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James Wood has tallied six goals during his CHS soccer career. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spoiler alert: a Leyva shall likely rule them all.

But which Leyva?

With the start of a new Coupeville High School boys soccer season a week away, all eyes return to our (at least partially complete) career scoring list, and the three-way battle for supremacy atop that chart.

The CHS booters debuted in 2004, and as we prep for the 2020 season, the top three scorers all hail from the same family.

The graduated Abraham Leyva tallied 45 goals in his three years on the Coupeville pitch, while his cousin Derek (38) and younger brother Aram (29) are both chasing his legacy heading into their senior season.

After a brief detour in which Derek left CHS after his junior year, he’s back attending school in Cow Town, and is eligible to play this spring, according to Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith.

That reignites a chase for the career record, though the Leyva cousins are not the only active players who can add to their totals.

There are nine Wolves who can both play this spring, and have already scored at least one varsity goal for the program.

And, a brief note of caution — as you scan the career scoring list below, no one is claiming it is 100% correct, as goal-scoring from the early seasons of the program have been surprisingly hard to track.

The local newspapers just flat-out did a horrible job of documenting who scored in the early 2000’s, so it’s very likely players such as Jon Chittim and Geoff Wacker should have higher totals.

But, until someone pops up with some reputable CHS soccer stats from a time when Shakira captivated the nation with Hips Don’t Lie, this is what we have.

 

(Semi-realistic) CHS boys soccer all-time goal-scoring chart:

Abraham Leyva — 45
Derek Leyva — 38 — **ACTIVE**
Aram Leyva — 29 — **ACTIVE**
William Nelson — 20
Ethan Spark — 17
Zane Bundy — 11
Mike Duke — 10
Micah Einterz — 10
Geoff Wacker — 10
Jon Chittim — 9
Sebastian Davis — 8
Sean Donley — 7
Sage Downes — 7 — **ACTIVE
Zack Nall — 6
James Wood — 6 — **ACTIVE**
Jeremy Copenhaver — 5
Hunter Downes — 5
Sam Wynn — 5 — **ACTIVE**
Nathan Lamb — 4
Greg Mottet — 4
Tony Sherman — 4
Evan Bailey — 3
Colin Belliveau — 3
Chris Cernick — 3 — **ACTIVE**
Pedro Gamarra — 3
Tom Rogers — 3
Jaren Tso — 3
Joel Walstad — 3
Josh Wilsey — 3
Taylor Anthony — 2
Jack Armstrong — 2
Andre Avila — 2
Will Butela — 2
Garrett Compton — 2
Tyler Harvey — 2
Uriel Liquidano — 2
JT Quinn — 2
Justin Adams — 1
Eli Berggren — 1
Laurence Boado — 1
Cameron Boyd — 1
Josiah Campbell — 1
Tony Garcia — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Zach Hauser — 1
Tanner Kircher — 1
Jason Leavitt — 1
Garrit Manker — 1
Cody Menges — 1
Xavier Murdy — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Loren Nelson — 1
Jonathan Partida — 1 — **ACTIVE**
Ehren Phillips — 1
Matt Scott — 1
Spencer Tack — 1
Zeb Williams — 1

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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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   Sophomore Derek Leyva, who joins cousin Aram Leyva on the pitch, is Coupeville’s newest soccer star. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s a new sharpshooter in town.

As the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad prepares for its home opener Saturday against 2A Olympic (11 AM JV, 1 PM varsity) there’s buzz over both the school’s new stadium, and its newest soccer star.

While local fans watched the stadium being slowly built, sophomore Derek Leyva is virtually popping up out of nowhere.

The cousin of current and former Wolf booters Aram and Abraham Leyva, Derek is still fairly new to the hallways of CHS.

But he’s not new to the soccer field, where his youth can’t disguise the years he’s put in perfecting his game.

“I’ve played since I was six years old,” Leyva said. “I started to play soccer because since I was a little boy I’ve liked it.

“I like soccer because I enjoy it and have fun.”

Leyva, who enjoys listening to music when he’s not playing, draws a lot of support from his family.

“My dad would have to be the biggest impact in my life,” he said.

On the pitch, Leyva will use his speed (“my strengths are running”) as he and Aram chase the goal-scoring records set by Abraham during his playing days.

The duo and their teammates also want to make a run at the top of the 1A Olympic League, with an eye on toppling three-time defending champs Klahowya.

“Some areas I’d like to work on would have to be making more goals,” Derek Leyva said. “My goal for this upcoming season is to make history.”

