Bellingham United FC traveled to Spokane Wash. to take on the Spokane Shadow Saturday, June 20. Despite very even play throughout the first half, the Shadow notched three goals in closing half to prevail 4-1 victors.
“I have to give the Shadow credit,” United’s head coach, Lance Calloway said. “They pressed us and created chances for themselves. Their keeper also made some great saves to keep us at one.”
It was a back and forth battle in the first half as both teams had equal possession of the ball. United got on the board first, in the 34’ Tyler Bjork played a dead ball to the back post where Carlos Badillo rose above the Shadow defender to knock the ball past the keeper. Less than 10 minutes later, in the 42’, the Shadow scored the equalizer on a ball played across the face as a rushing Shadow striker finished off the score. The teams went into the locker room deadlocked 1-1.
The Shadow started off the second half pressing hard and maintained a greater percentage of control. In the 56’ the Shadow scored the go-ahead goal as one of their forwards headed in a cross driven from afar. The Shadow continued to press and scored their fourth goal of the night just minutes later. In the 72’ a Shadow forward got inside of the United’s defense to score the last goal of the game.
“The season certainly has been a challenging and frustrating one for the players and coaching staff,” Calloway said. “To the players credit, they haven’t quit in any of these matches this season. That is something I greatly respect in these guys.”
United will get back at it this week and try to turn around their season as they host the Olympic Force on Sunday, June 28 at Civic Stadium. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m., come on down to the stadium a bit early so you don’t miss any of the action.