In the earlier match between these two teams, United lost 4-0 and earned two red cards in the process. This game would be much better for the Hammers.
United earned its 6th win of the year with a 2-1 victory over PoCo City, and in doing so launched itself into second in the standings, though a few teams have games in hand.
United got on the score sheet in the 17 minute when Kellan Brown slotted home a penalty kick, twice. He was forced to retake the kick after someone went into the box to early. Brown earned the PK after being taken down in the box by the keeper.
PoCo City started to show its frustration towards the end of the first half and got two yellow cards in the process.
“They let the little things start to get to them,” said Bellingham United FC Head Coach Lance Calloway. “A couple of the guys started to make themselves a nemesis.”
The previous yellows would come to haunt PoCo City when they scored a goal. When they tied up the game, some players started to talk too much and the referee rewarded them with a second yellow and forced them to play with only 10 men in the 69 minute.
United shifted its tactic and brought a defender up to the mid to play a 3-4-3.
“We made adjustments after their sendoff,” Calloway said. “We pushed numbers forward. I also pushed Greg Young up forward and knew he could get balls in the air.”
Young earned the Hammer Man of the Match for his performance. He sent in the game-winning ball in stoppage time to Sean Connor.
“Greg put in an incredible ball,” Connor said. “I would have had to work to miss it. It felt amazing, I haven’t had a game winner in a few years.”
Connor got his first goal of the year with the game-winner and helped United earn another important three points.
The team next hosts league leading Vancouver Thunderbirds on June 24 at home. United now has a 6-5-0 record and 18 points with five games left of the regular season.