Jerome Natt | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians 2019 outdoor season came to an end this weekend with two losses, a 3-0 loss to Nido Aguila Club America Seattle in the final of the Washington State Super Cup, and then a 5-0 loss to PacNW SC in the final Evergreen Premier League game of the season.

After a nice run to get to the final including a 7-0 win over the ISC Gunners and a hard fought 1-0 win over the Grays Harbor Gulls, the Artesians found themselves in a massive 2-0 hole less than five minutes into the game because of two defensive miscues that Nido forward Casey Woodruff cleaned up and scored on.

Oly Town had an opportunity to cut Nido’s lead to just one midway through the first half, but Nido keeper Nate Salveson made a save on a penalty kick by Collin Tate to keep it a two goal game. In the second half, Jason Fairhurst fought through fouls and physical play and nearly scored but his shot ricocheted off of the crossbar, post, Salveson and an Artesians player without somehow crossing the goal line. Nido added a goal a little while later and coasted to the 3-0 victory and claim the first Super Cup.

The Artesians hoped for some redemption on Saturday with PacNW SC in town, but the game quickly became the Tyler Bjork show. The EPLWA’s all time leading scorer made mincemeat of the Oly defense scoring three times in the first half to increase his 2019 total to 11 goals and his career total to 65. Jasper Malamud scored twice in the second half and the PacNW defense allowed just one weak shot on goal all game and won handily. They improved to 6-2-1 in their first season in the EPLWA and claimed the #2 seed out of the Rainer Conference.

Meanwhile, an Oly Town season that started with high hopes and anticipation that turned into a season of transition and discovery came to an end at 3-7-0, the team’s worst finish since joining the EPLWA in 2017.

The Artesians now set their sights on their 2019-2020 Western Indoor Soccer League season set to begin in November. Stay tuned to www.olytownfc.com, our Facebook page or Twitter page for updates.

Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jason Fairhurst scored twice including what proved to be the game winner in the 51st minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Christian Segovia also scored for the Artesians and Sawyer Price picked up his second win of the season in goal.

After being shutout by the Artesians 3-0 in Pasco earlier this season, Tri-Cities jumped out to an early lead when Daniel Sinchuk got behind the Oly defense and scored on a one versus one opportunity giving the Alliance a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.

But Oly responded with two goals in less than three minutes. The first was Fairhurst’s first of the game in the 34th minute, getting a second chance on his own shot that Alliance goalkeeper Andres Mendoza couldn’t handle. Then just a couple minutes later, Segovia gave the Artesians a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish when Manny Nicasio’s shot hit the post and landed right at his feet and he punched it home.

After halftime, Fairhust scored his second goal of the game when Nate Boatright lifted a pass over the top and he got a step behind the defense. Mendoza came out to meet him, but he got to the ball first and popped it over the top and in to give Oly a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute. Tri-Cities got back in the game with a goal by Israel Gonzalez in the 74th and kept the pressure up over the final 15 minutes, but Price made three good saves to keep TCA off the board and secure the 3-2 win.

With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-6-0 with one regular season Evergreen Premier League game left to play. They will face PacNW SC next Saturday in the home and season finale at 6:00 PM at Black Hills High School.

The Artesians will play for a cup on Friday night when they face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup in the final of the Washington State Super Cup.

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Collin LaBranche | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

Despite holding a two goal advantage in each game, the Oly Town Artesians dropped a pair of games on the road over the weekend, losing 5-4 to Yakima United on Saturday and 4-2 to the Seattle Stars on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Artesians traveled to Yakima and fell behind in the first minute when Missael Lopez scored for the Hoppers. But moments later, Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez equalized for Oly Town starting a three goal run that included a 25th minute goal by Angel Trejo-Delgado and a 29th minute goal by Jason Fairhurst.

Williams Pineda got Yakima to within one, 3-2, three minutes later and then they tied the game thanks to a 52nd minute goal by Jose Marquez. Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez gave the Artesians a momentary 4-3 lead in the 62nd but Yakima had the answer again when Cesar Rodriguez scored one minute later.

Unfortunately, a scuffle in the 67th minute resulted in red cards for both Jesus and Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez and Yakima’s Cesar Rodriguez and Oly played the rest of the game down one player with just nine men. Eventually, that came back to bite them and Johnny Ramirez scored the game winner in stoppage time shocking Oly for a 5-4 victory.

On Sunday at French Field in Kent without the Meraz-Rodriguez brothers but with reinforcements in the way of USL veteran Cam Vickers and Oregon State goalkeeper Evan Munn, the Artesians held a 1-0 advantage at halftime thanks to an Alec Zimmerman long range strike in the 25th minute and then built a 2-0 lead after Collin LaBranche header in the 52nd.

But Seattle keeper Julian Tafolla-Cisneros made a series of huge saves that would have extended the Oly lead and kept his team in it until Seattle exploded for four straight goals over the final 27 minutes, taking advantage of the Artesians fatigue after playing in Yakima the day before. Steve Rogers started it off in the 73rd, Cody Buchanan equalized in the 76th, Kees Westra scored the game winner in the 85th and Buchanan added an insurance goal in the 87th to take the 4-2 victory.

