Submitted by Oly Town Artesians
Just like last Saturday, Oly Town surrendered an early goal to their opponent and had to play catch-up. Luis Valle put Yakima United up 1-0 in the 10th minute on an assist by Johnny Ramirez. Yakima continued to pour on the pressure, but the Artesians defense held firm and Trevor Thompson tied the game up, 1-1, in the 18th minute by pouncing on a loose ball and chipping it over Yakima keeper Luis Birrueta, who had strayed too far from his goal chasing the loose ball. Both teams kept up the pressure for the rest of the half, but the first 45 ended 1-1.
20 minutes into the second half, the Yakima crowd thought the Hoppers had taken the lead but the missed by the slimmest of margins and went into the side netting. Oly then had an opportunity right in front of goal, but Jason Fairhurst couldn’t wrap his foot around a high bouncing ball and the game remained knotted up 1-1.
In the 75th minute, after a foul by Yakima, Allen Escalante unleashed a long swinging ball into the box on a free kick and Collin LaBranche beat Birrueta to the ball and headed it home to give Oly the 2-1 lead with 15 to play. After some nervy moments including a shot just over the bar in stoppage time, the ref blew the whistle and the Artesians completed a 2-1 comeback win.
The win moved Oly to 2-1-0 at the midpoint of the shortened EPLWA season and into first place in the South Division.