal early in the second half, and the ball landed exactly where it needed to be – on Andrew Williams thigh.

Ricocheting past the Granite goalie, the orb found the back of the net, and the Wolf celebration was on.

“Great team work,” said CMS coach Reese Cernick. “They played very well together. Good passing, good rhythm, good control.”

With just a 1-0 lead, the win was in doubt until the final moments, but that’s where Coupeville’s defense rose to the moment.

Wolf goaltender William Davidson, AKA “Mr. Freeze,” was a beast in the net, knocking down shots and refusing to let Granite get even a sniff of a goal.

His defenders came up big, as well, with Preston Epp deflecting what could have been the tying goal late in stoppage time.

Granite Falls got one truly final shot at an equalizer with about 10 seconds to play, but the Wolves stacked their own box and successfully fended off a desperation corner kick.

As a bus full of madly-celebrating Wolves tore through the back streets of Granite Falls, their coach relaxed and enjoyed the landmark win.

“Everyone pulled their weight today,” Cernick said. “I am very proud of them.”

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Logan Downes is the first Coupeville Middle School boys soccer player to score a goal. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes made some history.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader became the first boys soccer player in school history to score a goal, finding the back of the net Wednesday afternoon at Lakewood.

He actually picked up a second score as well, though it would be credited as an “own goal,” as Downes banged a corner kick right at a Lakewood player who accidentally headed the incoming ball past his own goalkeeper.

While the Wolves fell 8-2 in the first road game in program history, dropping their record to 0-2 in their inaugural season, there were plenty of positives.

“I feel we played a better game this time than our first game,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick. “Positioning was better.

“We’re starting to come together as a team, but have a little ways to go.”

The Wolves travel to Granite Falls Sept. 30 and Northshore Christian Academy Oct. 2, before returning home Oct. 7 to kick off a three-game home-stand with a rematch against Lakewood.

The soccer program, which was added this year after CMS football was eliminated, has a 10-game season.

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