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Coupeville senior Teo Keilwitz capped a four-year run on the prep soccer pitch Wednesday with a final awards banquet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf junior Aram Leyva was a First-Team All-Conference selection.

First year in a new league, and Coupeville High School boys soccer made a nice showing.

The Wolves, who finished 6-10, winning one of three playoff games even while hampered by a major wave of injuries, placed three players on the North Sound Conference All-League teams.

Junior Aram Leyva claimed First-Team honors while junior Derek Leyva and sophomore Sam Wynn were tabbed for Second-Team acclaim.

The All-Conference awards were just part of the hardware handed out Wednesday, as Coupeville’s booters capped their season with a banquet.

In team awards, Derek Leyva was selected as the Player of the Year, while Dewitt Cole (Most Inspirational), Chris Cernick (Most Improved), and Xavier Murdy (Rookie of the Year) also came to the podium.

Teo Keilwitz and Uriah Kastner were honored for being four-year players, while Keilwitz and Aram Leyva were team captains.

 

Varsity letter winners:

Andrew Aparicio
Owen Barenburg
Aiden Burdge
Chris Cernick
Dewitt Cole
Miles Davidson
Sage Downes
Dakota Eck
Tony Garcia
Alex Jimenez
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Michael Langille
Aram Leyva
Derek Leyva
Xavier Murdy
Jonathan Partida
James Wood
Sam Wynn

 

Certificate of participation:

Zach Ginnings
Eli Kastner
Simon Socha

 

Managers:

Natalie Hollrigel
Michael Laska

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Chris Cernick has punched in two goals for Coupeville High School soccer this spring. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With four scores in 2019, sophomore Sage Downes has run his career total to seven goals.

Since the Coupeville High School soccer programs only began in 2004, I assumed it would be fairly easy to track down complete scoring records.

To which the universe flicked me behind the ear while whispering, “Oh, you naive fool.”

Having obtained access to the Whidbey News-Times archives, it took me maybe 12 minutes, tops, before finding I was on a mission which was not going to end well.

Having put in 2+ years as a sports editor at that newspaper back in the day, I understand the tricky balancing act it takes to cover both Oak Harbor and Coupeville.

But, when it came to covering soccer, there were a couple of my successors, who, it would seem, didn’t even try.

Huge chunks of games were missing, no one ran stat totals for soccer, ever, and, barring a miracle, we’ll never really know how many goals Geoff Wacker, Mike Duke and other early CHS pitch stars tallied.

I can tell you, with 99.9992% precision, who scored goals the past seven seasons (2013-2019), which have played out during the life of Coupeville Sports.

Before that, I can give you season team totals, though not individual stats, for 2010-2012, thanks to the archives of the North Sound Conference site.

Having held on to game scores from Coupeville’s four-year stint in the Olympic League and its final five seasons in the Cascade Conference, at least the NSC site is trying.

All of this is preamble to taking a look at how the current Wolves compare to their predecessors.

With four regular-season games left on the schedule, and then at least one (and hopefully many more) playoff games, the 2019 squad is rising up the charts.

The current Wolves sit tied for 6th, and while it’s unlikely they’ll catch last year’s record-busting team, it wouldn’t take much for them to at least finish in the top five over the last decade.

 

Year-by-year team totals:

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 66
2019 — 27 and counting

 

Season-to-date individual scoring totals:

Aram Leyva 9
Derek Leyva 9
Sage Downes 4
Chris Cernick 2
James Wood 2
Tony Garcia 1

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Aram Leyva celebrated his birthday by banging home a hat trick Tuesday as Coupeville soccer romped to a 5-1 road win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First things first – they’re going to the playoffs.

The bracket for the boys soccer district tournament was posted Tuesday, and it shows five teams from the North Sound Conference qualifying, with the other three slots being filled by the Northwest Conference.

With Granite Falls having abandoned its program this year, that guarantees the five NSC schools still playing are all postseason-bound.

So, instead of fighting for a playoff berth, Coupeville will spend the next month vying for seeding and the chance to open the postseason at home.

Or, in the case of the Wolves, close to home up in Oak Harbor, since playoff games have to be contested on turf fields.

Five of eight teams will advance from districts to bi-districts, the last stop before the state tourney.

In any case, having already clinched a playoff ticket takes a certain pressure off of everyone.

Though, with the way the Coupeville booters are playing of late it might not have mattered.

Raining down goals from all sides Tuesday in Bothell, the Wolves battered host Cedar Park Christian 5-1 to claim their third win in their last four games.

Now 2-1 in league play, 4-3 overall, CHS moves into a second-place tie with South Whidbey (1-0, 4-1), a half-game off of league-leader King’s (2-0, 3-1-1).

Sultan (0-1, 0-5) and Cedar Park (0-3, 0-4) round out the Granite-less standings.

Coupeville, which has six regular-season games left, five of them conference bouts, gets a major challenge Friday when it travels down Island to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Tuesday’s game was close for a half, as the Wolves went to the break clinging to a 1-0 lead, thanks to a Derek Leyva score.

