OLYMPIA, Wash. – In a fast paced, back and forth game, it took 86 minutes before either team could break through, and goals by Angel Trejo-Delgado in the 86th minute for Oly Town and a penalty kick goal by Yakima’s Alonso Rojas a minute later, led to a 1-1 draw at Black Hills High School on Saturday evening.
Both teams had plenty of chances, especially during the first half, with Oly racking up seven shots including six by Chalie Spurr. But some bad luck and good play by Yakima’s goalkeeper Tony Madera kept the Artesians off the scoresheet through the first 45 minutes. Yakima took a handful of shots and kept the pressure on, but couldn’t put a single one on frame.
The second half was more of the same back and forth action, but more physical, with four total yellow cards including three to Yakima United. Finally, Angel Trejo-Delgado took advantage of the keeper coming out and popped a soft shot over the top to break the deadlock and give Oly a 1-0 lead in the 86th minute. Nate Boatright was credited with the save.
But just a minute later, Yakima United was awarded a penalty kick after Oly defender Marcos Borja slid in to block a shot and the ball hit him on the arm. The controversial call led to Alonso Rojas pushing one to the right of Artesians keeper JJ Olson to tie the game up at 1-1.
Both teams continued to press during the final minutes, but neither could break the tie and each earned a well deserved point. Oly moved to 1-0-2 this season while Yakima got their first point and are 0-2-1.
The Artesians and the EPLWA take a break for Memorial Day but will return to action at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at Black Hills High School on Saturday, June 2nd against the Spokane Shadow. First kick is set for 6:00 PM.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host Yakima United on Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night on Saturday, May 19th. The undefeated Artesians will give youth soccer players a $2 discount on their ticket when they wear their youth soccer jersey and players will get to accompany the teams on to the field during introductions and play on the field during halftime. First kick at Wembley Field at Black Hills High School is set for 6:00 PM.
The Artesians enter week three of the EPLWA season at 1-0-1 with four points and sit atop the Coastal Division ahead of the Seattle Stars and Vancouver Victory. Goalkeeper JJ Olson was named the EPLWA Defensive Player of the Week after making six saves against Seattle on Sunday. Olson has allowed just one goal in each game and has 16 saves in 180 minutes this season.
The defense has been solid in front of Olson, but Oly Town will be without defender TJ O’Connor for the next few weeks when he travels to play on the All-Air Force Soccer Team. Another Artesian, Alan Ibarra, is currently in training camp with the All-Army Soccer Team along with former Artesian Andy Hyres
Christian Segovia has scored a goal in each game this season and Daniel Gonzalez scored his first goal of the season on Sunday, a header that proved to be the game winner. JT Meyer and Charlie Spurr each have assists in the early going.
Yakima United is 0-2-0 going into their only meeting against the Artesians this season. They dropped a 1-0 decision at home to Columbia Division rival Tri-Cities Alliance last Saturday, and fell to the Victory, 2-1, in their season opener. Cesar Rodriguez scored their lone goal of the season and Briskans Shibale got the assist for the Hoppers. The Artesians went 1-0-1 against Yakima last season, drawing with them 1-1 in the season opener in Olympia and taking home a 3-1 win in Yakima.
Tickets for Saturday are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years old, military and seniors, and kids under 5 are free. Kids in their youth soccer uniform get in for $2 off. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or take care of it early by purchasing at www.olytownfc.com/tickets. Fans and kids are encouraged to arrive early to take part in the pre-game introductions.
Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson was named the Evergreen Premier League’s Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, following a six save performance in Oly’s 2-1 win over the Seattle Stars on Sunday afternoon at Black Hills High School.
“JJ made a several critical saves early in the second half,” said Artesians head coach Matt Herrera. “Both teams were affected by the heat and the long break after the injury, but JJ kept his focus and secured our first win of the season.”
Olson has been a constant presence for the Artesians, both indoor and outdoor. He has played in 13 of Oly’s 16 EPLWA games, and has been the primary keeper over the past two seasons for the WISL squad.
The Evergreen Premier League today announces the honorees of the second week of play with the #HometownSoccer Players of the Week awards for May 13, 2018. Washington Premier FC’s JJ Schmeck (offense) and Oly Town FC goalkeeper JJ Olson (defense) were voted by league head coaches and general managers as worthy of note for their standout contributions to their sides.
JJ Schmeck (Edmonds CC, Tacoma Stars Reserves) began the second half of play on Sunday against Vancouver Victory just like all his Washington Premier FC mates did- wondering what might need to be done to break up a 0-0 deadlock. The rest is told in the final stats – Schmeck scored two goals and assisted on a third as WPFC pulled away to win big 4-0 and remain unbeaten in 2018.
JJ Olson (St. Martin’s) was ready when the Artesians needed him most. A 2-0 Oly Town…