SNOHOMISH, Wash. – Lily Dose scored twice in her Oly Town Artesians debut and Leah Magee added a goal and two assists but the Snohomish Skyhawks scored three times in the second quarter and added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to outlast the Artesians, 7-5, at the Snohomish Soccer Dome on Saturday night.

The Artesians opened the scoring when Leah Magee laid a perfect pass on the break to 17 year-old Lily Dose, who slammed a shot past Snohomish keeper Kaitlin MacKenzie just 46 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. The Skyhawks answered with 8:59 left in the first when M’ily Morton scored to tie the game, 1-1. Magee gave the Artesians a 2-1 lead six minutes later but Snohomish again had an answer with Brooke Pingrey tying the game, 2-2, just before the end of the first quarter.

The Skyhawks opened up a two goal lead quickly in the second quarter, first breaking the tie and taking a 3-2 lead when Stephanie Hines found a weak spot in the Artesians’ defense at the 12:52 mark of the first quarter and then scoring a power play goal by Jillian Nicks to make it 4-2 with 10:25 left in the half after Oly was hit with their sixth foul and a blue card for foul accumulation. At the time, the Skyhawks were called for only one foul were only called for four fouls through the third quarter before picking up four fouls in the fourth quarter.

Maria Reyes got the Artesians to within a goal with six minutes left in the half off a restart by Aubrey Smith, but the Skyhawks answered again two minutes later on Maggie Tonkin’s first goal of the game and they took a 5-3 lead into the break.

Artesians starting goalkeeper Olivia Brock made a couple of fantastic saves on one-vs-one situations but there was nothing she could do about a handful of Snohomish’s goals. She was relieved by Emily Sorenson to start the second half and the Artesians defense got organized in front of her and held the Skyhawks scoreless in the third quarter. Dose scored her second goal and Magee got her second assist just 51 seconds into the second half and Oly Town went to the fourth quarter down by just a goal, 5-4.

But Snohomish opened the fourth on a nice combination that saw Nicks finish a pass by Sandra Osborn and the Skyhawks took a 6-4 lead just 21 seconds into the quarter. Oly killed a power play midway through the fourth but Tonkin scored her second goal to give the Skyhawks a 7-4 lead with 5:17 left. Snohomish finally committed their sixth foul and were given a blue card with 4:11 left, but MacKenzie and the Skyhawks killed the power play. Shannon McMahon made it a 7-5 game on a penalty shootout after being taken down with a clear path to the goal with 1:28 left, but it was too late and the Skyhawks held off the Artesians pressure to preserve the victory.

The win moved the Skyhawks to 1-1-0 while the Artesians fell to 1-1-0. Snohomish currently sits in second place with the head-to-head playoff tiebreaker.

The Artesians will travel to Tacoma on Saturday night to face first place Tacoma Narrows. First kick at the Tacoma Soccer Center is currently scheduled for 6:15.

Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Jillian Nicks (2), Maggie Tonkin (2), Stephanie Hines, M’ily Morton, Brooke Pingrey
Oly Town Artesians goals: Lily Dose (2), Leah Magee, Maria Reyes, Shannon McMahon

Leah Magee | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Shannon McMahon scored three goals in the fourth quarter and Leah Magee added two earlier goals to lead the Oly Town Artesians to their first women’s Western Indoor Soccer League win, 7-4 over the Oly-Pen Force, in front of a raucous crowd at The Pavilion on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, the Artesians men knocked off the Oly Legends 13-2 in the annual Austin Kelley Tribute Game that started a fantastic night for the Olympia soccer community.

Leah Magee made history on Saturday night when she scored the first goal in women’s WISL history and the first goal for the Artesians women with 2:14 left in the first quarter to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead. Oly-Pen answered back when Emily Wilkins scored with 9:18 left in the second quarter to tie it up, 1-1. But Oly Town goalkeeper Emily Sorenson and Oly-Pen keeper Akilah Austin kept the game all tied up at one at the break.

The Force struck first in the second half when Jules Bushaw scored a pass by Jess Haga moments after the Artesians were hit with a blue card. The power play goal gave the Force a 2-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Magee struck for a second time with 1:25 left in the third to tie the game up 2-2 and the two teams went into the fourth quarter all knotted up.

Shannon McMahon | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

On the first kick of the fourth quarter, Maria Reyes touched the restart to Shannon McMahon, who fired from midfield. The ball took a slight deflection off of an Oly-Pen defender and found the back of the net to give the Artesians a 3-2 lead, one that they would not relinquish. Just 15 seconds later, McMahon took the ball away from a Force player at midfield, took a couple dribbles in and then fired into the top right corner to give the Artesians a 4-2 lead just 21 seconds into the quarter.

