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A small, determined Wolf team

From the left, Ashley Manker, Courtney Boyd and Cassidi Rosencrance perfect on their footwork  technique. Maintaining  balance and staying under control is an important factor on the soccer field. - Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times
From the left, Ashley Manker, Courtney Boyd and Cassidi Rosencrance perfect on their footwork technique. Maintaining balance and staying under control is an important factor on the soccer field.
— image credit: Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times

Once again, the Coupeville High School girls soccer team is low on numbers. Second-year head coach Mike Thornton said the Wolf Pack will probably be fielding just a varsity squad like they did last year.

Playing in the tough Cascade Conference against the likes of Archbishop Murphy and King’s High School, the Wolves finished the 2008 season with a 2-12 league record and a 2-15 overall mark.

However, many of the returning players had the opportunity to gain playing time and experience last year and a turnaround may be in order this season.

“I’m happy with the group that is coming back and I also have a number of talented freshmen out for the team,” Thornton said.

Coach Thornton said many of the freshman players have competed on either recreational or competitive soccer club teams, so they know the pitch.

“It’s not like you just have to start from scratch with them,” he said.

Returning seniors include midfielder Courtney Boyd, defender Caitlin Phillips, who was a second-team all league player last year, defenders Megan Smith and Jordan Akins, and midfielder/forward Britanny Johnson.

A key returnee is senior goal keeper Ashley Manker, who was forced to sit out all of last season with a knee injury.

Junior defender Casey Andrews is also back, along with sophomores Cassidi Rosenkrance, Grace LaPoint, Amanda Montana and Emily Burchfield.

New to the team are freshmen Amanda D’Almeida, Stephanie Daskam-Hilkey, Kelsey Miranda, Anna Bailey, Haley Marx and Cassie Babcock.

“I have a good bunch of kids on this team, they are all working hard and have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm,” Thornton said. “I think some good things are going to happen this year and we are going to have some fun.”

Coupeville plays its first two non-league matches on the road Sept. 10 at Mount Vernon Christian and Sept. 19 at Concrete, and returns home to begin Cascade Conference play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, against King’s.

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