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After scoring 24 goals, CHS sophomore Derek Leyva was named the Olympic League boys soccer MVP. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Their final season in the Olympic League was a major success.

After three years of garnering third-place finishes, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad surged to second-place in 2018, then made its longest playoff run in a decade.

CHS bounced five-time state champ Bellevue Christian from the postseason, then pushed Vashon Island and Klahowya hard in playoff losses.

With a solid core of young players (its top two scorers are only sophomores), the Wolves are primed for future success as they head to the new North Sound Conference next year.

And one of those sophomores, Derek Leyva, is still making headlines after being selected Olympic League MVP.

It’s the first time a non-Klahowya player was honored as the top boys soccer player in the four years of the conference.

Making his debut in 2018 with CHS, Leyva scorched the nets for 24 goals, a single-season record for the Wolf boys program.

He shattered the previous mark of 20, set by cousin Abraham Leyva in 2016.

Also pulling down big honors from league coaches were senior William Nelson and sophomore Aram Leyva, who were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players.

It was Nelson’s fourth time to receive the honor.

Those awards, and team honors, letters and certificates, were handed out Thursday night as the booters kicked off Coupeville’s spring sports banquet circuit.

Derek Leyva was also named the team’s Player of the Year, while Uriah Kastner (Most Improved), Nelson (Most Inspirational) and Sam Wynn (Rookie of the Year) received varsity awards.

JV players Dawson Houston (Most Inspirational) and Ben Smith (Most Improved) were honored, as well.

“This was a great season for us with plenty of records and firsts in quite a few years,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

Varsity letter-winners:

Chris Cernick
Dewitt Cole
Hunter Downes
Sage Downes
Pedro Gamarra
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Aram Leyva
Derek Leyva
William Nelson (4-year letter winner)
Axel Partida
Josh Robinson
Ethan Spark (4-year letter winner)
James Wood
Sam Wynn

JV certificates:

Zach Ginnings
Dawson Houston
Alex Jimenez
Jonathan Partida
Ben Smith
Simon Socha

Manager:

Peytin Vondrak

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   Sights like this — a young soccer player learning the game in Coupeville — may be going away. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Barring a miracle, there will be no organized youth soccer in Coupeville this fall.

With its Board of Directors reduced to one member, Central Whidbey Soccer Club President Robert Wood announced Monday the club will shut down operations in a month.

In a letter he issued to the youth soccer community, he implored others to step up, while admitting he has asked for the same thing for two years, with little response.

Wood’s letter:

It is with great sorrow I must inform you that our Club is going to close as of July 1, 2018.

For the past two years I have eagerly invited community enthusiasts and soccer parents to join our Board of Directors, and no one has stepped forward.

As of Sunday, May 20th, I am the final CWSC Board Member — all others have either resigned or are engaged with family affairs which take priority.

In order for the club to survive we have just over 30 days to install a new Board of Directors in all positions as listed below.

If we do not, then the fall season is canceled for all age groups, all equipment will be donated appropriately, and all funds will be distributed to Coupeville High School as a donation to its soccer teams.

A small fund will be kept in our bank account to maintain the Club’s domain name and structure should anyone wish to revive it in the near future.

What is needed:

PRESIDENT: direct the operations of the Club; plan for future growth

VICE-PRESIDENT: perform all duties of the President in his/her absence; assist all other BOD positions with issues they have; provide leadership and guidance for the current or upcoming soccer season to allow the President to focus on future events

SECRETARY: schedule and attend meetings and record minutes for archive and legal purposes; assist Treasurer and Registrar in their duties

TREASURER: manage all financial endeavors for the Club; create and maintain current expense budget and plan for future events/budgets; pay all invoices according to the Club’s operating procedures

REGISTRAR: manage and maintain registration capabilities on the CWSC website; create and manage teams and player assignments; assist the Treasurer and the Secretary in the performance of their duties

SPONSORSHIP: acquire financial sponsorships for the Club; assist the Secretary and Registrar in the performance of their duties

EQUIPMENT: determine equipment requirements for the current and future season; working with Treasurer develop an equipment-budget; assist all other BOD positions in the performance of their duties

Tasks that require special attention:

Financial management and Electronic Bill Pay with Heritage Bank (local)

Management and upkeep of the club’s Google for Non-Profit accounts and electronic files

Management and upkeep of the club’s website — http://www.centralwhidbeysoccer.com/

I’m sorry that this situation has arrived.