Oly-Pen scored a shorthanded goal during an Artesians power play midway through the fourth quarter to make it 4-3, but McMahon struck again, her third of the quarter to give her the first hat trick in team and league history, to make it 5-3. Kate Gose and Niki Covert added goals down the stretch and the Artesians took home their first women’s win, 7-4.

Up next for the Artesians (1-0-0, 3 points) is a trip to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks, who fell in their first game 8-1 to Tacoma Narrows. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is set for 7:00 PM.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Shannon McMahon (3), Leah Magee (2), Kate Gose, Niki Covert
Oly-Pen Force goals: Emily Wilkins, Jules Bushaw, Mackenzie Palau, Jess Haga

Before the women’s game, the Artesians men and the Oly Legends, an all-star team of local soccer players including many former Artesians and professional players, paid tribute to Austin Kelley in the annual AK Game. Eli Boatright, Manny Nicasio and Christian Segovia each scored two goals in a 13-2 Artesians win. Steven Sharp scored in the second quarter for the Legends and Josh Phillips picked up a goal in the fourth quarter for the Legends.

After the game, the Artesians ownership group presented a portion of the proceeds to the Kelley Family and named the Josh Dube the recipient of the annual Austin Kelley Award for his commitment to the club and selfless play on the field. Matt Herrera was also given the first Owners Award for his contributions to the Artesians.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Manny Nicasio (2), Christian Segovia (2), Eli Boatright (2), Angel Trejo-Delgado, Andreas Malunat, Neil Boyal, Josh Dube, Collin Tate, Sebastian Lyons, Collin LaBranche
Oly Legends goals: Steven Sharp, Josh Phillips

TACOMA, Wash. – In a preview of next week’s Western Indoor Soccer League semfinals, the Oly Town Artesians cut a 3-0 Tacoma Stars Reserves lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to just a one goal game before a controversial non-call led to Tacoma’s fourth goal and stopped the Artesians’ momentum, and despite one of Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson’s best games, the Stars Reserves held on for a 4-2 win. The Artesians will be the #4 seed in the WISL playoffs and will make a return trip to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face the #1 seeded Stars Reserves next Saturday at 6:30 PM.

The Stars Reserves got on the board first when Nate Ford took a pass from himself off the wall and scored his 12th goal of the season to make it 1-0 late in the first quarter. Tacoma dominated possession for much of the first half but Olson kept them at bay with numerous saves before JJ Schmeck snuck a shot near post off of a quick restart to make it 2-0, and the Stars held that two goal lead heading into the half.

The Artesians nearly tied the game early in the third quarter when Angel Trejo-Delgado took a ball away from Mark Lee and got Tacoma goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf to bite on a pass off the wall to himself, leaving the goal wide open. But Stars Reserve defender Jeff Bader slid in at the last second to knock the shot away and deny Trejo-Delgado. Minutes later, Tacoma took a three goal lead after a quick restart caught the Artesians off guard and Micah Wenzel wheeled and found the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Oly Town broke the shutout three minutes into the fourth quarter when Collin LaBranche took a pass off the wall from Collin Tate and banged it past Greenleaf to make it 3-1. Four minutes later, Tate scored one of his own, making it a one goal game, 3-2, with 8:42 left to play. The Artesians kept the pressure on, threatening to tie the game multiple times over the next three minutes until Ford and Olson got tied up on a pass into the box by Adrian Correa and Bader took advantage of Olson being pulled down to stop the Artesians momentum and make it 4-2 with six minutes left to play. Oly kept the pressure on but weren’t able to break through and dropped the regular season finale, 4-2.

The win extended the Stars Reserves unbeaten streak to 22 games and they finished 9-0-1 this season. The Artesians dropped to 3-5-2, finishing fourth in the WISL, one point behind the #3 seed Snohomish Skyhawks. The Stars Reserves and Artesians will face each other again on the same field next Saturday in the WISL semfinals.

Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Nate Ford, JJ Schmeck, Micah Wenzel, Jeff Bader
Oly Town Artesians goals: Collin LaBranche, Collin Tate

Angel Trejo-Delgado and Collin Tate | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Down 4-3 going into the fourth quarter and needing a win in one of their final two regular season games against the top two teams in the league, the Oly Town Artesians rung the bell four times including the game tying and game winning goals by Angel Trejo-Delgado to knock off second place and two time Western Indoor Soccer League champion Bellingham United, 7-4, in front of a huge Youth Soccer Night crowd at The Pavilion.

