Bellingham United snatches three points in Spokane.
Bellingham United traveled across the state to play Spokane Shadow for Saturday evening match. Prior to the match, Spokane was sitting ahead of Bellingham United in second place in the Evergreen Premier League of Washington, while Bellingham was in third place with a match in hand. At the end of the night Bellingham United elevated into second place following a 4 to 1 victory over Spokane Shadow in Evergreen Premier League of Washington play.
Bellingham United started off quickly by scoring in the very first minute of the match off a corner kick served in by Thiago Novis headed in by Kyle Witzel. Spokane equalized in the 25th minute when Bellingham failed to properly clear the ball out of their penalty area allowing a quick shot by a Spokane forward to equal the score 1-1.
Bellingham United was able to capitalize in the final minutes of the first half with a goal scored in the 43rd minute by Nick Ulowetz scored off of a ball headed across the face of the goal by Jeremiah Lee. United capped off the first half with a goal by Kurtis Pederson from 25 yards out after a layoff by Kyle Witzel to allow United to stretch the lead 3-1 before going in at half time.
In the second half Spokane Shadow came out pressing hard however the Bellingham United defense led by Tyler Visten, United’s keeper, throttled any opportunities that Spokane created. In the 65th minute Tiago Novis dribbled the ball down the right side of the field serving in a driven cross to Kyle Witzel who headed home Bellingham United’s fourth and final goal on the night.
“Tonight was a great win for our guys as we had an absolute total team effort as we traveled over with a shorter roster than normal. Every player contributed to this victory. The players on the pitch gave everything against a very quality Spokane side. We had some players that had not played many minutes this season who were asked to step up and give some quality minutes to secure the three points for United tonight.” commented Bellingham United head coach Lance Calloway. “Tyler Visten (United goalkeeper) had a massive match tonight for our squad as he came up with some key saves and really put a damper on the Spokane attack.”
Bellingham United now 5-2-1 on the season with 16 points sit in second place in the league table. Next week Bellingham United travels to Seattle to play the Seattle Stars on Sunday, June 26. Bellingham United’s next home match will be Sunday, July 12 as they host South Sound FC at Civic Stadium at 3 PM.