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   Coupeville captain William Nelson blasts a deep ball Monday against Klahowya. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hunter Downes (center) was one of four Wolf seniors honored Monday night.

Senior defender Axel Partida gets a final photo op with CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

The fans get chatty.

Dawson Houston does his best Spielberg imitation.

An injury has sidelined Ethan Spark, but he was hailed for his stellar career.

The Nelsons have family time on the pitch.

Aram Leyva, who scored his 11th goal Monday, comes sliding in to save the day.

Let’s agree to ignore much of what happened Monday night.

Coming off a playoff-clinching win in its previous bout, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad fell flat against four-time Olympic League champ Klahowya on Senior Night.

But while the Wolves fell 6-1 Monday, the loss can’t dim what they’ve accomplished.

After three straight third-place finishes, CHS closed its final run through the conference by finishing second with a 5-4 mark.

Now, the Wolves take their 6-7-2 record into the postseason, kicking things off with a “home” playoff game against Bellevue Christian Saturday 1 PM at Oak Harbor High School’s stadium.

It’s a loser-out contest, with the victor advancing to the double-elimination portion of districts May 8-12.

While Coupeville took a step back against Klahowya, which had its midfielders firing on all cylinders, the Wolves did pull off one fairly spectacular play.

Derek Leyva fired a cross that freshman Sam Wynn collected and nudged to Aram Leyva, who buried the ball into the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season.

The Wolves have scored 59 goals in their 15 games, the best single-season scoring performance in program history.

While it still has at least one playoff game to go, Coupeville took time to honor its graduating players — William Nelson, Axel Partida, Ethan Spark and Hunter Downes — prior to their final true home game.


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   Aram Leyva scored twice Tuesday as Coupeville soccer drilled Port Townsend 3-1, all but clinching a playoff berth for the Wolves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Channeling Obi-Wan in Star Wars, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team showed remarkable resiliency Tuesday, and the rewards will be huge.

Four days after absorbing a rough loss at Port Townsend, the Wolf booters rebounded to drill the visiting RedHawks 3-1 Tuesday, capturing their biggest win in the four-year history of the 1A Olympic League.

The victory, which snapped a five-game winless streak, lifts CHS to 4-3 in conference action, 5-6-2 overall.

It also gives the Wolves two wins in three games against Port Townsend this season, and all but clinches second-place in the Olympic League, and the playoff berth that comes with that finish.

After three teams made the postseason annually between 2015-2017, this year only two squads will make the cut, and it would take an epic collapse for Coupeville to not join league champ Klahowya.

Port Townsend (3-4, 3-8) and the Wolves both finish with games against Klahowya (6-0, 9-2-1) and Chimacum (0-6, 0-10).

One CHS win or one PT loss clinches second-place for the Wolves, who finished third in each of the previous three seasons.

It would take two Moses-parting-the-Red-Sea-style miracles for the RedHawks to slide past Coupeville and make the postseason.

First, Chimacum, which has been outscored 101-2 this season (not a typo) would have to beat the Wolves.

Then, Port Townsend would have to break Klahowya’s perfect 27-0 run in Olympic League games.

If BOTH those things happen Friday, I’ll retire on the spot.

So, while the Wolves can’t fully celebrate yet, they took care of most of the dirty work Tuesday, controlling the game from start to finish.

The first half was a scoreless battle for 39+ minutes, with CHS defenders Uriah Kastner and Hunter Downes coming up huge, scrambling to snuff out RedHawk opportunities with quick feet work (and the occasional hip check into the stands).

Coupeville actually had more chances to score, but was thwarted repeatedly by a ref who knew one call – “off-sides” – and used it frequently.

His calls erased one Wolf goal, when Aram Leyva beat the Port Townsend goalie high only to have the score waved off.

Aram’s cousin, laser-shot-firing Derek Leyva, made up for it, though, rifling home the game’s first score late in stoppage time.

After muscling his way through two defenders, the slender assassin rattled the ball home, netting his 21st goal of the season.

