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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.



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)



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)



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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Zane Bundy (John Fisken photos)

  Zane Bundy (7), celebrating a goal with Abraham Leyva, was named Most Inspirational when CHS soccer held its banquet Thursday. (John Fisken photos)

Will "The Thrill" Nelson, showing off the deft touch that led to him setting a single-season assist record.

   Will “The Thrill” Nelson, showing off the deft touch that led to him setting a single-season assist record.

They rewrote the record books and were rewarded for it.

Coupeville High School booters Abraham Leyva and William Nelson set new program records for goals and assists, respectively, this season, so it was appropriate the duo were tabbed as First-Team All-League players by 1A Olympic League coaches.

Leyva, a senior, notched 20 goals in his final go-around on the CHS pitch, giving him 45 for his career.

He also departs with the school’s career assist record, having compiled 26 over three seasons.

While both of Leyva’s goal records are likely unassailable, Nelson is on his way to taking away the assist mark.

He set a single-season record as a sophomore with 14 set-ups this year.

The duo received their All-League honors at a banquet Thursday night, where Wolf coaches Kyle Nelson and Gary Manker handed out a nice assortment of awards.

Leyva copped Player of the Year honors for the varsity, while Zane Bundy (Most Inspirational), Laurence Boado (Most Improved) and Ethan Spark (Rookie of the Year) also saw time in the spotlight.

Andre Avila was front and center for the JV, capturing Player of the Year and Most Inspirational.

Jaschon Baumann rounded out the awards, taking home Most Improved for the JV squad.

Varsity letter winners:

Andre Avila
Laurence Boado
Zane Bundy
Jose Castro
Taylor Chiles
Garrett Compton
Sebastian Davis
Tanner Kircher
Abraham Leyva
Uriel Liquidano
Connor McCormick
Cody Menges
Zack Nall
Loren Nelson
William Nelson
Santiago Ortiz
Ethan Spark

Bundy and Kircher were four-year varsity players, while Compton, McCormick, Menges, Nelson and Beauman Davis all played four years in the Wolf soccer program.

JV participation awards:

Jaschon Baumann
Beauman Davis
Nick Dion
Brandon Jansen
Jonathon Johnson
Uriah Kastner
Ethan Kedrowski
Teo Keilwitz
JT Quinn
Brian Roberts
Mathew Shreffner

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