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   An ankle injury has kept CHS soccer captain Ethan Spark sidelined for the last week-and-a-half. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three men down, they came up two goals short.

Missing starters Ethan Spark, James Wood and Sam Wynn, who have combined for eight goals this season, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad fell 5-3 Friday in a high-scoring affair at Port Townsend.

The loss drops the Wolves to 3-3 in Olympic League play, 4-6-2 overall, and into a tie with the RedHawks (3-3, 3-7) for second-place in the four-team conference.

With Coupeville’s defeat, Klahowya (6-0, 9-2-1), which has a three-game lead with three to play, and holds tiebreakers on CHS and PTHS, clinches its fourth-straight league crown.

With Chimacum (0-6, 0-8) mired in the basement, both the Wolves and RedHawks seem likely to earn playoff berths, but the rubber game of their three-game season series will likely decide who gets the #2 playoff seed.

In an unusual twist of scheduling, that game arrives almost immediately, as Port Townsend travels to Coupeville Tuesday for a 4 PM game.

Barring a miracle, the Wolves will almost certainly be without Spark for that clash.

The senior captain severely sprained an ankle competing for a ball in practice a week-and-a-half ago, said mom Kali Barrio, and has been unable to bear weight on the leg ever since.

The one positive is x-rays came back negative on a fracture.

“We’re hoping for no torn ligaments, but only time will tell and a possible MRI,” Barrio said.

One bright spot Friday came courtesy sophomore sensation Derek Leyva, who torched the RedHawks for two goals while playing on his birthday.

The scores were #19 and #20 on the season for the first-year Wolf, and the second tally ties him with cousin Abraham Leyva for the CHS boys single-season scoring record.

Coupeville’s other score was helped along by its rivals, as Port Townsend inadvertently scored an “own goal.”

With 44 goals and three regular-season games remaining, this year’s team is in hot pursuit of the 2016 Wolf booters.

That squad, led by Abraham Leyva’s record-setting senior season, scored 48 goals, the most CHS has recorded in the past decade.

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   Axel Partida and Coupeville soccer came dangerously close Monday to shattering Klahowya’s four-year unbeaten streak in 1A Olympic League play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Admit it, few saw this coming.

Playing on the road Monday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team came within a deflected ball here or there of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 1A Olympic League history.

Getting a pair of goals from sophomore Derek Leyva, the Wolves pushed Klahowya to the very end in a 3-2 thriller, narrowly missing a chance to shatter the Eagles four-year unbeaten streak in conference action.

With the escape, KSS (5-0 in league, 8-2-1 overall) cements its lead in the standings, going two games up on Coupeville (3-2, 4-5-2) with four to play.

The two schools play again in two weeks, when the Eagles visit Whidbey for the regular-season finale.

That Apr. 30 game will be Senior Night for the Wolves.

Between now and then, the CHS boys, who have never finished higher than third in the Olympic League, will play Port Townsend (1-3) twice and Chimacum (0-4) once.

If they replicate Monday’s effort, the Wolves will massacre the RedHawks and Cowboys.

With his two goals, Derek Leyva pushed his season total to 18, pulling him within two of cousin Abraham Leyva’s single-season Wolf boys mark of 20 scores.

He scored in each half, twice knotting the game up.

Klahowya could never get its lead above one goal, but did manage to slip in a final score late in the game to avoid overtime.

Wolf senior defender Hunter Downes praised his teammates across the board for their play.

“(Goalie) Dewitt (Cole) had a pretty nice game with some good saves, Derek did his usual thing, Will (Nelson) had a good game,” Downes said. “Basically, everyone played well.”

Hitting the back of the net twice against the Eagles is a major step for CHS, as the Wolves had only scored twice in eight previous games against Klahowya.

Coupeville had been shut-out six times, including a 5-0 loss earlier this season, and entered Monday having been outscored 38-2 all-time by KSS.

Klahowya had only surrendered six goals in 10 games this season, with six shutouts.

The Wolves join soccer powers Kingston and University Prep as the only teams to notch two goals this year against the Eagles.

Also, Monday’s game was the first time a 1A Olympic League rival came within a single goal of Klahowya.

The Eagles, who’ve been to state two of the past three years, carried in a 25-0 record in conference games.

KSS had gone 6-0, 6-0 and 9-0 in the first three seasons (2015-2017) of the league, before running off four straight shutout wins this seasons.

In those 25 games Klahowya outscored its three “rivals” 136-8, with only three games being decided by as few as two goals.

Coupeville had never come closer than three scores in any previous match-up with the Eagles.

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   Freshman Sam Wynn has four goals, putting him #3 on Coupeville’s scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re scoring at a record-setting pace.

