Gabriele Zaccagnini

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gabriele Zaccagnini and Nate Boatright each recorded braces to lead the Oly Town Artesians in a 15-6 opening night loss to the Snohomish Skyhawks. Three Skyhawks recorded hat tricks – Andrew Escalante, Paul Burgess and Alex Molchan – in their big Western Indoor Soccer League win.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the game on goals by John Troka and Aaron Burns and built a 3-0 lead before Zaccagnini made it 3-1 with 4:48 left in the first quarter. But the Skyhawks exploded for seven goals in the second quarter, including two by Escalante, and took a commanding 11-3 lead at halftime.

Tonbra Akpobodor scored once in his debut for the Artesians and JT Meyer added a goal in the fourth quarter, but the Artesians couldn’t get out of the hole they dug for themselves and allowed 15 goals for the second time in franchise history. The nine goal loss was the second worse loss for the Artesians over the course of four their four seasons. The Tacoma Stars knocked them off 15-2 during the 2014-2015 season.

Tye Hastings scored twice for the Skyhawks and Corey Hendricksen added another to round out the scoring. Trevor Daveron got the start in goal and split time with Seth Hespe, who made numerous fantastic saves when Oly turned up the pressure in the third quarter.

Oly Town now has a couple of weeks to right the ship with a bye next week and the Thanksgiving break coming up. They will travel to the Snohomish Soccer Dome for a rematch with the Skyhawks on December 2nd. They return home to face the Tacoma Stars Reserves on December 16th. First kick at The Pavilion at Evergreen is set for 6:30 PM.

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Goalkeeper JJ Olson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians open up the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season when they play host to the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:30 PM where a healthy mix of experienced players and newcomers look to build on their strong 2016-2017 campaign.

The Artesians wrapped up their best season in the WISL in third place with a record of 4-5-1 with 13 points, good enough for third place and an appearance in the WISL semifinals. Willie Spurr led the club with 14 goals and JJ Olson started every game at goalkeeper.

Olson returns to the Artesians as the club’s leader in goalkeeper wins. The Saint Martin’s alum and Minnesota native has spent two seasons with the club, backing up Evan Munn in his first season and taking over the role of starter last season. He will be pushed for time by newcomer Brad Hanson, who played well in his first season of indoor with the Artesians and allowed just one goal at the WISL Tournament in late October.

Other returners include defenders Nate Boatright and Brett Stallworth. Both have become fixtures on the backline for the Artesians. Stallworth, a Tacoma native, has not missed an indoor game in two seasons and brings a professional work ethic and toughness to the position. JT Meyer returns to the frontline for Oly and Matt Stalnik returns to provide a good option in the post position.

A host of newcomers, including Capital High School grads and former Evergreen players, Jake and Jordan Zimmerman, will attempt to replace the scoring of Willie Spurr. Spurr had a fantastic season for the Timbers U23s and is taking the indoor season off to focus on his professional outdoor career and hopes to sign with a USL club soon.

The Skyhawks enter Saturday’s game as the only indoor club remaining in Snohomish County after Sporting Everett FC folded in the offseason. This brings a handful of former Everett players into the fold and gives the Skyhawks more depth than they have had over their 11 seasons of indoor play across various leagues.

Kick off at The Pavilion is set for 6:30 PM with gates opening at 5:45. Fans are encouraged to bring drums, noise makers and more. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. Chinqually Booters players in uniform are admitted for free with a paying adult and can accompany the team during introductions.

TACOMA, Wash. – Sebastian Lyons scored three goals in the final game of the Western Indoor Soccer League tournament to lead the Oly Town Artesians to a 3-0 victory over the Tacoma Stars Reserves 2 squad. The Artesians finished the tourney at the Tacoma Soccer Center 1-1-1, with a 6-1 loss to defending WISL champion Bellingham United and a 1-1 draw against the Olympic Force 2.

Artesians newcomer T.J. O’Connor tallied a goal and an assist during the tournament. Matt Stalnik was the recipient of O’Connor’s assist, scoring the lone goal during the game one against Bellingham.

In the second game, goalkeeper Bradley Hanson kept the Force off the board for 23 of the 24 minutes of the mini-game, but a miscommunication in front of the goal led to Olympic taking a 1-0 lead with a little less than a minute left. But O’Connor answered moments later, driving a shot past the Olympic keeper to equalize and give the Artesians a 1-1 draw.

In game three, Lyons put the Artesians up 1-0, scoring from right in front of the goal with four minutes left in the first half, and then finished two more times in the second half to give the Oly Town the 3-0 win. JJ Olson and Hanson split time in goal to put up the clean sheet against the Stars Reserves 2 and Tonbra Hkpobodor tallied an assist.

In the championship game, the Stars Reserves 1 knocked off Bellingham 3-1 to win the WISL tournament.

Up next, the regular season. Oly Town will kick it all off on Saturday, November 11th when they play host to the Snohomish Skyhawks. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM.