Strong defense carries Wolves to win | Soccer

Coupeville's Tanner Kircher uses his head to direct the ball in the Wolves win over South Whidbey Friday.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

South Whidbey collected more chances but the Coupeville High School soccer team collected more points in a 2-1 win over the rival Falcons Friday, March 28, at Mickey Clark Field.

It didn't start well for the Wolves. It took South Whidbey only two minutes to score, but the Coupeville defense led by goalkeeper Joel Walstad shut the door.

That didn't stop the Falcons from trying to ram it open. Time and again South Whidbey peppered Walstad, who made save after save.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville offense created only a few scoring opportunities but took advantage when it had a chance.

Josiah Campbell hit the upper right corner of the net from 20 yards out late in the first half to knot the score.

Though it played into a strong wind and still dominated the first half, South Whidbey looked poised to break open the match in the second period once it had the wind at its back.

That didn't happen as Walstad and company continued to frustrate the Falcons. Adding more hurt was Zane Bundy, who scored the game winner off an assist from Campbell to wrap up the win over previously unbeaten South Whidbey (1-1, 3-1).

"We played tough defense, with Joel Walstad playing fantastic in goal," coach Kyle Nelson said. "We really only had a few opportunities in the second half, but we made good on one of them. It was a tough game against a quality opponent. We are ecstatic to come out on top."

Coupeville (1-1, 2-1) goes to Lakewood (1-1, 1-2-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1.

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