Max Hauser | Photo credit: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After Oly Town’s Max Hauser tied the game 2-2 in stoppage time of the second half on a penalty kick, the Artesian men’s season came to an end when PacNW buried all their shots from the spot to pick up the Evergreen Premier League quarterfinals win. Thomas Nguyen scored the game winning spot kick for PacNW after a miss in the sixth round by the Artesians. Max Hauser scored once and added an assist and was successful in his spot kick in the loss.

The Artesians opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the game when Alec Zimmerman poked a rolling ball past PacNW keeper Charlie Lanphier off of a pass from Max Hauser to make it 1-0. Oly Town held most of the possession in the first half and had numerous opportunities to extend their lead but were unable to get an insurance goal. PacNW picked up the pace near the end of the half and for the second straight game, the Artesians allowed a goal on the very last play of the first half. Andrew Rotter tied the score 1-1 off of a pass from Sean Russell and the half came to an end on the touch of the restart all knotted up at one goal apiece.

The EPLWA’s all-time leading scorer made his presence felt in the 60th minute when he struck a rebound that looked to be cleared off the line by Oly’s Marcos Santos, but the ball was ruled to have gone over the line and PacNW took a 2-1 lead with 30 minutes to play. The #3 seed from the North had a number of chances to put the game away including a Bjork strike just minutes later that struck the crossbar and barely stayed out, but down by just one, Oly picked up the pace late in the game and well into stoppage time, PacNW was called for a handball in the box and the Artesians were given a penalty kick. Hauser buried the equalizer and the two teams were all tied up after a dramatic 90 minutes of play.

The game went immediately to kicks from the spot to settle the tie, and with Oly Town kicking first and Cam Welty in at goal for PacNW, Hauser stepped up and scored the first penalty kick. PacNW’s Tyler Hardin took their first PK and made it, and the two teams traded goals for the first five rounds of kicks. In the sixth and sudden death round, Santos missed his kick to the right and then Thomas Nguyen stepped up and buried his kick past Oly keeper Sawyer Price to win the game and advance to the EPLWA semifinals.

The Artesians men’s season came to an end after five wins and one draw across 10 EPLWA and Washington State Super Cup games. The club has one more outdoor game to play this season as the women will travel to Newberg, Oregon to face AC Chehalem Valley in a friendly on Saturday, July 24th.

GOALS: ‘5 – Alec Zimmerman (Max Hauser) – Oly Town, ’45+ – Andrew Rotter (Sean Russell) – PacNW, ’60 – Tyler Bjork – PacNW, 90+ – Max Hauser (PK) – Oly Town


Oly Town: Max Hauser (Goal), Allen Escalante (Goal), Craig Johnson (Goal), Joe DiCarlo (Goal), Jake Zimmerman (Goal), Marcos Santos (Miss)

PacNW: Tyler Hardin (Goal), Marcos Figueroa (Goal), Sean Sent (Goal), Mark River (Goal), Tyler Bjork (Goal), Thomas Nguyen (Goal)

DISCIPLINE: Leo Burney (PacNW) – Yellow

LINEUP: 1 – Sawyer Price (GK), 2 – Manny Nicasio, 4 – Marcos Santos, 5 – Jake Zimmerman, 6 – Sammy Taffola (’70), 8 – Allen Escalante, 9 – Trevor Thompson, 10 – Alec Zimmerman (’77), 11 – Jason Fairhurst (’63), 16 – Collin LaBranche, 17 – Max Hauser

SUBS: 3 – Dakota Seddon, 7 – Connor Desmond, 12 – Joe DiCarlo (’77), 14 – Craig Johnson (’63), 18 – Carlos Rodriguez (’70)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Craig Johnson scored the game winning goal in the 88th minute to lead the Oly Town Artesians men to a 3-2 win over Yakima United at Black Hills High School on Saturday night. The dramatic win clinched second place in the Evergreen Premier League’s South Division for the Artesians and they will host a quarterfinal playoff game against PacNW next weekend. Max Hauser added a goal and an assist in the exciting win.

For the first time in league play this season, the Artesians opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead when Max Hauser headed home a corner kick from Alec Zimmerman in the 13th minute. Despite Oly Town holding much of the possession in the first half, Yakima nearly equalized in the 23rd minute when Artesians goalkeeper Sawyer Price’s pass was picked off by Yakima’s Michael Raya, but Price came out to meet the challenge and got to the ball just before Raya and knocked it off of the attacker and out for a goal kick.

Max Hauser | Credit: Charis Wilson

The Artesians built their lead to 2-0 after Max Hauser raced up the middle and found a streaking Jason Fairhurst on the right, who slotted a shot into the left corner past Hoppers goalkeeper and former Artesian Jorge Villegas in the 42nd minute, and the half came to a close with Oly on top by two goals.

But Yakima picked up the intensity in the second half and put increasing pressure on the Oly Town defense. A nasty tackle at midfield in the 53rd minute by Yakima defender Jose Marquez knocked Fairhurst out of the game, but the referee decided the challenge did not merit a second yellow for Marquez, and the Artesians looked a little shocked after the injury. Seven minutes later, Luis Valle took a long pass from Marquez and fired a shot into the right corner past Price to make it 2-1. Ten minutes after that, in the 70th minute, Price made a save a shot by Valle’s but the rebound went straight to Angel Alvarado, who poked it in and tied the scored at 2-2.

Then, in the 88th minute, Sammy Taffola found Craig Johnson (who came on for Fairhurst) near midfield, Johnson carried it up and fed the ball to Joe DiCarlo and then continued his run, getting the ball back from DiCarlo in perfect position on the left to fire a shot past a diving Villegas and give the Artesians a 3-2 lead with just minutes to play. Yakima had a couple of chances near the end including a stoppage time free kick with the goalkeeper up in the box, but the defense held firm and Oly took the dramatic 3-2 win and claimed a home game in the EPLWA playoffs.

The Artesians improved to 3-2-1 on the season with 10 points but tied with Tacoma Narrows on points in the South Division and lost the tiebreaker due to a 4-2 advantage for Narrows on head-to-head goal differential. That put Oly Town into the second seed out of the South and they will face the North’s #3 seed, PacNW and all-time EPLWA goals leader Tyler Bjork in the first round of the playoffs on either Friday or Saturday at Black Hills High School. Exact date and time is to be determined.

Yakima, meanwhile, fell to 2-3-1 and dropped to the #3 seed out of the South. They will travel to Puyallup next week to face Washington Premier.

Oly Town will be back in action on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup. They travel to West Seattle to face Sporting International at the Southwest Athletic Complex next to Chief Sealth International High School. First kick is set for 8:15 PM.

GOALS: ’13 – Max Hauser (Alec Zimmerman) – Oly Town, ’42 – Jason Fairhurst (Hauser) – Oly Town, ’60 – Luis Valle (Jose Marquez) – Yakima, ’70 – Angel Alvarado – Yakima, ’88 – Craig Johnson (Joe DiCarlo) – Oly Town

DISCIPLINE: Jose Marquez (Yakima) – Yellow, Alejandro Guzman (Yakima) – Yellow, Juan Antonio Lopez (Yakima) – Yellow, Sammy Taffola (Oly Town) – Yellow

LINEUP: 1 – Sawyer Price (GK), 2 – Manny Nicasio, 3 – Marcos Santos (’89), 7 – Jake Zimmerman, 8 – Allen Escalante, 10 – Alec Zimmerman (’61), 11 – Trevor Thompson (’67), 14 – Jason Fairhurst (’53), 15 – Marcus Swanson, 16 – Collin LaBranche, 17 – Max Hauser

SUBS: 4 – Dakota Seddon (’89), 6 – Sammy Taffola (’61), 9 – Craig Johnson (’53), 12 – Alex Lopez, 13 – Joe DiCarlo (’67), 18 – Noah Urbina

Haley Roberson | Credit: Quinn Width

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Haley Roberson and Haylee Ward both recorded braces and Kyla Carter kept a clean sheet to lead the Oly Town Artesians women to a 5-0 win over the Olympia Olys on Saturday afternoon at Black Hills High School. Kailey Utley added a goal and three assists for the Artesians and they improved to 3-0-1 in their inaugural season.

Playing a friendly against a mixed group of players from Washington Premier, Blackhills FC and other clubs, Haley Roberson opened the scoring in the third minute of play off of a pass from Kailey Utley and gave Oly Town a 1-0 lead. Utley then fired a rocket past the Oly’s keeper in the 12th minute to give the Artesians a 2-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Utley chipped a ball to Roberson and she finished to make a 3-0 game. The two teams would battle for a scoreless final 25 minutes of the half and went to the break with the Artesians up 3-0.

Kyla Carter | Credit: Quinn Width

Haylee Ward took over the game in the opening moments of the second half scoring in the 46th minute on Utley’s third assist to make it 4-0 and then added another in the 50th minute to make it 5-0. Goalkeeper Kyla Carter made a handful of saves in the second half to keep the clean sheet behind fantasic defensive play by Delaney Smith, Julia Hass and Celia Scruton, among others. On the other side, the Oly’s Vanessa Crisp made numerous plays to keep the score at 5-0 and the game came to a close with the Artesians taking the 5-0 win.

With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-0-1 in their first season of outdoor play with one more game set to be announced shortly. Oly Town would like to thank all the members of the Olympia Olys for coming out at the last minute and playing when it looked like the game might have to be cancelled after the team the Artesians were supposed to play couldn’t field a full squad.

Olympia Olys

GOALS: ‘3 – Haley Roberson (Kailey Utley) – Oly Town, ’12 – Utley – Oly Town, ’20 – Roberson (Utley) – Oly Town, ’46 – Haylee Ward (Utley) – Oly Town, ’50 – Ward – Oly Town

OLY TOWN LINEUP: GK – Kyla Carter, 2 – Kailey Hall, 3 – Haley Roberson, 4 – Kailey Utley, 5 – Keila Kruse, 6 – Chloe Benson, 7- Chloe Narolski, 9 – Vera Panescu-Reich, 10 – Ashlee Gormley, 11 – Alexis Thompson, 12 – Delaney Smith, 13 – Julia Hass, 14 – Haylee Ward, 16 – Maria Reyes, 18 – Celia Scruton, 20 – Nikki Williams