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.