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Goalkeeper JJ Olson in preseason action | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, 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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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.

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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.

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.

Chris Pugh and Matt Stalnik each collected goals, but an inexperienced Oly Town Artesians team dropped three games at the Western Indoor Soccer League Preseason Tournament on Saturday. The Artesians now have two weeks to learn from this weekend’s lessons before they open up regular season play on Saturday, November 17th at The Pavilion at Evergreen against Tacoma Narrows FC.

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BREMERTON, Wash. – Behind a first half goal by Jeff Bader and a shutout by goalkeeper Mike Arguello, the Tacoma Stars Reserves White squad captured the 2018 Western Indoor Soccer League Preseason Tournament with a 1-0 win over Bellingham United on Saturday night at the Oly-Pen Sports Center. It was a high scoring tournament featuring eight squads from five of the WISL’s six teams that was capped off by a defensive battle that saw keepers Arguello and Bellingham’s Riley Liddle allow just the one goal.

Full results from today’s tournament:

Group A
Tacoma Stars Reserves Blue 5, Oly Town Artesians 1
Oly-Pen Force Blue 5, Tacoma Narrows White…

Oly-Pen Force Blue 6, Tacoma Stars Reserves Blue 4
Tacoma Narrows White 8, Oly Town Artesians 1

Oly-Pen Force Blue 6, Oly Town Artesians…
Tacoma Narrows White 4, Tacoma Stars Reserves Blue 3

Force Blue (29 points) and Narrows White (18 points)…

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