Artesians and Gophers pose together after their first meeting

TUKWILA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians scored three goals in two minutes early in the second half to cruise to a 3-0 victory over the Lacey Pocket Gophers on Friday night at the Eddie Craggs Memorial Evergreen Cup.

Yelm alum and former OKC Energy midfielder Daniel Gonzalez opened the scoring with a penalty shot goal following a handball in the box by a Pocket Gopher defender. Alex Gonzalez (no relation) put the Artesians up 2-0 moments later, gathering a ball in the box and popping it past the Lacey keeper. And just a minute later, Jake Zimmerman took advantage of basically the same play and sealed the deal with his first goal of the tournament.

The Artesians dominated possession throughout the game but were unable to break through in the first half. Meanwhile, Lacey had a couple opportunities playing long balls up in the first half and had a goal wiped out by an offside call, but Oly Town head coach Matt Herrera – making a spot start in goal – faced just one shot on goal during the game.

Oly Town returns to Starfire on Saturday to take on the Seattle Stars at 3:00 PM and the Tri-Cities Alliance at 7:00 PM. Tri-Cities knocked off Seattle 5-2 in their first game of the Evergreen Cup.


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians open their 2018 preseason this weekend with at least three games at the Eddie Craggs Memorial Evergreen Cup tournament at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. They will then continue their preseason with a crosstown game against NCAA Division II Saint Martin’s on Saturday, April 28th in advance of their second season in the Evergreen Premier League.

The Artesians will face the Lacey Pocket Gophers of the Western Washington Premier League on Friday, April 20th at 8:45 PM in the opening game of the Evergreen Cup at Starfire. They will return to Tukwila on Saturday to face a pair of fellow EPLWA clubs in the Seattle Stars at 3:00 PM and the Tri-Cities Alliance at 7:00 PM. Should they qualify, the Artesians will play in the Cup playoffs beginning at 1:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.

The preseason continues Saturday, April 28th at 12:30 PM with a friendly against Saint Martin’s. Oly will travel to the Saint Martin’s Soccer Field to face the NCAA Division II squad during their spring training season. The Artesians have featured a handful of Saint Martin’s alumni on their roster over the years, including current goalkeeper JJ Olson.

The regular season begins on Saturday, May 5th with a trip to Bellingham to face Bellingham United at Phillips 66 Soccer Park at 5:00 PM.

The Artesians open their home slate on Sunday, May 13th at 4:00 PM at Black Hills High School. They will honor moms on Mother’s Day with flowers, prizes and more throughout the game. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12 years old, seniors and military members. Tickets can be purchased at

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians are excited to announce that the club has partnered with The Eli Sports Network to provide video webcasts of the Artesians’ 2018 Evergreen Premier League home games. The home slate, complete with live video, kicks off against the defending EPLWA champion Seattle Stars on Sunday, May 13th and continues until the home finale against the Vancouver Victory on Saturday, June 30th.

“The Eli Sports Network is excited to work with such a great organization as the Oly Town Artesians,” said ESN owner Paul Beattie. “The five game schedule we will air on our YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Video channels and will reach more than 25,000 followers on our three social media platforms. We hope this leads to more coverage as we develop this partnership between the Artesians and ESN.”

ESN was founded in 2011 and has been the leading provider of local sports play-by-play coverage ever since, mainly focusing on high school sports in Lewis and Thurston Counties, and covering WIAA state tournaments and other events in Western Washington. They recently added live video streams to their channels and have provided video for numerous high school sporting events and Centralia College athletics.

“We are excited to welcome The Eli Sports Network to the club,” said Artesians General Manager and Founder Brandon Sparks. “This is a great opportunity for more people to see our games and increase our reach and it will be especially great for players that have family out of town, like a lot of our college guys do. It also provides high quality video for our team and coaches to review, so we are thankful for Paul and ESN and excited to have them on board.”

For more information on The Eli Sports Network and to watch previous webcasts, visit them at or visit them on Twitter at and Facebook at

The Artesians’ 2018 EPLWA season gets underway this weekend with open tryouts on Saturday, March 30th at 11:00 AM at Black Hills High School. The regular season kicks off on Saturday, May 5th in Bellingham and the home opener is set for Sunday, May 13th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit