For the Bellingham United Football Club, it has been an ugly start to the 2015 season.
The Hammers opened their season with a 5-1 thumping from South Sound FC. Looking to rebound against Yakima United FC, Bellingham United once again surrendered a flurry of goals and couldn’t catch up, falling 4-0 on Sunday, May 3, at Civic Stadium.
Three yellow cards were given out in the game, and all them went to the Hammers. In the 32nd minute, midfielder Christian Thode received a yellow card. Forward Chris Jepson received the other two yellow cards, the second one ending his day early with an ejection in the 87th minute.
“Going into the first 20 minutes, we were dominating the match,” head coach Lance Calloway said. “But then we gave up a goal and we fell apart.”
Yakima United scored three goals in the first half, one of which came off a penalty kick. Another penalty kick was given in the 88th minute, but was saved by goalie Riley Liddle.
“We reorganized at halftime, made a couple changes, nothing dramatic, and we came out and played very well,” Calloway said. “But we are still missing that final touch to put [the ball] in the back of the net.”
Bellingham United looked strong in the second half, but failed to capitalize any of the chances they had on net.
“We put half a dozen balls over the frame,” Calloway said. “That’s not acceptable.”
General Manager of Bellingham United Marc Ronney was also disappointed with the match, but is optimistic for the future of the team this season.
“We had a bit of a slow start and they finished their chances, we didn’t finish ours,” Ronney said. “I think that progress we made from last week to this week and what we expect to make for Friday is all in good.”
Around four to six players will be joining the Hammers from Western’s men’s team this week, Ronney said. “That will definitely give us a little bit more strength and help us out a bit.”
The Hammers will be hosting the Seattle Sounders U23 team at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Civic Stadium
“The Sounders match is an exhibition game, so it’ll be a fun game,” Calloway said.