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Wolf soccer advances to Sweet 16
History-making team defeats Port Townsend
By TIM ADAMS
The magic ring that surrounds the Coupeville High School soccer team continues to bring blessings.
A team that has never won more than three games in a season stormed into the Class 1A Sweet 16 with a 1-0 victory over Port Townsend Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium on the campus Mount Vernon High High School.
Last season the Wolf Pack had a mere two wins on its record, but defeating the Redskins upped 2009’s overall mark to 11-9.
Coupeville dominated the action in the first half keeping the pressure on Port Townsend keeper Jesse Yourish who made several clutch saves on hard shots.
With 3:42 remaining before the halftime break, Zeb Williams put the only goal of the game in the net, beating Yourish with a shot from 25 to 30 yards out.
The senior midfielder’s shot sailed over the leaping Yourish and found the upper right corner of the net.
“It feels great,” Williams said. “Mitch Stevenson played a wonderful ball and I put it away. There’s nothing else to say.”
Coach Paul Mendes said he was happy with the way the Wolves controlled much of the action in the first half.
“I thought maybe we were a little too forgiving in front of their goal and not putting away more of those opportunities,” he said. “But we got one, a good shot by Zeb.”
In the second half, Coupeville continued its precision passing and tough play on defense.
“The defense played really well to get the shutout,” Mendes said. “They didn’t get that many opportunities and only had one shot in the second half that was dangerous. It was a good team effort and we took our game to them.”
Coupeville goal keeper Evan Ameluxen-Colman also praised the play of his teammates.
“It was a collective effort by the whole team. Everyone contributed to the win,” he said.
Coupeville played Seattle Academy at the Starfire Complex in Tukwilla on Tuesday. The results of that game were not available at press time.
A victory puts the Wolf Pack in the Elite 8 among Class 1A soccer teams, and two more wins will mean a berth in the state championship game.
Senior Geoff Wacker summed everything up. “We’re going to state,” he said.