On one of the nicest days of the summer, Bellingham United entertained South Sound FC at Civic Stadium. It took less than ten minutes for BUFC to get on the board as Kyle Witzel used pure effort to run down the ball and chip the goal keeper. Richard Henderson whipped in a great cross in the fourteenth minute which ricocheted off a defender right into the path of Thiago Novis who volleyed the ball into the back of the net. United controlled the majority of possession in the first half, but did have a minor scare in the thirty-first minute. BUFC keeper, Tyler Visten, was able to make the save and then corral the rebound and no harm was done.
Visten came up big once again in the thirty-eighth minute as a SSFC forward leaked thru the right side. At halftime the score remained 2-0. Whatcom County Youth Soccer Association President, Mark Lackey, was here to present the WCYSA Scholarship to recipient Eli Guidroz.
The second half saw several chances for both teams, but neither team was able to convert. SSFC goal keeper made a couple great saves towards the end of the game. “I was pleased that we were able to capitalize upon their mistakes in the first half,” Head Coach, Lance Calloway said. Offensively BUFC created chances in both halves, but their composure on the defensive side of the ball was also very impressive. “In the back, Jeremiah Lee, Sawyer Preston and Nick Ulowetz were great for us in the back,” Calloway said. Lee, who was named Hammer Man of the Match, played solid the entire game. “Jerry put a complete game in- played great balls out of the back to connect our attack,” Calloway added.