Richard Henderson (right), seen here in an earlier match, scored six goals as Bellingham United pounded the Snohomish Skyhawks 10-4 on Saturday night. (Charis Wilson Oly Town FC photo.)
BELLINGHAM, WA— (Hammers release) Looking to start off 2017 with a win, Bellingham United hosted Snohomish Skyhawks in a Western Indoor Soccer League game Saturday, January 7th. Returning to their home field of the Bellingham Sportsplex followinga close loss away against Olympic Force, United gave up an early goal but bounced back a few moments later with a goal from Richard Henderson (see earlier goalWA feature.)
Henderson, who finished the game with six goals (yes, you read that correctly, SIX goals), looked sharp in front of the net as well as in the run of play. Head Coach and player, Brendan Quilici, scored United’s third goal giving them a 3-1 lead, but Skyhawks converted on a power play bringing the score to 3-2 with 1:15 left in the half. Just before halftime, Kurtis Pederson scored a goal off a scramble in front of the net, bringing the score to 4-2 at the break.
At halftime, members Western Washington University women’s soccer team were presented with a BUFC scarf and some words or recognition in honor of them winning the Division II National Championship. Emily Webster, who played locally for both WFC Rangers and Sehome High School, scored the game winning goal in the championship game.
United came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, notching two quick goals- one by Chris Jepson and the other by Henderson. Skyhawks were able to get one back however, and at the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 6-3. In a critical moment where the next team that scored would clearly gain momentum, United exploded. Scoring four more goals, only allowing Skyhawks to score one, with a final score of 10-4 in favor of United.
“Our Scotsman stepped up huge tonight. Scoring six goals is a massive accomplishment and it is all due to Richard’s work rate off the ball and his composure in front of the goal,” General Manager, Marc Ronney added. United will look to use this momentum as they host Olympic Force next Saturday, January 14th at the Bellingham Sportsplex with kickoff at 7:30pm. It will not only be a rematch or last year’s WISL Championship game, but United will look to avenge a loss it suffered to Force a few weeks ago.