Artesians See Stars in 15-2 Knockout in Tacoma

Final

Tacoma Stars 15, Oly Town Artesians 2
Tacoma Soccer Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Artesians (2-4-0 WISL) 2 0 0 0 2
Stars (5-0-0 WISL) 2 4 3 6 15

TACOMA, Wash. – For the first 15 minutes, the Oly Town Artesians and Tacoma Stars played an even game. But after Joey Gjertsen took advantage of a turnover in front of the Artesians’ net to put Tacoma up 3-2 in the first minute of the second quarter, Oly saw nothing but Stars. Tacoma scored 13 unanswered goals and didn’t give up any more to stay undefeated with a 15-2 win on Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

Kyle Wiese and Dyson Fowler answered the bell for the Artesians and each scored their first goals of the season. Wiese tied the game up at one when he found himself in the right spot after a shot just to the left of the goal rebounded right to him. Fowler then tied the game at two with 18 seconds left in the first quarter. It would be the last goal that Stars keeper Aaron Anderson would surrender.

Gjertsen, an Evergreen State grad that went on to play for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, put the Stars ahead for good, 3-2, 30 seconds into the second quarter. He scored three more times – once at the end of the first half and twice in a six goal fourth quarter for the Stars. Nate Ford recorded a hat trick and JJ Schmeck added a brace with both goals coming in the last minute of the game when the wheels had completely come off for the Artesians.

Anderson, the Western Indoor Soccer League’s top goalkeeper, allowed just two goals before Christopher Kintz recorded a clean sheet over the final 15 minutes for the Stars. Tacoma improved to 5-0-0 and will travel to winless Arlington next week.

The Artesians lost their third straight game and fell to 2-4-0, good enough for fourth place with six points in the five team WISL. They travel to Wenatchee on Saturday, January 17th to take on the third place Wenatchee Fire (2-3-1, 7 points) at 7:30 PM. They will return home on Saturday, January 24th for a friendly against the Oly Indoor All-Stars at 6:00 PM before they finish off the WISL regular season by hosting Arlington on January 31st.

SUMMARY
Oly Town Artesians (2-4-0) vs. Bellingham United (5-0-0)
 Date: 1/10/2015 Location: Tacoma Soccer Center

Goals by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
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 Oly Town.............2  0  0  0   2
 Tacoma...............2  4  3  6   15

SCORING:
Oly Town Artesians
 Kyle Wiese..............7:22 - 1st Quarter | (1-1)
 Dyson Fowler............0:18 - 1st Quarter | (2-2)

Tacoma Stars
 Nate Ford...............8:38 - 1st Quarter | (1-0)
 Adam West...............3:51 - 1st Quarter | (2-1)
 Joey Gjertsen..........14:30 - 2nd Quarter | (3-2)
 Derek Johnson...........3:08 - 2nd Quarter | (4-2)
 Kyle Danielson..........1:12 - 2nd Quarter | (5-2)
 Joey Gjertsen...........0:06 - 2nd Quarter | (6-2)
 Nate Ford..............10:37 - 3rd Quarter | (7-2)
 Nate Ford...............2:51 - 3rd Quarter | (8-2)
 Cam Vickers.............0:46 - 3rd Quarter | (9-2)
 Vincent McCluskey......13:43 - 4th Quarter | (10-2)
 Joey Gjertsen...........7:47 - 4th Quarter | (11-2)
 Byron Conforti..........5:00 - 4th Quarter | (12-2)
 Joey Gjertsen...........1:22 - 4th Quarter | (13-2)
 JJ Schmeck..............0:51 - 4th Quarter | (14-2)
 JJ Schmeck..............0:09 - 4th Quarter | (15-2)

Goalkeepers:
Oly Town - Mauricio Sanchez (30 minutes), Clint Lothrop (30 minutes)
Tacoma - Aaron Anderson (45 minutes), Christopher Kintz (15 minutes)
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