It was nearly 90 degrees when Bellingham United FC and Wenatchee FC hit the pitch for the match on Saturday, July 18, which started at 3:30 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. It was an offensive gem of a match for United as they went on to defeat Wenatchee FC 6-2.
“I am pleased with the way the boys came out and maintained possession,” United’s head coach, Lance Calloway said. “They were more composed and attacked well.”
United got on the board early and often as they scored four goals in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the 5’ Nick Cashmere found Tyler Bjork charging in the middle of the box with a pass as Bjork then slid and knocked the ball in net for the opening goal. Just four minutes later, in the 9’, Uche Ugwoaba got his foot on a deflected free kick and fired the ball past Wenatchee’s goalie for the 2-0 lead. In the 13’ Cashmere recorded his second assist of the night as he played a beautiful ball to Kurtis Pederson, who turned and targeted the corner for a goal. Pederson wasn’t done quite yet, striking again just minutes later. In the 17’ Tyler Bjork unloaded a strong shot that deflected off the goalie, before he could react, Pederson charged in and notched his second goal of the match.
Wenatchee was able to get on the board in the 35’ as Matthew Stefanko headed a corner kick from Edwin Tinoco into the net to decrease Wenatchee’s deficit to 4-1.
United headed into the halftime with a commanding 4-1 lead.
In the 48’ Bjork struck for his second goal of the match as Cashmere fed him the ball recording his third assist on the day.
“Cashmere played phenomenal, creating spaces for himself and also rewarding his teammates,” Calloway said. “He was stellar.”
In the 67’ Wenatchee scored again as Christian Nyanfore sped past United’s defense and fired the ball on goal for the score making it a 5-2 match.
United answered in the 70’ as Sean Connor struck a brilliant free kick from about 20 yards out into the top right corner of the goal, solidifying United’s 6-2 victory.
Bellingham will hope to use this match for some momentum as they play again tomorrow, July 19, against the visiting Spokane Shadow. The match kicks off at 3 p.m.