06/05/2013 9:52 AM
"Youth Soccer Day" June 9, 3pm at Civic Stadium....(Youth soccer players wearing their youth team jerseys get in FREE)
Bellingham United FC welcomes Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC to Civic Stadium this Sunday in a rematch of a hotly contested 2-2 draw last year. As of right now, Coquitlam find themselves in a very familiar position in the PCSL standings, sitting in fourth place where they finished the season last year.
This year is much different though, as both they and Bellingham United are the only familiar faces who hold playoff spots now halfway through the season. It is worth noting however, that Coquitlam has only played five games so far, where is over half the league (including Bellingham) has played seven or eight.
The story line for Coquitlam’s season so far is their lack of goals. In their five matches, they have only managed to score more than once in one game and in that game one of the goals was an own goal. None of their players have recorded more than one goal on the season either, which definitely brings into question the skill of their forwards.
Now although Bellingham has had some luck finding the back of the net on the road, their goal scoring at home is still well below average, even after their recent home win against the Kamloops Heat. However, we do know that both Kellan Brown and Andrew Weishaar are more than capable of not just finding the net once in a game, but multiple times. Not to mention, players like Brendan Quilici, Oscar Jimenez and even defender, Joel Grossman have been knocking on the door as of late, so it seems like it will only be time before they break through as well.
The lack of fire power from Coquitlam should have Bellingham’s backline breathing a sigh of relief, as well as starting goalkeeper, Leo Cohen, but as we have seen already a few times this season, it only takes one game for a team to get on track. You can bet that Head Coach, Lance Calloway will be making sure his defenders don’t go into this game underestimating Coquitlam simply based on the statistics so far.
After securing their first home win this past Sunday, you could almost see the weight coming off of the Bellingham United players as they thanked the crowd. That alone should produce an extra spring in the step of the Hammers against Coquitlam. Expect a close game, as Coquitlam has only allowed more than one goal against them in one game this season, but also look for Bellingham to do everything they can to slice open their backline and bust the game open.
The forecast looks perfect for soccer, so there is no better place to be than Civic Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:00pm and don’t forget to organize at Poppe’s Bar and Grill at 1pm prior to the match. We’ll see you there!