The Coupeville High School soccer team began district tournament play yesterday, hoping to wash away some of the tough times from the regular season.
The Wolves lost their final three league matches: 6-0 at Archbishop Murphy Tuesday, Oct. 16; 5-0 to Granite Falls Thursday; and 6-0 at King’s Monday.
Those three loses dropped Coupeville’s record to 1-15 (1-13 in conference), but the postseason provides a new beginning.
The Wolves, the No. 8 seed, played at Lynden Christian (9-6-1), the No. 1, seed yesterday in a loser-out match. If Coupeville won, it will play Friday at a place and time to be determined.
“I watched them (Lynden Christian) play recently,” Coupeville coach Dan d’Almeida said. “I like some of our match-ups and our defensive energy has been tremendous the second half of the season. LC is disciplined and I’m sure it will be a hard fought match.”
“These girls have worked hard every day with great team spirit,” he added. “I am optimistic that we will move on this year.”
To move on the Wolves will need to claim their first playoff win in school history, according to d’Almeida.
In the losses to Granite Falls (9-6) and King’s (14-3), d’Almeida said the Wolves came out flat and their opponents jumped on them early.
The loss to Archbishop was the worst on the scoreboard, but Coupeville had a strong effort against the undefeated and third-ranked Wildcats.
The Wolves came out in a defensive formation and blanked Murphy with their “strongest 25 minutes of team defense so far this season,” according to d’Almeida.
D’Almeida said his team “tired a bit” and gave up three goals in a five-minute span that led to a 3-0 halftime deficit.