PURDY, Wash. – Playing their first doubleheader weekend of the season and dealing with multiple injuries, the Oly Town Artesians suffered a 2-1 loss to the Olympic Force on Sunday afternoon at Roy Anderson Field.
Angel Trejo-Delgado put the Artesians up 1-0 in the 35th minute with a shot from the top of the box that got past Force keeper Cole Weaver. The scoreline held and Oly took the one goal lead into the halftime break.
But a rough stretch in the first seven minutes of the second half doomed the Artesians. It started with Izzy De Luna – in his first match with the Force after ending his season with the Kitsap Pumas the night before – taking advantage of what looked like an uncalled foul on Collin Tate outside the box and slotting one past Artesians keeper Bradley Hanson. Four minutes later, it was former Artesian Mitchell Balmer who streaked down the right side and buried what proved to be the game winner.
The Artesians had multiple opportunities throughout the game to add to their goal total, but heavy legs appeared to be a problem and they were just unable to put anything in the back of the net. They fell to 4-2-2 overall this season with two games left to play.
Bradley Hanson played admirably in the loss, making seven saves, with just a tough four minutes for the defense in front of him the only blemishes. Hanson made his first start of the season after playing 75 minutes the day before in relief of the injured JJ Olson.
Oly returns to action on Sunday, July 8th at the Washington Premier Fields in Puyallup against Washington Premier. First kick is scheduled for 5:00 PM.