OLYMPIA, Wash. – For the second time this season, two Oly Town Artesians have been named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. JT Meyer earned his first Offensive POTW award with his two goal effort against Tri-Cities on Saturday and Marcos Borja won his first Defensive POTW for his work in keeping the Alliance off of the scoreboard in Oly’s 4-0 win over the Alliance.
It didn’t take long for Timberline High School alum JT Meyer to score his first goal, and what proved to be the game winning goal, in Saturday’s game. Just five minutes in, he received a pass from Nate Boatright, made a move and calmly buried the shot. Then, in a three goal barrage midway through the second half, he added an insurance goal that put the Artesians up 4-0. The Whitworth University product became the fourth player in Oly Town history to record a brace and is now the career goals leader for the outdoor side with five. Meyer shares the POTW award with Bellingham’s Georg Cholewa, who also recorded a brace for the Hammers.
Marcos Borja has been a key component of the strong Artesians defense and played a fantastic game in Oly’s 4-0 win over his hometown Tri-Cities Alliance. The Evergreen State College senior has started every game and is second only to goalkeeper JJ Olson in minutes, playing in 483 of 540 possible minutes this season. The Kennewick native helped keep Oly’s first clean sheet of the season, and did so against his older brother, the Alliance’s Sam Borja.
Meyer and Borja earned the fourth and fifth awards for the Artesians this season. Olson was honored for his effort in goal in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Stars on May 13th and then Daniel Gonzalez and Crisantos Chavez swept the awards after a 4-1 win over Spokane on June 2nd. Oly is 3-1-2 this season with 11 points. They sit four points behind Coastal Division leader Seattle with one game in hand and are one point behind the Vancouver Victory for the Wild Card spot with four games left to play.
The Artesians take this weekend off but will return home for their final regular season home game on Saturday, June 30th against the Vancouver Victory. It is Fan Appreciation Night with plenty of prizes and giveaways to Oly’s fantastic supporters. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 6:00 PM and tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.
Vancouver, WA – A surprise thunderstorm parked itself over Harmony Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon and after multiple 30 minute lightning delays and no relief in sight, the decision was made to postpone the match between the Oly Town Artesians and the Vancouver Victory. The game will be rescheduled.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – JT Meyer scored twice and the Oly Town Artesians scored three goals in four minutes midway through the second half to roll to a 4-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Oly goalkeeper JJ Olson made five saves and recorded his first clean sheet of the season and the Artesians improved to 3-1-2 with 11 points this season.
Meyer started the game off right when he received a pass from Nate Boatright, made a couple of moves in front of the goal, and buried his shot past Alliance keeper Tonio Gonzalez to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead, one that they would not relinquish.
After the opening goal, both teams struggled in midfield and allowed good opportunities and Tri-Cities dominated possession for the last ten minutes of the half. Jason Rodriguez had the best opportunity but banged one off the post in the 31st minute, and the Lions could not get on the board before heading into the break.
They continued to hold the advantage for the first ten minutes of the second half, but then a switch flipped for the Artesians and it was a completely different game from then on. Sebastian Lyons started the goal-splosion with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute, and then moments later, Nigel El-Sokkary got behind the Tri-Cities defense on a counter attack and scored his first goal in his Oly Town debut. El-Sokkary, The Olympian’s 2016 All-Area Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year, was a late addition to the roster after Angel Trejo-Delgado was unable to play due to injury.
Meyer earned his brace just three minutes later on another counter attack, and Oly continued to put on the pressure for the final 30 minutes and were able to keep Tri-Cities off the board for their first clean sheet of the season.
The win moved Oly into second place in the Coastal Division with 11 points and to within one point of the division leading Seattle Stars. They are now two points ahead of the Vancouver Victory in the division and they will make a quick turnaround and travel to the Harmony Sports Complex to face the Victory tomorrow at 5:00 PM.
The Artesians will return home for the final regular season home game on Saturday, June 30th against the Vancouver Victory. First kick at Black Hills is set for 6:00 PM and tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.