Artesians Taste Victory for the First Time in Franchise History


Oly Town Artesians 10, Wenatchee Fire 8
Olympia Indoor Soccer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Fire (1-1-1 WISL) 1 4 1 2 8
Artesians (1-1-0 WISL) 1 6 3 0 10

TUMWATER, Wash. – Matt Stalnik’s hat trick and a pair of goals from both Greg Wolfe and Nate Salveson led the Oly Town Artesians to the first win in franchise history, a 10-8 victory over the Wenatchee Fire on Saturday night at Olympia Indoor Soccer.

In a brutal first fifteen minutes that saw four blue cards issued to the two teams, Matt Stalnik started the scoring for the Artesians midway through the first quarter with a power play goal on an assist by Luke Chouinard. Minutes later, on another power play, the Wenatchee Fire got on the board thanks to a Josh Alvarez goal with 5:15 left in the quarter. The two teams went to the first break knotted up at one.

But the floodgates opened in a wild second quarter that saw 10 goals scored. Stalnik started it off again with a screamer that found the back of the net with just 50 seconds gone in the period. But Wenatchee would take their only lead of the game behind goals by Matthew Stefanko at the 13:30 mark and another goal by Alvarez with 12:20 left in the quarter.

Down 3-2, the Artesians went on a four goal run to take the lead for good. Nate Salveson started the run with a goal off of a free kick with 10:37 left in the second quarter. Greg Wolfe scored at the 7:40 mark and less than a minute later, Martin Ramirez got on the score sheet to put the Artesians up 5-3. Wolfe scored again on a pass off the boards from Salveson to extend the Artesians lead to 6-4.

Juan Barboza scored a power play goal for the Fire at the 2:13 mark of the second and then Oly and Wenatchee traded goals in the final minute, the first an Artesians goal by Salveson. Then Wenatchee’s Alex Espinoza finally finished off a crazy second quarter with 23 seconds left and Oly went to the locker room with a 7-5 lead.

Once again, Stalnik started the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the period off an assist by Ramirez to put the Artesians up 8-4. Wenatchee answered back with a goal by Yonathan Rodriguez with 11 minutes left in the third but Mike Rancipher and Brady Espinoza each tallied the only other goals of the quarter and Oly took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

Goals by Mauricio Perez and Hernan Menoza got the Fire to within two with eight minutes left but Artesians goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez made amazing save after amazing save the rest of the way and Oly held on 10-8 for their first ever franchise victory. Sanchez finished the night with 23 saves and was fantastic between the pipes despite the eight goals against.

The Artesians moved to 1-1-0 (3 points) while the Wenatchee Fire dropped to 1-1-1 (4 points). Oly Town takes their first road trip of the season when they visit the Arlington Aviators on Saturday, December 13th while Wenatchee plays host to first place Tacoma.

Oly Town Artesians (1-1-0) vs. Tacoma Stars (1-1-1)
 Date: 12/6/14 Location: Olympia Indoor Soccer

Goals by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
 Wenatchee............1  4  1  3   8
 Oly Town............ 1  6  3  0  10

 Oly Town Artesians:
 Matt Stalnik.........7:15 - 1st Quarter | (1-0) - Assist: Chouinard
 Matt Stalnik........14:50 - 2nd Quarter | (2-1)
 Nate Salveson.......10:37 - 2nd Quarter | (3-3)
 Greg Wolfe...........7:40 - 2nd Quarter | (4-3)
 Martin Ramirez.......7:02 - 2nd Quarter | (5-3)
 Greg Wolfe...........4:04 - 2nd Quarter | (6-3) - Assist: Salveson
 Nate Salveson........0:57 - 2nd Quarter | (7-4) - Assist: Sumlin
 Matt Stalnik........14:40 - 3rd Quarter | (8-5) - Assist: Ramirez
 Mike Rancipher.......9:37 - 3rd Quarter | (9-6)
 Brady Espinoza.......1:04 - 3re Quarter | (10-6)

Wenatchee Fire:
 Josh Alvarez.........5:31 - 1st Quarter | (1-1)
 Joel Villa..........13:30 - 2nd Quarter | (2-2)
 Matthew Stefanko....12:20 - 2nd Quarter | (3-2)
 Juan Barboza.........2:13 - 2nd Quarter | (4-6)
 Alex Espinoza........0:23 - 2nd Quarter | (5-7)
 Yonathan Rodriguez..11:00 - 3rd Quarter | (6-8)
 Mauricio Perez......13:10 - 4th Quarter | (7-10)
 Hernan Mendoza.......8:20 - 4th Quarter | (8-10)

 Mauricio Sanchez (Oly Town).....23
 Jorge Villegas (Wenatchee)..... 19

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