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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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Coupeville freshman Miles Davidson made his debut in goal Saturday, teaming with Dewitt Cole and Michael Langille to stifle Nooksack Valley in a 9-1 win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Derek Leyva (left), celebrating with Alex Jimenez, knocked in four goals, giving him 30 for his prep career.

For a moment, it seemed like it would be a nail-biter.

But it was a very short moment.

Breaking an early tie at Nooksack Valley Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad rained down eight straight goals and romped to a 9-1 win.

The non-conference victory evens the early-season record at 2-2, as the Wolves prepare to head into league play.

CHS plays its next four games against North Sound Conference foes, with the first two bouts on its home turf.

The Wolves host King’s (1-1-1) Tuesday, Mar. 19, before Sultan (0-2) arrives on Whidbey Friday, Mar. 22.

Saturday’s game was Coupeville’s second-straight road game against a team from the 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference, and this one went a lot better.

After falling 4-0 to Meridian two days before, the Wolves peppered Nooksack’s goalie from all angles, filling up the back of the net.

Up 5-1 at the half, with the only Pioneer goal coming off of a “power shot to the opposite corner from the attack line,” Coupeville’s back line was playing large and in charge.

“Defense had a great first half,” said CHS assistant coach Robert Wood. “(Wolf goaltender) Dewitt (Cole) made a superb effort diving and got a finger on it, but it was just one of those shots.”

The Wolves stayed on the attack after the break, smacking home another four goals and sending Coupeville head coach Kyle Nelson to the bus with a big smile on his face.

“The one goal we conceded was early in the game,” he said. “No looking back from there.”

Coupeville’s cousin connection sparked the offensive explosion, with Derek Leyva rattling the net for a season-best four goals, while Aram Leyva popped in a pair of scores.

The duo have combined for 11 goals through four games, with Derek back in front 6-5 in the scoring chase.

His final score of the afternoon was the 30th of his short career, after he scored a school single-season record 24 in his debut as a sophomore last year.

Saturday’s explosion pulls him within 15 of his other cousin, Abraham Leyva, who holds the CHS career mark of 45 goals.

Sage Downes added his third goal of the season, while also collecting three assists, and Chris Cernick and James Wood rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

Derek Leyva racked up two assists, while Sam Wynn added another sweet set-up which resulted in a teammate scoring.

The Wolf coaching staff was appropriately pumped after the big road win.

“Finally playing as a team the way game demands,” Robert Wood said. “Really good showing by everyone.”

After working with the team’s goaltenders, the assistant coach was especially pleased to see the team’s backups, Miles Davidson and Micheal Langille, get quality time in net, giving Cole a chance to rest on the sideline.

The young duo swapped 10-minute sessions in the net, both holding Nooksack scoreless.

Davidson took a kick to the face, but the scrappy Wolf lived to tell about it.

“They both put practice sessions directly into game experience,” Robert Wood said. “Superb effort and focus and application from both.”

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James Wood and Coupeville High School soccer are wading through a tough non-conference schedule. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You take your bumps and bruises, and, hopefully use them as learning lessons.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad, still a work in progress, dropped its second-straight non-league game Thursday, falling 4-0 at Meridian.

Both losses for the Wolves, now 1-2 on the season, have come against tough 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference foes.

And the run through that league isn’t quite done yet, as Coupeville travels Saturday to Nooksack Valley

But having a non-league schedule full of big-timers can be a help, as the Wolves want to be sharp when they begin North Sound Conference play.

“We’re still putting the pieces together early in the season,” CHS coach Kyle Nelson said. “We are showing some improvement; trying to get ready for league play next week.”

After the Nooksack game, Coupeville plays eight of its next nine games against league foes.

First up is King’s Mar. 19, then Sultan Mar. 22, with both games on Coupeville’s field.

While the Wolves were shut-out for the first time this season, after racking up 10 goals across their first two contests, Nelson was pleased with how his team responded under duress.

Meridian jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Coupeville defense stiffened after the break and the team as a whole gave “a better effort in the second half.”

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Battling the wind, James Wood cranks a corner kick. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Staring down the brisk breeze, a collection of Wolf stars jam the stands.

The Leyva lads lead the charge, with Aram (front) and Derek slicin’ and dicin’ the defense.

Cruddy weather, sunny attitudes.

Derek Leyva fires the ball into play.

Ever-efficient Wolf manager Natalie Hollrigel rules the roost up in the warm, dry, non-breezy press box.

CHS goalie Dewitt Cole sprawls out to stop a shot, while Wolf defender Teo Keilwitz comes charging in to help.

“Spring? I’m going to go have words with Mother Nature…”

The weather was wild ‘n windy, but at least I didn’t have to stand out in it.

While I was smartly sequestered in the press box Monday during Coupeville’s boys soccer clash with Mount Baker, grizzled paparazzi John Fisken braved the gusts to snap the pics seen above.

To peruse everything he shot, pop over to:


And, when you wander over there, remember, a percentage of any purchases goes to help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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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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