OLYMPIA, WA – The Oly Town Artesians kickoff the new Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) season this Saturday, October 28 against the Tacoma Stars at the Tacoma Soccer Center. The 7PM kickoff is set for after a Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) exhibition between the pro-Tacoma Stars and Bellingham United who kickoff at 430PM.
Oly faced league newcomer the Vancouver Lightning in a friendly last Saturday which saw new faces to the Artesian roster after many player departures of names such as Jason Fairhurst, Alex Vogt, Brett Stallworth, Mitchell Balmer and Rainier Schlekewey. The Artesians were able to win 13-4 over Vancouver with a new, energized squad helmed by Head Coach Nick Boatright.
Returning signings announced by the Artesians that are currently available to play are Oly Legend Nate Boatright (captain), Kasey Sidor (15 goals in 2022), TR Jewett (Defender) and Isaiah Damschen (goalkeeper).
Oly Town on Saturday saw newcomers Jake Irwin scoring 3 goals, Miguel Bravo, Gavin Smiley and Kasey Sidor each with 2 goals and Oly Legend JJ Olson splitting time in goal with last years incumbent keeper Isaiah Damschen.
The match Saturday against the Tacoma Stars will be a tough test as the Stars are a pro-arena organization that serves as a rotating reserve roster for the Major Arena Soccer League. Oly Town tied the Stars 5-5 in Olympia in 2023 but dropped their away match in Tacoma 3-5. The Stars would go on to win the Championship in 2023.
The Artesians clinched the 2022-23 arena postseason on a resounding undefeated home league record but lost in the semifinals in a tight matchup against the Everett City FC 5-6.
There is a new WISL league setup with three divisions with new teams and seasonal format. Oly Town resides in the St Helens division and will face divisional foes South Sound FC and Vancouver Lightning twice while playing each other club at least once.
Oly Town is an Olympia, Washington based arena and USL franchise soccer club that was founded in 2014. It’s legends and statistics are recorded and kept online at olytownfc.com. Below are Oly Town arena stats and records.
Career Arena Goals: Collin Tate 32 Goals, Willie Spurr 30 Goals, Kailey Utley 25 Goals
Career Arena Appearances: Josh Dube 59 Apps, Brett Stallworth 56 Apps
Single Season Arena Records: Kailey Utley 25 Goals, Jason Fairhurst 19 Goals, Kasey Sidor (15 goals)
Most Career GK Appearances: JJ Olson 34 Apps
The Artesians will host their first home WISL match of the year on Saturday, November 4 at the Evergreen State College Pavilion against the Olympic Force of Bremerton, Washington. Tickets are available at olytownfc.com. $8 general admission, $5 college/hs ID and kid’s 12 and under are in free thanks to the Oly Soccer Foundation.
The Oly Town women’s program is holding tryouts for all those interested in playing on Thursday, November 2nd at 7PM. Player interest forms can be found on the teams website. The ladies kickoff their regular season in December in the Northwest Premier League (NWPLi).
Season tickets and single match tickets are available for both arena seasons by visiting olytownfc.com or clicking here.
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