OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up an undefeated regular season home slate on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver at Black Hills High School. Goals by Christian Segovia and Duvan Vaca-Trujillo built a 2-0 lead and then Bradley Hanson and the Artesians defense withstood a comeback attempt over the final ten minutes.
The game started out on a nervous note with Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson suffering an injury on one of Vancouver’s first attacking attempts. Olson tried to play through the pain and stayed in goal long enough for Oly to take a 1-0 lead when Christian Segovia slotted a shot past Victory keeper Brady Cooper in the 12th minute. Olson was replaced by Bradley Hanson minutes later, and for the first time all season, someone other than Olson took over between the pipes. The Artesians defense took care of the backup Hanson by not allowing a shot on goal in the first half and just three shots on goal total.
In the 49th minute, Duvan Vaca-Trujillo fought through a Victory defender nearly ripping his jersey off and found himself in some space and scored his first goal as an Artesian. It proved to be the insurance goal that Oly Town needed. Joey Kenney cut the Oly lead to just one in the 74th minute but Hanson made two saves over the final 15 minutes to seal the deal.
Nigel El-Sokkary and Alvaro Licea were each credited with assists for the Artesians, who moved to 4-1-2 with 14 points – four points behind the Coastal Division leading Seattle Stars – and 4-0-1 at home this season.
Jake Brady assisted Vancouver’s lone goal, and the Victory fell to 3-4-0 with nine points, five behind the Artesians in the division. Despite the win, Oly remains a point behind the Victory in the Wild Card race and both fell behind Bellingham United, who won a non-division game against Tri-Cities on Saturday. The Wild Card is determined by each team’s six non-division games.
The Artesians turn around and head to Gig Harbor on Sunday for a HUGE non-division game against the Olympic Force. First kick at Roy Anderson Field at Peninsula High School is set for 5:30 PM.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday when they take on the Vancouver Victory in their last regular season home game of the 2018 Evergreen Premier League season. The Artesians will celebrate with magnets for the first 50 fans, stickers for every attendee, and games and prizes throughout the contest. First kick at Black Hills High school in this important EPLWA Coastal Division showdown is set for 6:00 PM.
The Artesians will then travel to Gig Harbor to take on the Olympic Force on Sunday night. First kick at Roy Anderson Field at Peninsula High School is at 5:30 PM.
Oly Town enters the weekend unbeaten at home and 3-1-2 overall with 11 points. They sit in second place in the Coastal Division, seven points behind the first place Seattle Stars but with two more games left to play than the Stars, and two points ahead of Vancouver. They are also one point behind the Victory for the wild card spot.
The division is determined by all 10 games while the wild card is determined by each team’s six non-division games, so Saturday has major division ramifications but no wild card ramifications, while Sunday’s game is important for both.
Oly is led by Daniel Gonzalez and Christian Segovia’s three goals while Gonzalez and Nate Boatright each have two assists. Five Artesians have been honored with Player of the Week awards this season. Goalkeeper JJ Olson, and defenders Marcos Borja and Crisantos Chavez each earned Defensive POTW awards for an Oly team that has allowed the least goals in the league. Gonzalez and JT Meyer each won the Offensive award after two goal games.
Saturday will be the first meeting between the Artesians and Vancouver. The two teams were set to meet on June 17th but a freak thunderstorm caused them to move their game in Vancouver to July 15th. The Victory are 3-3-0 overall and Brandon Zambrano leads them with three goals.
Olympic has struggled to a 1-6-1 record this season. They are led by Joe Sammartino’s three goals while former Artesian Mitchell Balmer has a pair of goals for the Bremerton based club. Sunday’s game is the second of an Olympic doubleheader. The Force’s women’s team faces Yakima United at 3:00.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, seniors and military members. Kids under 5 are free.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – For the second time this season, two Oly Town Artesians have been named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. JT Meyer earned his first Offensive POTW award with his two goal effort against Tri-Cities on Saturday and Marcos Borja won his first Defensive POTW for his work in keeping the Alliance off of the scoreboard in Oly’s 4-0 win over the Alliance.
It didn’t take long for Timberline High School alum JT Meyer to score his first goal, and what proved to be the game winning goal, in Saturday’s game. Just five minutes in, he received a pass from Nate Boatright, made a move and calmly buried the shot. Then, in a three goal barrage midway through the second half, he added an insurance goal that put the Artesians up 4-0. The Whitworth University product became the fourth player in Oly Town history to record a brace and is now the career goals leader for the outdoor side with five. Meyer shares the POTW award with Bellingham’s Georg Cholewa, who also recorded a brace for the Hammers.
Marcos Borja has been a key component of the strong Artesians defense and played a fantastic game in Oly’s 4-0 win over his hometown Tri-Cities Alliance. The Evergreen State College senior has started every game and is second only to goalkeeper JJ Olson in minutes, playing in 483 of 540 possible minutes this season. The Kennewick native helped keep Oly’s first clean sheet of the season, and did so against his older brother, the Alliance’s Sam Borja.
Meyer and Borja earned the fourth and fifth awards for the Artesians this season. Olson was honored for his effort in goal in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Stars on May 13th and then Daniel Gonzalez and Crisantos Chavez swept the awards after a 4-1 win over Spokane on June 2nd. Oly is 3-1-2 this season with 11 points. They sit four points behind Coastal Division leader Seattle with one game in hand and are one point behind the Vancouver Victory for the Wild Card spot with four games left to play.
The Artesians take this weekend off but will return home for their final regular season home game on Saturday, June 30th against the Vancouver Victory. It is Fan Appreciation Night with plenty of prizes and giveaways to Oly’s fantastic supporters. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 6:00 PM and tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.