Artesians Wrap Preseason With 1-1 Draw

TJ O’Connor on defense

The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 1-1 draw against Saint Martin’s University on Saturday afternoon in Lacey. Collin Tate scored the lone goal for the Artesians on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half and Brad Hanson kept the Artesians level with six saves in a spot start.

After a scoreless first half, Tino Pantaleon earned the Artesians a penalty kick after being tripped in the box by the Saints’ Jason Fairhurst. Collin Tate stepped up and buried the penalty to give Oly a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half.

Jason Fairhurst scores for SMU

Ten minutes later, Fairhurst made up for his foul on Pantaleon and slipped one past Hanson to tie the game 1-1. Both teams had good chances over the final 20 minutes and the Saints made a strong push late in the game to break the tie, but the Artesians held on for the draw.

Christian Segovia

The Artesians wrapped up the preseason with a 4-2-1 record and will open the Evergreen Premier League season next Saturday at home against the Seattle Stars. First kick at Black Hills High School on May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Night is set for 6:00 PM. There will be a Star Wars costume contest, all kids in costumes can walk out with the players, Star Wars trivia, the giant soccer ball at halftime, soccer darts, and much more. Tickets are available at http://www.olytownfc.com/tickets.