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Derek Leyva notched his seventh score of the season Tuesday, giving his family 100 goals as CHS soccer players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No faulting their fight.

Despite playing a man down for almost three-quarters of the game Tuesday night, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad came within a shot or two of upending perennial power King’s.

But, missing their #2 scorer, junior team captain Aram Leyva, who was given a red card after a scrum, the Wolves fell 2-1 on their home turf.

The loss drops Coupeville to 0-1 in North Sound Conference play, 2-3 overall.

If the red card, which was levied in the game’s 22nd minute, is upheld, Aram Leyva will have to sit out his team’s next game, Friday night at home against Sultan.

But there may be hope.

“We will see,” said CHS head coach Kyle Nelson. “We may appeal depending on what we see on the video.”

Coupeville, coming off a big road win Saturday at Nooksack Valley, drew first blood in its league opener.

Barely two minutes into the game, Derek Leyva bounced a ball over the diving King’s goaltender to put his squad up 1-0.

“Great goal from Derek,” said CHS assistant coach Robert Wood. “Unassisted, moving right to left on top of the 18, a bouncing shot the keeper couldn’t handle.

“Home field advantage there.”

The seventh goal of the season for Derek Leyva, it gives him 31 for his Coupeville prep career, but the score was also a bigger milestone.

When the ball hit the back of the net, it was the 100th goal scored at CHS by a Leyva, with Derek’s tally added to the 45 and 24, respectively, of his cousins, brothers Abraham and Aram.

King’s fought back, literally, with its big bruiser “barreling through our players” while knocking in a header off of a corner kick in the 12th minute.

The Knights added to their rally, taking the lead on a give-and-go play, in which their striker, who Wood favorably compared to Will Bruin of the Sounders, slapped a shot just to the side of Coupeville goalie Dewitt Cole.

Coupeville played the final 18 minutes of the first half, and the entire 40-minute second half down a player, but its defense held up magnificently.

Cole and his back-line mates stood tall, while the Wolves continued to push the ball on King’s side of the field.

“We were able to hold them off for the rest of the game,” Nelson said. “And even had a few good attempts on goal.”

Wood agreed, praising “great saves by Dewitt all the way to the final whistle” and a defense anchored by Sam Wynn, who had an “especially fine effort, tracking everyone and everything.”

Derek Leyva, Teo Keilwitz, and Sage Downes brought the heat up front, but, despite their best efforts, the tying goal would not find its way into the net.

While they wanted a win, Coupeville’s coaches departed the pitch pleased with much of what they saw.

“All heart playing a man down for 60 minutes,” Wood said. “All strength from the back line. All focus from the mids and forwards.

“Really happy with their play and passion,” he added. “Lots to work on, but they’re coming together and understanding what is required.”

Tuesday’s game kicked off a four-game run of league games for the Wolves.

After Friday’s home tilt with the Turks (0-0, 0-4), Coupeville hits the road for games at Cedar Park Christian (Mar. 26) and South Whidbey (Mar. 29).

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Abraham Leyva scored 45 goals in three seasons while playing for the Coupeville High School boys soccer program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

After tossing in four scores Saturday at Nooksack, Derek Leyva has 30 career goals.

Aram Leyva has five goals through four games as a junior, and 24 career tallies.

They’re one swing of the foot away from history.

The Leyva clan — Abraham, who graduated in 2016, and current juniors Aram and Derek — are the best goal-scorers Coupeville High School boys soccer has ever had.

And now, as Aram and Derek prepare to play King’s at home Tuesday night (6:00 PM) in their league opener, the family is just a single score shy of its 100th goal.

Abraham exited with a school-record 45 goals, having played for the Wolves from 2014-2016.

His cousin, Derek, made his debut on the CHS pitch in 2018, and is coming up fast behind Abraham, having rattled the net for 30 goals.

Not to be forgotten, Aram, who is Abraham’s younger brother, has peppered in 24 scores between 2017 and the two goals he scored Saturday at Nooksack.

That puts the Leyva’s 1-2-3 on the CHS career scoring chart, with William Nelson (20 goals) and Ethan Spark (17), who both graduated in 2018, rounding out the top five.

Combined, the Leyva trio have 99 goals, and should only go higher with Derek and Aram still having at least nine more games to play during the current season.

Over the years, the three snipers have combined to score at least one goal against 20 schools, with Chimacum, Forks, Port Townsend, Nooksack Valley, and Vashon Island their favorite targets.

As the family races towards that 100th goal, here’s a look at how the three booters have piled up their stats.

 

Abraham:

2014 (sophomore) – 11 goals
2015 (junior) – 14
2016 (senior) – 20

 

Most goals in one game:

(4) – twice against Chimacum, once against Forks

 

Hat tricks (three or more goals in one game):

(5) – three times against Chimacum, twice against Forks

 

Playoff goals:

(1) – against Charles Wright Academy

 

Goals vs. schools:

Chimacum (13)
Forks (9)
Friday Harbor (4)
Granite Falls (4)
Cascade Christian (3)
Charles Wright Academy (2)
King’s (2)
Bellevue Christian (1)
Klahowya (1)
Lakewood (1)
Port Townsend (1)
Sequim (1)
South Whidbey (1)
Sultan (1)
Vashon Island (1)

 

Derek:

2018 (sophomore) – 24 goals
2019 (junior) – 6 and counting

 

Most goals in one game:

(4) – once against Chimacum, once against Nooksack Valley

 

Hat tricks (three or more goals in one game):

(4) – Once against Chimacum, Nooksack Valley, Port Townsend, and Vashon Island

 

Playoff goals:

(3) – all against Vashon Island

 

Goals vs. schools:

Chimacum (6)
Port Townsend (6)
Nooksack Valley (4)
Vashon Island (3)
Klahowya (2)
North Mason (2)
Olympic (2)
Sequim (2)
Forks (1)
Mount Baker (1)
Port Angeles (1)

 

Aram:

2017 (freshman) – 6 goals
2018 (sophomore) – 13
2018 (junior) – 5 and counting

 

Most goals in one game:

(3) – twice against Chimacum

 

Hat tricks (three goals in one game):

(2) – twice against Chimacum

 

Playoff goals:

(2) – one score against Bellevue Christian, one against Vashon Island

 

Goals vs. schools:

Chimacum (13)
Nooksack Valley (2)
North Mason (2)
Port Townsend (2)
Bellevue Christian (1)
Forks (1)
Klahowya (1)
Olympic (1)
Vashon Island (1)

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Coupeville freshman Miles Davidson made his debut in goal Saturday, teaming with Dewitt Cole and Michael Langille to stifle Nooksack Valley in a 9-1 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Derek Leyva (left), celebrating with Alex Jimenez, knocked in four goals, giving him 30 for his prep career.

For a moment, it seemed like it would be a nail-biter.

But it was a very short moment.

Breaking an early tie at Nooksack Valley Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad rained down eight straight goals and romped to a 9-1 win.

The non-conference victory evens the early-season record at 2-2, as the Wolves prepare to head into league play.

CHS plays its next four games against North Sound Conference foes, with the first two bouts on its home turf.

The Wolves host King’s (1-1-1) Tuesday, Mar. 19, before Sultan (0-2) arrives on Whidbey Friday, Mar. 22.

Saturday’s game was Coupeville’s second-straight road game against a team from the 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference, and this one went a lot better.

After falling 4-0 to Meridian two days before, the Wolves peppered Nooksack’s goalie from all angles, filling up the back of the net.

Up 5-1 at the half, with the only Pioneer goal coming off of a “power shot to the opposite corner from the attack line,” Coupeville’s back line was playing large and in charge.

“Defense had a great first half,” said CHS assistant coach Robert Wood. “(Wolf goaltender) Dewitt (Cole) made a superb effort diving and got a finger on it, but it was just one of those shots.”

The Wolves stayed on the attack after the break, smacking home another four goals and sending Coupeville head coach Kyle Nelson to the bus with a big smile on his face.

“The one goal we conceded was early in the game,” he said. “No looking back from there.”

Coupeville’s cousin connection sparked the offensive explosion, with Derek Leyva rattling the net for a season-best four goals, while Aram Leyva popped in a pair of scores.

The duo have combined for 11 goals through four games, with Derek back in front 6-5 in the scoring chase.

His final score of the afternoon was the 30th of his short career, after he scored a school single-season record 24 in his debut as a sophomore last year.

Saturday’s explosion pulls him within 15 of his other cousin, Abraham Leyva, who holds the CHS career mark of 45 goals.

Sage Downes added his third goal of the season, while also collecting three assists, and Chris Cernick and James Wood rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

Derek Leyva racked up two assists, while Sam Wynn added another sweet set-up which resulted in a teammate scoring.

The Wolf coaching staff was appropriately pumped after the big road win.

“Finally playing as a team the way game demands,” Robert Wood said. “Really good showing by everyone.”

After working with the team’s goaltenders, the assistant coach was especially pleased to see the team’s backups, Miles Davidson and Micheal Langille, get quality time in net, giving Cole a chance to rest on the sideline.

The young duo swapped 10-minute sessions in the net, both holding Nooksack scoreless.

Davidson took a kick to the face, but the scrappy Wolf lived to tell about it.

“They both put practice sessions directly into game experience,” Robert Wood said. “Superb effort and focus and application from both.”

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James Wood and Coupeville High School soccer are wading through a tough non-conference schedule. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You take your bumps and bruises, and, hopefully use them as learning lessons.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad, still a work in progress, dropped its second-straight non-league game Thursday, falling 4-0 at Meridian.

Both losses for the Wolves, now 1-2 on the season, have come against tough 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference foes.

And the run through that league isn’t quite done yet, as Coupeville travels Saturday to Nooksack Valley

But having a non-league schedule full of big-timers can be a help, as the Wolves want to be sharp when they begin North Sound Conference play.

“We’re still putting the pieces together early in the season,” CHS coach Kyle Nelson said. “We are showing some improvement; trying to get ready for league play next week.”

After the Nooksack game, Coupeville plays eight of its next nine games against league foes.

First up is King’s Mar. 19, then Sultan Mar. 22, with both games on Coupeville’s field.

While the Wolves were shut-out for the first time this season, after racking up 10 goals across their first two contests, Nelson was pleased with how his team responded under duress.

Meridian jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Coupeville defense stiffened after the break and the team as a whole gave “a better effort in the second half.”

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Battling the wind, James Wood cranks a corner kick. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Staring down the brisk breeze, a collection of Wolf stars jam the stands.

The Leyva lads lead the charge, with Aram (front) and Derek slicin’ and dicin’ the defense.

Cruddy weather, sunny attitudes.

Derek Leyva fires the ball into play.

Ever-efficient Wolf manager Natalie Hollrigel rules the roost up in the warm, dry, non-breezy press box.

CHS goalie Dewitt Cole sprawls out to stop a shot, while Wolf defender Teo Keilwitz comes charging in to help.

“Spring? I’m going to go have words with Mother Nature…”

The weather was wild ‘n windy, but at least I didn’t have to stand out in it.

While I was smartly sequestered in the press box Monday during Coupeville’s boys soccer clash with Mount Baker, grizzled paparazzi John Fisken braved the gusts to snap the pics seen above.

To peruse everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Soccer-2018-2019/BS-2019-03-11-vs-Mt-Baker/

And, when you wander over there, remember, a percentage of any purchases goes to help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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