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Wolf senior May Rose notched her first goal of the season Tuesday in a 7-2 win at Chimacum. (John Fisken photo)

   Wolf senior May Rose notched her first goal of the season Tuesday in a 7-2 win at Chimacum. (John Fisken photos)

Tia Wurzrainer

   Fab frosh Tia Wurzrainer recently moved up front, and it paid off against the Cowboys, as she tallied her first two high school goals.

One record tied, another broken.

Raining down destruction on host Chimacum from every angle Tuesday, the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad romped to a 7-2 win.

The victory, spurred by a momentous night from Mia Littlejohn, lifts the Wolves to 4-1 in 1A Olympic League play, 6-2-1 overall.

Coupeville trails Klahowya (3-0) by percentage points atop the league standings, while Port Townsend (1-3) and Chimacum (0-4) are fading fast.

The win allows the 2016 Wolves to tie the ’14 and ’15 teams for most victories in a single season in program history.

Barring a colossal collapse, that record should easily fall, as CHS still has seven regular-season games left on its schedule.

Those games, which begin with a non-conference tilt at home against 2A Port Angeles Thursday (5:15 PM) will give Littlejohn a chance to further add to her season goal total, which now stands above any other Wolf to play the sport.

Rattling home goals #20 and #21 against the Cowboys, the reigning WIAA Athlete of the Week tied, then passed, Abraham Leyva for the school’s single-season scoring mark.

Now that Littlejohn has the season mark, the school’s career record is her next target.

The CHS junior has tallied 29 goals in her stellar career, while Leyva notched 45 scores before graduating in June.

Another sharpshooter with her eye on the scoring marks is Mia’s little sister, sophomore Kalia Littlejohn.

The baby of the family torched the nets for two more goals herself Tuesday, giving her six for the season and 16 for her career.

Kalia finally got the monkey off her back,” said Coupeville coach Troy Cowan. “She has been struggling with her offensive game but I told her to be patient and that she has the greatest foot skills I have ever seen, so use them.

“The second half she started listening, winning possession and scoring goals.”

While the Littlejohns were up to their old ways, two other Wolves scribbled their name into the scoring column for the first time this season.

Senior May Rose connected on one, while freshman Tia Wurzrainer, who has recently moved up the field after playing defense for much of the year, tallied a pair.

May is a very hard working player and tonight her hard work paid off,” Cowan said.

Tia should have probably scored four or five, but she is so unselfish,” he added. “I am hoarse from hollering at her! She is a special player and has a bright future with the Wolves.”

The Wolves worked the ball extremely well, with assists on six of the seven scores.

Mia Littlejohn set up a pair, while Sage Renninger, Lauren Bayne, Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger all put the ball right where their teammates could take advantage.

Cowan praised them all, but saved a few words for his captain.

Sage is serving the most beautiful balls I have ever seen. I mean she is just dialed in and is electric.”

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Aram Leyva (Pat Kelley photo)

  Aram Leyva (middle), destroying the competition on the pitch. (Pat Kelley photo)

Leyva (John Fisken photo)

One of the few moments when Leyva isn’t moving. (John Fisken photo)

The records may seem unbreakable, but not so fast.

As he graduated this spring, soccer sensation Abraham Leyva left Coupeville High School with season (20) and career (45) goal-scoring records.

What he achieved in three years on the pitch was far beyond what any other Wolf booter had accomplished.

But wait, because there’s a new gunslinger in town and he wants all the records.

Younger brother Aram Leyva, who will be a freshman at CHS in the fall, has been tearing up fields at every level he’s played, and he plans to make a run for family honor.

“I want to beat my brother’s score in soccer, in less time,” he said with a smile.

Leyva, who will also be playing basketball for the Wolves, is a hard-charging, super-friendly young man who doesn’t know, or at least acknowledge, the meaning of “down time.”

“I love being active,” he said. “I usually hate when I do nothing. I get bored.”

While he’s participated in a number of sports — Leyva was a strong runner for the CMS track squad this spring — the “beautiful game” has always drawn the most interest from him.

“With soccer I grew up learning at a young age and I just loved it,” he said. “I have plenty of endurance, which keeps me going in a game.”

He credits his father for working with him on soccer (“My dad has had a giant impact on me by supporting and telling me how to improve”), and one of his CMS hoops coaches for helping him improve on the hard-court.

“Coach Ryan King, cause this year was my first and he made it a great year for me.”

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