The huge upset, coupled with a 10-5 loss by the Oly-Pen Force, clinched a playoff spot for the Artesians. They will face either Bellingham or the Tacoma Stars Reserves in the semifinals in two weeks.

Bellingham United struck first on Saturday night when Ivan Colin broke the ice with three minutes gone in the game. But the defensive intensity stepped up from there in front of Artesians keeper JJ Olson, who made some fantastic to keep it a one goal game early. Oly took a 2-1 lead after Manny Nicasio got a piece of a pass from Marcos Borja with 5:45 left in the first and David Cook headed one home at the 4:04 mark. But Richard Hendeson’s free kick just 30 seconds later tied the game at 2-2.

The two teams played an intense defensive second quarter, that included numerous blocked shots by defender Josh Dube, that ended scoreless and the teams went to the half all knotted up at 2-2.

The Hammers drew first blood in the second half when Uriel Herrera slipped one past Olson to make it 3-2 but the Artesians never let United get more than one goal ahead. Christian Segovia scored on a pass from Eli Boatright to tie it up at 3-3 before Chris Jepson gave Bellingham their last lead, 4-3, with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

But the fourth was all Oly Town. Angel Trejo-Delgado tied the game at 4-4 with 12:10 left to play slotting home a pass from Boatright and then scored what proved to be the game winner with ten minutes left, banging one past Bellingham goalkeeper and former Artesian Nate Salveson. Knowing they needed insurance against the dangerous Hammers, the Artesians got two insurance goals from Collin Tate and the defense held the top scoring team in the league scoreless over the final 15 minutes to secure the biggest upset in club history with a 7-4 win.

It is the first Western Indoor Soccer League win for the Artesians over Bellingham United, who previously were 11-0-0 against Oly Town. This is the first loss for Bellingham against someone other than the Tacoma Stars Reserves since December 17, 2016, when they fell 10-9 to the Olympic Force. And over the first six seasons of the Western Indoor Soccer League, Bellingham has only ever lost to the Tacoma Stars/Stars Reserves and that lone loss to the Olympic Force.

The Artesians will wrap up the regular season looking for another huge upset next week when they travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center to take on the Stars Reserves. First kick is set for 6:30. The Artesians will be on the road for their semifinal game on February 15th in either Tacoma or Bellingham.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Angel Trejo-Delgado (2), Collin Tate (2), Manny Nicasio, David Cook, Christian Segovia
Bellingham United goals: Ivan Colin, Richard Henderson, Uriel Herrera, Chris Jepson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly-Pen Force built a three goal lead twice in the third quarter before the Oly Town Artesians battled back but ultimately fell short in a 9-8 loss at The Pavilion on Saturday night. Alex Hernandez provided most of the offense for the Force scoring five times. Nate Boatright and Manny Nicasio chipped in with two goals each for the Artesians but couldn’t get the late equalizer and fell to 2-4-0 on the season.

Collin LaBranche got the Artesians going, scoring the opening goal early in the first quarter off a pass by Christian Segovia. Alex Hernandez tied the game with a minute left in the first and then scored two of the Force’s next three goals including one with 2:21 left in the second quarter that gave the Force a 4-3 lead, following Artesians goals by Jordan Zimmerman and Segovia that tied the game at 3-3. Marco Lopez’s strike a minute later gave the Force a 5-3 lead at the half.

James Salisbury opened the scoring in the third quarter with a goal just 30 seconds in to give the Force their first three goal lead. Manny Nicasio and Nate Boatright got it back to a one goal game, 6-5, Jaisen Zurfluh and Hernandez built the lead back to 8-5 with 2:50 left in the third. Boatright capped off a six goal quarter and sent the game to the fourth quarter with the Artesians trailing by two, 8-6.

Collin Tate got it back to a one goal contest with 12:04 left off of an assist by Boatright but Hernandez struck three minutes later with his fifth goal and what proved to be the game winner. Matt Stalnik replaced Hunter Bowman in goal for the Artesians to provide Oly Town with a sixth attacker and the strategy produced Nicasio’s second goal, who poked in the ball after being knocked down in front of the goal, but despite the extra man and a furious attack, the Force and goalkeeper Cole Weaver held off the Artesians to secure the 9-8 victory.

The loss dropped the Artesians to 2-4-0 while the Force improved to 2-4-0, but because of their 9-6 victory earlier in the season, Oly Town holds the playoff tiebreaker and remained in fourth place in the Western Indoor Soccer League.

