Bellingham and Ferndale battled to a 1-1 tie in a Northwest Conference boys’ soccer match-up on Wednesday, April 1, at Ferndale.
Noe Betancourt-Cruz got scoring started in the 60th minute for Bellingham when a ball was passed his way after a bit of confusion in the box.
Ferndale’s Bailey Graf responded in the 73rd minute, assisted by Patrick Hegarty.
“The field was pretty soft and a bit marshy, so it was hard to move the ball quickly and that might have played into our hands a bit more,” Ferndale coach Rigel Weis said in a phone interview. “Once they got their goal on a big of an error by our back line, but we responded well. Getting that equalizer with a few minutes left was a good testament to their character and how they played.”
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Bellingham goalkeeper Joe Worley saved five Golden Eagle shots, while Ferndale’s Nikita Leonovets grabbed five shots in the first half and Fulgencio Schonborn had three saves.
Ferndale plays again at 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, at home against Lynden in an NWC game. Bellingham plays at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Mount Baker.
Bellingham 1, Ferndale 1
Goal: Noe Betancourt-Cruz (Bellingham), time 60; Goal: Bailey Graf (Ferndale), assist: Patrick Hegarty, time 73. Goalies (saves) — Bellingham: Joe Worley (5); Ferndale: Nikita Leonovets (5), Fulgencio Schonborn (3). Shots on goal — Bellingham 13, Ferndale 6.