That broke the CHS boys single-season scoring mark set in 2016 by Derek’s other cousin, Abraham Leyva, and leaves him just shy of Mia Littlejohn’s school record of 27 goals in one campaign.

Having broken the record, Derek Leyva turned into an assist machine in the second half, setting Aram Leyva up twice.

The first score came on a throw-in by Sam Wynn that Derek corraled, then skipped across the field right onto Aram’s toe.

One quick swing of his powerful leg later, it was 2-0 Wolves and the game looked to be in the bag.

But Port Townsend was plucky, and finally broke through with a little over 14 minutes left in the game.

A ferocious scrum broke out in front of the net, and, in the melee, a RedHawk managed to poke the ball past an otherwise-occupied Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole.

With the lead cut to 2-1, Cole and his defensive crew went into lock-down mode.

Axel Partida, Teo Keilwitz and Co. were impenetrable the rest of the game, blunting Port Townsend’s best efforts, while Cole made a couple of nimble late saves.

Just to make sure things would stay the way they were supposed to, the Leyva boys broke out another beauty with 10 minutes to play.

Derek crushed another crossing pass, though this time Aram came cartwheeling in, using his head to bank the ball past the flailing RedHawk net-minder.

With two scores on the afternoon, Aram ran his season total to nine goals, as the cousins have combined for 30 of the team’s 47 goals.

That leaves Coupeville just one score shy of the 2016 team, which scored 48 times, the most by any Wolf boys team in the last decade.

While he’s not looking past Chimacum, no matter what their troubles might be, Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson was quite happy to marinate (for a moment, at least) in finally exorcising the RedHawks.

The Wolves came up empty all seven times they played Port Townsend between 2015-2017 before taking two of three this time around.

“That’s huge. Nice to finally turn it around and take down our nemesis,” he said. “The games have been close with them, always, but today we brought the energy we didn’t have for some reason Friday.

“We talked about that before the game,” Nelson added. “And they really responded!”

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   Axel Partida flies the friendly (and super-windy) skies Saturday as Coupeville fights to a 3-3 stalemate with previously-perfect Forks. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“You want to take our photo??!?! Well, OK, but only if you insist.”

   “This blanket is NOT helping!!!! I can feel every wind gust cutting right to my very soul, man!!!!!”

   Buffeted by some killer wind, Wolf captain William Nelson ponders the meaning of life, and why he can’t feel his arms or legs…

   “If they’re playing, we’re staying!” The most die-hard of pitch fans have found their perch.

   Derek Leyva, on the rampage and headed for his team-best 15th goal of the season.

Perfect no more.

While the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad couldn’t hang on for the knockout Saturday, the Wolves overcame vicious winds and a stellar defense to put the first ding in Forks’ armor.

Facing a team which had given up just one goal in six previous games, CHS rifled home enough scores to walk away with a hard-earned 3-3 tie on its home pitch.

Since the game was a non-conference affair, the two teams did not go to overtime or a shootout, cause … soccer.

Now 4-3-2 on the season, Coupeville drops Forks to 6-0-1.

The Spartans entered play Saturday having outscored its foes 32-1, but that was likely because they hadn’t met the free-wheeling Leyva boys yet.

The sophomore cousins each notched another goal, with Derek Leyva hitting on his 15th score and Aram Leyva netting his seventh.

While he’s not part of the family, at least by blood, senior captain Ethan Spark can score just like the cousins, and he punched home his second goal in the last three games to round out the scoring.

The Coupeville booters are wading through their toughest stretch of the schedule, and get right back at it Tuesday when they travel to Port Angeles to face a 6-2-1 squad.

JV wins:

With a little help from an outsider, the Wolf young guns erupted for a hail of goals late in the game to secure a 4-1 win.

The game was played 7-on-7 instead of the usual 11-on-11, and Forks loaned out one of their guys to give Coupeville a “full” roster.

That Spartan ended up knocking in a goal for the Wolves, who also got two scores from Chris Cernick and one from Jonathan Partida.

