PUYALLUP, Wash. – Daniel Gonzalez put the Oly Town Artesians up 1-0 early in a must win game against Washington Premier on Sunday afternoon, but WPFC rattled off four unanswered goals to knock the Artesians out of the playoff hunt and clinch the best record in the Evergreen Premier League’s regular season.
Needing to win out and get a little help from Spokane next week, the Artesians got off to a hot start against the team with the best record in the EPLWA. Daniel Gonzalez caught WPFC keeper Mike Arguello by surprise and popped one from distance over the top to put Oly up 1-0 in the 15th minute. It was Gonzalez’s fourth goal in four games played for the Artesians this season.
But Brandon Madsen tied it up 15 minutes later when he found a little bit of space and fired one past Oly goalkeeper Bradley Hanson, who made his second straight start in place of the injured JJ Olson. Hanson made a couple of fantastic saves over the next ten minutes, but a free kick by Edwin Brown beat him low in the 40th minute to give WPFC a 2-1 lead.
Washington Premier added two more goals in the second half, the first by Kodai Lida in the 54th minute, and Madsen’s second of the game and tenth of the season in the 80th minute, and held off the Artesians to take the 4-1 victory. The win moved them to 8-1-0 and they clinched the Cascade Division title. They also clinched the #1 seed in the first EPLWA playoffs beginning on July 21st.
The loss dropped the Artesians to 4-3-2 and they were eliminated from the playoff hunt in just their second season in the EPLWA. They will look to win their fifth game in their season finale on Sunday, July 15th at the Harmony Sports Complex.
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.
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.