I wish I had the leadership and strength to gain a new BOD in the shortest possible time and allow the Club to continue operations and provide an opportunity to learn the beautiful game.

Should a group of you wish to serve the Club and community and continue operations I am happy to remain on as an adviser to assist in the transition.

I wish you all well and hope to see you on the pitch sometime soon.

Sincerely,
Robert Wood
CWSC President

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   After beating Bellevue Christian, Uriah Kastner and Coupeville soccer are two wins from advancing to state. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s been awhile.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad had some playoff success in the past, including a couple of trips to the state tourney.

But most of the current Wolves were still in elementary school the last time CHS won a playoff game on the pitch.

So, having knocked off five-time state champ Bellevue Christian 3-0 Saturday, notching their first postseason win since 2012, this group of players is entering uncharted waters.

The double-elimination portion of districts kicks off Tuesday, with Coupeville traveling to Mt. Tahoma High School to face Vashon Island.

Win or lose, they’ll play again Thursday, against either Klahowya or Charles Wright Academy.

As you count down the hours, here’s a look at what you need to know.

 

The bracket:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2658&sport=9

 

Admission prices:

Adults and students w/o ASB — $8
Students (with ASB) — $5
Elementary (under 12) — $4
Senior citizens (62+) — $5
Preschool (with parent) — free

 

Team capsules:

 

COUPEVILLE

Season record: 7-7-2

League finish: #2 in Olympic League

Goal differential: 62-43

Record against district foes: 0-4 (lost to Vashon, 0-3 vs Klahowya)

Coach: Kyle Nelson

Mascot: Wolves

Last trip to state tourney: 2010

Best finish at state tourney: Eliminated in first round (2009, 2010)

 

CHARLES WRIGHT ACADEMY

Season record: 8-1-1

League finish: #2 in Nisqually League

Goal differential: 57-7

Record against district foes: 0-1-1 (all vs Vashon)

Coach: Bill Chissoe

Mascot: Tarriers

Last trip to state tourney: 2017

Best finish at state tourney: State champs (1988, 2002)

 

KLAHOWYA

Season record: 13-2-1

League finish: #1 in Olympic League

Goal differential: 59-12

Record against district foes: 3-0-1 (tied Vashon, 3-0 vs Coupeville)

Coach: Jeff Quinn

Mascot: Eagles

Last trip to state tourney: 2016

Best finish at state tourney: 4th place (2015)

 

VASHON ISLAND

Season record: 12-1-3

League finish: #1 in Nisqually League

Goal differential: 85-13

Record against district foes: 2-0-2 (beat Coupeville, tied Klahowya, beat and tied CWA)

Coach: Ben Bork

Mascot: Pirates

Last trip to state tourney: 2012

Best finish at state tourney: 3rd place (1988)

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   Senior captain William Nelson scored Saturday as Coupeville soccer shocked Bellevue Christian 3-0, nabbing its first playoff win in six years. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The last time the Coupeville High School boys soccer team won a playoff game, Sam Wynn was in third grade.

Jump forward six years, almost to the day, and the Wolves, with a big boost from their fab frosh, have tasted postseason glory once again.

Wynn banged home the first goal, the only one which truly mattered, then William Nelson and Aram Leyva added insurance scores, and Coupeville bushwhacked Bellevue Christian 3-0 Saturday at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The playoff win, the first for the Wolves since a 1-0 win over Meridian way back on May 2, 2012, lifts CHS to 7-7-2 on the season.

More importantly, it propels them into the double-elimination portion of districts, two wins away from a trip to the state tourney.

Coupeville travels to Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma Tuesday, May 8 to face Nisqually League champ Vashon Island (12-1-3). Kickoff is 6 PM.

