B.I. Football Club boys team wins second Challenge Cup

The Bainbridge Blue U-18 boys team won the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup Feb. 22. - Photo courtesy of Ian McCallum
The Bainbridge Blue U-18 boys team won the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup Feb. 22.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Ian McCallum

For the second year in a row, a Bainbridge Island Football Club youth team brought home the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup.

This year, it was the ’95 Blue Under-18 boys team who claimed the title, following the trail blazed by last year’s Under 12 team.

Phil Avison, BIFC technical director and the championship team’s coach, credits a stellar performance at the semi-final game Saturday, Feb. 22 with giving the team the extra edge for the big finale.

The team was especially inspired by their captain Tommy Nitchman, Avison said.

He also named Peter Fawley and William Economy as key players in the semi-final game as well.

The finale game on Sunday was more of the same from the boys in blue.

They beat the Crossfire Premier team 5-3 in overtime to claim the win.

Avison listed Jack Cole, Max Meier, William Economy, Keats Hoonan and William Economy as the top scorers of the game.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of my boys,” Avison said. “Every team dreams of a perfect ending, though that it is so hard to accomplish, but BIFC ’95 Blue did it.”

Ian McCallum, the program’s director of coaching and newly hired Bainbridge High varsity boys soccer coach, said that the youth victory was a sign of things to come in the high school season which is currently gearing up for initial practices.

“The majority of the players will play for Bainbridge High this coming [high school] season,” he said.

He also commended the other plays on the championship team, which included players from Central Kitsap High School, Crosspoint Academy as well as the Kingston and Port Townsend high schools.

One of Washington Youth Soccer’s competitive state-level tournaments, the Virginia Mason Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup event was designed to enhance the accomplishments and skill levels of competitive U-11 through U-19 players.

With more than 300 teams participating from across the state, the event provides the perfect environment for players to develop their abilities as an individual and as a team. State level winners move onto US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup with the opportunity to advance to the National Presidents Cup.

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