The Artesians will get right back at it next Saturday, January 18th when they host the Snohomish Skyhawks. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years-old, seniors, military and first responders and the popular Well 80 Beer Garden will be open for fans 21 and over.

Josh Dube | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians took the undefeated defending champion Tacoma Stars Reserves to the brink on Saturday night, but their upset bid was held off in the last seconds in a 6-5 loss at The Pavilion at Evergreen. The Stars Reserves never trailed in the game but also never held more than a two goal lead and they gave up a season high five goals to the Artesians before extending their winning streak to 17 games.

The two teams started out strong in the first quarter, but Oly’s starting goalkeeper, JJ Olson, took a shot straight to the cheek and had to be removed from the game after five minutes of play. The experienced Stars Reserves managed to sneak three goals past backup Hunter Bowman, who made just his second appearance as an indoor keeper, and took a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

Olson returned to goal for the second quarter and Collin Tate got the Artesians to within one, 3-2, with a power play goal. But a long clearance that snuck out of bounds led to a free kick from the top of the circle that JJ Schmeck buried with 22 seconds left in the quarter to give Tacoma a 4-2 lead at the half.

Josh Dube made it a one goal game again, 4-3, early in the third quarter but the two defenses and two goalkeepers, Olson and Stars Reserves keeper Alek Greenleaf, played fantastic for the rest of the third quarter and well into the fourth quarter until Tacoma’s Adrian Correa made it 5-3 with 4:27 left to play. Manny Nicasio answered just 18 seconds later and got Oly to within one once again. But with the Artesians pressing to get the equalizer, a turnover led to what proved to be the game winner by Nate Ford with 2:46 left.

Oly brought on a sixth attacker late and Mitch Balmer’s goal with 24 seconds made it 6-5. Oly peppered Greenleaf with a series of shots in the final seconds but couldn’t get the equalizer and the young squad dropped a hard fought decision to a Reserves team full of players either currently signed to professional contracts with the Tacoma Stars or to former professionals, 6-5.

The loss dropped the much improved Artesians to a hard luck 2-3-0 after the Western Indoor Soccer League’s first half. They will play three of their final five games at home including the second half opener on Saturday, January 11th against the Oly-Pen Force. First kick for the first game of 2020 at The Pavilion is set for 6:35.

Tacoma, meanwhile, improved to 5-0-0 and they have not lost since they fell in the 2017-2018 championship game to Bellingham United.

Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Diego Aceves, Adrian Correa, Nate Ford, Mark Lee, Douglas Lima, JJ Schmeck
Oly Town Artesians goals: Mitch Balmer, Josh Dube, Manny Nicasio, Collin Tate, Esau Vazquez

Christian Segovia | Photo by Charis Wilson

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians held the high powered Bellingham United offense to their lowest score at the Bellingham Sportsplex this season, but were also held to their lowest score of the season by the Hammers defense in an 8-1 loss on Saturday night. Nick Cashmere scored three times and chipped in three assists for Bellingham in the win.

Bellingham got off on the right foot with a goal by Richard Henderson just 15 seconds into the first period, but the Artesians defense rallied and held the Hammers to just the one goal through the first 15 minutes. Nick Cashmere scored the first of his three goals 45 seconds into the second period and then assisted on Rene Caro’s power play goal at the 9:37 mark. JJ Olson made a series of fantastic saves, facing numerous shots, but Noe Betancourt Cruz scored with 2:49 left in the half to break the game wide open and give Bellingham a 4-0 lead at the break.

United scored goals in the first minute of the third and fourth quarters to go up 6-0 and then took advantage of the Artesians’ second foul accumulation penalty and a blue card for boarding to score a 5-on-3 power play goal and another goal just after the 5-on-4 power play expired to take an 8-0 lead with 10:42 left in the fourth quarter. Christian Segovia finally got the Artesians on the board with 4:26 left when he tucked a low dribbler through traffic and past Bellingham keeper Nate Salveson to avoid the shutout.

Oly Town was whistled for 15 fouls in the game and served three blue card penalties while Bellingham was called for just six fouls. The loss dropped Oly Town to 2-2-0 this season while Bellingham improved to 3-1-0.

The Artesians return home for their last game of the first half and last game of 2019 when they face the first place and defending champion Tacoma Stars Reserves on Saturday, December 21st. First kick at The Pavilion at Evergreen is set for 6:35. The Well 80 Beer Garden will be open and there will be giveaways and other festivities all game long. Tickets are just $8 for adults at the door.

