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Soccer: Wolves edged in overtime at tri-district
Coupeville matched Seattle Christian, one of the state’s top soccer teams, blow for blow before falling 2-1 in overtime in a loser-out, tri-district match at Foster High School Tuesday, May 10.
The Warriors entered the match with a glossy 13-2 record, but the 6-11-1 Wolves took the Nisqually League champions to the wire.
The Coupeville defense “held up well to their strong attack” the first half, according to coach Paul Mendes. Keeper Isaac Wacker recorded several saves to keep the Wolves in it, but the Warriors finally powered in an 18-yard shot to the left corner with three minutes left in the half.
After some halftime adjustments, the Wolves scored three minutes into the second half and “changed the complexion of game,” Mendes said.
He added, “That was the big play we needed…and now it was our turn to put their defense under a lot of pressure.”
The Coupeville goal came from Grayson Knott, who scored off a quick feed from Jack Caselden after he won a battle for a loose ball.
Mendes said, “It was end-to-end action the last 30 minutes, with both teams creating opportunities to win it in regulation. Both defenses played very well.”
The Warriors scored the winner three minutes into the first sudden-death overtime on a counter attack. A cross from the right led to “an unstoppable header,” according to Mendes.
Mendes said, “We played hard right to the end and left it all on the field. This is the best we have done against a top-seeded team from this league. We are closing the gap, and we will get them next time.”
The loss was the Wolves’ sixth by one goal this season and third that entered overtime.