OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will host the defending Evergreen Premier League champion Seattle Stars on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th, to open their 2018 home slate, the first of five league games at Black Hills High School this season. Oly will travel north to take on Bellingham United to open their season on Saturday, May 5th.

It’s a year of change in the EPLWA with the Tri-Cities Alliance becoming the ninth team in the league and a change in competition format. The league moves from a single table – crowning a champion based on the regular season – to a playoff format with the playoffs consisting of three division winners and one wild card team. The Artesians will play in the Coastal Division against the Seattle Stars and Vancouver Victory.

Here is the complete 2018 EPLWA season schedule (home games in bold, all times TBA, *Coastal Division):

Saturday, May 5th – @ Bellingham United – Location: TBA
Sunday, May 13th – vs. Seattle Stars* – Location: Black Hills HS
Saturday, May 19th – vs. Yakima United – Location: Black Hills HS
Saturday, June 2nd – vs. Spokane Shadow – Location: Black Hills HS

Sunday, June 10th – @ Seattle Stars* – Location: TBA
Saturday, June 16th – vs. Tri-Cities Alliance – Location: Black Hills HS
Sunday, June 17th – @ Vancouver Victory* – Location: Harmony Sports, Vancouver, WA
Saturday, June 30th – vs. Vancouver Victory* – Location: Black Hills HS
Sunday, July 1st – @ Olympic Force – Location: TBA
Sunday, July 9th – @ Washington Premier FC – Location: WA Premier Complex, Puyallup
July 21/22 – EPLWA Playoffs Semifinals
July 28/29 – EPLWA Championship Game

Tryouts for the 2018 EPLWA season are set for Saturday, March 31st at 11:00 AM and Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM on the turf at Black Hills High School. The registration fee is $25 and players are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tryouts.


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will host open tryouts for their 2018 Evergreen Premier League season on Saturday, March 31st and Monday, April 2nd on their new home pitch at Black Hills High School, conducted by their new outdoor head coach, Matt Herrera.

Thurston County’s elite men’s soccer team returns to their Tumwater roots this season by playing their Evergreen Premier League season at the new soccer field at Black Hills High School. Completed in September of 2017, the facility features a brand-new turf field, field lighting allowing for evening games, seating for over 300 spectators and plenty of room for many more, and for the first time in Oly Town history, parking right next to the field.

“We considered moving to one of the local high school stadiums this season,” said Artesians General Manager Brandon Sparks. “But we love the idea of keeping our games intimate, putting fans right on top of the action, not having a track separating fans from the players, and not making our fans walk into the middle of campus. The Tumwater School District and Black Hills have done a great job of creating a very nice, new facility that we are proud to call home for practices and games this season.”

The Artesians played their first indoor soccer season in Tumwater but on the other side of I-5 at the former Olympia Indoor Soccer.

Olympia native and Artesians current indoor head coach Matt Herrera has been named to the same position for the outdoor EPLWA season. Herrera has been coaching high school soccer since 2006 and has been a varsity head coach for the past nine years, first at Yelm High School where he coached current Oklahoma City Energy players Miguel and Daniel Gonzalez, and now at his alma mater, North Thurston High School.

“We’re excited to have Matt take over our outdoor squad,” continued Sparks. “Players respect him as a coach and enjoy playing for him. He has been an integral part of our team as a player and a coach and he knows our strength and weaknesses as a club and will do well building a squad.”

Matt Herrera | Credit: Jared Wenzelburger

Herrera has set open tryout dates for Saturday, March 31st at 11:00 AM and Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM on the turf at Black Hills High School. The registration fee is $25 and players are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tryouts.

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.