High School Soccer

Betancourt-Cruz’s 78th minute goal seals match for Bellingham

Carlos Velasco netted an early 11th minute goal off a Will Mascioli assist for Bellingham’s boys’ soccer team to kick off its 2-0 victory against Nooksack Valley on Monday, March 30, at Civic Stadium.

“I felt like we had a lot of possession in (Nooksack Valley’s) half and created chances,” Bellingham coach Matt Zigulis said in a phone interview.

The Pioneers came out in the second half fighting, Zigulis said. But a 78th minute goal by Noe Betancourt-Cruz off an Anders Botterill assist sealed the match for the Red Raiders.

“For us to get that second goal and kill Nooksack’s chances was key,” Zigulis said. “The one thing that stood out today was how we played as a team.”

Bellingham takes on Ferndale next at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Ferndale and Nooksack Valley will play Meridian next at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, on the road.

Bellingham 2, Nooksack Valley 0

Goal: Carlos Velasco (Bellingham), assist: Will Mascioli, time 11:00; Goal: Noe Betancourt-Cruz (Bellingham), assist: Anders Botterill, time 78:00. Goalies (saves) — no information provided. Shots on goal — no information provided.