Soccer: Wolves stop Island rival 3-0

Taking round one of the Whidbey Island soccer rivalry, Coupeville whipped South Whidbey 3-0 Friday, April 1, at Mickey Clark Field.

As expected when the two Whidbey schools clash, it was a "hard-fought" battle according to Coupeville coach Paul Mendes; he added that the score didn't indicate the closeness of the match.

The win evened Coupeville's league mark at 2-2 and lifted the Wolves (2-2-1, 2-2) into a four-way tie for third in the Cascade Conference with South Whidbey (4-2, 2-2), Cedarcrest (2-2-1, 2-2) and Sultan (2-2, 2-2).

Against the Falcons, Jesse Hallam, off an assist from Ben Hayes, put Coupeville up with the night's first goal at the 23rd minute.

Up to that point the game was "50-50," according to Mendes, and continued to go "back and forth" until Brandon Wilsey entered the match.

Just moments after Wilsey substituted in, he scored his first varsity goal off an assist from Grayson Knott at the 58th minute.

Hayes finished the scoring when he blasted home a penalty kick in the 77th minute.

Isaac Wacker manned the net for the Wolves and recorded his second shutout in the past three matches.

Mendes was pleased with the play of Wacker and the Wolves' defense: "Good defense will always keep you in games."

He is also happy with the Wolves' attack: "We have balanced scoring; everyone is creating chances."

Coupeville heads to Granite Falls (0-5-1, 0-4) Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m.

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