Win or lose, they play again May 10 at Orting High School.

That game will pit the Wolves against either Charles Wright Academy (8-1-1) or their Olympic League nemesis, Klahowya (13-2-1).

To check out the bracket, pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2658&sport=9

Saturday, Coupeville faced two obstacles, one physical, one mental.

Bellevue Christian came in at 9-5 and carried the legacy of a program which has won five state titles.

The bigger stumbling block was Coupeville’s own postseason troubles.

Five straight playoff losses, four in which they didn’t score. The worst of them came just a year ago, a 5-0 loss to none other than BC.

None of that mattered Saturday, however, as the Wolves dictated play, frustrating the Vikings so badly their coach was tagged with a yellow card at the end.

Wynn rattled home his fifth goal to open the scoring, before Nelson punched in his eighth to stretch the lead out.

Wolf goalie Dewitt Cole played his heart out in the net, with the highlight being “an awesome save to keep the game at 2-0,” according to CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Wolf sophomore Aram Leyva beat the Viking netminder, his 12th goal of the season and 18th of his career, to round out the scoring, while cousin Derek Leyva collected two assists with a pair of pretty passes.

The three-goal assault gives Coupeville 62 on the season, the most any Wolf boys soccer team has scored in a single season.

As he marinated in the moment, Kyle Nelson was a happy man.

“Finally made that breakthrough in the playoffs,” he said. “Great team game. Everyone did their part for the victory.

“Onward into districts!”

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   Dewitt Cole will be in goal Saturday when Coupeville soccer kicks off the playoffs. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Defender Axel Partida (6) is one of four seniors playing for the Wolves.

One game for all the marbles.

The Coupeville High School soccer squad finished second in the Olympic League this season, its best finish in the four-year history of the conference, but now the season comes down to one 80-minute stretch.

The Wolves host Bellevue Christian, the #3 seed out of the Nisqually League, Saturday afternoon at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Win, and CHS is guaranteed at least two more postseason games.

Lose, and it’s time to turn in uniforms, hang up shin pads and prepare for the awards banquet.

Here’s the breakdown for Saturday:

 

What: West Central District 3 boys soccer playoff game

When: 1 PM, Saturday, Apr. 5

Where: Wildcat Memorial Stadium in Oak Harbor (1 Wildcat Way)

Admission:

$8 Adults/Non-ASB
$5 Students with ASB
$5 Sr. Citizens (62+)
$4 Elementary

*Photos of ASB not accepted*
*Checks not accepted*

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 6-7-2

Best game: All wins came against sub-.500 teams, so we’ll go with a 3-3 tie against Forks. The Spartans have only surrendered seven goals this season and are 10-0-1.

League finish: #2 in 1A Olympic League

Goal differential: 59-43

Common foes: Vashon Island (lost 3-1), Chimacum (beat 12-0, 9-0, 11-1)

Last meeting with BC: Lost 5-0 in 2017 district playoffs

Coach: Kyle Nelson

Mascot: Wolves

Seniors: Axel Partida, William Nelson, Ethan Spark, Hunter Downes

Last playoff win: Beat Meridian 1-0 on May 2, 2012

Last trip to state tourney: 2010

Best finish at state tourney: Eliminated in first round (2009, 2010)

 

Bellevue Christian:

Season record: 9-5-0

Best game: All wins came against sub-.500 teams, so we’ll pick the season finale where BC stayed within two goals (3-1) of Vashon Island, which is 12-1-3 and outscored foes 85-13.

League finish: #3 in 1A Nisqually League

Goal differential: 39-37

Common foes: Vashon Island (lost 6-0 and 3-1), Chimacum (beat 10-0)

Last meeting with Coupeville: Won 5-0 in 2017 district playoffs

Coach: Paul Adams

Mascot: Vikings

Seniors: Trevor Paulson, Joel Nicholson, Jack Culver, Justin Kim

Last playoff win: Beat Vashon Island 2-1 on May 6, 2017

Last trip to state tourney: 2015

Best finish at state tourney: Five-time state champion (1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999)

 

Playoff bracket:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2658&sport=9

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