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Bainbridge Island FC went into December with some important games as we draw to the end of the North Puget Sound League fall season's end. We feature three games this week of teams with aspirations of winning their respective divisions.

Bainbridge Island FC G07 White 1. Issaquah FC G07 0
Game played at Battlepoint Park Sunday 2nd December 2018

It was a cold and foggy morning when the Bainbridge Island 2007 Girls White team showed up at Battle Point Park for the last game of the league season. The day before the girls had won a close 2-1 game with North Widbey SC to leave them 2 points behind at the top of the table. NWSC had played all their games, so a win for BIFC today would be enough to secure the Division 3 title. It was not going to be an easy game against a 4th place Issaquah FC team who had only conceded 7 goals all season.

Bainbridge started brightly with good midfield play from captain Anna Riley, Gretchen Johnston and Elsa Dow leading to a few half chances for the team. The defense was solid, as Tori Youle, Grace First, Katherine Walker and Samantha Donlon fought hard to make sure that Elle Schuchman in goal was able to have an easy first half as Goalkeeper. Bainbridge had got a good foothold in the game and maybe should have taken the lead near the end of the first half, when a good move down the right lead to a great ball across the box by Kenley Knoebel to find Ainsley James alone in the box, but a good save by the goalkeeper, ensure the score remained 0-0 at the half.

The second half started just like the first as Bainbridge continued their strong play and creating of chances. Ten minutes into the second half and the deadlock was broken. A scramble on the edge of the box fell to Nicola Dressler, whose strong shot could not be properly gathered by the IFC goalkeeper, as the ball fell free Ella Hatletveit was the first to react and slammed the ball into the goal. The crowd went wild, and so did the girls, but their focus was restored as soon as the whistle blew to restart the game. The game continued in the same vein, with Bainbridge mostly in control, though IFC slowly starting to creep into the game. Dow made some incredible strong tackles in the middle and some calm defending by Walker and Schuchman, ensured that no real danger got near to second half goalkeeper, Youle. Another goal would not have been unfair, but 1-0 was enough for Bainbridge to secure the win.

As the referee brought the game to end with a final blow of the whistle, the celebrations ensued as the girls had achieved an amazing league championship. Coach Mike Kinsey said after the game, "I am very proud of the girls, this has been two years in the making. This team has come together, played excellent soccer together and have been a pleasure to coach. They fought like warriors today and deserved to get the victory."

Newport FC B02 0. Bainbridge Island FC B02 Blue 1
Game played 2nd December at Newport Hills Soccer Field, Newport

It was a crispy afternoon in Bellevue WA which in December is usual in Washington, the teams were ready 30 minutes before the game, which is usual, fans were looking for blankets, coffee or any other way to keep themselves warm, which is usual for a December afternoon, what was not usual was what was on the line, the title for the NPSL division 2 was about to take place, and everyone knew it.

Lineups ready, and BIFC blue jump to the field with one objective, have fun with their final game of the season. The referee blew his whistle and with that the championship got on its way. With a high back line and putting pressure high on the opponents' side of the pitch, this was creating significant turmoil on the opponent's defenders. It was in the 10th minute when Jack Mielke put a great shot to the left corner that hit the post, giving Newport an alert that Bainbridge were there to win the game, BIFC was in control of the narrative of the game for all of the half.

It could not be a more dramatic game and that touch was provided by Sam Kuznetsov, when a through ball was played between the lines, and Sam made a foul on the opponent outside BIFC's box. Sam received a deserved red card. With 10 players on the field, BIFC retained the control for the rest of the half, pressing up, creating chances and continuing to make Newport uncomfortable, Alex Treskin was crossing the ball with great potential and Cooper Fernand was on target with great shots and distributing the ball to the wings.

Second half, BIFC stayed true to who they are, pressing and sacrificing for the good of the team, Espen Ruud played a brutal game, stopping everything on his way and passing the ball to the front lines for chances. Otto Weigel played a perfect game, taking the responsibility of playing in the back and still going forward to create opportunities on the side.

It was time for Alfie to show what he has been doing all year during practice. Around minute 30 in the second half, he took a free kick, you can see how the Bainbridge players knew that the ball was going to end at the back of the net. READY, SET and GOAL!!!!!! And just like that BIFC was rewarded with the goal that the players were working so hard to get. With 5 minutes left, BIFC goalkeeper, Tate Werlin, had to save a shot from Newport with a cross-handed save that made all fans and players hold their breath. Time was running out and everyone was looking at the referee, and then he blew the sweet sound of a league championship for Bainbridge Island FC B02 Blue..

Coach Walter Pinedo commented after the match "At the end, this team showed that when you have your back to the wall, there are no excuses and together they can accomplish anything, and Sunday afternoon that hard work and togetherness brought them North Puget Sound League championship".

Crossfire FC B06 Meade 1 Bainbridge Island FC B06 Blue 3
Game played at Perrigo Park, Redmond, on Saturday 1st December 2018

Going into the game both teams knew that this was a shootout match-up to determine the champion team of the North Puget Sound League division 1. Crossfire held the upper hand going into this final game of the season as they held a one point advantage over visiting BIFC.

With everything on the line the game started at an intense pace. A highly motivated Crossfire held dominance in those opening minutes, but the BIFC defense was able to hold them to limited chances on goal as the game remained scoreless. After the opening 10-15 minutes Bainbridge began to grow into the game and created good chances that Finley Reynolds and then Luca Dubitzky were not quite able to convert. As the game ebbed and flowed it was clear this game was going to be a close affair, and maybe one goal could be the determining factor. That said, the first half ended with no score on the board and the league championship still in the balance.

Entering the second half Bainbridge began to grab the ascendancy and created chances, A through ball by Sampson Murchie sprung Dubitzky for a breakaway on the Crossfire keeper, he held his cool and was able to calmly slot home to give Bainbridge the 1-0 lead and the crucial first goal. This goal only seemed to intensify the competitiveness of the game as both teams continued to strive for the next goal. That second goal of the game went Bainbridge's way as Luca Dubitky was able to free Finley Reynolds for another 1v1 which he expertly converted. In this commanding position Bainbridge were not to be denied and continued to push forward on the back of stern defense. A wonderful attacking run by Enrique Aquillar led to an inch perfect cross for Lucas Soboil who was able to poke home from close range to give BIFC an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Crossfire did keep attacking as BIFC looked to see the game through, and with a couple of minutes remaining Crossfire were able to gain a consolation goal with a good header following a corner from the left hand side. Stellar defense all game long led by Nathaniel Owen and Matthew Maher who were ably supported by Jeremiah Klco and Bobby Coulter laid the cornerstone to the Bainbridge victory.

The team have now completed the treble with tournament wins at Skagit Firecracker (Bellingham) in June, Island Cup (Bainbridge Island) in August and rounded off with the winning of the North Puget Sound League division 1 title with a 10-2-0 record. After the game coach Phil Avison commented "the character of the boys has been amazing. There is no question that they would have been able to encounter these challenges and reign triumphant without great commitment, effort, discipline and teamwork. Today was a massive indicator of that, our defense & keeper were immense to keep Crossfire at bay. The midfield and attack worked hard to create chances and ultimately find the way through to find those holes in the Crossfire defense and gain the goals that mattered".

The team will move on to post season play in January as they look to round out their amazing year.

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