Christian Segovia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their home slate on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss to Washington Premier South Sound FC. Isidro Prado-Huerta scored the lone goal of the game in the 72nd minute to lead the Shock to the victory and move them into third place in the Evergreen Premier League. JJ Olson made three saves for the Artesians in the loss.

South Sound outshot the Artesians 15-7 and Oly managed just one shot on goal over 90 minutes, a header by Kyle Witzel that went right into the hands of Shock keeper Mike Arguello. But the Artesians defense kept them in the game with just the one goal in the 72nd minute against them. Tyler John sent a cross into the box on a counter attack that Prado-Huerta was able to collect and finish for what proved to be the game winner.

The loss drops Oly Town to 4-6-3 in their inaugural season in the Evergreen Premier League. Home cooking did not treat the Artesians well. Between games at South Sound Stadium and Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College, they went just 1-4-2. On the road, they are 3-2-1 with one more opportunity against this same South Sound squad next Sunday at the Washington Premier Fields in Puyallup. First kick is set for 4:00 PM.

South Sound improved to 6-5-2 with the win and moved into third place in the EPLWA behind only the Seattle Stars and Bellingham United.

Oni Mayer wins a header | Photo: Jo Arlow

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians wrap up the home slate of their inaugural outdoor season on Sunday, July 23rd when Tacoma’s Washington Premier South Sound FC comes to town. First kick between these two teams who are separated by just one point in the Evergreen Premier League standings is set for 3:00 PM at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at The Evergreen State College.

Advanced tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets, and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and can accompany the Artesians onto the field during introductions. Pregame festivities start at 2:55. Tickets at the gate are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12 years old.

The Artesians enter the final two games of their first season in the EPLWA sitting at 4-5-3 overall with 15 points, just one point behind South Sound (5-5-1, 16 points). The Shock will take on the first place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia on Sunday. The Artesians and South Sound will then wrap up their seasons one week later with a rematch in Puyallup.

Oly Town is led by goalkeeper JJ Olson, who is tied for second in the EPLWA with two shutouts and has logged 889 minutes over 10 games this season. JT Meyer leads the team with three goals while Kyle Witzel has two goals since joining the club three games ago. Gabriele Zaccagnini racked up six assists before heading to Europe last week.

South Sound FC are a charter member of the EPLWA playing in their fourth season in the league and have been through an up and down 2017 campaign. They absolutely drilled the Stars 5-1 on May 7th, but have suffered losses to Olympic, Yakima and Spokane this season but are coming off of a 2-1 win over Vancouver last weekend. Isidro Prado-Huerto leads all Shock scorers with three goals.

This weekend’s game marks the first time that three Olympia brothers will take the field together. Jake Zimmerman, a senior at Evergreen, and Alec Zimmerman, a senior at Capital High School, have each logged major minutes for their hometown team and Jake’s goal in Bellingham led the Artesians to their first league victory. Meanwhile, their brother Jordan Zimmerman, a junior at Evergreen, has scored one goal in his time with South Sound despite spending the preseason with the Artesians. Jordan scored the first ever outdoor goal for Oly Town in a friendly against the Washington State Club Soccer team on April 1st.

It was one of the most physical games of the season and Oly Town FC was up to the task of keeping EPLWA goal king Tyler Bjork off of the board. Unfortunately, despite numerous opportunities, the Artesians could not break through and an early goal by Aty Taylor held up in a 2-0 Seattle Stars win on Saturday night at The Evergreen State College.

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The Artesians play their last home game of the season on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 PM against Washington Premier South Sound FC. Tickets are on sale now for just $6 in advance and kids in their youth soccer uniforms get in free. Purchase discounted tickets here.

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