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.


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Christian Segovia | Photo: Molly Walsh

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians welcome Yakima United to the capital city this Saturday on Youth Soccer Night. All kids in their club uniform get in for free thanks to Wembley Soccer Shop. 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, first responders and seniors.

The Artesians are looking to regroup after a pair of hard fought and close games over the past weekend. They fell 3-2 in their season opener to the Seattle Stars last Saturday and then were stunned in Bellingham by a stoppage time goal and fell 2-1 to Bellingham United. Christian Segovia, Geovanny Vazquez and Surafel Wodajo each scored a goal over the weekend to lead Oly Town offensively.

Yakima United enters the game a point ahead of the Artesians in the Evergreen Premier League’s Cascade Conference after registering a 2-2 draw against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday at Yakima Valley College. Fredy Rodriguez and Williams Pineda each scored for the Hoppers in the Battle of I-82.

The two teams have played three times since the Artesians joined the EPLWA for the 2017 season. Last season the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Black Hills High School on May 19th. Angel Trejo-Delgado scored the lone goal that day for Oly. The Artesians played their first ever EPLWA game against Yakima in 2017 posting another 1-1 draw before the Artesians knocked off the Hoppers 3-1 later that season in Yakima.


On Wembley Youth Soccer Night, all kids in their club uniforms will get in for free and can join the two teams on the field for walkout and introductions. If your kid would like to participate, please arrive by 5:50 PM. Kids will also love the giant soccer dart board, Artesians cornhole, the six-foot soccer ball at halftime, and games and prizes throughout. The Cinco De Mayo truck will be on hand to serve tamales, Artesian-style shaved ice, Hot Cheetos and cheese, and more. Tickets for adults are $8 and youth, military and seniors get in for $5 and can be purchased in advance at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

For out of town fans or those that can’t make it out to Black Hills High School, Saturday’s game will be webcast on the Artesians Network on Facebook Live. Visit the Artesians’ Facebook page at FB.com/OlyTownFC to watch the game.

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