Coupeville’s soccer team hasn’t lost its spirit and keeps playing hard, but the Wolves have been unable to find the winning combination.
Winless in the Cascade Conference, Coupeville squared off against Granite Falls Tuesday evening and ended up on the short end of a 4-0 score.
Coming off a 2-0 loss to King’s on April 14 and a 4-3 loss in a shootout against South Whidbey April 12 in a game Wolves’ coach Paul Mendes said was the best the team had played all season, Coupeville had its sights set on snapping a long string of defeats against the five-and-four Tigers.
The Wolves started out strong, but soon realized they were facing a talented, experienced team.
“We played a good team today and gave it a good run,” Mendes said.
Granite Falls dominated the action in the first half, out-shooting the Wolves 12-to-4, and a pair of goals by senior forward Sean Nelson, the first coming off a corner kick, gave the Tigers a 2-0 halftime lead.
“I have to give them credit, they are a very good team. They showed their experience and poise,” Mendes said. “We’re getting better and we did what we could against them. I think our team is better than our record shows, we’ve had a lot of close games this season.”
A goal by Zach Cuddeback at the 49-minute mark of the second half made the score 3-0 and Taylor Brown connected 10 minutes later to put a cap on the scoring.
For the game, Granite falls out-shot Coupeville 24-to-10.
“We’re paying our dues and I still think we can finish with some good performances before the season is over,” Mendes said.