The Oly Town Artesian men were the only ones to score in the 90 minute time frame during last Saturday’s USL League Two Match up against Eugene, Oregon’s Lane United. Jason Fairhurst got things going with the matches first goal after a pass from Alec Zimmerman subsequently put Oly on the board in the 51st minute. The crowd was a record for Oly Town and the drums, stadium horns and cheers were loud for Fairhurst and the Artesians.
During stoppage time in the 92nd minute though 3 points slipped away from Oly Town as Lane Goalkeeper Albert Escuin came all the way into the penalty box to get into a rare offensive position with no time left. The ball got loose off a great near post save by Sawyer Price in front of the goal and Escuin tapped the ball in to save Lane United from a loss and coming away with 1 point.
The tie moved Oly Town up the standings into 4th Place out of 6 teams in their inaugural USL2 Season. The win would’ve put the Artesians into 3rd place. Oly Town had great efforts across the field including solid play from Neil Boyal, Manny Nicasio and Alec Zimmerman.
“Outstanding play from Neil Boyal, he was great with maintaining possession, but his hard nosed defending was critical for us to win the ball back immediately” said USL2 Head Coach Jason Smith.
This weeks USL2 Match has a quick turnaround this Thursday July 7th as Tied for First Place Ballard FC comes to Olympia once again in another in-state rivalry showdown. The last time the two teams met it was a 1-1 draw.
The Thursday 7PM game will feature Seattle Sounders Legend Lamar Neagle as local fans will get the opportunity to brush elbows with the local soccer star. The MASL Tacoma Stars (Major Arena Soccer League) will also be at the game meeting with fans and kids and their Reserves team will be honored at halftime for their Western Indoor Soccer League Championship win. The club will also be honoring the Women’s Program for taking home the Title for the Northwest Premier League. Fans can come with flowers, bouquets and meet the squad.
This is the final Oly Town USL Soccer Game of 2022 in Olympia with all kinds of great surprises, prizes and fun. Tickets and information are available at olytownfc.com and can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates!
Tickets are $12 for Adults and $8 for Youth. Dancing Goats Coffee, Mi Pueblo Tacos and Kona Ice will be on hand for fans and families to enjoy food and drink at Thursday Nights Game at Black Hills High School.