BURLINGTON – Bainbridge Island Football Club Girls 1999 Blue and Girls 2007 Blue both came away as champions from the recent Skagit Firecracker tournament.
The 1999 girls team secured the championship with a 2-1 win over host team NW United in the final, while the Girls 2007 squad won convincingly 5-1 in their final against Richmond Phoenixes from Canada.
BIFC in total took 13 teams to the Skagit Firecracker Tournament in Burlington over the weekend of June 17-18.
It provided a great environment for Bainbridge families to watch the island teams compete in the event that hosted 220 teams from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada, officials said. The event was held at Skagit River Park, a 51-acre soccer complex in Burlington with 27 fields that provided the buzz for a super weekend of soccer in the cloudy summer skies.
BIFC was able to boast six teams making it to championship games this year: G07 Blue, champions, with 5-1 victory against Richmond Phoenixes; G05 Blue, finalists, with 1-4 loss to Liga Tiaxtii G05; G99 Blue, champions, with 2-1 victory against NW United G00 Black; B07 Blue, finalists, with 2-2 tie and 3-4 loss in shootout to Liga Tiaxtii B07; B01 Blue, finalists, with 1-3 loss to Snohomish United Red B01; and B99 Blue, finalists, with 1-2 loss to NW United B00 Black.
A massive 102 goals were scored by BIFC teams over the course of the weekend, giving many spectators on the sidelines plenty of things to cheer about, said BIFC spokesman Ian McCallum.
“[It was] a very positive weekend for our teams and program, and of course a special congrats to the coaches Zach Conner (G99) and John De Lanoy (G07), whose teams were able to come back to the island as Skagit Firecracker Champions,” McCallum said.