Bellingham United travelled over to Wenatchee for a Sunday evening match against Wenatchee FC. Bellingham opened the season with 4-2 win at home over Wenatchee. In the away match against Wenatchee, Bellingham battled through a very physical and heated match edging the home town Wenatchee FC 2-1. Thiago Novis led the Hammers as he recorded a goal and an assist.
In the first half, Bellingham had much of the control while creating several good scoring chances that just went wide of the goal. Despite the opportunities created by United, both squads went into the locker room, at half, scoreless.
In the 50th minute, Novis received a ball wide left from Brendan Quilici and he cut inside and nailed a shot from 20 out over the Wenatchee keeper for his first goal as a Hammer. In the 72nd minute Novis brought the ball down the right passing the ball across the face of the goal where Nick Cashmere came in from the left side to slot the ball past an on-rushing Wenatchee keeper for his 4th goal on the season.
In the 75th minute, Eleazar Galvan, was slotted a ball in behind the United back line and held off a United defender on his back to place a shot in the lower right corner bringing the score-line to 2-1 United.
The match was a physical affair in which 8 yellows were issued, 5 to Wenatchee and 3 to United, with two players receiving double yellows. In the 82 minute a Wenatchee player received his second caution and sent off for a late tackle. United was not able to enjoy the man advantage long as United’s Cashmere was tackled late and a after bit of a rolling of bodies resulted in both players receiving yellows, for Cashmere a send off for his second.
Late in the match Wenatchee pressed hard pressing United keeper Tyler Visten to make some key saves. The most significant was a diving save pushing a direct shot from the top of the box to the left post just wide of the goal keeping United’s one goal lead and securing the win.
“Today’s win was a good win for our guys as we faced a good Wenatchee squad who press hard all over the field. It was a physical match and we weathered the storm,” commented Lance Calloway, Bellingham’s head coach. “Tyler Visten was huge today as he made a couple huge saves late in the match that secured the win. It was great Thiago was able to open his account with a goal and assist as he had unbalanced Wenatchee’s backline. Jeremiah Lee also was a rock on our backline for his first start as he stopped several Wenatchee attacks.”
United has a bye over the Memorial Holiday weekend and return to Civic Stadium as Yakima United visits Sunday June 5 with a 3pm kick off.