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Second half surge carries Falcons by Wolves | Soccer

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Amanda d'Almeida, center, looks to pass ahead to Madison Tisa-McPhee, front. Such a play set up Coupeville's goal against South Whidbey.
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South Whidbey converted two second half goals to slip by the Coupeville High School soccer team 3-1 Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Mickey Clark Field.

Coupeville coach Dan D'Almeida said the Falcons "capitalized well on their set pieces" and scored the game's first goal when the South Whidbey forwards "rushed the goal hard." The Coupeville keeper got her hands on the ball but couldn't clear it.

The Wolves tied the match on "a beautiful run by Madison Tisa-McPhee onto a through ball by Amanda d'Almeida," coach d'Almeida said.

Tisa-McPhee used her speed to outrun the Falcon defenders and "beat the keeper cleanly by patiently waiting for her to go down," d'Almeida said.

South Whidbey (1-2, 1-3-1) took the lead in the second half when it won a ball a midfield, cut the ball across two defenders and punched in a goal.

The final Falcon score came off a free kick after the Wolves handled the ball outside the box. "Maia Sparkman avoided our wall and bent the ball beyond the reach of our keeper," d'Ameida said.

Although the Wolves scored only one goal, d'Almeida was "happy with the pressure our forwards were able to apply." The Wolves' counter attack created several scoring opportunities, he said.

D'Ameida lauded the Falcons' aggressive forward play and stout defense, and added, "I do feel we had more dangerous opportunities and controlled the play at times, but they had the advantage on set pieces today."

Coupeville (0-3, 0-5) goes to Sultan (0-3, 1-4) for a 6 p.m. match Thursday, Sept. 20.

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