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After a loss to Port Townsend, Mary Milnes and the CHS girls soccer squad turn their attention to a must-win game at home against Sultan next Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Something had to give.

Two win-less girls soccer teams that have struggled to score this season clashed Thursday in Port Townsend, but only one came away happy.

Unfortunately for Coupeville players and fans, it was the host RedHawks who survived a rough-and-tumble affair to escape with a 2-0 win.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 0-9-2 on the season, while Port Townsend improves to 1-8.

Coupeville, which is still in contention for one of the five playoff spots awarded in the six-team North Sound Conference, face its biggest game of the season early next week.

The Wolves, who are 0-6 in league play, host Sultan (1-5, 1-8-2) Tuesday night in a 6 PM game.

A win would allow CHS to move up into a tie with the Turks for the league’s final playoff berth, while a loss would all but eliminate them.

If Coupeville and the Turks are tied at the end of the season, they would meet in Sultan Oct. 24 for a tie-breaker game.

The #5 seed from the North Sound Conference opens postseason play Oct. 26 at home, hosting the #4 seed from the Northwest Conference (currently Mount Baker, which is 0-12) in a loser-out game.

With Coupeville’s final three regular-season games against Cedar Park Christian (3-3, 6-4), South Whidbey (6-0, 10-0-1), and Granite Falls (3-3, 6-5), making up a two-game deficit would be a hard task.

The Wolves have struggled with injuries to key players all year.

Leading scorer Genna Wright went down in the season opener, and never returned, while starters Mollie Bailey, Natalie Hollrigel, Mallory Kortuem and more have missed games.

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Freshman Kai Wong recovered a fumble Friday as Coupeville’s defense dominated in a jamboree at Sedro-Woolley. (Photo property CHS Football Twitter account)

Now, they just need to carry it over to the regular season.

The Coupeville High School football team dominated play Friday night at a warm-up event in Sedro-Woolley.

“The jamboree was fantastic!,” said CHS coach Marcus Carr. “The defense did not allow a single touchdown, and the offense made great strides in the run game.”

Andrew Martin busted off the biggest play of the night, barreling 30 yards on a touchdown jaunt, while teammates Ben Smith and Gavin Straub “had good runs as well.”

Wolf QB Dawson Houston completed two passes in limited action, racking up 40 yards through the air.

While the Coupeville offense was clicking, it was the “D” which was smokin’ fools.

The Wolf defense, lead by senior standout Sean Toomey-Stout “was dominant” in its mini-games.

Big plays came from every end of the spectrum, from senior Gavin Knoblich spurring the team on with “big plays at defensive end” to freshman Kai Wong recovering a fumble.

The CHS newcomer was the first to hoist the team’s new “turnover belt,” a WWE-style memento which will be used to immortalize every fumble and interception this season.

All in all, Coupeville’s balanced play on both sides of the ball made for a happy head coach.

“It was a good day and we are moving in the right direction,” Carr said. “The coaching staff and players did outstanding jobs today!”

The Wolves open the regular season next Friday, Sept. 6, when they host Port Townsend for a 6 PM rumble.

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Sam Wynn and CHS soccer remain on target to finish third in league play, which would give them a home playoff opener. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They still control their own destiny.

Bouncing back into action after a 10-day break, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad fell 5-0 Friday at King’s.

But, even with the defeat, the Wolves remain in third-place in the North Sound Conference, which is important as that would bring a home playoff opener.

CHS, which sits at 2-3 in league play, 4-6 overall, has already clinched a postseason berth.

But, if they can hold on to their current status — and two of their final three games are against teams they beat the first time around — the Wolves likely get to make the short trip to Oak Harbor Apr. 29 to face the #5 NSC team in a loser-out game.

Coupeville closes the regular season with a trip to Sultan (1-3, 2-8) Apr. 16, before home games Apr. 19 against Cedar Park Christian (0-5, 0-7) and Apr. 23 vs. South Whidbey (5-0, 9-1).

The Wolves beat both Sultan and CPC the first time through the schedule.

Friday night CHS ran into a strong King’s team, which improved to 4-1 in league play, 5-2-1 overall, but the game was closer than the score might indicate.

“(We were) a little rusty from the long break from games,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “Good defense until the last five minutes of each half. They scored four of their goals in that time.”

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   After a 1-0 win Thursday, Lily Zustiak and her CHS soccer teammates are one victory from tying a program record. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Play the weather.

Buffeted by wind on a damp prairie Thursday night, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad adapted strongly, using the elements to its advantage during a 1-0 thriller over visiting Port Townsend.

The win lifts the Wolves to 5-2 in Olympic League play, 7-7 overall. That pulls them within a win of the program record for victories, set last season.

With two league clashes left next week, followed by at least one playoff game, CHS is in hot pursuit of at least two big accomplishments.

One is the wins record, while the other is the mark for most goals in a single season.

Thursday night’s score, which came off the foot of Mallory Kortuem, was the 40th the Wolves have put into the back of the net.

Last year’s Coupeville team tallied 47, which gives the current group a solid number to shoot at down the stretch.

The Wolves were playing with the wind behind them in the first half Thursday and took advantage, raining down shots on a beleaguered RedHawk goaltender.

“We were taking a lot of good shots that were narrowly missing,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

That changed when Kortuem unleashed a laser from distance, rattling home her second goal of her sophomore campaign.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Wolves faced a different weather outlook, with the brunt of the storm slamming straight into their faces.

Aided by a strong band of scrappy defenders, CHS net-minder Sarah Wright merely laughed at the wicked weather, “providing some excellent saves to maintain the victory.”

It was the second shutout recorded by the first-year goalie.

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Wolf goalie Brian Roberts pops in to make a save. (John Fisken photos)

Aram Leyva was kung fu fightin’.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad always plays Port Townsend tough, and Saturday was no different.

Unfortunately, the final score, with the Wolves on the short end of the stick, was all too familiar as well.

Falling 3-0 on its home field on a wet, windy day, Coupeville is now all but assured it will finish in third-place in the four-team 1A Olympic League.

The Wolves sit at 3-4 in conference play, 4-8-1 overall, looking up at Klahowya (6-0, 9-2-1) and Port Townsend (4-2, 6-5) with two regular-season games left to play.

Those three schools will represent the Olympic League in postseason play, as Chimacum (0-7, 2-9) was officially eliminated after absorbing an 8-1 loss Saturday to Klahowya.

Coupeville’s only chance to claim the league’s #2 seed hinges on pulling off the upset of the century Tuesday on Senior Night.

Somehow find a way to deliver Klahowya’s first-ever Olympic League loss (the Eagles are 18-0 over the past three seasons), and the Wolves faint hopes would still flicker.

After that, knock off Port Townsend on the road in the regular season finale Apr. 28, have the RedHawks lose to Klahowya and Chimacum the first two days of May, and CHS is golden.

If any of that fails to happen, accept the #3 seed and get ready to host a “home” playoff game at Oak Harbor’s Stadium May 4.

Saturday, the Wolves held Port Townsend to just a single first-half goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net themselves.

As a damp CHS coach Kyle Nelson surveyed the aftermath, he had a mixed reaction.

“Again we gifted them a goal,” he said with a slight grimace. “The positive is the continued improvement in how we are passing the ball around and making connections.

“We will be looking forward to seeing them next week for a little payback.”

 

To see more photos from both varsity and JV action (purchases fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes) pop over to:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-Coupeville-Boys-Soccer/20170422-vs-Port-Townsend/

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