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Cael Wilson and teammates were honored Friday at an awards banquet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Boys soccer is up first.

With fall sports officially ending Saturday for Coupeville High School — when three cross country runners compete at the state meet — Wolf coaches and athletes are starting to transition into awards season.

CHS coach Robert Wood and his 19 booters kicked things off Friday with a season-closing shindig.

Senior Xavier Murdy earned Ballon d’Or (best player) honors in voting by his teammates, while sophomore Nick Guay was honored with the Golden Boot for leading the Wolves in goals.

Cael Wilson, Andrew Williams, Aidan Wilson, and Murdy were tabbed as MVP’s, with Josh Guay locking down Most Improved Player honors.

Andrew Williams unloads on the ball.

In addition to pitch excellence, the Wolves were also feted for classroom work, with Scholar Athlete Awards handed out to players who recorded a 3.5 GPA or better.

There were six Wolves who nabbed that award, with Cameron Epp, Josh Guay, Nick Guay, Eddie Perera, Grant Steller, and Williams honored.

Coupeville players are also eligible for All-League consideration when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches conduct their voting later this month.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Mason Butler
Cameron Epp
Preston Epp
Tony Garcia
Josh Guay
Nick Guay
Noah Lay
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Eddie Perera
Miguel Puente
Alex Smith
Malachi Somes
Grant Steller
Matthew Ward
Andrew Williams
Aidan Wilson
Cael Wilson
Jesse Wooten

Alex Murdy believes he can fly.

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Matthew Ward rifles in a pass. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a furious finale.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad roared from behind Saturday, rebounding from a three-goal deficit to knock off visiting Lopez Island 5-4.

Working the sidelines, cameras braced against the wind, tousled photographer John Fisken captured the images you see above and below.

To see everything else he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-soccer-2020-2021/BS-2021-10-23-vs-Lopez/

 

Aidan Wilson tangles with a Lobo, while Alex Murdy comes to help.

Xavier Murdy is a step too quick for Lopez.

Wolf fans show their support.

Andrew Williams initiates the launch.

CHS coach Robert Wood hangs out with his seniors, X-Man and Tony Garcia.

Cael Wilson, in turbo mode.

The Wolves enjoy a damp, windy prairie afternoon.

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2021 Coupeville High School Homecoming King Xavier Murdy celebrates with his grandparents. (Photo courtesy Sandi Murdy)

Queen Noelle Daigneault also doubles as a soccer star. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The balloons revealed all.

At halftime of Friday night’s Coupeville High School Homecoming football game, eight Wolf seniors were brought out before their classmates.

Over the head of each, a balloon was held, and, when popped, a shower of color revealed Noelle Daigneault and Xavier Murdy as Queen and King of the festivities.

In all, 14 CHS students were honored, their names etched into history alongside those who came before them.

This year’s top vote-getters:

 

Queen:

Noelle Daigneault

 

King:

Xavier Murdy

 

Senior Court:

Aiden Burdge
Brian Casey
Anya Leavell
Audrianna Shaw
Bella Velasco
Hawthorne Wolfe

 

Junior Court:

Ryanne Knoblich
Tim Ursu

 

Sophomore Court:

Kayla Arnold
Ryan Blouin

 

Freshman Court:

Hunter Bronec
Ember Light

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Aidan Wilson was strong in goal as Coupeville shattered La Conner’s five-game win streak. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two Murdy boys was two too many for La Conner to deal with.

With brothers Xavier and Alex combining to rain down three goals Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad knocked out La Conner 3-1 for a huge home turf victory.

Starting a stretch of three-straight games at Mickey Clark Field, the Wolves avenged an earlier-season overtime loss to the Braves, and emphatically ended La Conner’s five-game winning streak.

The victory, Coupeville’s second-straight, lifts it to 3-4 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, while dropping La Conner to 5-3.

“The team was great tonight, they really played for each other,” said CHS coach Robert Wood.

“This felt good after our last game with them, losing in the first overtime we’ve played,” he added.

“They’ve grown and learned and become friends and great teammates and understood tonight what happens when you play for yourself vs. the beauty that comes when you play for your team.”

Alex Murdy tallied two goals for the Wolves Tuesday, giving him three on the season, while Xavier Murdy beat the goalkeeper for the second time this campaign.

It was the fifth career score for X-Man.

“They were quality team goals, with great buildup play and aggressive finishing,” Wood said.

Coupeville put together a complete game, with “great leadership from the back line,” which consists of Jesse Wooten, Tony Garcia, Cameron Epp, and Andrew Williams.

Wolf goaltender Aidan Wilson was lights out as well.

“Awesome job. Challenged nicely three-four times, but held his ground and reacted well with solid game play and game management,” Wood said.

Aidan was singled out by the ref, the La Conner coach, and some players for being fantastic.”

Coupeville defends its home pitch twice more this week, hosting Mount Vernon Christian Thursday and Providence Classical Christian Saturday.

Those games kickoff at 6:00 and 3:00 PM, respectively.

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Xavier Murdy and the CHS boys soccer squad played hard Friday on the road, but fell short in a 2-0 game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Friday Harbor played keep-away.

Thoroughly controlling the action on their home turf Friday, the Wolverines bounced the Coupeville High School boys soccer team 2-0.

The loss drops the Whidbey pitch kings to 1-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, with two more games on the road before they get another chance to play in front of their home fans.

Coming off of a huge win over Grace Academy, Coupeville was hoping to build on its momentum, but it wasn’t to be.

“They handled us all night,” CHS coach Robert Wood said. “Probably 85% possession for them; 20+ shots.”

The Wolves did scramble hard on defense, allowing only two goals to find the back of the net.

Unfortunately, Coupeville wasn’t as efficient on offense.

“We had a couple or four good chances that just never panned out,” Wood said. “The team didn’t hold their positions and Friday Harbor capitalized time and again.”

The Wolves head out on the road again next week, playing at La Conner Tuesday, Sept. 28, followed by a Friday Nights Light rematch Oct. 1 with Grace Academy.

Coupeville’s next home contest is Oct. 5, and that kicks off a stretch where five of the next seven games will be at Mickey Clark Field.

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