Christian Segovia scored his second goal of the season and Daniel Gonzalez added what proved to be the game winner early in the second half to lift the Oly Town Artesians to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Stars on a scorching Mother’s Day at Black Hills High School.
Game time temperature was 83 degrees and 95 degrees on the turf at Black Hills. Both teams struggled with the heat early until the Artesians found their footing about 20 minutes in. Segovia found a ball near the box, made a couple of moves, and buried a shot past Stars keeper Aty Taylor to give Oly a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. Both teams had a couple of chances after that, but the Artesians defense and keeper JJ Olson held strong and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The Artesians dominated the first part of the second half until Kolby Johnson’s corner kick found the head of Charlie Spurr, who flicked it on to Daniel Gonzalez, who headed it home for a 2-0 Artesians lead in the 61st minute.
Seattle finally broke through just four minutes later when Mason Bochner slotted a pass from Pablo Gallo past Olson to cut the lead in half, 2-1. The goal energized the Stars who dominated possession for the next 12 minutes including a shot that smacked the post in the 76th minute.
But just one minute later, Stars goalkeeper Aty Taylor collided with his defender and was knocked out completely, and taking an abundance of caution, the game was halted for over 20 minutes while the Littlerock Fire Department responded and an ambulance was called. Taylor was able to get up and walk off on his own power and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures and to get some stitches. The game resumed in the 77th minute.
Alex Molchan took his place in goal and Seattle pressed for the final 13+ minutes but was unable to come up with the equalizer.
The win moved the Artesians into first place of the Evergreen Premier League’s Coastal Division with four points. Seattle and Vancouver are tied with three points apiece after Vancouver’s 4-0 loss to Washington Premier.
The Artesians welcome Yakima United to town next Saturday night. It is Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night, with players from local youth soccer leagues getting in for $2 off of their ticket. First kick at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at Black Hills is set for 6:00 PM.