Artesians at The Evergreen State College Pavilion | Photo: Ryan Perkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On Saturday, December 20th, The Artesians hosted their first match of the season against Oly-Pen Force. The Artesians came out strong and just four minutes into the game goals were scored by Alex Vogt and Kasey Sidor which built a 2-0 lead before Grant Larson from Oly-Pen made it 2-1 with just 3:12 left in the first quarter. 

Oly-Pen fought to tie up the game in the second quarter. Not only were they successful in doing so, Oly-Pen fought hard and scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the second half, taking the lead for the first time in the game 4-2. In a power play, Collin Labranche capitalized and scored on a ball from Nick Meija.

Without skipping a beat, moments later Oly Town answered again with a goal from Mitchell Balmer with just three minutes left in the second quarter. Oly Town defended their goal during a power play and headed into halftime 4-4! 

A defensive third quarter led to just one goal from each team. Oly-Pen scored first on a power play. Oly Town second, on a goal from Andreas Malunat. This concluded the quarter leaving both teams going into the fourth quarter 5-5.

Oly Town kicked off the fourth quarter with a goal from Kasey Sidor, his second of the night. Just seconds later, Brady Vernik from Oly-Pen smashed one in, keeping the game 6-6 with 9:13 left in the fourth.

Oly Town exploded for a pair of goals, one from goalkeeper Nate Salveson and one from Joshua Dube on a ball in from Salveson. This gave the Artesians an 8-6 lead with five minutes left in the game.

The game wasn’t over yet. With just over a minute left, Oly-Pen tied up the match 8-8! The game came down to the wire, but Nick Meija placed one into the back of the net with 30 seconds left in the game. Oly Town went up 9-8 and recorded their first win of the season.

The Artesians will look for their second win the weekend after Thanksgiving when they travel to Bellingham to play Bellingham United on Saturday, December 4th.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Alex Vogt, Kasey Sidor (2), Collin Labranche, Mitchell Balmer, Andreas Malunat, Nate Salveson, Joshua Dube, Nick Meija.

Artesians at Tacoma Sports Center | Photo: Ryan Perkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Coming off of a loss last week, Oly town came out strong Saturday night against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Two goals were scored by Collin Tate and one from Sebastian Lyons. Unfortunately, three goals was not enough, and the Tacoma Stars Reserves registered a 4-3 win. This loss dropped the Artesians to 0-2-0.

Oly town struck first with a power play between Sebastian Lyons and Nate Murphy shortly into the first quarter. Steve Mohn answered back or the stars tying up the game 1-1.

With one minute left in the first quarter, Oly town took the lead 2-1 with a goal from defender Collin Tate.

The Stars came out hungry in the second quarter scoring two goals back to back in the twelfth minute leaving Oly Town down 2-3 going into halftime.

Veteran goalkeeper JJ Olson was substituted out with last year’s league winning Bellingham goalkeeper Nate Salveson.

A scoreless third quarter was finished with a Tacoma Stars Reserves power play, but no result.

Tacoma Reserves struck a goal when AJ Nitzel received a pass right in front of the goal from Edward National. Collin Tate struck back with an assist from Nick Mejia for his second goal of the night, bringing the score back to a competitive 3-4 with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

The game came down to the wire. 2:38 left in the game, a boarding foul lands a Blue for Oly town. Despite The Stars attempting two power plays in the last few minutes, Oly town did not step down and allow any more goals in.

The Artesians will look to rebound on Saturday, November 20th, when they host their first home game of the season at The Evergreen State College Pavilion against Oly-Pen Force. First Kick is set for 7PM.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Sebastian Lyons, Collin Tate (2).

Oly vs snohomish
Artesians at Snohomish Sports Dome | Photo: Western Indoor Soccer League

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians kicked off their indoor season last Saturday night when they faced off against the Snohomish Steelheads at the Snohomish Sports Dome. They put up a battle in the first half, but the Steelheads rallied for 3 goals in the second half to take a 7-4 victory in their Western Indoor Soccer League debut.

Collin Tate got the Artesians off on the right foot, opening the scoring early in the first quarter. But by the end of the quarter, Oly Town faced a setback as the Steelheads took the lead 2-1 with goals from Glenn Paden and Bryce Coffin.

Oly town got one back to kick off the second quarter when Alex Vogt fed the ball to Nate Murphey, tying up the game 2-2. Unfortunately, Tacoma struck back and pushed two past Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson when Cristiano Whitaker fed a perfect ball to Andrew Escalante ramping up the score 3-2. And a pass from Devin Shull, allowed Cristiano Whitaker to push the lead 4-2 for the Steelheads.

The Artesians fought back, and with a ball in from Mitchel Balmer, Marcos Borja snuck a goal in right before the half which brought the score to 4-3 keeping the game competitive going into the second half.

“I thought it was a very even match-up. They have a handful of very experienced indoor players paired with the fact it is always challenging to go to someone else’s arena. In the end, the game was decided by power plays.” Said head coach Nate Boatright.

Veteran goal keeper JJ Olson confirmed the gameday competition.

“I thought we played well. Both teams were even in strength. This game showed us that as a team we have lots of things to work on.”

The Artesians added their fourth and final goal when goal keeper JJ Olson lead one off to Tombra Akrohodor. 

The final whistle blew and the Steelheads added a 7-4 victory to their books.

The Artesians will look to rebound next weekend in Tacoma against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Kick off is set for 6:30PM.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Colin Tate, Nate Murphey, Marcos Borja, Tombra Akrohodor.