Bradley Hanson | Credit: Jared Wenzelburger

PURDY, Wash. – Playing their first doubleheader weekend of the season and dealing with multiple injuries, the Oly Town Artesians suffered a 2-1 loss to the Olympic Force on Sunday afternoon at Roy Anderson Field.

Angel Trejo-Delgado put the Artesians up 1-0 in the 35th minute with a shot from the top of the box that got past Force keeper Cole Weaver. The scoreline held and Oly took the one goal lead into the halftime break.

But a rough stretch in the first seven minutes of the second half doomed the Artesians. It started with Izzy De Luna – in his first match with the Force after ending his season with the Kitsap Pumas the night before – taking advantage of what looked like an uncalled foul on Collin Tate outside the box and slotting one past Artesians keeper Bradley Hanson. Four minutes later, it was former Artesian Mitchell Balmer who streaked down the right side and buried what proved to be the game winner.

The Artesians had multiple opportunities throughout the game to add to their goal total, but heavy legs appeared to be a problem and they were just unable to put anything in the back of the net. They fell to 4-2-2 overall this season with two games left to play.

Bradley Hanson played admirably in the loss, making seven saves, with just a tough four minutes for the defense in front of him the only blemishes. Hanson made his first start of the season after playing 75 minutes the day before in relief of the injured JJ Olson.

Oly returns to action on Sunday, July 8th at the Washington Premier Fields in Puyallup against Washington Premier. First kick is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

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Happy 4th of July, Olympia! We hope you have a great holiday and we hope to see you in Puyallup on Sunday for a critical matchup between the Artesians and Washington Premier. Kick off at the WA Premier Fields is set for 5:00 PM.

But today, please enjoy this photo gallery from our 2-1 win over the Vancouver Victory on Saturday night at Black Hills. Thank you to Jared Wenzelburger for the pictures.

Christian Segovia | Credit: Quinn Width

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.