It was another beautiful day out at Black Hills High School for Artesians soccer and Molly Walsh was on hand to photograph it all. Surf Woldajo scored for Oly, but the result didn’t go as planned with a 4-1 loss. But we’ll get back after it this Sunday with a trip to Tri-Cities to take on the Alliance.

Our next home game is set for June 2nd when we face either BeSea FC or ISC Gunners in the Washington Super Cup. Then on Sunday, June 9th, we host our next EPLWA game against Bellingham United.

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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.

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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.

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