OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper Bradley Hanson has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Western Indoor Soccer League for his performance against Bellingham United in the team’s season finale on Saturday night.
Hanson tallied 32 saves and was instrumental in keeping a depleted Artesians team close to the high powered and first place Bellingham squad until late in the contest. Hanson, a Shelton native and crewman for Mason County PUD 3, made the start with regular starter JJ Olson pressed into field duty. It was his second start of the season.
His performance in a 10-5 loss was so impressive that the Bellingham United staff were the first to nominate him for the award. Bellingham striker Richard Henderson won the Offensive Player of the Week award with three goals and five assists against Hanson and Oly Town.
It is the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Oly this season. JJ Olson was given the award for his performance in an upset win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves on December 16th. It is the fourth time an Artesian has won the award. Goalkeeper Evan Munn won the award twice during the 2015-2016 season.
With the WISL season coming to an end for the Artesians, focus now turns to the outdoor Evergreen Premier League season. Multiple announcements will come soon with tryouts set for late March or early April, preseason games beginning in April, and the regular season will begin in early May. Oly Town is set to play in the newly formed Coastal Division along with the Vancouver Victory and the defending league champion Seattle Stars.
TJ O’Connor scored three goals and chipped in three assists for the Oly Town Artesians in their 8-4 win over the Oly Legends in a friendly on Austin Kelley Night on January 27th. The two teams honored the memory of Austin Kelley in front of a fantastic crowd and handed out team awards for the 2017 outdoor EPLWA season. Josh Dube scored twice and Esau Vazquez and Joshua Southall each added goals for the Artesians. The game included goals by Randy Garcia, Tom Arndt, Jake Sanford and Daniele Zaccagnini for the Legends.
Jared Wenzelburger checks in with this photo gallery from the game…
Bellingham, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season with an 10-5 loss to first place Bellingham United on Saturday night. JJ Olson, playing the field for the first time this season, and Matt Stalnik each scored twice to pace Oly Town, and Bradley Hanson made 32 saves behind a depleted Artesians roster that kept things close until late in the game.
Stalnik scored his first goal of the game to tie things up at 1-1 midway through the first quarter and Oly added three goals in the second quarter – one from Brett Stallworth and both of Olson’s goals – and trailed the two-time defending WISL champions 6-4 at halftime. But Bellingham stepped up their defense and allowed just one more goal over the final 30 minutes – Stalnik’s second early in the fourth quarter – to secure the #1 seed in the WISL playoffs.
Nick Cashmere scored four goals and Richard Henderson scored a hat trick and added five assists for the Hammers. Noe Betancourt, Sawyer Preston and Kenny Parker each added goals to help United move to 7-1-0 this season.
Oly Town fell to 1-7-0 in league play this season, completing a frustrating season in which they allowed 9.63 goals per game, the most goals on average of any team in WISL history.
With his two goals, Matt Stalnik finished the season with nine and took the top spot for the team. He now has 22 goals over four seasons and 20 games with the club. Gabriele Zaccagnini scored eight goals to finish second.
The outdoor Evergreen Premier League season is next up for the Artesians. Look for announcements on coaching staff, facility and more shortly. Tryouts will take place in late March or early April, preseason games get started in April and the season will start in early May.