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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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   Sophomore Avalon Renninger is one of seven Wolf booters to score this season, keeping Coupeville on a record-setting pace. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The goals are rattling home at a record pace.

Coupeville High School’s girls soccer squad has placed the ball in the back of the net, sometimes with a little help from its rivals, 29 times through the first seven games this season.

The Wolves haven’t reached the halfway point of the regular season yet — that comes Tuesday against Klahowya — but have already topped their offensive output from six of the past eight seasons.

Looking at the stats one can find on the Olympic League site, you can go back to the 2009 season, and this is how CHS has finished each season:

2009 — 15 goals
2010 — 16
2011 — 6
2012 — 8
2013 — 11
2014 — 18
2015 — 33
2016 — 47
2017 — 29 (and counting)

Coupeville’s goal-scoring renaissance can be directly linked to the arrival of Mia Littlejohn and Sage Renninger in 2014, followed by the addition of Kalia Littlejohn and Lindsey Roberts a year later.

The record-setting 2016 season was sparked by Mia Littlejohn racking up a school single-season record 27 goals.

This year, with her big sister having moved on, Kalia Littlejohn is on pace to both break Mia’s single season and career marks.

The junior sharpshooter has 13 goals in 2017, and 31 for her career (just four off Mia’s record).

After that comes Abraham Leyva, who tallied 45 career goals for the Wolf boys.

CHS scoring totals this season:

Kalia Littlejohn – 13
Genna Wright – 5
Lindsey Roberts – 4
Avalon Renninger – 2
Lauren Bayne – 1
Sage Renninger – 1
Ema Smith – 1

But wait, that’s 27 goals, not 29, you say.

There’s a simple explanation for that — Sage Renninger scares people.

Twice this season Coupeville’s senior captain has whipped laser shots on corner kicks and caused harried defenders to accidentally deflect the ball past their keepers for “own goals.”

And yes, Sage rightfully got assists on both plays for forcing the situation.

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Cody Menges (14) is one of seven WOlves to have scored this season. (John Fisken photos)

   Cody Menges (14) is one of eight Wolves to have scored this season. (John Fisken photos)

Ethan Spark (15)

   Ethan Spark (15) jumps into Tanner Kircher’s arms as Garrett Compton (right) joins them in a post-goal celebration.

The offense is clickin’.

The season is not over for the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad, but they have already amassed their most successful goal-scoring campaign in recent memory.

And it’s not even close.

With at least two more games on the schedule — the regular season finale at Klahowya Tuesday and a playoff game Thursday in Oak Harbor — the Wolves have tallied 46 goals this season.

They have also scored in every one of their 13 games this season, unheard of consistency for a program which had been shutout at least five times a season for five years running.

At the center of the attack has been senior Abraham Leyva, who broke his own school single-season scoring record.

After tallying 25 goals combined over his first two seasons at CHS (11 as a sophomore and 14 as a junior) Leyva has 20 this year, having scored in all but one game.

Here’s a look at how this year’s Wolves compare to the last five teams to suit up:

2016 — 46 goals in 13 games, zero shutouts (5-7-1 record)
2015 — 35 goals in 14 games, six shutouts (3-11-0)
2014 — 22 goals in 17 games, five shutouts (5-10-2)
2013 — 15 goals in 17 games, nine shutouts (3-14-0)
2012 — 27 goals in 18 games, six shutouts (10-8-0)
2011 — 30 goals in 17 games, seven shutouts (6-11-0)

Both the 2011 and 2012 teams won playoff games, the last times the CHS boys’ soccer squad triumphed in the postseason.

The ’11 team beat Meridian 3-0, then was nipped 2-1 by Seattle Christian, while the ’12 booters bopped Meridian 1-0 and were eliminated 1-0 by Cedar Park Christian (Bothell).

And a look at this year’s scoring chart:

Abraham Leyva — 20
Ethan Spark — 8
Zane Bundy — 5
William Nelson — 5
Zack Nall — 3
Andre Avila — 2
Sebastian Davis — 2
Cody Menges — 1

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Ethan Spark banged home four goals Saturday -- all before halftime -- in an 11-4 Coupeville win. (John Fisken photo)

Ethan Spark banged home four goals Saturday — all before halftime — in an 11-4 Coupeville win. (John Fisken photo)

With prom just hours away, the Wolves were already dancing Saturday morning.

Raining down goals from every direction — 10 of them in just the first-half alone — the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad had plenty of chances to skip, twirl, jump into each others arms and cavort across the pitch en route to an 11-4 thrashing of visiting Chimacum.

The lopsided win brought the Wolves to 2-3 in Olympic League play, 5-7-1 overall.

It also helped them clinch third-place in the four-team league (they could still tie Port Townsend record-wise, but the RedHawks own the tiebreaker) and punched their ticket to the playoffs.

Coupeville will play a “home” loser-out game Thursday, May 5 at Oak Harbor High School’s stadium against the #4 team from the Nisqually League (either Bellevue Christian or Seattle Christian).

Win there and they hit the road to play Vashon Island May 7 in another loser-out district game.

Taking advantage of a Cowboy squad that had the minimum 11 players in uniform, none of whom were especially sharp on defense, the Wolves jumped on the board early.

Sophomore Ethan Spark punched in a shot from the right side in the game’s 6th minute, then deflected in another ball less than five minutes later.

Next up was senior scoring leader Abraham Leyva, who notched goals #19 and #20 of the season, with a header and then a spectacular shot on which he slid towards the goalie, before flicking the ball up and over his shoulder.

After that it was a virtual parade of goals, with Zack Nall, Zane Bundy, Andre Avila and William Nelson all finding the back of the net.

In between their scores, Spark, who was having himself quite a day stealing the spotlight on Senior Night, banged home two more goals.

His four scores on the afternoon doubled his season output, broke a tie with Bundy and Nelson, who each have five this season, and made mom Kali Barrio scream at an octave previously not heard.

With the game well in hand, CHS coach Kyle Nelson did his best to keep things competitive while not overly embarrassing Chimacum by either piling on more goals or merely playing keep-away.

With freshman Brian Roberts making his varsity debut in goal, senior Connor McCormick moved out of the net and played up front in the second half, as did some defenders like Cody Menges.

With a mandate that any second-half goals had to be set up by a crossing shot, Coupeville added a final score when Leyva set the ball up perfectly for Menges to knock home.

The game was the final one on the CHS pitch for seniors Jose Marcos, Bundy, Leyva, Menges, Avila, Taylor Chiles, McCormick and Loren Nelson.

Fellow seniors Sebastian Davis, Tanner Kircher, Garrett Compton and Beauman Davis were all out for various reasons, but they and senior manager Sebastian Wurzrainer were also honored before the game in a ceremony narrated by junior booter Nick Dion.

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