It was nearly 70 degrees at 3:07 p.m. for kick-off as Bellingham United FC hosted Yakima United FC at Civic Field on Sunday, May 3. Unfortunately for Bellingham, the hot sun wasn’t enough to spark a late comeback. Yakima took an early 3-0 lead into the half, stretching it to 4-0 in the 90’ of the match to shutout Bellingham. Lance Calloway, head coach of the Bellingham United, was not pleased with the way his team played the first 45 minutes of the match.
“Giving up that many goals in the beginning of the match is not acceptable,” Calloway said. “We are making mistakes in our defensive third that are costing us matches.”
Yakima got on the scoreboard at the 28’ as Andres Ruiz found Jesse Esquivel on a corner kick and Esquivel blasted the ball on goal for the score. At the 36’ Junior Garcia converted a penalty kick for a goal after he was tackled to the ground in the penalty box. With less than five minutes to play in the half, Garcia set up Hector Valdovinos for another goal as Yakima took a commanding 3-0 lead into the locker room.
Bellingham came out in the second half with a slightly different look as Mark Pollack subbed in for Riley Liddle at goalkeeper and also Keith Farris subbed in for Jake Vendramin.
The chances were there for Bellingham, they just could not capitalize and get the ball through the goal.
“We’re creating numerous chances on the attacking side, but we’re not finishing,” Calloway said. “It’s not gonna get us anywhere unless we start to put a couple in the net and put people on their heals.”
Bellingham looked a lot better in the second half than they did in the first as their defense settled down and Pollack had a beautiful diving save at 88’ deflecting a Yakima penalty kick. However, Yakima answered as Carlos Gonzalez scored a goal in the 90’ to finish off Bellingham 4-0.
The “Hammer of the Match” goes to Carlos Badillo who played a heck of a game for United. Badillo won multiple balls in the air and shut down a lot of attacks, playing a near full 90 without any mistakes.
Calloway will hit the practice field next week to help his team try and improve their defense, an area he still sees troubles in even with some improvement from the last game. The Seattle Sounders U23 team comes to Bellingham on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m., as United will use the match to boost their play before heading on the road to take on the Vancouver Victory FC Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m.