Bellingham United FC didn’t score in the first 45 minutes of today’s match. However, in the final 45, United’s offense went on a tear to prevail 5-2 victors as they hosted the Seattle Stars FC Sunday, July 26, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash.
“It was a good match that these guys deservingly won,” United’s head coach, Lance Calloway said. “They played well throughout the year and they didn’t give up, that’s the thing I’m most proud about them.
The Stars got on the board first in the 10’ as Ernesto Bueno chipped the ball over United’s keeper, Rylie Liddle’s head. The Stars keeper provided some great goalkeeping as he denied United on all their scoring opportunities in the first half. The Stars took a 1-0 lead going into the locker room.
United continued to press to begin the second half and notched the equalizer in the 50’ as Conlon Kiffney made his mark on the game within minutes of entering play, blasting a shot from the top of the box past the Stars’ goalie.
In the 60’ Kurtis Pederson hammered a brilliant shot from about 35 yards out that found the back of the net to put United up 2-1, Tyler Bjork with the assist. United doubled their lead in the 69’ when Kyle Witzel found Trevor Bartles with a great cross who then found the back of the net with a strong right-footed shot. Just five minutes later, in the 74’, Christian Thode fed a beautiful ball to Bjork who scoped the bottom right corner from about 25 yards out to put United up 4-1.
The Stars were able to get a goal closer in the 76’ as Juan Olivares blasted in front of United’s defenders and shot the ball on past Liddle.
United supporters went wild when Nathan Reitz put the nail in the coffin as he scored a goal in extra time to give United the 5-2 victory in their last match of the season.
“We have the greatest fans in entire league,” Calloway said graciously.
The Bellingham United FC would like to thank everyone for such a great season and we look forward to seeing you all for the upcoming Indoor Season!