The Oly Town Artesians scored a stoppage time penalty kick equalizer to take the game to kicks from the spot, but PacNW picked up the win in PKs to move on to the EPLWA semifinals. Max Hauser scored once and added an assist and Alec Zimmerman scored the opening goal in the quarterfinal battle on Friday night at Black Hills High School. Oly Photo’s Steve Schmidt was there and delivers this playoff photo gallery.Click here to see full gallery
OLYMPIA, Wash. – After a successful regular season, the Oly Town Artesians play host to Pacific Northwest Soccer Club on Friday, July 16th at 8:00 PM in the quarterfinals of the Evergreen Premier League playoffs. It is the first time that the Artesians have hosted a playoff game since joining the league in 2017. Tickets for the clash are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids, seniors and military and can be purchased at the gate at Black Hills High School. The winner of Friday’s game will face either Everett or Tacoma Narrows in the semifinals on Sunday.
The Artesians finished the regular season with a 3-2-1 and tied on points with Tacoma Narrows with 10. But Tacoma’s 3-0 win gave them the tiebreaker in the standings, so the Artesians are the #2 team out of the EPLWA’s South Division and will face the #3 team from the North, PacNW. Oly is led by Evergreen State product Max Hauser’s three goals and two assists this season. Six other players have each scored one goal apiece. Olympia High School alum and Northwest Nazarene goalkeeper Sawyer Price has started all six league games and sports a 1.22 goals against average in his second year with the Artesians.
Oly Town will have to stop the EPLWA’s all-time leading scorer and 2021 Golden Boot winner, Tyler Bjork. The longtime league veteran scored six goals this season for an otherwise young, but talented PacNW squad that went 2-3-1 in the North. Just two other players scored goals for them this season with two Saint Mary’s University Gaels, Tyler Hardin and Andrew Rotter, rounding out the scoring with two goals each. Cam Welty recorded one shutout in goal for the Tukwila based club.
Super Cup Semifinals Recap: The Artesians took a 2-0 lead at The Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle on Wednesday night but Sporting International roared back with three straight goals to advance to the Washington State Super Cup Finals with a 3-2 victory.
Joe DiCarlo opened the scoring after a foul by Sporting just outside of the box in the 13th minute. DiCarlo’s free kick was perfectly placed and Oly took a 1-0 lead. Alec Zimmerman then made it a 2-0 lead after a throw in from Max Hauser found him on the right side with a lot of room to work with and he fired a shot past the goalkeeper in the 35th minute.
Oly’s bend-but-don’t-break defense seemed to be cruising along until the very last play of the first half when Sporting struck to cut the lead to one. After the break, Sporting seemed to flip a switch and dominated possession for the final 45 cashing in on the equalizing goal in the 55th minute and the game winner in the 75th to send them to the finals where they will face Washington Premier.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jason Fairhurst scored an early first half goal and added another in the second half to lead the Oly Town Artesians to a 4-1 Washington State Super Cup win over the Harbor Force on Wednesday night.
The Artesians opened the game on the front foot, pushing the Harbor Force defense with Trevor Thompson making multiple runs up the left side and sending balls into the box to Oly Town forwards, just barely missing the target a couple of times early. Then, just seven minutes in, Jason Fairhurst broke through down the right side off a nice pass by Joe DiCarlo and fired a shot past the Harbor keeper for the first Artesians goal of the Cup.
Oly kept the pressure on after the goal and could have had a couple more if not for the brave play of Harbor goalkeeper Daniel Bustos. The Force started to ask some questions of the Artesians defense late in the first half but they held strong behind a pair of saves by keeper Carlos Rodriguez and the half came to end with Oly up 1-0.
The second half started just as the first half started with Oly pushing hard offensively. In the 51st minute, Fairhurst dribbled into the box but Bustos came to meet him in traffic and knocked the ball away, but Allen Escalante gathered on the 18 and fired the ball into the open net to put the Artesians up 2-0.
Just four minutes later, Thompson, a senior at River Ridge High School, streaked down the left side and sent a ball across the front of goal, past Bustos, and straight into the path of Fairhurst who touched it home for his second goal of the game.
Harbor’s lone goal came just moments later when Trevor Jensen popped a ball into the middle to Brandt Kelly, who took a couple of dribbles and shot from the top of the box into the top left corner past a diving Rodriguez to make it 3-1.
Oly finished the game off when Angel Trejo-Delgado was taken down by a sliding Bustos in the box on a breakaway and was rewarded with a penalty kick. He stepped up and fired it past a diving keeper to make it 4-1 and wrap up the Cup win for the Artesians.
The win advances Oly Town to Round 2 of the Super Cup. They will host the winner of the Cultures United/Seattle Lone Star game that will be played this weekend. The date and time of the Round 2 match will be announced next week. Next up for the Artesians is a women’s and men’s doubleheader at Black Hills on Saturday, June 5th.
May 26th at Black Hills High School. First kick is set for 7:00 PM.
GOALS: ’7 – Oly Town – Fairhurst (DiCarlo), ’51 – Oly Town – Escalante, ’55 – Oly Town – Fairhurst (Thompson), ’57 – Harbor – Kelly (Jensen), ’88 – Oly Town – Trejo-Delgado (PK)
DISCIPLINE: ’88 – Harbor – Bustos (Yellow)
Oly Town Lineup: 33 – Carlos Rodriguez (GK), 2 – Manny Nicasio, 7 – Jake Zimmerman (’66), 8 – Allen Escalante, 10 – Jason Fairhurst (’66), 11 – Alec Zimmerman (’71), 12 – Trevor Thompson, 13 – Collin LeBranche, 15 – Jordan Zimmerman, 17 – Joe DiCarlo, 18 – Max Hauser
Subs: 1 – Sawyer Price, 4 – Amri Mwenyeheri (’66), 5 – Dakota Seddon, 6 – Connor Desmond, 9 – Angel Trejo-Delgado (’66), 14 – Nate Boatright (’71), 16 – Pablo Ramos