Things quickly turned in the second half, however, as birthday boy Aram Leyva ripped off a hat trick, peppering the CPC goaltender for three quick scores.

His cousin, Derek, popped back in to seal the offensive attack, rattling home his second goal of the night.

That leaves the Leyvas tied atop the season scoring stat sheet with nine goals apiece, while Derek hangs on to a 33-28 lead in career scoring.

Both Wolf juniors are hot on the heels of Aram’s older brother, Abraham, who graduated in 2016 with the program career scoring record of 45 goals.

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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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Despite battling illness, Coupeville High School boys soccer manager Natalie Hollrigel knocked it out of the park Monday during her first time on the stadium microphone. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A different day, likely a different result.

Battered by a ferocious second-half wind which kept them pinned to their own side of the field Monday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team needed a miracle.

Unfortunately, it didn’t come, as the Wolves, racked by illness and injury, lost the lead late in the game and fell 4-2 to visiting Mount Baker.

The non-league loss, coming at the hands of a tough Northwest Conference foe, drops Coupeville to 1-1 on the young season.

For a great portion of Monday’s match, it looked like the Wolves would remain undefeated.

Coupeville struck early, rattling home a pair of first-half goals, then held on to a 2-1 lead until late in the game.

But it wasn’t to be, as Baker slipped two final daggers — one off a penalty shot set up by an inadvertent hand ball — into the net in the game’s final three minutes.

The breeze ruffled the jerseys of the players, and a few flags, in the first half, when CHS had the wind at its back, and the Wolves took advantage.

After dodging a major moment of danger when the Mountaineers airmailed a penalty kick into the next town in the game’s second minute, Coupeville struck.

Derek Leyva, dancing with the ball on his toe, slid through a maze of Baker defenders, then splashed home a quick shot into the left corner of the net in the game’s ninth minute.

The second goal in as many games for the Wolf junior, it gives him 26 for his prep career.

Baker answered in less than three minutes, slipping a ball into the net after a wild scrum, but then Coupeville dominated the remainder of the half.

With veterans like Teo Keilwitz and Sam Wynn, and chippy youngsters like Tony Garcia, clamping down on defense, the visitors got zilch the rest of the way before the break.

No goals, and just one shot, on which Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole made a nice save, darting out to snatch the ball practically off of the shooter’s foot.

Looking for a game-buster, CHS found it when James Wood uncorked a long corner kick.

It left Wood’s foot looking like a set-up pass for Leyva, but then snapped like a whip (with a little help from a gust of wind), curving into the net at the last possible moment.

Up 2-1 at the break, things were looking good for Coupeville, other than the fact an already-thin roster had taken a major hit.

With illness ripping through the team, and the school, CHS coach Kyle Nelson only had a single reserve at kickoff, and that vanished when team co-captain Aram Leyva took a nasty shot to the leg shortly before the half.

Once he headed to the sideline, to be replaced by raw-but-ready freshman Andrew Aparicio, Leyva never returned.

With it being a non-conference game, Coupeville coaches made the prudent decision to keep one of their stars out of any more action while his health was in question.

That being said, losing the powerful Leyva and his ability to crash the middle hurt the Wolves.

Nothing hurt quite like the weather, however.

What had started as a brisk breeze became a wall of wind after the break, and Mother Nature made it virtually impossible for Coupeville to get the ball off its side of the field.

Even long hitters like Derek Leyva and Wood had shots muffled by the wind, the ball arcing high up into the sky, before being sucker punched and quickly returning to the turf, sometimes landing behind where it was first hit.

Forced to play all-out defense for 40 minutes straight, with the other team holding the wind advantage, proved to be a thankless task for the Wolves.

Cole made several strong saves, including one in which he went airborne and punched the ball off the crossbar.

That one drew the loudest vocal response from CHS manager/PA announcer Natalie Hollrigel.

Battling illness herself, while operating the mic for the first time, she proved to be a natural, rattling off hard-to-pronounce names during pre-game introductions, then chiming in with strong calls on scores.

She also proudly upheld her Wolf Nation credentials, whispering after one Baker goal, “They scored, I said it, eh … not going to get excited for them.”

Her color commentator, at least when the mic was off, was fellow Wolf star Hannah Davidson, who provided a nice mix of “dad jokes” and one entertaining, if hard to swallow, conspiracy theory revolving around a Coupeville coach being in the witness protection program.

The duo show promise, and now just need to be convinced to leave the mic on the whole game, much like school Athletic Director/announcing wild man Willie Smith has been known to do in the past.

Back on the field, Baker, with an extraordinary amount of help from the wind, pushed home the tying goal in the 63rd minute, the go-ahead score in the 77th, and a final tally in stoppage time after the hand ball.

It got the Mountaineers the win, maybe, but the Wolves deserve a fair amount of praise for standing tall under great duress in the second half.

Plus, when a rival team wins, it’s always best to live by the words of a raspy-voiced Hollrigel.

“Eh, not going to get excited for them.”

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