Bellingham United goals: Nick Cashmere (3), Noe Betancourt Cruz, Rene Caro, Gus Diehl, Richard Henderson, Spencer Wolfe
Oly Town Artesians goal: Christian Segovia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians built a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off a Tacoma Narrows comeback attempt to take a 9-6 victory on Saturday night. Alec Zimmerman collected a hat trick for the Artesians, who improved to 2-1-0 this season in front of a great home opener crowd at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Oly Town’s player/head coach, PJ Vargas, started the game off right for his squad, scoring his first goal for the Artesians three minutes into the first quarter. Alec Zimmerman scored his first goal of the game three minutes later before goalkeeper JJ Olson got on the board with a long shot that found the back of the net to make it 3-0. Duvan Vaca Trujillo and Collin Tate rounded out the first quarter scoring to make it 5-0 through the first 15 minutes.

Zimmerman notched his second goal of the game at the 9:39 mark of the second quarter to make it 6-0, but the Narrows defense tightened up after that and Tacoma started closing the gap. AJ Nitzel got them on the board with a power play goal and then Nick Mejia scored two of his four goals to close out the first half and get within striking distance, 6-3, at halftime.

Mejia scored two more times to open the second half to get Narrows to within a goal, 6-5, with ten minutes left in the third quarter. Zimmerman answered for Oly Town to make it 7-5 before Jake Dobson added one more for Narrows with a minute left in the third to cut the lead going into the fourth quarter to just one, 7-6.

The Artesians picked up a blue card with 12 seconds left in the third but came up with a clutch power play kill that ended at the 13:12 mark of the fourth. Energized from the penalty kill, Eli Boatright scored a couple minutes later to make it 8-6. Olson and the Artesians defense posted a clean quarter and Tate scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute left to secure the 9-6 victory.

The win moves the Artesians to 2-1-0 on the season, doubling the amount of wins they had over the past two seasons combined. They will travel to Bellingham next Saturday to take on Bellingham United. Kick off is set for 6:35. They will return to Olympia and The Pavilion on Saturday, December 21st for a matchup against the first place Tacoma Stars Reserves at 6:35.

Tacoma Narrows fell to 0-3-0 with the loss. They will face the Snohomish Skyhawks next week.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Alec Zimmerman (3), Collin Tate (2), PJ Vargas, JJ Olson, Duvan Vaca Trujillo, Eli Boatright
Tacoma Narrows goals: Nick Mejia (4), AJ Nitzel, Jake Dobson


David Cook | Photo: Charis Wilson

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – Jordan Zimmerman scored twice for Oly Town FC, but the Snohomish Skyhawks took advantage of some key Artesians mistakes and held off a late comeback attempt to take an 8-6 win at the Snohomish Soccer Dome on Saturday night.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a two goal lead in the first quarter before the Artesians fought back to within one by halftime. Jordan Zimmerman got Oly Town going with a power play goal early in the second quarter and then Nate Boatright made it a one goal game when he gathered a ball just outside the box and calmly beat Skyhawks keeper Trevor Davoren, who was out of position away from his goal. The two teams went to the break with Snohomish leading 3-2.

Alec Zimmerman tied the game at 3-3 on a power play goal early in the third quarter but just moments later, the Artesians were called for a foul on a breakaway and Snohomish was awarded a penalty shootout. Devin Mendiola slipped one past goalkeeper JJ Olson to give the Skyhawks a 4-3 lead, one that they wouldn’t relinquish. The third quarter ended with a flurry of goals, including Graham Hatten’s first as an Artesian, and Snohomish held a 6-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Andrew Escalante was credited with a goal on an own goal by Oly to make it a three goal game, 7-4, early in the fourth. After David Cook got it back to two goals for the Artesians, Escalante scored once more to make it 8-5. Jordan Zimmerman scored on a power play with 2:17 remaining but time ran out on a furious Artesian attack and the Skyhawks picked up their first win of the season, 8-6.

Both teams now sit at 1-1-0 this season with the Thanksgiving break up next. The Artesians will open their home slate on Saturday, December 7th when they welcome Tacoma Narrows to The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. First kick is scheduled for 6:35 PM with doors at the Pavilion opening at 5:45. Tickets will be available at the door and the Artesians will have a couple exciting announcements about game days at The Pavilion soon.

Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Andrew Escalante (2), Rio Alcorta, Efrain Alvarado, Russell Brown, Kevin Flavin, Devin Mendiola, Michael Sitzman
Oly Town Artesians goals: Jordan Zimmerman (2), Nate Boatright, Alec Zimmerman, Graham Hatten, David Cook