PCSL Reports: Bellingham takes home debut 3:2 on 85th-minute winner

Bellingham United played their first home league match as a football club Sunday at Civic Stadium under bright sunny skies. When the final whistle blew the Hammers were 3:2 winners over Langley Athletic. In a Saturday match Victoria United shut out Khalsa Sporting Club 3:0, and Victoria Highlanders 1:0 on Sunday (we have photos).

Kellan Brown spent his college career scoring goals for the Western Washington Vikings. Last year he saw time in the PDL with the former Tacoma Tide FC and finished strong with them. This year Brown goes into the record books for scoring the first two home goals in Bellingham United history. His strikes gave the Hammers a 2:0 lead they would eventually relinquish in the 76th minute. Then, with things all even at 2:2 Andrew Weishaar netted a winner for the home side in the 85th minute. See Bellingham Herald’s match report here.

PHOTO GALLERY from Bellingham Herald

Here’s a report from the Hammers:

Bellingham – Bellingham United FC pulled out a nervy 3-2 win to send home the 1,473 in attendance happy. The team celebrated its first ever home game with festivities starting an hour and a half before the first kick on May 6 against Langley Athletic FC at Civic Stadium.

Lance Calloway was able to use some fresh faces for the team as college players became eligible to play for the first time this season, including Leo Cohen and Andrew Weishaar.

“I am looking for our guys to continue to settle down.” Calloway said before the game. “I want to see us come out strong and apply what we have been working on in training. I want our speed of play to pick up too.”

The team came out strong and fast and scored the first two goals in under 20 minutes. Kellan Brown scored both goals. The first goal was after the keeper handled the ball after his team passed it back to him, giving United a free kick in the box. The second goal was assisted by Tyler Bjork who made a cross in from the sideline for Brown to slot away easily, giving United a 2-0 lead.

Almost 1,500 fans attended the Hammers’ opener. (Aaron Nelson)

United took that score into the half.

Langley came out from the halftime talk with a vengeance. The opposing team started its attack up after giving United keeper Cohen little to do in the first half and would score twice with 30 minutes left. Andrew Dobbie got the ball on a David Malimura corner and put it in after a scramble in the box. Malimura scored the second for Langley to tie the game up.

“It was a little more exciting than I would have liked,” Calloway said. “We came back but we shouldn’t have given up the momentum.”

Brendan Quilici holds the Hammer given by supporters to the Man of the Match. (Hammers photo)

United caught a lucky break when Joel Grossman applied pressure and forced an Athletic defender to give a sloppy and slow back pass to the keeper. Weishaar picked it up, dribbled it in and slotted it home to retake the lead in the 86th minute.

“I thought Weishaar was very composed,” Calloway said. “He didn’t try anything special or force anything, but just slotted it into the goal.”

The man of the match for United was Brendan Quilici. He was honored by being given “the hammer” awarded to each man of the match.

United has a week break before two games over mother’s day weekend. On May 12, the team travels to Metro-Ford Coquitlam and then is home again against Okanogan Challenge.

Hide Ozawa grabs the ball for Victoria United. (Linda Williamson)

Victoria United 3:0 Khalsa Sporting

Victoria, BC — On Saturday in Pacific Coast Soccer League action Victoria United got off to a good start against Khalsa Sporting. Linda Williamson was at the match at Royal Athletic Park and shares some photos and details with goalWA.net.

In the 38th minute Victoria United’s #5 Cooper Barry scored on an assist by #3 Doug Joyce. United double its lead in the 54th minute when #10 Mike Moon was assisted by #9 Doug Armstrong and #13Manny Straith.

Victoria United’s final strike came in the 68th minute when #3 Doug Joyce scored one himself, assisted by #2 Daniel Bergerud. The United shut out was notched by Hide Ozawa.

In another league match on Saturday the Vancouver Thunderbirds topped Victoria Highlanders FC 3:0.

Victoria United celebrate their opening goal against Sporting Khalsa in PCSL play. (Linda Williamson)

Sunday: Victoria United 1:0 Victoria Highlanders FC

Steve Scott’s unassisted goal in the 42nd minute was enough for Victoria United to get past Victoria Highlanders FC (PCSL) giving United a perfect weekend. Linda Williamson comments to us that the Highlanders again used at least one PDL player on an otherwise young roster. See photos below.

Steve Scott’s shot is headed towards the Highlander goal. (Linda Williamson)
Scott acknowledges his winner. (Linda Williamson)

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