It was 102 degrees at first touch for Sunday’s match in Wenatchee, which resulted in another tough loss for the Bellingham United FC. United stuck first but were unable to capitalize on another opportunity and fell 3-1 on the road against Wenatchee FC on June 7.
“It seems to be like the same old story,” Head coach of the United, Lance Calloway said.
It looked to be a strong start for the United as they get on the board first and early. United began their offensive push promptly and in the 2’ Tyler Bjork found Nick Cashmere, free on a run in the box, who then buried the ball in the net for the opening goal.
As the first half progressed, United continued to play well and create multiple goal scoring opportunities. However, United just couldn’t catch a break to widen their lead.
“Our team’s combination play was really well done,” Calloway said. “It was something to be proud of.”
United was forced to make multiple changes throughout the second half in order to keep players healthy, as they weren’t accustomed to the 100 plus degree weather. The substitutes did their best to make a mark on the game. Mo Mareneh had a few dangerous runs, however United was unable to capitalize in front of the net.
In the 70’ Wenatchee was able to notch the equalizer, as Eleazar Galvan got behind United’s defense and scored the tying goal.
As United continued to press their offensive play and create opportunities for themselves, Wenatchee was direct with their play and had some great players up top that caused some problems. In the 85’ Wenatchee was able to notch the go-ahead goal. And then just three minutes later, blasted another goal from about 13-yards out, near post to put Wenatchee up 3-1.
“The guys are doing everything right,” Calloway said. “We just are still not finishing good enough around the goal area.”
United will look to get on track next weekend with matches on Friday and Sunday. Bellingham United soccer returns to Civic Stadium on Friday, June 12, as United will host the Puget Sound Gunners at 3 p.m. Then on Sunday, June 14, United travels to Bremerton to take on the Olympic Force with another 3 p.m. start. Make sure to come on down to Civic Stadium on Friday and keep up with the United Facebook page for live Bellingham United FC action.