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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 and Coupeville soccer came dangerously close Monday to shattering Klahowya’s four-year unbeaten streak in 1A Olympic League play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Admit it, few saw this coming.

Playing on the road Monday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team came within a deflected ball here or there of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 1A Olympic League history.

Getting a pair of goals from sophomore Derek Leyva, the Wolves pushed Klahowya to the very end in a 3-2 thriller, narrowly missing a chance to shatter the Eagles four-year unbeaten streak in conference action.

With the escape, KSS (5-0 in league, 8-2-1 overall) cements its lead in the standings, going two games up on Coupeville (3-2, 4-5-2) with four to play.

The two schools play again in two weeks, when the Eagles visit Whidbey for the regular-season finale.

That Apr. 30 game will be Senior Night for the Wolves.

Between now and then, the CHS boys, who have never finished higher than third in the Olympic League, will play Port Townsend (1-3) twice and Chimacum (0-4) once.

If they replicate Monday’s effort, the Wolves will massacre the RedHawks and Cowboys.

With his two goals, Derek Leyva pushed his season total to 18, pulling him within two of cousin Abraham Leyva’s single-season Wolf boys mark of 20 scores.

He scored in each half, twice knotting the game up.

Klahowya could never get its lead above one goal, but did manage to slip in a final score late in the game to avoid overtime.

Wolf senior defender Hunter Downes praised his teammates across the board for their play.

“(Goalie) Dewitt (Cole) had a pretty nice game with some good saves, Derek did his usual thing, Will (Nelson) had a good game,” Downes said. “Basically, everyone played well.”

Hitting the back of the net twice against the Eagles is a major step for CHS, as the Wolves had only scored twice in eight previous games against Klahowya.

Coupeville had been shut-out six times, including a 5-0 loss earlier this season, and entered Monday having been outscored 38-2 all-time by KSS.

Klahowya had only surrendered six goals in 10 games this season, with six shutouts.

The Wolves join soccer powers Kingston and University Prep as the only teams to notch two goals this year against the Eagles.

Also, Monday’s game was the first time a 1A Olympic League rival came within a single goal of Klahowya.

The Eagles, who’ve been to state two of the past three years, carried in a 25-0 record in conference games.

KSS had gone 6-0, 6-0 and 9-0 in the first three seasons (2015-2017) of the league, before running off four straight shutout wins this seasons.

In those 25 games Klahowya outscored its three “rivals” 136-8, with only three games being decided by as few as two goals.

Coupeville had never come closer than three scores in any previous match-up with the Eagles.

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   Freshman Sam Wynn has four goals, putting him #3 on Coupeville’s scoring chart. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re scoring at a record-setting pace.

With 39 goals through 10 games, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is on target to put up its best offensive numbers in at least a decade.

Having peppered goalies for five more scores since last time we discussed the subject, the current Wolves have tied the 2010 team, and are just nine back of the high-powered ’16 squad.

The numbers for the nine CHS seasons the Olympic League web site has recorded:

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

Coupeville (3-1 in Olympic League play, 4-4-2 overall) has five conference games left, and then likely heads to the playoffs.

If the Wolves maintain their current scoring pace, they would obliterate the mark set by the ’16 team.

But, of course, you have to play the games first, and the schedule ahead is a bit tricky.

Two of those regular-season matches are against Klahowya, which has surrendered just six goals this season, none against 1A Olympic League foes.

But, one of those tilts comes against Chimacum, a team that has been shredded for 62 goals in six games.

So, it may balance itself out.

Scoring stats through Apr. 15:

Derek Leyva – 16
Aram Leyva
– 7
Sam Wynn
– 4
Pedro Gamarra
– 3
William Nelson
– 3
Ethan Spark
– 2
James Wood
– 2
Chris Cernick
– 1
Jonathan Partida
– 1

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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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   Aram Leyva scored two goals Friday as Coupeville blasted Chimacum 9-0 on the soccer pitch. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s agree not to sugarcoat things — Chimacum High School boys soccer is not in a great place right now.

When you’ve been outscored 55-0 in five games, your offense isn’t working and neither is your defense.

The latest team to tattoo them was Coupeville, which gave three players their first scoring opportunity of the season Friday, and ran as many JV players into action as possible.

And still romped to a 9-0 win.

The second-straight conference victory for the Wolves, it lifts them to 3-1 in Olympic League play, 4-2-1 overall.

It also pulls CHS within a half-game of league leader Klahowya (3-0), while Port Townsend (1-2) and Chimacum (0-4) bring up the rear.

The Wolves struck for eight of their nine goals in the first half and finished the game with six players in the scoring column.

Freshman Sam Wynn led the way, recording a hat trick to push his season scoring totals to four goals.

Aram Leyva added a pair of goals (he has four on the year), while cousin Derek Leyva settled for a single goal, his team-leading 14th.

Senior Ethan Spark notched his first goal of the season, with sophomores Chris Cernick and Jonathan Partida recording their first-ever varsity scores to round out the attack.

With some help from his defenders, Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole recorded the shutout.

CHS coach Kyle Nelson used the game somewhat as a training device, but with an eye also on clinching the win as quickly as possible.

“We were able to get quite a few JV players in,” he said. “Nice to get another league win.”

Things are about to get a lot tougher for Coupeville, as its next four foes, Vashon (5-2-1), Forks (6-0), Port Angeles (6-2) and Klahowya (5-2-1) are a combined 22-6-2.

First up is Vashon, which visits Whidbey Monday for a 4 PM non-conference game.

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