Angel Trejo-Delgado and Collin Tate | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Down 4-3 going into the fourth quarter and needing a win in one of their final two regular season games against the top two teams in the league, the Oly Town Artesians rung the bell four times including the game tying and game winning goals by Angel Trejo-Delgado to knock off second place and two time Western Indoor Soccer League champion Bellingham United, 7-4, in front of a huge Youth Soccer Night crowd at The Pavilion.

The huge upset, coupled with a 10-5 loss by the Oly-Pen Force, clinched a playoff spot for the Artesians. They will face either Bellingham or the Tacoma Stars Reserves in the semifinals in two weeks.

Bellingham United struck first on Saturday night when Ivan Colin broke the ice with three minutes gone in the game. But the defensive intensity stepped up from there in front of Artesians keeper JJ Olson, who made some fantastic to keep it a one goal game early. Oly took a 2-1 lead after Manny Nicasio got a piece of a pass from Marcos Borja with 5:45 left in the first and David Cook headed one home at the 4:04 mark. But Richard Hendeson’s free kick just 30 seconds later tied the game at 2-2.

The two teams played an intense defensive second quarter, that included numerous blocked shots by defender Josh Dube, that ended scoreless and the teams went to the half all knotted up at 2-2.

The Hammers drew first blood in the second half when Uriel Herrera slipped one past Olson to make it 3-2 but the Artesians never let United get more than one goal ahead. Christian Segovia scored on a pass from Eli Boatright to tie it up at 3-3 before Chris Jepson gave Bellingham their last lead, 4-3, with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

But the fourth was all Oly Town. Angel Trejo-Delgado tied the game at 4-4 with 12:10 left to play slotting home a pass from Boatright and then scored what proved to be the game winner with ten minutes left, banging one past Bellingham goalkeeper and former Artesian Nate Salveson. Knowing they needed insurance against the dangerous Hammers, the Artesians got two insurance goals from Collin Tate and the defense held the top scoring team in the league scoreless over the final 15 minutes to secure the biggest upset in club history with a 7-4 win.

It is the first Western Indoor Soccer League win for the Artesians over Bellingham United, who previously were 11-0-0 against Oly Town. This is the first loss for Bellingham against someone other than the Tacoma Stars Reserves since December 17, 2016, when they fell 10-9 to the Olympic Force. And over the first six seasons of the Western Indoor Soccer League, Bellingham has only ever lost to the Tacoma Stars/Stars Reserves and that lone loss to the Olympic Force.

The Artesians will wrap up the regular season looking for another huge upset next week when they travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center to take on the Stars Reserves. First kick is set for 6:30. The Artesians will be on the road for their semifinal game on February 15th in either Tacoma or Bellingham.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Angel Trejo-Delgado (2), Collin Tate (2), Manny Nicasio, David Cook, Christian Segovia
Bellingham United goals: Ivan Colin, Richard Henderson, Uriel Herrera, Chris Jepson

Manny Nicasio | Photo: Andrew Repcik

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will play their last league home game on Saturday night when they welcome Bellingham United to town. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM. It is Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night with kids in their youth soccer uniform receiving free admission and their parents admitted for $5. Kids will also have the opportunity to walk out with the players during introductions, be entered into a drawing to compete in the Olympia Jeep’s Artesians Rally at halftime, and much more. Tickets are available at the door and the Well 80 Brewhouse Beer Garden and will be serving fans that are 21 and over.

The Artesians are coming off of two straight draws – a 3-3 push against the Snohomish Skyhawks at The Pavilion two weeks ago and a 5-5 draw against Tacoma Narrows last week – and currently sit in fourth place with eight points, good enough for a playoff spot if they season ended today. But Oly Town faces their two toughest tests of the season over the final two weeks of the season including this week’s game against Bellingham United. The Artesians have never beaten the Hammers and fell to them, 8-1, at the Bellingham Sportsplex in December. Last season, Oly pushed United to the brink before Connor Moe scored the game winner with just 17.5 seconds left to give the Hammers a 5-4 win.

Oly Town is still led by Alec Zimmerman’s seven goals, but he is not expected to play. Collin Tate and Manny Nicasio trail him with five goals apiece while Nate Boatright and Christian Segovia each have four goals. All four are expected to play on Saturday. JJ Olson will get the start in goal again this week where he has a solid 5.78 goals against average and a 2-3-2 record this season.

Bellingham comes to town with three of the four leading scorers in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Nick Cashmere leads the league with 18 goals, although he has only scored once in the second half of the season, while Richard Henderson is third in the league with 13 goals and Eleazar Galvan is fourth with 12 goals. United leads the league with 83 goals scored this season and is second with just 29 goals allowed with a league high +54 goal differential. But they are 6-2-0 and in second place because of two losses to the league leading Tacoma Stars Reserves. Former Artesian Nate Salveson has started every game in goal after making the jump north from Tacoma Narrows just days before the season started.

For fans unable to make it to The Pavilion on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.

 

 

Manny Nicasio | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians their 2019-2020 Western Indoor Soccer League campaign on Saturday night when they welcome the Snohomish Skyhawks to town. With the Artesians just one point behind the Skyhawks for third place, it is a very important game in the race for the playoffs with just four games remaining. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military, and first responders and the Well 80 Beer Garden will be open for fans 21 and up.

The Artesians enter the game at 2-4-0 this season and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Two of those losses during the streak are one goal losses and other than an 8-1 loss in Bellingham, the Artesians have been outscored by just four goals in the other three losses. Oly Town fell to the Skyhawks, 8-6, and Jordan Zimmerman scored twice in a controversial contest that could have gone either way.

Alec Zimmerman still leads the team with six goals but has not played in the last three games. Collin Tate and Nate Boatright have each scored four times while Manny Nicasio has provided a spark three goals in four games including two goals last week against the Oly-Pen Force. JJ Olson has been solid in goal allowing 31 goals in 285 minutes for a 6.52 goals against average this season.

The Skyhawks are coming off of two extremely close games against the two top teams in the WISL. Before the Christmas break, they fell 6-5 to Bellingham United in Bellingham before snapping the Tacoma Stars Reserves 17 game winning streak last weekend with a 5-5 draw. They sit at 2-3-1 this season, just one point ahead of the Artesians and Force. Andrew Escalante leads Snohomish with six goals and Kevin Flavin trails him with five. Trevor Davoren has played every minute in goal for the Skyhawks, who have allowed 36 goals over six games, the third least in the WISL.

The Skyhawks have struggled on the road this season, going 0-3-0 away from their Dome. They fell to the Stars Reserves, 6-3, in week one, lost to the Force in week three, 9-6, and were nudged 6-5 in Bellingham. Meanwhile, the Artesians are just 1-2-0 at home with two one goal losses.

For fans unable to make it to The Pavilion on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.