Bellingham United-6 Tacoma Stars Reserves-5 (Final)
BELLINGHAM, WA—Nick Cashmere scored twice and Richard Henderson perfectly placed the match winner late in the fourth quarter as Bellingham United edged the Tacoma Stars Reserves 6-5 to win their third straight Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Championship before a sell-out crowd of over 800 at the Bellingham Sportsplex on Saturday night.
The much-anticipated Final lived up to its hype and then some. Neither side ever led the match by more than a single goal and proceedings were tied at the half (3-3) and after three quarters (4-4).
Eddie Na scored a hat trick for Tacoma, including a penalty kick conversion to give the Stars Reserves a 5-4 lead in the fourth quarter. Bellingham got level on a nifty spin and shoot goal from Eleazar Galvan. Then with just over 2 minutes left in regulation Richard Henderson stepped behind a free kick and perfectly placed it into the far side of Tacoma’s goal to put Bellingham up 6-5.
The Stars Reserves had plenty of battle left in their boots but instead of an equalizer they were reduced to 4 field players on a player substitution infraction.
Bellingham played keep-away the rest of the match and celebrated their third straight WISL title with their fans afterwards.
Goalkeepers Riley Liddle (Bellingham) and Aaron Anderson (Tacoma) both produced some dramatic saves. Both also stopped penalty attempts – though Liddle was judged to have touched his save outside the box – resulting in a re-take from the spot that Na easily hammered home.
The crowd of over 800 fans were noisy before, during and after the match. A large contingent of Tacoma fans added to the atmosphere. Bellingham’s supporter groups were in full voice and many invaded the pitch to celebrate their latest title.
Bellingham United Goals: Nick Cashmere (2), Sawyer Preston, Kurtis Pederson, Eleazar Galvan, Richard Henderson
Tacoma Stars Reserves Goals: Eddie Na (3), Mark Lee, Nate Ford