Bellingham United / Pacific Coast Soccer League

Bellingham United’s latest road win lifts them into first place tie

hammersNEW WESTMINSTER, BC–-Bellingham United FC traveled to Queens Park, New Westminster, BC on Thursday June 6 to take on the league leaders Khalsa Sporting Club with first place on the line.

Goals from the league’s leading scorer (9) Kellan Brown, Andrew Weishaar and Matt Sanchez, secured the 3:1 victory for United and moved them into a first place tie with Khalsa at the top of the league table. The Hammers remain undefeated “away” so far this season.

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“Tonight was a total team effort as all players present made contributions to earning three points at Khalsa,” said a pleased head coach Lance Calloway.

In the 15th minute Kellan Brown intercepted a pass from the Khalsa center back and put the Hammers up 1:0.

In the 37th minute Matt Sanchez sent a cross into the box that was met by Andrew Weishaar, who put it home to double the Bellingham lead to 2:0 by halftime.

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Andrew Weishaar, right, scored the eventual winner for the Hammers as they pulled into a tie for top spot in the Pacific Coast Soccer League. (David Willoughby file photo)

In the 62nd minute Sanchez was on the scoring end as he took a through-ball from Oscar Jimenez and gave United a big 3:0 cushion.

PcsllogoKhalsa Sporting club kept fighting and pulled one back in the 80th minute, however the Hammers defense secured the three points by blanking the Canadians the rest of the way.

Bellingham’s Joel Grossman anchored the league’s best defense and put on a “Silver Reef Hammer Man of the Match” performance, shutting down the prolific scoring threat of Khalsa’s highly skilled forwards.

With the win BUFC has an identical 5-2-1 record with Khalsa. Both sides have 16 standings points.

The Hammers next match is at home on Sunday, June 9 at 3 PM at Civic Stadium against Coquitlam Metro-Ford.

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