by Merrick Parnell / Aviators FC
Bellingham, WA– The Arlington Aviators dropped their first road game of the season to Bellingham United Football Club, 8-4 in an intensely physical Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) match at the Bellingham Sportplex on Saturday night.
After a bye the previous week, the Aviators embarked on their first road match of the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) season, traveling to Bellingham to take on the re-branded Bellingham United Football Club (previously the Whatcom Soccer Academy Rapids.)
Both teams bolted into action from the opening whistle and would remain deadlocked as both teams worked hard to gain even the slightest of advantages in the game’s opening period. Bellingham would get on the board first after a Brooks Kochman goal off a Brenden Quilici free kick at 13:05 in the opening period. Arlington would answer with their first goal of the evening at 4:13 in the first period off an unassisted goal from Lupe Rodriguez. The second period would be a defensive showcase, as both teams were held scoreless.
Both clubs scored two goals each in the third period, on goals from Arlington’s Zach Crutchfield at 12:17 (Unassisted) and Fabian Panduro at 6:01, while Andrew Wieshaar and Kellan Brown scored for Bellingham at 10:52 and :02.
Despite an early fourth period goal from Arlington’s Zach Crutchfield, Bellingham surged to a 5 goal-scoring spree, with Andrew Weishaar scoring four, to take a 8-4 lead which would be the final score.
“I don’t feel like these two losses define us as a team. I still feel like we can go all the way and win this league, but tonight we didn’t capitalize on most of our opportunities.” Said Head Coach, Dagi Kissem.
The Aviators are now 0-0-2 in WISL play. The Hammers move into a tie for second place and are 1-1-1.
The Aviator’s next home game will be on December 13th, against the Oly Town Artisans at Soccer First Indoor Sports Arena in Arlington.
Bellingham (BHM) Goal – Brooks Kochman (Brenden Quillici) at 13:05
Arlington (ARL) Goal – Fabian Panduro ( Unassisted) at 4:13
ARL Goal – Zach Crutchfield (Unassisted) at 12:17
BHM Goal – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 10:15
ARL – Fabian Panduro (Unassisted) at 6:02
BHM – Kellan Brown (Johnathan James) at :02
ARL – Zach Crutchfield (Unassisted ) at :24
BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 13:14
BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 8:25
BHM – Brendan Quillici (Andrew Weishaar) at 6:12
BHM – Jonathan James (Unassisted) at 3:45
BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted ) at 1:44
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