Hammers hold off Steelheads at the Snohomish Sports Dome

Jackson High School Dance performed at the Steelheads match.

SNOHOMISH, WA—The Snohomish County FC Steelheads Men played Bellingham United for the first time in a league match on Saturday January 8 at the Snohomish Sports Dome. The contest featured scoring streaks by both clubs but in the end the perennially contending Hammers notched a 9-6 win (full video replay.)

The streaky scoring saw BUFC bolt out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. The Steelheads fought back with 2 goals before the period ended, and then added 2 more in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 4-3 lead.

The experienced Hammers were ready for the third quarter. They ran off 4 goals in the frame to take a 7-4 lead. They continued the march with a 5th straight goal in the last quarter and it was 8-4 Hammers and looking like a rout.

The Fish didn’t quit and grabbed back 2 of their own to narrow the margin to 8-6 before Bellingham got one more to provide a 9-6 final score.

The Steelheads are now 2-4 on the season (4th place) while the Hammers improve to 4-1-1 (2nd place.) The Fish play at the Tacoma Stars Reserves on Saturday January 15. Tacoma lost for the first time on the weekend when they dropped an 8-7 match at Oly Town. The Stars remain in first place in the WISL with a 6-1 record.

Steelhead Goals: Devin Shull (2), Andrew Escalante (2), Cristiano Whitaker, Tye Hastings. See season totals here.

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