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LC kicks Coupeville from district playoffs | Soccer

October 25, 2012 · 11:36 AM

Coupeville's Anna Bailey, right, tries to steal the ball from Lynden Christian's Haley Hollander as Christine Fields, center, closes in. / Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Hopes of a playoff-run miracle disappeared for the Coupeville High School soccer team as it lost 6-0 in the opening round of the district tournament at Lynden Christian Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The 1-16 Wolves knew everyone was playing with an even slate heading into the tournament, but the top-seeded Lyncs overwhelmed Coupeville with precision passing and steady ball-handling.

Coupeville coach Dan a'Almeida said Lynden Christian (10-6-1) isn't the most athletically gifted team it has played this year but might be the most fundamental.

LC dominated the first half, and, after several near misses, Haley Hollander scored 10 minutes into the match off a corner kick.

Another goal followed five minutes later on a long cross and the Lyncs led 2-0 at the half.

While Lynden Christian dominated the first half, Coupeville came out energized in the second and appeared it might get back into the match, controlling the ball the first 10 minutes.

D'Almeida said, "If we had collected a score, the outcome would have been very different. Frankly, once they got their third goal, our team lost focus and let the cold and wind get to them. They never quit but Lynden Christian clearly had the momentum, and, as well-disciplined teams do, they took it to us for the rest of the game."

Lynden Christian out-ran Coupeville to a through ball and scored 18 minutes into the second period to halt the Wolves' hope of a comeback.

The Wolves, with many reserves getting playing experience, then gave up three late goals.

D'Almeida said he scouted the Lyncs: "We knew what they were going to do, we just couldn't stop them."

Coupeville also had trouble mounting an offense. D'Almeida said, "Amanda (d'Almeida) and Makana (Stone) connected several times and we got behind their backs. Unfortunately, not enough support on their huge field so we just couldn't get a quality look on target."

The future looks bright for Coupeville, d'Almeida said, as he started eight underclassmen. He added, "Our core senior group will be missed." Collectively the seniors amassed over 100 starts for Coupeville.

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