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The Central Whidbey Soccer Club wraps up registration for its fall season at midnight Aug. 14.

The league offers teams ranging from U6 to U15 and is particularly in need of U12 boys (born in 2011-2012) as it tries to fill out rosters.

For more info and to register, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeysoccer.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1508117

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Chayse Van Velkinburgh, hard at work. (Photos courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

He’s pursuing the dream.

At home in Coupeville, Chayse Van Velkinburgh is on his way to middle school and will be a 6th grader this fall.

On the soccer field, however, he’s ahead of his age group, often playing with older teammates.

And now the sport has taken him abroad, with Van Velkinburgh spending several weeks in May learning and training in Spain.

While visiting the soccer hot spot, the young Wolf booter practiced with a U17 team in Madrid most mornings, then trained in the evening with fellow 11- and 12-year-olds.

Those latter sessions came with a Leganes program which is among the best in the region.

During his trip, Van Velkinburgh was able to play with multiple teams, offering a unique learning experience.

Taking the field with Alcorcon, Chayse “played very well on the left wing, hitting the crossbar and then forcing the keeper to make a diving save to his left,” according to dad Dustin.

“It was fun to hear people in the stands talking about the pink-haired American.”

Looking snazzy on the Spanish pitch.

Thanks to his play, the younger Van Velkinburgh has been invited to return to Spain for a week in November and train at the high-caliber Real Madrid Youth Academy.

Chayse will be joined on the trip by Thatcher Whiteaker, a former teammate who recently returned to Oak Harbor after his Navy family spent three years in Japan.

The duo currently plays for a select team in Bellingham.

The first trip to Spain — which also included a chance to watch Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Final — offered a chance to witness an extremely high level of soccer.

“Being in Madrid as they won was something else,” Dustin Van Velkinburgh said. “It’s like the entire city stopped and the only thing that mattered for two hours was that game.

“And the streets erupted afterward. The parties and singing lasted far into the night.

“The quality of soccer Chayse was exposed to has been eye opening. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity for him.”

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Pete Milnes keeps a watchful eye out for any soccer shenanigans. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Pete Milnes runs a tight (but fair) ship.

The dad of Coupeville High School athletic stars Mary and Hank is also a top-ranked soccer official prone to drawing the attention of photographers.

In the pics above and below, Milnes is working a pitch rumble at Oak Harbor High School, where he attracts the lens of snap-happy John Fisken.

“Don’t make me come out there and show you all how the game is supposed to be played, you punks…”

“I’m impressed, sir!”

“You should be!”

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Carolyn Lhamon launches. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back to the pitch.

There are no games Wednesday, but plenty of photos as we take a look at Coupeville High School soccer players in action.

The pics above and below are courtesy wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken.

To see more of his work, and possibly buy some glossies for the in-laws living down in wine country in Temecula, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-soccer-2020-2021

 

Preston Epp tangoes.

Sophie Martin pursues.

Aidan Wilson bids farewell.

Leni Raduenz pushes the action.

Alex Murdy contemplates his choices.

Audrianna Shaw fires away.

Cael Wilson gets bendy.

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Audrianna Shaw leads all Coupeville High School soccer players in scoring. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two, for every one of yours.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer team is outscoring its male counterparts 12-6 through the first six games of the season.

That could be why the former team is 3-3, while the latter is 2-4.

Overall, 10 different Wolves have slapped the ball into the back of the net during fall 2021, led by Audrianna Shaw, who has tallied a school-best four goals.

Where the scoring races sit as of Oct. 4:

 

Girls:

Audrianna Shaw – 4
Sophie Martin – 3
Eryn Wood – 2
Lily Leedy – 1
Carolyn Lhamon – 1
Ayden Wyman – 1

 

Boys: 

Nick Guay – 3
Alex Murdy – 1
Xavier Murdy – 1
Miguel Puente – 1

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