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Unbeaten Murphy tops Wolves | Soccer

Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
April 4, 2013 · 8:14 AM

Coupeville's Luke Pelant heads the ball for Coupeville against Archbishop Murphy. / Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Archbishop Murphy kept its undefeated soccer record intact as it defeated Coupeville 3-0 Tuesday, April 2, at Mickey Clark Field.

Coupeville coach Paul Mendes said his club felt it was still in the match at halftime, down only 1-0. The Wildcats' (4-0, 5-0-1) relentless attack, however, struck twice in the second half and the Wolves couldn't convert on its few opportunities.

Mendes said, "We created a few more scoring chances in the second half with some dangerous shots on goal and three corner kicks, but could not break through."

He added, "Archbishop Murphy showed why they are undefeated with an impressive all-around display. They were solid at every position. Their offense and ball possession kept us busy most of the night."

Josh Bartley scored two goals for Murphy, and Jalen Crisler added the third.

Coupeville's effort was good, Mendes said, and "playing a team of this caliber will speed up our growth as we approach the second half of the season."

The Wolves (0-5, 0-6) hit the road to Granite Falls (1-4, 1-6) at 5 p.m. Friday, April 5.

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