Lane United FC 5, Bellingham United 0
Lane United FC waltzed to a comfortable 5-0 victory against non-league Bellingham United FC in their final home game of 2015 on Sunday. Jordan Jones bagged two goals and had a third poached off of him at the goalline by Isma Fernández, while Richy Hurtado and Amer Sasivarevic both added their first goals as Lane United FC players. Hurtado’s was the pick of the bunch, a 30-yard rocket into the top corner of the net with his favored left foot that put the Reds up 2-0 after only 21 minutes. Isma had opened the scoring seven minutes earlier by tapping home a ball that was likely trickling in anyway from Jordan Jones’ first attempt at meeting a cross. Jones in the 25th minute did officially extend his streak of consecutive games with a goal to three when he crashed in a pulled-back cross from Raul Muntean, then added a second 20 minutes into the second half by lasering a low left-footed shot past a helpless Hector Gutierrez in the Bellingham goal. The Reds capped off their scoring with the best team move of the match, which ended with Cristian Cataluña selflessly squaring across the face of goal – when he had an equally good chance to shoot – so that Amer Sasivarevic could tap into an empty net for 5-0.
Lane United head coach John Galas commended both his team’s play and Bellingham’s after the match. Bellingham, who have not won a game in their own league, the Evergreen Premier League of Washington (EPLWA) all season, “made the long drive down here and played an honest game and so did our guys,” Galas said. “We extend a big thanks to them, as they put a lot of work into this game. I’d also like to thank all our fans, on behalf of literally everyone at Lane United FC, for their support this year. It’s no exaggeration to say they’re the best fans in the division and we’re very glad to have finished with a great home record (7-2-1) to reward their support. We finished with 270 consecutive minutes of shutout ball and that makes both me and the supporters very very happy. We stayed in rhythm with this game and now it’s on to Calgary for a big one, the last game of the season.”
Lane United fly to Calgary, Alberta early this week for the final match of the season, on Wednesday at 5:30 pm (Pacific) against PDL Northwest Division newcomers FC Calgary Foothills. The Reds tied 1-1 with Calgary in the home fixture on June 5; a win on Wednesday would vault them over the Canadians on points and result in a fourth-place finish in the Northwest Division, one outside of the playoff spots. Lane United will live-Tweet and report on the Calgary game on Wednesday.