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Dressed for success. (Chloe Marzocca photos)

A new photo star emerges.

Chloe Marzocca joins a strong group of Coupeville High School yearbook students working the sidelines at games this fall.

And now her photographic work, along with that of Helen Strelow, Brenn Sugatan, Bailey Thule, and Delanie Lewis, graces the digital pages of Coupeville Sports.

Marzocca, who balances her shooting schedule with her time as part of the CHS volleyball squad, shot the pics above and below at the most recent Wolf girls soccer game.

Edie Bittner (3) denies easy access to the goal.

The Wolves take a lap during warmups.

Bittner and Isabella Gaspio (11) double-team a potential shooter.

Volleyball aces Madison McMillan (in hat) and Jada Heaton support their pitch-loving classmates.

Jackie Contreras (15) chases down a Mount Vernon Christian sharpshooter.

Nezi Keiper stands strong.

Carolyn Lhamon (12) prepares to launch the ball on a long journey.

Sophia Broderick (23) and teammates work the welcoming line during pregame introductions.

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Nezi Keiper backs down from no one. (Morgan White photos)

Wolves (l to r) Edie Bittner, Jackie Contreras, Anna Myles, and Frankie Tenore arrive to claim the pitch.

“We never stopped. The girls brought strong effort from start to finish.”

That was the primary positive note Coupeville High School girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson carried away Tuesday night.

Yes, a very-strong Mount Vernon Christian squad drilled the Wolves 10-0 at Mickey Clark Field, but the undermanned Wolves never stopped fighting.

Coupeville was missing leading scorer Ayden Wyman, who was ill, but the Hurricanes, who have ruled the Northwest 2B/1B League pitch, would have been tough to topple even with a full roster.

MVC scores quickly — it rattled home the night’s first goal just 33 seconds into play Tuesday — and it scores a lot.

The Hurricanes, who have built a strong program in the past couple of seasons, have multiple weapons, and all of them were firing during their visit to Whidbey Island.

Coupeville’s defense, anchored by seniors Nezi Keiper and Carolyn Lhamon, fought valiantly, charging into the fray time and again.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, MVC kept them under constant pressure, peppering the net with a never-ending hail of shots.

Seven balls found the back of the net in the first half, with three more Hurricane scores tacked on in the game’s final 40 minutes.

Nelson praised his team for not wavering while down 7-0, but instead closing with some of their strongest play of the night.

“We were a little better in the second half,” he said. “The girls made adjustments and finished with conviction.”

The loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 in league play, 1-5 overall, with a crucial game coming up on the schedule next week.

The Wolves host Friday Harbor — a team it narrowly lost to in the season opener — Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Four of the seven Northwest 2B/1B League schools play girls soccer, and two teams make the playoffs.

MVC is the frontrunner right now, La Conner the cellar dweller, and the battle between Coupeville and Friday Harbor will likely go a long way towards determining the league’s #2 seed.

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Ava Mitten (second from left) and Anna Myles (far right) both played strongly in a loss Thursday afternoon. (Bailey Thule photos)

The Wolves prepare to defend the pitch.

It was a rumble on the turf.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer squad traveled to Seattle Thursday to face off with ritzy private school University Prep and picked up more ouchies than goals.

Already missing senior leader Carolyn Lhamon, who was tending to a foot injury, the Wolves fell 7-0 to the Pumas.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 0-3, but its aftereffects may linger for a bit.

“A few of our girls got trucked,” said senior defender Nezi Keiper. “I got a lot of turf burn and bruises.

“Luckily, our ref called most of it.”

Keiper praised the play of Wolf goaltender Anna Myles, saying “she played great, lots of saves, but a very physical game.”

Coupeville’s roster doesn’t have a ton of experience, but the Wolves are learning on the fly.

“Our defense is slowly understanding how to play and getting better each game,” Keiper said.

“We didn’t get a lot of chances on offense, but Ayden (Wyman) and Ava (Mitten) tried their best to make runs.

“University Prep was a very good team.”

Coupeville returns to the pitch Saturday, when it plays at home against non-league foe Ocosta in a 2 PM game.

It’s the first time the schools have met, with the Wildcats traveling 145 miles one way for the clash.

Ocosta, which is 1-2-1 on the season, plays in the Pacific 2B League along with schools like Ilwaco, Forks, and Chief Leschi, and likes to make one long trip a season as a team bonding experience.

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Nezi Keiper set up Coupeville’s first goal of the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“It was a good first game overall.”

The Coupeville High School girls soccer team came out on the short end of the score in Thursday’s season-opener at Friday Harbor, but the Wolves came away with a lot of positives.

A 2-1 loss to a Northwest 2B/1B League rival stings a bit, but it’s one game in a 13-game schedule.

There’s plenty of time to work on fine-tuning things.

“We all played well, but we’re a new team so we’re getting used to playing with each other, especially on defense,” said senior Nezi Keiper.

“But I had a few blocks and one of them I did like a slide tackle for.

Carolyn (Lhamon) was dominating the middle and Ayden (Wyman) was making really good runs.”

Keiper teamed up with Wyman on Coupeville’s first goal of the season, about 10 minutes into the game, with the senior defender setting up the sophomore forward to beat the Wolverine goalie.

The score is the fifth of Wyman’s high school career and moves her into good company.

She’s tied with former Wolves Anna Dion, Britt Harpe, Audrianna Shaw, Jennifer Spark, and Tia Wurzrainer on the all-time CHS girls scoring chart, two goals away from breaking into the top ten.

While Friday Harbor eventually rallied to tie the game before halftime, then edge ahead with a score 20 minutes into the second half, CHS coach Kyle Nelson agreed with Keiper’s assessment.

“It was a tight game, closely battled,” he said. “A great showing for our first game.”

After opening with a conference clash, Coupeville plays its next four games against non-league foes.

First up is an all-Island rumble with 3A Oak Harbor Tuesday, Sept. 13.

That game will go down at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field, with a 6 PM kickoff.

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Brooklyn Thayer puts the defense on its heels. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

If you shoot, he will shoot.

Put on a basketball game or two, and it’s likely John Fisken will wander into your gym, accompanied by his many cameras.

Tuesday night featured the Coupeville High School girls teams in action against visiting Sedro-Woolley, and the photos above and below capture the action from varsity and JV rumbles.

To see everything Fisken shot, and ponder buying some early Christmas gifts for Grandma Barb in Boise, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2021-2022/GBB-2022-02-01-vs-Sedro-Woolley/

 

Ja’Kenya Hoskins hits warp drive.

Nezi Keiper dominates in the paint.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez can’t be stopped.

“Your shooting touch is so hot, I can feel the heat from here!”

Lyla Stuurmans, just here to devour your soul (and steal the ball).

Mia Farris glides into action.

“Hey ref, this here is my foot. It’s gonna end up some place you don’t want it to be, unless you start learning the rule book…”

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