— Contributed by Sam Paul-Barrette
The Friday Harbor boys soccer team tied the Coupeville Wolves 3-3 in an exciting, back-and-forth contest at Friday Harbor HS on Monday, April 21.
Friday Harbor gained the early advantage four minutes into the match when senior Daniel Porter knocked in his fifth goal of the season, a fine finish to the far post.
But Coupeville standout sophomore Abraham Leyva grabbed two for the visitors just before halftime, sending the Wolverines into halftime down 2-1.
Friday Harbor came out on fire in the second half, putting pressure on the Wolves goal from the get-go. Junior Sam Paul-Barrette equalized the score, at 2-2, by notching his first-ever goal for the varsity squad directly off a corner kick, but Coupeville answered with a goal two minutes later to reclaim the lead.
From then on, the two teams exchanged chances at both ends, with narrow misses and great stops by the goalkeepers on both teams.
In the 64th-minute of the match, Sam Gabler-Brown struck a perfect free kick that Porter was able to get his head on and flick into the top corner, tying the score at 3-3 and setting off pandemonium from a large and enthusiastic home crowd.
Friday Harbor had chances to win afterwards, but after a frantic offensive onslaught, the Coupeville defense survived and walked away with a 3-3 stalemate.
The Wolverines have had their share of injuries this season and have struggled to field a consistent lineup, but the strong play was a sign of better things to come for the still winless Wolverines (0-11-1).
Friday Harbor hosts University Prep, Saturday; match begins at noon, at Friday Harbor High School. The Wolverines wrap up the regular season at home, Saturday, May 3, against Lynden Christian, beginning at 4:30 p.m.