Even though Bellingham United FC is a new team this year, there is a history between the two clubs.
The Pumas field an indoor team in the same league as the WSA Rapids. The Rapids won the Northwest Division championship over the Kitsap Pumas down in Bremerton just over a month ago. Bellingham United FC head coach Lance Calloway knew the teams would be familiar.
"I was really pleased with our guys tonight," Calloway said. "Kitsap is a good team. We played very fast and technical and had a really good second half."
The team would have a great second half as Brendan Quilici would score the teams only goal and bring the teams level.
Kitsap scored in the first half on a sloppy ball in the box. The teams continued to fight and the game went from end to end. BUFC would never find the back of the net and the team looked tired.
Momentum shifted in the second half as United started to keep their shape and caught a break as they were fouled right outside the box.
Quilici put himself in the right place at the right time and slotted the ball home.
"I saw the defender drop off during the free kick," Quilici said. "I was open so I shot it. I was just trying to put it on frame so if it was stopped by the keeper we could have a chance for the rebound."
The rebound would be unnecessary as Quilici would score the goal.
The teams continued to fight it out, but the end result would be a 1-1 draw.
United will play its final preseason match in Redmond next Saturday against Crossfire Premier before starting their 2012 PCSL season.
More information can be found at www.Bellinghamunited.com.
Videos of the goals can be found here: http://goalwa.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/video-buzz-bellingham-v-kitsap-goals/