Oly Men Clinch USL Playoff as #2 Seed and USL W Awards Announced

OLYMPIA, WA – The Artesian men’s program ended the regular season Friday night just shy of 400 fans and clinched the USL postseason for the first time in club history.

Although the team lost 2-1 against fourth place United PDX, the Artesians sit in second place in a division that takes two teams to the postseason. Ballard FC beating Capital FC 3-1 on Wednesday solidified the table for the top two clubs to prepare for a postseason run that starts next week on July 21st.

Oly Town saw two goalkeepers in last nights match, Seattle University keeper Charlie Lanphier in the first half then Puget Sound University keeper Ryan Saunders in the second. Pavel Valchev of Bulgaria got the lone goal for the Oly Town Artesians on the night. Valchev normally a defender getting his first goal of the year in the USL League Two.

This paves the ways for Oly Town to play July 21st at Interbay Stadium at 2PM against what is rumored to be by bracketology experts in the USL as Monterrey out of the Northern California division.

Nate Burgher Photography

Oly Town moved two spots from their fourth place finish in 2022 and find themselves in a unique position nationwide sending two teams to the USL national playoffs. Both USL W League and USL League two teams from Oly Town advanced which is a rare feat in the USL to do.

End of Season Interviews

Allen Escalante, Habib Famuditimi, Richy Lapointe-Guevara and Coach Liviu Bird!

Stay tuned for playoff information Monday as USL finishes the rest of the season across the nation this weekend to find out who the Artesians play July 21st to open the national playoffs in Seattle, WA.


2023 USL W League Club Awards

The Artesian women capped off an amazing inaugural year in the USL W League in 2023 with an undefeated regular season finish at 8-0-2. The women sealed a #1 Seed on the west coast but had to travel to Davis, CA to play a #4 seed in the opening game of the national playoff and lost 0-1.

Oly Town announced Friday the USL W team awards which includes standout performances from individuals on the team.

Oly Town Artesian Channel YouTube featured an in-depth look at the award winners by USL W General Manager Vanessa Crisp and hosted by John McGlamery. Watch the presentation below on YouTube!

Defensive Player of The Year

August Hunter (Harvard University)

Offensive Player of the Year

Alexis Washington (Univ of Oklahoma)

Most Inspirational

Mariah Lee (Stanford, Wake Forest, OL Reign)

“Most Fun” To Be Around

Ava Uribe (Syracuse University)

Most Valuable Player

Sydney Stephens (University of Illinois)

John McGlamery honored two players with the most minutes as well, Suzuka Yosue and Emily Bunnell as they were workhorses and played the most in the USL W League this season for Oly Town.

John McGlamery also had fun on the broadcast and apologized to defender Abby Jacobs in a fun twist where he accidentally blamed her for a foul in the penalty box earlier in the year that caused a penalty kick. The fun moment caps off the end of the USL W League honors on the broadcast.

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