OLYMPIA, Wash. – JT Meyer scored twice and the Oly Town Artesians scored three goals in four minutes midway through the second half to roll to a 4-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Oly goalkeeper JJ Olson made five saves and recorded his first clean sheet of the season and the Artesians improved to 3-1-2 with 11 points this season.
Meyer started the game off right when he received a pass from Nate Boatright, made a couple of moves in front of the goal, and buried his shot past Alliance keeper Tonio Gonzalez to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead, one that they would not relinquish.
After the opening goal, both teams struggled in midfield and allowed good opportunities and Tri-Cities dominated possession for the last ten minutes of the half. Jason Rodriguez had the best opportunity but banged one off the post in the 31st minute, and the Lions could not get on the board before heading into the break.
They continued to hold the advantage for the first ten minutes of the second half, but then a switch flipped for the Artesians and it was a completely different game from then on. Sebastian Lyons started the goal-splosion with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute, and then moments later, Nigel El-Sokkary got behind the Tri-Cities defense on a counter attack and scored his first goal in his Oly Town debut. El-Sokkary, The Olympian’s 2016 All-Area Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year, was a late addition to the roster after Angel Trejo-Delgado was unable to play due to injury.
Meyer earned his brace just three minutes later on another counter attack, and Oly continued to put on the pressure for the final 30 minutes and were able to keep Tri-Cities off the board for their first clean sheet of the season.
The win moved Oly into second place in the Coastal Division with 11 points and to within one point of the division leading Seattle Stars. They are now two points ahead of the Vancouver Victory in the division and they will make a quick turnaround and travel to the Harmony Sports Complex to face the Victory tomorrow at 5:00 PM.
The Artesians will return home for the final regular season home game on Saturday, June 30th against the Vancouver Victory. First kick at Black Hills is set for 6:00 PM and tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians open the second half of their Evergreen Premier League season with a pair of games this weekend, first at home against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday night, followed by a trip to Vancouver to take on the Victory in a critical Coastal Division contest on Sunday. Saturday night’s game at Black Hills High School is another Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night. Kids in their youth uniforms get in for $2 off a regular priced ticket. And the first 50 fans through the gates will get an Oly Town FC crest magnet.
The Artesians wrapped up the first half with their first loss of the season, a rough 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Stars. Before that game, Oly Town had allowed just four goals, with only one of those coming in the run of play and three penalty kick goals. They now sit in third place in the highly competitive Coastal Division, one point behind the Victory and four points behind Seattle.
Daniel Gonzalez and Christian Segovia lead the way for the Artesians with three goals each and Gonzalez has a pair of assists to lead the team in points in just three games played. Defender Crisantos Chavez leads field players in minutes, playing 400 of 450 possible minutes, and was named EPLWA Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago for his performance against Spokane. Daniele Zaccagnini just trails him with 398 minutes played.
Saturday night, the Artesians host the expansion Tri-Cities Alliance. The Lions, in their first season in the EPLWA, have played well and sit atop the Columbia Division at 3-3-0 with nine points. Lenin Guzman is second in the EPLWA with four goals scored and was named Offensive Player of the Week last week with two goals in two games. Tonio Gonzalez has one clean sheet between the pipes. These two teams played to a 1-1 draw in group play of the preseason Evergreen Cup in April.
Vancouver sits at 3-2-0 with nine points in the Coastal Division. They have been very good on their home field notching all three wins at Harmony Sports, but they have not fared as well on the road. Like the Artesians, they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Seattle Stars at Starfire and lost 4-0 to Washington Premier in Puyallup. University of Portland alum Brandon Zambrano leads the Victory with three goals after his hat trick against Spokane.
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Tri-Cities are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, seniors and military members. Kids under 5 are free and kids in their youth soccer uniforms get in for $2 off and will get to accompany the teams onto the field for introductions and will have the opportunity to play on the field at halftime. First kick is set for 6:00 PM and pre-game festivities start at 5:50.
The first half of the Oly Town Artesians’ Evergreen Premier League season came to an end with their first loss of the season, a 4-0 struggle against the Seattle Stars at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Quinn Width was there and delivered this photo gallery. Thanks Quinn!
The Artesians kick off the second half with two tough games this weekend, starting with a home tilt at Black Hills High School against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday night at 6:00 PM. It’s another Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night, with kids in uniform getting in for $2 off a regular priced ticket.
They then travel to Vancouver for a Father’s Day against the Vancouver Victory at the Harmony Sports Complex. First kick is set for 5:00 PM on Sunday night.