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Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians play for a trophy on Friday night and then wrap up their 2019 season at home on Saturday in a huge weekend of soccer for Olympia’s soccer club. Additionally, Artesians forward Jason Fairhurst was named the Evergreen Premier League’s Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal effort in week 8.

The weekend gets underway on Friday night when the Artesians travel to the Washington Premier Soccer Complex to face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle in the inaugural championship game of the Washington State Super Cup. First kick is set for 7:00 PM and tickets are $5 at the gate.

In the first season of this new cup for elite men’s amateur soccer teams in Washington, the Artesians knocked off the ISC Gunners 7-0 and Grays Harbor 2-1 to advance to the Final. Nido Aguila beat PacNW in penalty kicks and then beat Kirkland FC 2-1 in the semifinals. They feature former Artesian coach Nate Salveson in goal and are still in a position for the Western Washington Premier League title.

Then on Saturday, the Artesians host PacNW SC in the season finale. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 6:00 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military and seniors.

Oly Town enters the game at 3-6-0 this season and has been eliminated from the playoff chase but can play spoiler with PacNW needing a win to clinch a playoff spot. PacNW features a couple of professional indoor soccer players with the Tacoma Stars in Cory Keitz and Vince McCluskey and are led by the current league leader in goals scored both this season and in a career, Tyler Bjork. Bjork has 62 regular season goals with three different teams: Bellingham United, Seattle Stars and now PacNW SC.

The Artesians are led by Jason Fairhurst, who was voted Evergreen Premier League Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal performance against Tri-Cities in last Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Alliance. The Snohomish native and Saint Martin’s junior has been outstanding this season tallying three goals in league play and two in Super Cup games while also setting up numerous opportunities for his teammates. Fairhurst is expected to be active for both games this weekend.

If fans cannot make it to the games this weekend, they will be livestreamed on the Artesians’ Facebook page with Brandon Sparks on the call. Visit FB.com/OlyTownFC to watch.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they head into the offseason and prepare for the Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host their Southwest Washington rival Grays Harbor Gulls on Wednesday in the semifinals of the inaugural Washington State Super Cup. First kick is set for 7:30 PM at Black Hills High School. Tickets are just $5 at the gate and the first 20 paying fans will receive a free Artesians scarf courtesy of Kevin Hayward State Farm. All Well Heads season ticket holders are free along with SPSCC, Saint Martin’s and Evergreen students with ID.

The first year of the Washington State Super Cup was open to all semi-pro soccer clubs across Washington State with nine clubs taking part this season. The Artesians knocked off the ISC Gunners of the Western Washington Premier League 7-0 in the quarterfinals with two goals from Saint Martin’s forward Jason Fairhurst and single goals by Neil Boyal, Angel Trejo-Delgado, Manny Nicasio, Christian Segovia and Geovanny Vazquez. Sawyer Price registered the shutout in goal.

Meanwhile, the Grays Harbor Gulls – another WWPL squad – knocked off the Harbor Force 2-0 to advance to Wednesday’s game and are riding a four-game winning streak between their league games and the Super Cup. They are led by Juan Oropeza’s three goals and three assists this season, but he is not eligible for Wednesday’s game because he received two yellow cards in the previous game. Alex Pugadelarosa and Oropeza scored in their Super Cup win and Alex Arias chipped in two assists.

This is the first competitive match between the Artesians and Gulls. The two teams met in a practice game two weeks ago with Oly Town jumping out to a 3-0 lead before making an almost entire team change at halftime and allowing two early second half goals before regaining control and taking the 3-2 win.

For those not able to attend, the game will be webcast by the Artesians Network on the Oly Town FC Facebook page. The winner of Wednesday’s contest will move on to the Super Cup Final to be played on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup.

After the Super Cup game, the Artesians get a weekend off before travelling to Yakima and Seattle on the June 29th and 30th. The next home Evergreen Premier League game is on Saturday, July 6th when the Tri-Cities Alliance hit the capital city. It’s a 6:00 PM first kick and tickets are available now at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

Manny Nicasio and Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonia Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians return to Evergreen Premier League play when they host Cascade Conference rival Bellingham United on Sunday afternoon at Black Hills High School. Coming off of a 7-0 Washington State Super Cup victory and playing their first league game with new head coach Tom Boatright, the Artesians will look to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Hammers in week one and take a step forward in the conference playoff race.

Tickets for the game are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military and first responders, and free for kids under 5. We will have Cinco De Mayo serving concessions, the inflatable soccer dart board, the giant soccer ball for kids at halftime, games and prizes including Well 80 Brewhouse gift cards and more. You can purchase tickets at the gate or online at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

The Artesians enter Sunday’s game following a 3-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance in Pasco in their last league game on May 19th. They then knocked off the ISC Gunners 7-0 last Sunday in the Washington Super Cup quarterfinals. Oly started EPLWA play 0-3-0 despite outplaying their opponents for a good portion of each game including a stoppage time 2-1 loss to Bellingham in their first road game of the season.

Surafel Wodajo leads Oly Town with two goals but the Artesians have spread out the scoring in EPLWA play with five other goal scorers. Jason Fairhurst scored twice in the Cup game and Manny Nicasio has provided an offensive spark, scoring once in league play, once in an Artesians Reserves game and once against ISC on Sunday. Defensively, Collin LaBranche was named EPLWA Defensive Player Of The Week for his performance against the Alliance and JJ Olson registered the shutout in goal.

Bellingham United leads the EPLWA’s Cascade Conference with 10 points and are undefeated with three wins and one draw so far. They host the second place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia. The Hammers added a nice offensive piece this season with former EPLWA Goal King Eleazar Galvan joining them. He has three goals through four games to lead Bellingham. Goalkeeper Hector Rodriguez registered a shutout in last week’s 0-0 draw against Tri-Cities last Sunday.

Stay up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.