TACOMA, Wash. – Former Oly Town Artesians skipper and current Tacoma goalkeeper Nate Salveson led Tacoma Narrows FC to just the second shutout in Western Indoor Soccer League history, an 8-0 win at the Tacoma Soccer Center. It is the first clean sheet since Aaron Anderson and the Tacoma Stars knocked off the Wenatchee Fire 5-0 on January 24th, 2015.

JC Henson opened the scoring for Narrows with 4:32 left in the first quarter, his first of two goals on the evening. Brent Ricigliano added two goals in the second half and Henson and Salveson each added an assist in the win. Former Artesian Matt Stalnik scored once and registered in an assist in his first game against his former team.

The loss dropped the Artesians to 0-7-1 this season and they have been eliminated from playoff contention despite losses by Oly-Pen and Snohomish. Tacoma Narrows (3-5-0, nine points) jumped up to third place with the win.

Oly Town will look to regroup with two home games to close out their 2018-2019 campaign, beginning with 2000s Night and Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Night next Saturday. Tickets for kids in youth uniform are just $2 and there will be a halftime contest and prizes all night long, courtesy of Wembley Soccer Shop. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:30.

Tacoma Narrows FC goals: JC Henson (2), Brent Ricigliano (2), Jeremy Maldonado, Shane Gutierrez, AJ Nitzel, Matt Stalnik
Oly Town Artesians goals: None

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians forward Eli Boatright has been voted Western Indoor Soccer League Offensive Player Of The Week for his game tying goal with 17 seconds left and an assist in the Artesians’ 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night.

After playing their best quarter of the season in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Snohomish, the Artesians found themselves down 3-2 early in the fourth quarter and on the ropes. But Oly Town kept fighting and Eli Boatright found Collin Tate on a breakaway and Tate scored to tie the game, 3-3 with 2:49 left.

Snohomish retook the lead, 4-3, with 1:31 left, but again, the Artesians didn’t quit and eventually forced the Skyhawks into a turnover. This time, Tate found Boatright with a pass and the 16 year-old Olympia High School student fought off an experienced defender more than twice his age and buried a shot past a goalkeeper more than twice his age to tie the game 4-4 with just 17 seconds left. Despite allowing the goal, Snohomish goalkeeper Trevor Davoren was voted the WISL’s Defensive POTW.

Boatright, the little brother of longtime Oly Town captain Nate Boatright, has provided a spark for the struggling Artesians indoor program in his first season of indoor soccer, scoring three goals and assisting on three more while playing stronger than his 16 years and standing up to experienced defenders across the league. The draw was the first WISL point for the Artesians in over a year and their first point ever at the Snohomish Soccer Dome against the Skyhawks.

Eli and the rejuvenated Artesians will look for more on Saturday night when they travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face fifth place Tacoma Narrows FC at 7:00 PM.

They will finally return home for their final two games of the season when they play host to the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday, January 26th. First kick on 2000’s Night and Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Night is set for 6:30 PM at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. Kids in their youth uniforms get in for just $2 thanks to Wembley Soccer Shop.

Eli Boatright | Photo: Charis Wilson

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – 16 year-old Eli Boatright fought past a defender more than twice his age to score the game tying goal with just 17 seconds left and earn the Oly Town Artesians their first point of the season and their first point ever against the Snohomish Skyhawks at the Snohomish Soccer Dome.

The was a defensive battle for the first 30 minutes with both goalkeepers, Oly Town’s Ryan Fakkema and Snohomish’s Trevor Davoren, making numerous fantastic saves with only one blemish, a defensive mix up that led to a Skyhawks goal with 2:01 left in the first quarter.

The Artesians played arguably their best quarter all season in the third, scoring twice and killing two power plays. Nate Boatright opened the scoring just after the Skyhawks killed a power play, tying the game 1-1 with 11:41 left in the quarter. Three minutes later, Esau Vazquez gave the Artesians a 2-1 lead off a pass from Eli Boatright. The Skyhawks had back-to-back power plays beginning at the 6:45 mark but Oly Town was able to kill both and take a one goal lead into the fourth quarter.

But the Skyhawks took advantage of another mix up on the backline and tied the game with 12:10 to play and then took the lead 3-2 on a counter attack with 9:13 to play. But the Artesians kept fighting and after failing to capitalize on a power play, Collin Tate poked one past Davoren to tie the game 3-3.

Snohomish answered again and took the 4-3 lead with 1:31 left but couldn’t hold off the Artesians attack and a beauty of a pass from Tate allowed Eli Boatright to find just enough space in front of the Skyhawks defender to score the game tying goal with 17 seconds left. Oly held off one last ditch attack to pick up their first point of the season.

A young Oly Town roster featuring four players making their indoor soccer debut allowed their least amount of goals in a game this season and improved to 0-6-1 with a trip to Tacoma to face fifth place Narrows FC next Saturday night.

The Artesians will return home to close out their regular season with two games beginning on Saturday, January 26th when they face the Oly-Pen Force. First kick at The Pavilion is set for 6:00 PM.

With the second straight draw, Snohomish improved to 2-3-2 and coupled with an Oly-Pen Force loss, took over third place in the Western Indoor Soccer League with three games left to play.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Nate Boatright, Esau Vazquez, Collin Tate, Eli Boatright
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: PENDING REPORT