Issa Hassan
TUKWILA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians dropped a 3-2 decision to the Seattle Stars and settled for a 1-1 draw against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday at the Eddie Craggs Memorial Evergreen Cup at Starfire. Angel Trejo-Delgado scored twice for Oly Town and Issa Hassan added his first goal of the preseason but both games featured last minute goals that ultimately kept Oly out of the championship game on Sunday. The Artesians finished the tournament in third place with a 1-1-1 record and 16 tournament points.

The Artesians return to preseason action on Saturday, April 22nd against NCAA Division II Saint Martin’s at the Saint Martin’s Soccer Field at 12:30 PM. The regular season kicks off on Saturday, May 5th in Bellingham before the home opener on Sunday, May 13th at 4:00 PM at Black Hills High School.

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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 www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

Well Head Season Tickets are now on sale for just $30 for adults or $38 with a Well Heads scarf. Join the club and get all five home games for just $6 per game. Visit www.squareup.com/store/olytownartesians today to purchase your membership.