Bellingham United FC opened up their 2015 season on Sunday, April 26, as they hosted South Sound FC at Civic Field. South Sound had the upper hand, scoring five unanswered goals in the first half and winning the match 5-1. The match was not one that United’s head coach, Lance Calloway, was impressed with.
“Today’s opening match was pretty disappointing,” Calloway said. “Our defending was not good. Particularly, our outside backs by not paying attention and allowing weak-side balls to be played in. We were definitely not good enough today.”
Despite a beautiful save combination at the 20’ by United goalie Felix Cruz, South Sound was able to get ahead with five straight scores. Tyler John opened the scoring less than six minutes into the match. Danny Minniti then made his mark on the match with back to back goals at 26’ and 32’. Two minutes later, former Bellingham United star Kellan Brown scored on a beautiful volley from the comer of the box. John notched his second goal of the night at the 37’ to give South Sound the commanding lead.
“There were some great shots that were scored by Kellan Brown and Danny Minniti,” Calloway said. “Those were a couple of great crackers they had. But besides that, a couple of the other goals we should not have allowed.”
United came out for the second half with a different look as Riley Liddle subbed in at goal, along with Jake Vendramin and Matt Zigulis at outside backs. Before the half started, Liddle went into the middle of the team huddle to try and fire up his guys for a comeback.
Bellingham almost got on the scoreboard five minutes into the second half, but the shot from Robbie Tice rattled off the right post.
At the 68’ Nick Cashmere found Mo Marenah charging in front of the defender with a cross. Marenah slid and shot the ball in the back of the net for United’s first goal, coming just eight minutes after he subbed into the match.
Jesus Meija subbed in for the United at the 68’ and Nathan Reitz subbed in at the 75th. United just couldn’t get anything else going as South Sound’s goalkeeper, JJ Olson, buckled down and let nothing else past him.
Defender Nolan Smith was the selected “Hammer of the Match,” after he played a stellar defensive game and didn’t let much past his side.
“Nolan was so solid the entire match,” Calloway said. “Nobody really got past him all day.”
Bellingham will head to practice this week to try and straighten things out as they prepare to host the Yakima United FC next Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Come on down to Civic Field and watch the United battle it out.