KINGSTON — The Olympic League boys soccer MVP didn't score a plethora of goals. He didn't accumulate many assists, either. What Kingston's Tommy Nitchman did was defend.
Nitchman, a team captain, helped keep the total goals against the Kingston Buccaneers to a single digit — nine.
"Tommy not only kept the shots on goal low by his play, he led his teammates as captain and leader in the back, communication and maintaining shape defensively," Kingston coach Craig Smith wrote to the Herald. "That's why we were so successful … and why we made it to the state quarterfinals."
The Bucs allowed nine goals against in 21 games. Of those goals, two were own goals. The North Kitsap Vikings were the only team to score more than one goal against the Bucs in a single game.
Nitchman also earned three assists and a goal while playing center-fullback.
The Bucs' season ended with a 18-3 record. The team's state run was stopped with a 1-0 loss to Capital May 23.
Nitchman is joined on the all-league first team list by fellow Buccaneers defender Alex Hernandez, goalkeeper Alex Worland, and forward Alex Newton.
Kingston defender Moises Larios, goalkeeper Kyle Van Wyck, and forward Jovi Hernandez made the second team list.
Sportsmanship Team award: Klahowya Eagles and Bremerton Knights
Coach of the year: Jeff Quinn, Klahowya Eagles
Kingston: Alex Hernandez, defender; Alex Worland, goalkeeper; Alex Newton, forward.
North Kitsap: Raul DeLuna, midfielder; Ustav Shaha, forward; Ethan Schmitt, defender.
Sequim: Hector Baylon, defender; Bailey Collins, defender.
Klahowya: Alijah Hawley, defender; Casey Sargent, midfielder.
Port Angeles: Jackson May, forward; Wei-Yan Fu, midfielder.
Bremerton: Michael Brown, forward.
Port Townsend: Max Meier, forward.
North Mason: Danny Wiseman, forward.
Olympic: Max Plum, defender.
Kingston: Moises Larios, defender; Kyle Van Wyck, goalkeeper; Jovi Hernandez, forward.
North Kitsap: Brady Pierce, forward; Zack Klopp, midfielder; Ryan Whitford, midfielder.
Sequim: Lijah Sanford, forward; Nicolas Baird, midfielder.
Klahowya: Jerry Landram, defender; James Charoenmak, midfielder.
Port Angeles: Tim Schneider, midfielder; Agustin Muller, midfielder.
Bremerton: Spencer Stuart, midfielder.
Port Townsend: Daniel Charlton, midfielder.
North Mason: Bjorn Van Dijk, midfielder.
Olympic: Nick Decker, midfielder.