Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jason Fairhurst scored twice including what proved to be the game winner in the 51st minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Christian Segovia also scored for the Artesians and Sawyer Price picked up his second win of the season in goal.

After being shutout by the Artesians 3-0 in Pasco earlier this season, Tri-Cities jumped out to an early lead when Daniel Sinchuk got behind the Oly defense and scored on a one versus one opportunity giving the Alliance a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.

But Oly responded with two goals in less than three minutes. The first was Fairhurst’s first of the game in the 34th minute, getting a second chance on his own shot that Alliance goalkeeper Andres Mendoza couldn’t handle. Then just a couple minutes later, Segovia gave the Artesians a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish when Manny Nicasio’s shot hit the post and landed right at his feet and he punched it home.

After halftime, Fairhust scored his second goal of the game when Nate Boatright lifted a pass over the top and he got a step behind the defense. Mendoza came out to meet him, but he got to the ball first and popped it over the top and in to give Oly a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute. Tri-Cities got back in the game with a goal by Israel Gonzalez in the 74th and kept the pressure up over the final 15 minutes, but Price made three good saves to keep TCA off the board and secure the 3-2 win.

With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-6-0 with one regular season Evergreen Premier League game left to play. They will face PacNW SC next Saturday in the home and season finale at 6:00 PM at Black Hills High School.

The Artesians will play for a cup on Friday night when they face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup in the final of the Washington State Super Cup.

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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.

 

Neil Boyal | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Neil Boyal converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and the Oly Town Artesians held off a furious attack by the Grays Harbor Gulls to take a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup on a windy Wednesday night at Black Hills High School. With the win, the Artesians advanced to the first Super Cup championship game to be played on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup.

The Artesians held most of the possession over the first 45 minutes and had numerous chances during the first half but three of the four Oly Town shots on goal were right into the arms of Gulls goalkeeper Alexis Garcia and the two teams went to the locker room scoreless.

The Gulls continued to dodge good opportunities for the Artesians until Tino Pantaleon danced along the end line and tried to deliver a centering pass. Unfortunately for the Gulls, the ball caught the arm of their defender and the referee whistled them for a hand ball in the box. Neil Boyal stepped up and calmly drilled the shot into the corner to give Oly a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute.

After that, it was hold on time for the Artesians. Chasing a one goal deficit, Grays Harbor attempted to bomb balls over the top and find Juanito Lopez and had success putting extra pressure on the Artesians’ backline of Brandon Kam, Nate Boatright, Collin LaBranche and Esau Vazquez. The Gulls best opportunity came in stoppage time on a wild sequence in which goalkeeper Sawyer Price came well off his line and ended up 25 yards out, but the Gulls could not get a shot past the last line of defenders and eventually ran out of time on their Cup run.

The Artesians will face either Nido Aguila Club America Seattle or Kirkland FC in the finals on July 12th. Their semfinal game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2nd at SERA in Tacoma.

After the thrilling Super Cup win, the Artesians get a weekend off before travelling to Yakima and Seattle on the June 29th and 30th. The next home Evergreen Premier League game is on Saturday, July 6th when the Tri-Cities Alliance hit the capital city. It’s a 6:00 PM first kick and tickets are available now at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.