The losses dropped the snake bitten Artesians to just 2-6-0 this season, including three stoppage time losses. They also were eliminated from EPLWA playoff contention. But they will finish off the season with two home games and an opportunity to finish strong starting with a game against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday, July 6th at Black Hills High School. First kick is at 6:00.

Oly still has an opportunity to add a trophy to the case when they play in the Washington State Super Cup Final on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup. They will face the winner of the Nido Aguila Club America Seattle/Kirkland FC game scheduled for Tuesday.

 

Neil Boyal | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Neil Boyal converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and the Oly Town Artesians held off a furious attack by the Grays Harbor Gulls to take a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup on a windy Wednesday night at Black Hills High School. With the win, the Artesians advanced to the first Super Cup championship game to be played on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup.

The Artesians held most of the possession over the first 45 minutes and had numerous chances during the first half but three of the four Oly Town shots on goal were right into the arms of Gulls goalkeeper Alexis Garcia and the two teams went to the locker room scoreless.

The Gulls continued to dodge good opportunities for the Artesians until Tino Pantaleon danced along the end line and tried to deliver a centering pass. Unfortunately for the Gulls, the ball caught the arm of their defender and the referee whistled them for a hand ball in the box. Neil Boyal stepped up and calmly drilled the shot into the corner to give Oly a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute.

After that, it was hold on time for the Artesians. Chasing a one goal deficit, Grays Harbor attempted to bomb balls over the top and find Juanito Lopez and had success putting extra pressure on the Artesians’ backline of Brandon Kam, Nate Boatright, Collin LaBranche and Esau Vazquez. The Gulls best opportunity came in stoppage time on a wild sequence in which goalkeeper Sawyer Price came well off his line and ended up 25 yards out, but the Gulls could not get a shot past the last line of defenders and eventually ran out of time on their Cup run.

The Artesians will face either Nido Aguila Club America Seattle or Kirkland FC in the finals on July 12th. Their semfinal game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2nd at SERA in Tacoma.

After the thrilling Super Cup win, 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.

Sawyer Price | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

BREMERTON, Wash. – Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez scored in the first half and his brother, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez, scored the game winner in the second half to lead the Artesians to a 2-1 victory over the Oly-Pen Force at Gordon Field in Bremerton on Saturday afternoon. The win kept the Artesians in the playoff hunt in the Evergreen Premier League’s Cascade Conference with four games left in the regular season.

Oly Town opened the game dominating possession and produced several early chances. The Artesians chipped away at the Oly-Pen defense until Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez worked his way down to the end line and dribbled a pass into the middle that found Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez, who punched it to the right of Force keeper Cole Weaver for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.

The Force turned the tables on the Artesians to begin the second half and produced many dangerous opportunities until Keeton Heggerness got the final touch on a counterattack right before Oly Town goalkeeper Sawyer Price could get there and tied the game at 1-1 in the 63rd minute.

After the goal, the Artesians tightened up the defense and were able to get more possession going forward, again testing the Force defense. In the 76th minute, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez received a pass, took two quick touches and fired a laser from 30 yards out, beating Weaver to the right to give them a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

The Force pressed over the final ten minutes to try to get the equalizer, but Price was up to the task making a handful of saves and the Artesians held on for the 2-1 win. They moved to 2-4-0 with six points in the Cascade Conference and are now five points behind the second place Seattle Stars for a playoff spot. The Force dropped to 3-2-1 and remain in second place in the Rainier Conference.

Oly Town FC will next face the Grays Harbor Gulls on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 7:30 PM. The first 20 fans through the gates will receive an Artesians scarf courtesy of Kevin Hayward State Farm.

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.

Tino Pantaleon | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – For the second time this season, the Oly Town Artesians and Bellingham United went into second half stoppage time tied 1-1, and for the second time this season, Bellingham scored the game winner in extra time to take a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Black Hills High School.

Just like in their first meeting in Bellingham, the two teams battled to a scoreless score line in the first half with both Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson and Bellingham keeper Hector Gutierrez making a handful of saves over the first 45 minutes.

Shelton High School senior Many Nicasio entered the game at halftime and made an immediate impact taking a pass from Jerome Natt and lifting a shot with his knee over Gutierrez to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.

But Bellingham answered when Richard Henderson pounced on a rebound and fired it into the top corner making it 1-1 in the 69th minute. Bellingham then took control of the game and produced many chances for the final 20 minutes but the game entered stoppage time still tied 1-1. Finally, after chipping away at the Oly Town defense, Eleazar Galvan – the one-time EPLWA MVP for Wenatchee United – found some space and hooked a shot across his body and past Olson for the game winner in the 92nd minute. The final whistle sounded moments later to give the Hammers a 2-1 win, distancing themselves from the Seattle Stars for first place in the Cascade Conference.

