BELLINGHAM, WA, Week 10 of the 2018 Evergreen Premier league. BUFC wins 5th straight match against Vancouver Victory. Final Score 4-2 (W)
Saturday afternoon Bellingham hosted Vancouver in their final home game of the year. The importance of this match decided which team would clinch the wildcard spot and advance into the playoffs. The Hammers have been on a hot streak with perfect timing going into the post season. In the past 5 games BUFC has has scored 3 or more goals in each game and allowed in no more than 2. Resulting in 20 goals for and only conceding 6 against!
The first half of scoring started within the first minutes of the game! Anthony Dean (Fwd) took an open shot forcing the keeper to make a save and fortunately it deflected it into the path of Luke Onley (Mid) to score his first of the season! Shortly after Vancouver took their first corner kick of the game and an unorganized Bellingham side gave up an open header which resulted in the equalizing goal (1-1). BUFC rallied back quickly thanks to a long range goal from Christian Thode (Mid). The first half ended 2-1 with the Black & White in the lead.
The second half started and BUFC pressing V2FC heavily forcing turnovers and winning possession. 2nd half substitutions were one of the keys to United’s success. Cameron Miller (Def) came in as a center back and won a loose ball from a corner kick and sent it into the back of the net (3-1). The Hammers felt they had a comfortable lead until a collapse in the back happened and V2FC managed to score again (3-2). With only 10 minutes left to play Eduardo “Pico” Perez (Fwd) coming in off the bench chest trapped the ball inside the box and took a shot beating the keeper near post for the final insurance goal of the game! Final score 4-2 Hammers win again!
Next match for the Hammers is against Univeristy of Washington 7.10.18 @6PM at Huskie Soccer Stadium! The final EPLWA regular season game is against Cascade division champions, Washington Premier, 7.15.18 @5pm at WPFC Complex. GO HAMMERS! Stay tuned for updates, game recaps and community events!