BELLINGHAM, WA. The 2018 Evergreen Premier league in full swing with United kicking off their home opener ending 1-1 (T) against the Oly Town Artesians.
The game began with both teams getting acclimated to the 70 degree sunshine and it wasn’t late until goal scoring chances starting presenting themselves. Bellingham dominated the attack and outshout the Artesians by more than double. The Artesian’s goalkeeper JJ Olsen made 10 saves out of 16 shots compared to Bellingham’s keeper, Bryce Logan making 5 saves out of 6 shots.
“Our shape was good both in possession and not and we worked hard to build the ball out of the back when we needed to and there was a good variation of play from short to long balls when needed. We created many opportunities and looked at times very strong in attack especially when we moved the ball out to our width. Defensively we held our positioning well and got numbers behind the ball and made it hard for the other team to break us down. This was all very pleasing.” said Head Coach Jason Conway.
The second half was when both goals came; Richard Henderson converted a penalty kick (60′) and Christian Segovia scored late for the Artesians (85′). The Hammers swarmed the Artesian’s box frustrating the keeper resulting in an unnecessary kick knocking down Ivan Colin to award BUFC with a penalty. Late in the game Oly Town countered an unorganized Bellingham United beating the midfield and working the sideline to play a ball in for Christian to cling onto a single road point.
Hammers hit the road for the weekend and play against Spokane Shadow for week 2 of EPLWA. Next home game is a double header May 19th & 20th against the traveling Olympic Force & Washington Premier.