With 39 goals through 10 games, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is on target to put up its best offensive numbers in at least a decade.

Having peppered goalies for five more scores since last time we discussed the subject, the current Wolves have tied the 2010 team, and are just nine back of the high-powered ’16 squad.

The numbers for the nine CHS seasons the Olympic League web site has recorded:

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 39 and counting

Coupeville (3-1 in Olympic League play, 4-4-2 overall) has five conference games left, and then likely heads to the playoffs.

If the Wolves maintain their current scoring pace, they would obliterate the mark set by the ’16 team.

But, of course, you have to play the games first, and the schedule ahead is a bit tricky.

Two of those regular-season matches are against Klahowya, which has surrendered just six goals this season, none against 1A Olympic League foes.

But, one of those tilts comes against Chimacum, a team that has been shredded for 62 goals in six games.

So, it may balance itself out.

Scoring stats through Apr. 15:

Derek Leyva – 16
Aram Leyva
– 7
Sam Wynn
– 4
Pedro Gamarra
– 3
William Nelson
– 3
Ethan Spark
– 2
James Wood
– 2
Chris Cernick
– 1
Jonathan Partida
– 1

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   Maggie Crimmins and CHS tennis swept two league matches this week to claim control of first-place in the 1A Olympic League. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let the jockeying begin.

In a week where many teams were beset by the never-ending rain, two of the four Olympic League races we’re tracking had changes at the top of the standings.

In baseball, Chimacum, which has never finished higher than third in the previous three seasons of the conference, jumped past Coupeville and into first-place.

A one-run win put the Cowboys a game up on the Wolves, but there’s still two-thirds of the league season to play — including two more bouts between these very two teams.

Over on the tennis courts, not a single league match had been played prior to this week.

That’s changed, and with back-to-back wins at the tail end of the week, the Coupeville netters staked a solid claim to being a favorite to win a fourth straight crown.

While softball (Coupeville) and boys soccer (Klahowya) didn’t change leaders, none of the races are anywhere close to being decided yet, ensuring several more weeks of excitement.

Maybe.

Softball, thanks to the unique challenges raised by Port Townsend and Chimacum abandoning their programs this season due to a lack of players, could be settled five days from now.

If CHS beats Klahowya Friday at home, the Wolves, with wins in the first two of three games the squads will play, will clinch their first softball title since 2002.

An Eagle upset (Coupeville won 15-1 Mar. 28 and weather has kept KSS sidelined since that day) and the championship would come down to an Apr. 30 meeting in Silverdale.

And, speaking of upsets, the most unexpected score came from the world of baseball, where Port Townsend shocked Klahowya 6-2 Friday.

The win snapped a 48-game losing skid for the RedHawks, who last won Apr. 9, 2015, and sent the Eagles, the defending champs, crashing into the cellar.

My, oh my.

Current standings through Apr. 15:

Olympic League baseball:

School League Overall
Chimacum 3-0 5-5
COUPEVILLE 2-1 7-4
Port Townsend 1-3 1-6
Klahowya 1-3 2-8

Olympic League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Klahowya 4-0 7-2-1
COUPEVILLE 3-1 4-4-2
Port Townsend 1-3 1-6-0
Chimacum 0-4 0-6-0

Olympic League girls tennis:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 2-0 3-5
Chimacum 0-1 1-6
Klahowya 0-1 1-5

Olympic League softball:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 1-0 7-3
Klahowya 0-1 5-2

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   Coupeville sophomore Derek Leyva knocked in his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Game by game, he’s chipping away at a record.

Coupeville High School sophomore Derek Leyva banged home his 16th goal of the season Tuesday, scoring for the eighth time in 10 games.

His tally wasn’t enough to save the Wolves against a very-good 2A school, as Coupeville fell 6-2 at Port Angeles, but it did get him one score closer to toppling his cousin.

Abraham Leyva, who graduated in 2016, owns the Wolf boys single-season (20) and career (45) scoring records, but Derek is making a bid for history in his first year at the school.

He has five regular season games left, and, most likely, at least one playoff contest, as he makes a run at the single-season scoring mark.

Coupeville, which also got a goal from James Wood Tuesday, his second of his sophomore campaign, is off for six days now.

The Wolves, 4-4-2 overall after the loss to Port Angeles, close the regular season with five straight 1A Olympic League contests.

That final stretch starts next Monday, Apr. 16, when CHS (3-1 in league play) travels to Klahowya (4-0) to face the three-time defending league champs.

After that comes back-to-back games against Port Townsend (1-3), a road clash with Chimacum (0-4), then Senior Night Apr. 30 against Klahowya.

The Olympic League has not posted playoff brackets yet for 1A, but, in previous years, the top three teams made the postseason.

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