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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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   Uriel Liquidano is one of four seniors on the CHS boys soccer squad. (John Fisken photo)

“Not our finest game.”

With his team buffeted Thursday by a quick Bellevue Christian squad, a harsh reffing crew and the constant threat of thunder and lightning, the season did not end the way Coupeville High School boys soccer coach Kyle Nelson would have liked.

By the time things were done at Oak Harbor Stadium, the Wolf booters had absorbed a 5-0 loss, leaving them one-and-done in the district playoffs.

Coupeville finishes 4-11-1, while BC (6-8) advances to play Vashon Island in another loser-out game.

Thursday’s game was frustrating all around.

With the day morphing from blazing sun to stormy doom ‘n gloom, there were two 45-minute delays because of lightning — one right before the game was scheduled to start and another deep in the first half.

Officials decided to skip a halftime break to try and keep things going.

Those same refs called the game extremely tight, benefiting Bellevue Christian, which relied on speed, and not Coupeville, which was ready to rumble in the trenches.

The Wolves, who received just one yellow card all season, were handed multiple warnings Thursday, with Bellevue Christian getting seven free kicks to none for Coupeville.

BC got on the board less than a minute into the game, scoring off of a header set up by one of those free kicks.

The Vikings tacked on two more goals in the first half, one off a corner kick, the other on, yep, a free kick.

With the game in hand, Bellevue tossed in two more scores in the second half to pad the final margin.

Coupeville had several shots on goal, but couldn’t get one to find the back of the net.

The playoff tilt marked the end of the run for CHS seniors Zack Nall, Uriel Liquidano, Nick Dion and Brandon Jansen.

Final season scoring stats:

Aram Leyva – 6
Ethan Spark – 6
William Nelson – 4
Zack Nall – 3
Hunter Downes – 2
Uriel Liquidano – 2
James Wood – 2
Laurence Boado – 1

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Nick Dion is one of four seniors on the Wolf roster. (John Fisken photo)

Wipe the slate clean.

The regular season is done and the playoffs loom for the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad.

After taking a 2-0 loss at Port Townsend Friday night, the Wolves sit at 4-10-1 overall, 3-6 in Olympic League play.

As the #3 seed from its conference, Coupeville hosts the #4 seed from the Nisqually League in a loser-out district playoff game.

The particulars:

When: Thursday, May 4, with a 5 PM kick-off

Where: Oak Harbor Stadium

Cost: Adult/student without ASB $8; student with ASB and senior citizens $5; elementary students $4

Opponent: Bellevue Christian (5-7 with one game left on its schedule)

Goal differential: BC has outscored teams 43-37, while CHS has been outscored 49-26

Best/Worst wins: BC beat Chimacum 11-2 and lost 10-0 to Charles Wright Academy. CHS beat Chimacum 7-0 and lost 7-0 to Klahowya.

Mascots: BC – Vikings; CHS – Wolves

Coaches: BC – Paul Adams; CHS – Kyle Nelson

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   Zack Nall scored his first goal of the season Friday in a 5-3 Wolf win. (John Fisken photo)

   William Nelson (left) and Brandon Jansen watch the play unfold. (Susan Hulst photo)

   Freshman Aram Leyva tallied two goals, giving him three on the season. (Fisken photo)

Claim the wind, claim the game.

Playing with the Whidbey wind at its back in the first half Friday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad built a 4-0 lead, then coasted home for a 5-3 win over visiting 2A North Mason.

The non-conference win evened Coupeville’s record at 2-2-1 on the season.

The Wolves put their 1-0 record in Olympic League play on the line the next two games, when they travel to Klahowya Tuesday, Mar. 28, before returning home to host Port Townsend Friday, Mar. 31.

Eight of their next 10 games are league affairs.

Coupeville spread out its scoring Friday, with four booters hitting pay-dirt.

Freshman phenom Aram Leyva torched the North Mason goaltender twice, while Ethan Spark, Uriel Liquidano and Zack Nall all had the magic touch as well.

Spark leads the Wolves with five goals this season, with Leyva hot on his heels with three.

Walter Sebastian-Montejo, Chris Ramsey and Brock Mullins tallied goals for the visitors.

“North Mason did make it interesting late in the game, but the boys held steady,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “A good tough, physical win for us.”

JV edged:

Freshman Mason Grove found the back of the net for Coupeville, but North Mason escaped with a narrow 2-1 win.

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Nick Dion (John Fisken photo)

Nick Dion and Co. are lunging into a new season. (John Fisken photo)

Aram Leyva (Pat Kelley photo)

   Freshman Aram Leyva (middle) arrives, ready to chase brother Abraham’s school scoring records. (Pat Kelley photo)

Zack Nall (Fisken photo)

   Zack Nall (20) is one of three returning players who scored last year for the Wolves. (Fisken photo)

They’re not throwing away their shot.

It’s a wild new world for Coupeville High School boys soccer, which heads into a new season missing the two biggest goal-scorers in program history and facing a different schedule than in previous seasons.

After playing six conference games in each of their first two seasons in the 1A Olympic League, the Wolves will up that to nine this time around.

That brings soccer even with other sports such as basketball and volleyball and guarantees, if nothing else, everyone’s league record will look different by season’s end.

In the first two seasons, boys soccer was the only sport to have all four league teams post the exact same mark both times around.

Two-time champ Klahowya has gone 6-0 in each previous season, while Port Townsend (4-2), Coupeville (2-4) and Chimacum (0-6) have also all been locked in.

While the Wolves want to topple the Eagles, who have gone to state the last two seasons, finishing 4th in 2015, they also want to get over the edge against the RedHawks.

Twice CHS has come within a goal of knocking off Port Townsend.

Generating goals will be a big key to any Wolf success, as Coupeville took a big hit with the graduation of premium net-finders Abraham Leyva and Zane Bundy.

In all, CHS lost 10 seniors from a team which finished 5-9-1, losing 2-1 to Bellevue Christian in the playoffs, but Leyva’s exit leaves the biggest question mark.

He rattled home 20 goals in his senior campaign, finishing off his three-year stint with the Wolves with a program-record 45 scores.

There is hope, though, as three of the eight players to score last season are back on the pitch.

Ethan Spark, who was second in goals with eight a year ago, returns, as well as First-Team All-League pick William Nelson (5 goals, school-record 14 assists) and Zack Nall (3 goals).

Joining them is freshman Aram Leyva, Abraham’s younger brother and a potent scoring weapon at every level he’s played.

Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson has five returning letter winners, with defenders Uriel Liquidano and Laurence Boado joining Nall, Nelson and Spark.

Several JV players from last year are expected to make the jump this season, including midfielders Nick Dion and Brandon Jansen, defenders Uriah Kastner and Teo Keilwitz and goalies Brian Roberts and Mathew Shreffner.

Freshman James Wood is also in play for a varsity spot.

“We will be a young team this year, with quite a few varsity players having this be their first year on the varsity squad,” Kyle Nelson said. “But we are returning some key players who will be playing in central positions up the field, forming a solid core.

“My goal is to form a well-organized, disciplined, defensive squad,” he added. “And with anyone who watches us play this year seeing significant improvement through the course of the season.”

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