Bellingham United FC falls to the hosting Seattle Stars in what was an exciting match Saturday, May 16 at Starfire Stadium in Seattle, Wash. United got on the board first with two first-half goals, but where unable to hold the Stars in the final half, losing 2-4. Even though they didn’t get the victory, it was a match that head coach Lance Calloway was pleased to see from his team.
“We were quite efficient in the first half maintaining possession and breaking down their defense,” Calloway said. “And we had very good shape, as we have been working on defensively.”
Bellingham got on the board 2-0 with a brace by Tyler Bjork. The first of his goals came in the 17’ when Nathan Reitz found Bjork with the crossing ball to the near post and he slotted the ball past the Stars goalie for the score. United doubled the lead in the 37’ when Sean Conner played a dead ball from the right side about 35 yards out and found Bjork in the box, who then headed the ball into the left side of the net for his second score of the match.
The Stars got on the board in the 43’ off a United turnover at midfield, as the Stars quickly played a forward up field who was able to slot the ball past United’s goalkeeper Riley Liddle. Just over a minute later, the Stars notched the equalizer after a crossed ball was shot into the upper corner of the goal.
United started the second half fired up and created a few opportunities that could have been dangerous and broke the tie. Things were looking good for United until the 53’ when a United player made a poor decision on a tackle which resulted in a Stars penalty kick that was converted to put them up 3-2.
“Defensively, I thought this actually was one of our better games all the way around,” Calloway said.
United played hard and with a purpose for the remainder of the game, just being slightly off on the final touch and some good goalkeeping by the Stars keeper was the difference.
United pushed numbers forward in the final minutes of the match to get the equalizer. But the Stars efficiently countered the attack and got behind United for the final score in the last seven minutes to win the match 4-2.
“We’ve been working hard and doing a lot of the right things,” Calloway said. “The team is getting better and I believe this squad will soon be earning points.”
The United will get back to the practice field this week and continue to work on executing those “right” things. Bellingham will head out back on the road next weekend as they will travel to Yakima to take on Yakima United FC on Sunday, May 24 at Marquette Stadium with a 1 p.m. start. Bellingham will look for some revenge after losing the first time these teams met by a score of 0-4. Make sure to keep up with United’s Facebook page to receive live game updates.