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Murphy adds Wolves to victim list | Soccer

Perennial state 2A soccer power Archbishop Murphy is off to another strong season, making host Coupeville its eighth-straight victim with an 8-0 win Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The Wildcats, currently ranked third in the state, played almost the entire first half in front of the Coupeville goal and led 4-0 at the break.

Coupeville coach Dan d'Almeida called Archbishop Murphy "fast -- speed at every position." He added, "They all read the field really well."

D'Almeida said his team played well defensively the first 20 minutes, forcing Archbishop Murphy to attack from long range. As the Wolves tired, the goals started to mount up.

The score could have been worse, but Coupeville keeper McKayla Bailey "had a strong performance in goal," d'Almeida said. Under constant pressure, Bailey collected 17 saves, including several diving stops and punching out several well-struck balls.

She was aided on defense by Jen Spark, who, according to d'Almeida, "was rock solid as the holding midfielder, often clearing the ball out and keeping Archbishop from owning the top of our box."

He added, "Marisa Etzell and Ivy Luvera did well to prevent crosses by defending the outside well once they settled into the game."

Amanda d'Almeida controlled the central midfield for Coupeville, containing two-to-three opponents, coach d'Almeida said.

Coupeville (0-5, 0-7) goes to Granite Falls (3-2, 4-3) for a 5 p.m. match Thursday, Sept. 27.

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