The Artesians will try to regroup when they travel to Bremerton next Saturday to face the Oly-Pen Force at Gordon Field. First kick is set for 3:00 PM

Oly Town FC will return to Black Hills High School for a Washington State Super Cup semifinal match for their next home game. The date and time will be set this week. 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.

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Angel Trejo-Delgado | Photo Credit: Molly Walsh

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians kicked off their Washington State Super Cup campaign with a resounding 7-0 win over the ISC Gunners at Black Hills High School on Sunday afternoon. Jason Fairhurst scored twice and Angel Trejo-Delgado and Geovanny Vazquez each scored once and added an assist and the Artesians were firing on all cylinders to move into the semifinals of the inaugural state tournament.

Oly got things rolling right away when Olympia High School grad Neil Boyal scored his first goal in his first game for the club slotting one home in the tenth minute. Nine minutes later Trejo-Delgado made it 2-0 after finishing a pass from Vazquez. The Artesians kept the pressure high and Trejo-Delgado intercepted a pass from ISC goalkeeper Sean Snyder and found a streaking Fairhurst who scored on the empty net to make it 3-0 in the 30th minute.

The Gunners had their best run of play early in the second half with a handful of shots that Artesians goalkeeper Sawyer Price handled easily. Then in the 62nd minute, after just subbing in moments earlier, Shelton’s Manny Nicasio unleashed a bullet from 35 yards out that found the top corner and made it 4-0. Fairhurst scored his second four minutes later, Christian Segovia did a tap dance down the goal line and found the back of the net in the 74th, and Vazquez capped it off, scoring Oly’s seventh goal in the 87th minute finishing off the big win.

The Artesians advanced to the semifinals and will find out their next opponent and their game location this early this week. They will face either Nido Aguila Club America, Kirkland FC or the Grays Harbor Gulls in the next round.

Oly Town returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252.

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Goalkeeper JJ Olson in preseason action | Photo: Charis Wilson

PASCO, Wash. – Oly Town FC exploded for two goals in the 49th minute and goalkeeper JJ Olson made five saves and kept a clean sheet to lead the Artesians to a 3-0 win over Tri-Cities Alliance in Sunday afternoon Evergreen Premier League action at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

Despite many good chances in the first half for both teams, both Olson and Alliance keeper Jose Herrera avoided any damage for the first 45 minutes and both teams went to the break without a score.

But the Artesians finally put it all together in the 49th minute beginning with Shelton High School senior Manny Nicasio’s first goal in his first game that made it 1-0. Just moments later, following a turnover off of the Tri-Cities restart, Evergreen State product Tino Pantaleon scored his first goal as an Artesian and Oly Town took a commanding 2-0 lead.

After allowing the second goal, Tri-Cities picked up the pressure, but Oly was able to weather the storm and dominated play over the final 30 minutes. Pasco’s Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez, also playing in his first game for Oly Town on his high school’s field, added an insurance goal in the 85th minute to ice the game away.

The Alliance had a couple of decent chances over the final seven minutes of play, but Olson and the backline of Collin Tate, Collin LaBranche and Nate Boatright kept the shutout and Oly Town earned their first victory of the season with a 3-0 win.

The win moves Oly Town to 1-3-0 on the season but more importantly, they are just one point behind Yakima United for second place in the Cascade Conference. Bellingham United, coming off a pair of weekend wins, sits in first place with nine points.

The Artesians and the EPLWA now take a break for Memorial Day. Oly Town will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 PM.

Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some high quality soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252.

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Surafel Wodajo | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Surafel Wodajo scored his second goal of the season in the 15th minute but the Oly Town Artesians couldn’t find another goal and Missael Lopez scored the equalizer and the eventual game winner in the second half to lead Yakima United to a 4-1 victory at Black Hills High School on Saturday night.

The Artesians took the quick lead in the 15th minute when a Geovanny Vazquez shot bounced away from Yakima keeper Luis Birrueta and Wodajo pounced on the rebound and fired a shot that found the lower right corner to make it 1-0. Despite many more Oly chances, the first 45 minutes came to a close with just the one goal.

Oly Town controlled the flow of the game for the first 60+ minutes but Missael Lopez received a beautiful through ball from Williams Pineda and beat JJ Olson to equalize in the 66th minute. 11 minutes later, Lopez waltzed into an open spot in the defense and fired from 30 yards out into the lower left corner to make it 2-1. From there, it was all Yakima. Pineda picked off a pass and scored in the 81st and Johnny Ramirez took advantage of a demoralized Oly defense to score an easy insurance goal in the 83rd that gave the Hoppers the 4-1 victory.

With the win, Yakima remains unbeaten on the season at 1-0-1 and are currently in first place in the Cascade Conference. They return home and will face defending league champion Washington Premier at 5:00 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Artesians fell to a shocking 0-3-0 and will have to figure out what went wrong before their trip to Pasco next Sunday to take on the Tri-Cities Alliance. First kick at Edgar Brown Stadium is at 2:00.

The Artesians return home next on Sunday June 2nd for a Washington Super Cup game before hosting their next EPLWA home game when Bellingham United visits Olympia on Sunday, June 9th. Tickets are available at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.