It might be a cliché, but this was no friendly. With hard fought tackles, chippy play and even an almost fight during the game, their was no love lost between the teams.
Bellingham United scored first in the 20 minute from a Tyler Bjork free kick. But Fraser didn’t take long to respond. Just a minute later the team scored a goal to tie up the game.
The first half went Fraser Valley’s way as the team added two goals before halftime. The second goal was scored in the 32 minute and they added a third right before the halftime whistle.
“We were a little casual in the beginning,” said Hammer Man of the Match Chris Jepson. “We were a little tired from yesterday. I think getting scored on woke us up a little bit.”
Jepson played central defense and midfield for United and earned his second Man of the Match nomination.
“Jepson battled and wasn’t afraid to step up,” United Head Coach Lance Calloway said. “It was truly a team effort though as every player on the roster played.”
Calloway used the unlimited sub rules to his advantage to give his players much needed rest for the remaining Pacific Coast Soccer League schedule.
Substitute Keith Ferris scored the second goal for United on a pass from Matt Hardin in the 51 minute.
Greg Young was another sub that had a huge impact on the game when he scored the equalizing goal in the 79 minute, just seconds after coming into the game. He put himself on the end off a Nick Saletto cross and headed the ball in.
“”It feels nice to contribute again,” Young said. “I have been out with an injury and it is hard to just watch the guys play. It was great to be able to get into the game. Nick gave me a ball that was one that every player dreams of.”
Calloway was proud of the way his team fought back to earn the draw and will look to carry that mentality into United’s next games. United first travels on the road to face Khalsa SC on Saturday, June 16. They then will host PoCo City FC on June 17.
A few of PoCo City FC’s players will be very familiar with United as they were part of the All-Star team.
The 1003 fans in attendance let their voices be heard once again, and also helped support a great cause in Soccer Without Borders.