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Chayse Van Velkinburgh and dad Dustin – two generations of goal-scoring soccer hotshots. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can’t contain him, and you certainly can’t stop him.

While his playing time has been limited as the world battles through a pandemic, Coupeville soccer ace Chayse Van Velkinburgh has taken advantage of his opportunities.

Back on the field Sunday, the CES 4th grader knocked in a pair of goals to spark his U9 NWU squad to a 5-2 win over Deception FC.

What made the two-goal game an even bigger feat was Van Velkinburgh spent the game playing on the back line, anchoring the NWU defense.

But given a brief shot at blue sky, he made like dad Dustin back in the day, and sent the ball careening towards the net, hitting pay dirt.

It was the second game for the younger Van Velkinburgh and his teammates this season.

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Coupeville’s Chayse Van Velkinburgh scored four goals while playing with his select soccer squad at the annual Skagit Firecracker tourney. (Photo courtesy Dustin Van Velkinburgh)

He’s a goal-scoring wizard, he is.

Coupeville 2nd grader Chayse Van Velkinburgh exploded the nets at the 25th Skagit Firecracker soccer tournament in Mount Vernon.

Whidbey’s answer to Ronaldo peppered rival goalies all weekend, smacking four goals into the back of the net to spark his select soccer squad to a stellar performance.

Van Velkinburgh plays for U9 Northwest United, and he and his team played up a bracket at the tourney, competing in the U10 division and claiming 2nd place.

NWU fell 2-0 to the ISC Gunners in the first round, but then came back strong to dropkick Titans FC 9-6 and Shoreline Sports 3-1.

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Chris Cernick has punched in two goals for Coupeville High School soccer this spring. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With four scores in 2019, sophomore Sage Downes has run his career total to seven goals.

Since the Coupeville High School soccer programs only began in 2004, I assumed it would be fairly easy to track down complete scoring records.

To which the universe flicked me behind the ear while whispering, “Oh, you naive fool.”

Having obtained access to the Whidbey News-Times archives, it took me maybe 12 minutes, tops, before finding I was on a mission which was not going to end well.

Having put in 2+ years as a sports editor at that newspaper back in the day, I understand the tricky balancing act it takes to cover both Oak Harbor and Coupeville.

But, when it came to covering soccer, there were a couple of my successors, who, it would seem, didn’t even try.

Huge chunks of games were missing, no one ran stat totals for soccer, ever, and, barring a miracle, we’ll never really know how many goals Geoff Wacker, Mike Duke and other early CHS pitch stars tallied.

I can tell you, with 99.9992% precision, who scored goals the past seven seasons (2013-2019), which have played out during the life of Coupeville Sports.

Before that, I can give you season team totals, though not individual stats, for 2010-2012, thanks to the archives of the North Sound Conference site.

Having held on to game scores from Coupeville’s four-year stint in the Olympic League and its final five seasons in the Cascade Conference, at least the NSC site is trying.

All of this is preamble to taking a look at how the current Wolves compare to their predecessors.

With four regular-season games left on the schedule, and then at least one (and hopefully many more) playoff games, the 2019 squad is rising up the charts.

The current Wolves sit tied for 6th, and while it’s unlikely they’ll catch last year’s record-busting team, it wouldn’t take much for them to at least finish in the top five over the last decade.

 

Year-by-year team totals:

2010 – 39 goals
2011 – 30
2012 – 27
2013 – 15
2014 – 22
2015 – 37
2016 – 48
2017 – 26
2018 – 66
2019 — 27 and counting

 

Season-to-date individual scoring totals:

Aram Leyva 9
Derek Leyva 9
Sage Downes 4
Chris Cernick 2
James Wood 2
Tony Garcia 1

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Sophomore Genna Wright tops the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad with five goals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s usually two ways to look at things.

There is no doubt scoring is down for the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad this season.

After stringing together three consecutive years of 30+ goals as a team, topping out with a 47-goal explosion in 2016, the current Wolves seem unlikely to reach those heights.

The 2018 squad has tallied 15 scores through its first 11 games.

With just four regular-season games left on the schedule, plus (hopefully) a postseason appearance, the Wolves would have to radically ramp up their scoring to keep the streak alive.

But, the first of those four games comes Tuesday at Sultan, against a Turks team Coupeville ravaged for six goals the first time around.

And, tack on just four more scores before the season is over and done, and the current team will still have the fourth-best showing of any Wolf squad from the last decade.

 

How CHS girls soccer teams have scored in the past 10 seasons:

2018 — 15 and counting
2017 — 43
2016 — 37
2015 — 33
2014 — 18
2013 — 11
2012 — 8
2011 — 6
2010 — 16
2009 — 15

 

And here’s who has hit the back of the net during the 2018 season:

Genna Wright — 5
Lindsey Roberts 
— 4
Mallory Kortuem
— 2
Avalon Renninger
— 2
Anna Dion
— 1
Tia Wurzrainer
 — 1

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Lucy Sandahl is ready to return to the court. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Flip the calendar and refocus your mind.

August has arrived, which means, in less than three weeks, practice officially begins for fall high school sports.

No, it’s true. I swear.

Aug. 15 is the first day high school football teams can take the field in Washington state, while Aug. 20 is the kickoff date for volleyball, cross country, cheer, boys tennis and girls soccer.

With a new season, and a new school year, also comes a new league.

After a four-year run in the Olympic League, Coupeville joins Granite Falls, Sultan, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), King’s and arch-rival South Whidbey in the North Sound Conference.

As they count down the days until the first practice, several Wolves (and one enterprising Falcon) drop by to let you know their thoughts and feelings, their goals and plans.

 

Ja’Tarya Hoskins (CHS junior):

My new goals for the cheer season are to learn and perform a lot of new stunts. Help spread cheer and Coupeville Wolves spirit.

 

Lily Leedy (CHS freshman):

To work better as a team. Learn plays and to show the opponent who’s boss.

 

Kody Newman (SWHS senior):

Very excited for this year’s conference! But most importantly…. THE BUCKET GAME!!!

Not only is it the biggest game of the Island, but it is also our Homecoming game! Ticket sales are sure to be raised for this game!!! Falcons are coming for revenge!

Best of luck this year to the Wolves and hopefully King’s does terrible, lol!

 

Lucy Sandahl (CHS junior):

My goal for the new season is to play every game with a new mind-set and put all the bad plays behind me and focus on the next point.

Another thing that I am looking forward to is getting to see how well our team adapts to all the new plays and players after having lost seven really strong seniors.

This new league has so much hype, but so do we; we’ve won two back-to-back league champs.

What makes them think we can’t do it again? We are strong, faster, and mentally unstoppable.

The only way we are going to get through this is together and it is going to be such a great season!!! I am so excited!

 

Emma Smith (CHS senior):

We want a winning season!!

Playing as a unit instead of six individuals is something we’ve been working on since last year, and is extremely crucial for us to do considering we pretty much have a new starting six.

We also want to go into the season confident in our skills and without the fear of “big, bad King’s.”

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