Hoppers shutout Bellingham 4-0, claim first win of the season

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” I need 11 warriors,” was the cry from Hector Vega as his Yakima United FC huddled in the away locker room at Civic Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Bellingham.

Yakima’s last visit to Bellingham was a fogetable one, losing 8-2 and setting an unwanted league record for worst defeat and most goals conceded in a single game. A record which coincidently was matched on this very same evening as the Spokane Shadow pummeled Wenatchee FC on their own pitch to the same scoreline.

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“Who’s more United?” Bellingham Preview

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Yakima – In the 2014 Evergreen Premier League season, no fixture saw more goals than when Yakima United, and Bellingham United squared off. In their two meetings a total of 16 goals were scored. That’s equal to about one goal in every 8 minutes of play. This Sunday both the Hoppers and Hammers will look to rediscover some of that goal scoring form as both teams lost their opening matches of the 2015 season.

For Yakima, who opened their season with a 3-1 defeat at home to Vancouver, coming away from Civic stadium, on Sunday, with anything less than three points is not an option. Jesse Esquivel, Yakima’s second top scorer last season, is looking forward to the challenge. “Bellingham is a fun place to play, their fans are always involved and it makes the game more exciting,” he said, before adding “Our games against Bellingham were like night and day last season, home field was definitely an advantage, it seemed like the roles were reversed.”  The stats back up his statement.  At Civic Stadium last seas, Yakima and Bellingham were even through the early stages of the game. Yakima pulled back to level the score at two before the eventual EPLWA top scorer, Tyler Bjork, ran riot scoring six of Bellingham’s eight on the day, while Yakima couldn’t find a third goal. In the reverse tie, at Marquette Stadium, the Hoppers had their revenge by demolishing the Hammers 6-0.

Bellingham, who finished one place ahead of Yakima in the 2014 season, find themselves the same position as the boys in red, as they too lost their opening match of the season, also at home. 2014 league runners up, South Sound, waltzed into Civic Stadium last Sunday and dismantled their opponent 5-1, scoring all 5 goals in the first half before Bellingham could get off the mark in the 68th minute of the second.

Both teams will be coming into this match desperate not to fall to a 0-2 start, and if their short history indicates anything, it could be quite an entertaining affair.

Yakima @ Bellingham kicks off at 3:00pm at Civic Stadium this Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased here http://www.bellinghamunited.com/tickets/