Bellingham United FC had another disappointing match Sunday, June 14, losing on the road 4-2 against the Olympic Force at Gordon Field in Bremerton, Wash. It was not a match United’s head coach, Lance Calloway, was impressed with.
“Today was very disappointing in a nutshell,” Calloway said. “We are playing some good ball, but we’ve got to be better in the final third and capitalize.”
The Force struck first in the 5’ off a quality dead ball from about the 28-yards out which was headed in for the opening goal. The match was back and fourth throughout the remainder of the first half.
It wasn’t until the 34’ that United notched the equalizer off a great combination as Brendan Quilici fed Gabrielle Zaccagninni beautifully, allowing Zaccagninni to net the tying goal.
Both teams pushed for the go-ahead goal but the defenses held as the whistle blew and the teams went into the locker room with the match tied 1-1.
United battled hard early in the second half and had a couple chances but came up empty.
In the 59’ the Force was able to get the ball down their left side and their forward struck a perfect ball from a tight angle 5-yards out from the end line, beating United’s keeper Avery Miller far post to put the Force up 2-1.
United pushed hard to even up the score, shifting their formation and bringing forward additional attackers from the back line. Unfortunately, in the 84’ the Force played a deep ball in behind the defensive line, drawing out Miller to cut down the play. Miller was beat to the ball and the Force’s striker was easily able to slot the ball in the back of the net to put them up 3-1.
United still didn’t let up as they notched a goal in the 86’ as Quilici received a great ball from Christian Thode where Quilici placed the ball over the Force’s keeper to bring the match back to within a goal.
United continued to throw numbers forward for the equalizer. But a ball played deep into the United box resulted in a miscommunication between a United defender and the keeper, leaving the ball available for a Force striker to slot the final goal of the match in extra time.
“This recent string of matches has been frustrating,” Calloway concluded. “Often we are playing quite well but we are lacking quality final touches in the final third.”
United will have a chance to get in the win column on Saturday, June 20, as they will travel to take on the Spokane Shadow at the Spokane Community College. The match is set to start at 7 p.m., make sure to keep up with United on Facebook for live updates.