The game was scoreless at the break, then Forks broke the stalemate midway through the second half.

“We kept fighting,” Cernick said, and when the Wolves finally broke through, they liked it so much they didn’t stop, scoring all four of their goals during a furious final 15 minutes.

Photos abound:

While the Wolves battled Mother Nature and Forks, photo bug John Fisken snapped away and captured the pics seen above, and a whole lot more.

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   With six goals in eight games, Wolf sophomore Aram Leyva has matched his total from his freshman season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The offense has a little extra octane in it this year.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad passed the halfway point of the regular season Monday, and sits at 4-3-1 overall, 3-1 in Olympic League play.

After upcoming back-to-back non-conference tilts with Forks and Port Angeles, the Wolves close with five straight conference games, then hope to be playoff-bound.

If the goal-scoring stays at current levels, a postseason berth should be fairly easy to get.

With nine different players tallying at least one score, CHS has already rattled the net for 34 goals.

That figure tops last year’s season-ending totals and is already the fourth-best team mark in the last nine years.

Why am I using nine seasons for this comparison, you ask? Easy answer — that’s what the Olympic League site has archived.

So, looking at the Wolf boys from 2010 to this moment in time, here’s how things have played out.

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 34 and counting

When it comes to individual scoring, sophomore Derek Leyva, who transferred to Coupeville this year, is out in front and chasing the Wolf single-season records.

On the boys side, that mark belong to Derek’s cousin, Abraham Leyva, who punched in 20 in one campaign, while Mia Littlejohn owns the school record with 27.

Season totals:

Derek Leyva – 14
Aram Leyva – 6
Sam Wynn – 4
Pedro Gamarra – 3
William Nelson – 3
Chris Cernick – 1
Jonathan Partida – 1
Ethan Spark – 1
James Wood – 1

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   Pedro Gamarra played in his first Coupeville soccer game Tuesday and promptly threw down a hat trick in a 12-0 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Sam Wynn tallied his first score, helping the Wolves improve to 2-0.

The goals splashed down like raindrops.

Taking advantage of their favorite whipping boy Tuesday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad laid waste to host Chimacum, cruising to a 12-0 win.

And, yes, that’s not a misprint. It’s not supposed to say 1 or 2. It’s meant to say 12.

The lopsided win, coming in the Olympic League opener for both teams, lifts Coupeville to 1-0 in conference play, 2-0 overall.

The two schools have met eight times since the league formed in 2014, and this is the fifth time the Wolves have broken double digits against the Cowboys.

After scoring 11, 13, 10 and 11 goals across four games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Coupeville slacked off a bit last year, totaling seven, three and four.

While the Wolves won all three of those games, one finished in a 4-3 nail-biter, offering Chimacum hope it had turned a corner and would be more competitive.

That hope has been promptly snuffed out.

With several new free-wheeling, big-scoring booters joining the roster this season, the 2018 Coupeville soccer squad looks to be an explosive one.

Two of the newcomers, sophomore transfer Derek Leyva and foreign exchange phenom Pedro Gamarra, accounted for seven goals against the Cowboys.

Leyva punched in four scores, raising his total to six through the first two games.

Gamarra, who wasn’t able to play in Coupeville’s opener Saturday, tallied a hat trick in his debut, a mark matched by Aram Leyva, who also tossed in three goals.

That gives Aram, who scored six as a freshman, four tallies through the first two games of his sophomore campaign.

With the Leyva cousins, and now Gamarra, running wild to kick off the season, it’s sending tremors through rival goalies, and maybe Abraham Leyva.

Older brother of Aram, and cousin of Derek, Abraham, who graduated in 2016, holds the Wolf boys soccer scoring records with 20 goals in a season and 45 in a career.

For now…

The other two goals Tuesday came from players at radically different stages in their career.

Senior captain William Nelson notched his first score of the season, while freshman Sam Wynn connected on the first goal of his high school career.

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