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5/12/18: Bellingham celebrates Aaron Carter's second half goal at Civic Stadium.  The Red Raiders beat Sehome 2-1 in a shootout to win the district championship. PHOTO: Doug Lange 

Bellingham wins district championship in shootout

May 12, 2018 

The Bellingham soccer team claimed the the district championship Saturday night at Civic Stadium. The top-ranked Red Raiders (17-0-1) beat the Sehome Mariners 2-1 in a shootout. 

Sehome's Danny Fazio opened up the scoring in the 21st minute to give the Mariners a first half lead. Aaron Carter scored in the 45th minute to pull Bellingham even. 

The Red Raiders scored on all 5 shoot-out attempts and held Sehome (14-4-1) to 3 goals in 4 shots to win the match. 

Bellingham and Sehome join Burlington and Archbishop Murphy in advancing to state out of district 1/2. State play begins next week and culminates with the championship game at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner May. 26th.

Bellingham and Sehome are scheduled to open state tournament play on Wednesday at Civic Stadium. The Red Raiders will play Fife (7:00pm) while the Mariners will square off against R.A. Long. (Time T.B.A.). 

In other district action involving Whatcom County teams, Squalicum (18-2-0) is off to 3A state following a 3-1 victory over Meadowdale at Shoreline Stadium. The Storm return to the pitch Wednesday versus Garfield at 7:00pm at Interbay Stadium in Seattle.  


In 1A play, Meridian (9-10-1) saw their season come to an end with a 7-1 loss to University Prep  at Sammamish High School. 

- Doug Lange

* Reporting from Keith Chambers used in this story

5/12/18: Sehome's Danny Fazio scored a goal in the 2-1 loss to Bellingham. PHOTO: Doug Lange

PHOTO: Doug Lange

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