Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians play for a trophy on Friday night and then wrap up their 2019 season at home on Saturday in a huge weekend of soccer for Olympia’s soccer club. Additionally, Artesians forward Jason Fairhurst was named the Evergreen Premier League’s Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal effort in week 8.

The weekend gets underway on Friday night when the Artesians travel to the Washington Premier Soccer Complex to face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle in the inaugural championship game of the Washington State Super Cup. First kick is set for 7:00 PM and tickets are $5 at the gate.

In the first season of this new cup for elite men’s amateur soccer teams in Washington, the Artesians knocked off the ISC Gunners 7-0 and Grays Harbor 2-1 to advance to the Final. Nido Aguila beat PacNW in penalty kicks and then beat Kirkland FC 2-1 in the semifinals. They feature former Artesian coach Nate Salveson in goal and are still in a position for the Western Washington Premier League title.

Then on Saturday, the Artesians host PacNW SC in the season finale. 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 and seniors.

Oly Town enters the game at 3-6-0 this season and has been eliminated from the playoff chase but can play spoiler with PacNW needing a win to clinch a playoff spot. PacNW features a couple of professional indoor soccer players with the Tacoma Stars in Cory Keitz and Vince McCluskey and are led by the current league leader in goals scored both this season and in a career, Tyler Bjork. Bjork has 62 regular season goals with three different teams: Bellingham United, Seattle Stars and now PacNW SC.

The Artesians are led by Jason Fairhurst, who was voted Evergreen Premier League Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal performance against Tri-Cities in last Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Alliance. The Snohomish native and Saint Martin’s junior has been outstanding this season tallying three goals in league play and two in Super Cup games while also setting up numerous opportunities for his teammates. Fairhurst is expected to be active for both games this weekend.

If fans cannot make it to the games this weekend, they will be livestreamed on the Artesians’ Facebook page with Brandon Sparks on the call. Visit FB.com/OlyTownFC to watch.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they head into the offseason and prepare for the Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

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.

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.