The Bellingham United quickly found itself in a three-goal hole and could not recover in a 4-0 loss to visiting Yakima on Sunday, May 3, at Civic Stadium.
“Giving up that many goals in the beginning of the match is not acceptable,” United coach Lance Calloway said. “We are making mistakes in our defensive third that are costing us matches.”
Andres Ruiz found Jesse Esquivel on a corner kick to get Yakima on the board in the 28th minute, before Junior Garcia converted on a penalty kick 12 minutes later. Garcia then set up Hector Valdovinos for another goal with less than five minutes left in the half.
Using a slightly different look to start the second, with Mark Pollack subbing in for Riley Liddle at goalkeeper and Keith Farris in for Jake Vendramin, the United got a coupe of chances but couldn’t convert.
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“We’re creating numerous chances on the attacking side, but we’re not finishing,” Calloway said. “It’s not going to get us anywhere unless we start to put a couple in the net and put people on their heals.”
Carlos Gonzalez completed the scoring for Yakima in the 90th minute.
The “Hammer of the Match” went to Carlos Badillo, who won multiple balls in the air and shut down a lot of attacks, playing a near full 90 without any mistakes.
Bellingham next hosts the Seattle Sounders U23 team at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Civic Stadium.