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Tom Boatright

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians announced today that the club has made a coaching leadership change with Tom Boatright, a long time Olympia area player and coach, named as Manager, taking over for Matt Herrera. Boatright will coach the team for the rest of the 2019 season.

“Coaching continuity is always a plus,” said Oly Town FC Director of Soccer Operations Leon Grinnell. “However, we have a couple of weeks between games for the players to adapt to a new structure, system and its demands.”

Matt Herrera took over the Artesians before the 2018 season and led the team to a 5-3-2 record last year, finishing with the third best record in the EPLWA but missed out on the playoffs due to wild card rules. The club struggled to a disappointing 0-3-0 record to start this season leading to the change before Sunday’s trip to Tri-Cities. An original Oly Town player, the club thanks him for all that he has given the team over the past four years.

Tom Boatright joins the Artesians with an impressive soccer resume. Coaching at youth, high school and collegiate levels for local clubs and schools, Boatright has several decades of teaching and supporting Olympia’s top soccer products and has helped teams achieve numerous outstanding accomplishments. Tom’s passion as a teacher and leader and his commitment will continue the building tradition of the Artesians’ club. Tom is also a professional artist and an owner in the local technology consulting firm Integrated Solutions Group.

“Tom is a class act and well respected within Washington State soccer circles,” continued Grinnell. “He has a vast knowledge of the game and just as important, the player pool. We believe this is the right person, at the right time.”

“I’m very excited to join the Artesians team,” said Boatright. “The vision and mission of this club is something that ignites my passion to help the community grow it’s soccer foundation. I’m also very appreciative of the club’s ownership, leaders and the sponsorship group. When asked to join the team and help, the answer was easy to come to.”

Boatright will retain current assistant coach Steve Schmidt and will be joined on the bench by Nick Boatright. Tom’s son Nate Boatright is an Original Artesian, having played with the team since their inception in 2014 and has served as the team’s captain for multiple seasons both indoor and outdoor. His younger son, Eli, has rejoined the team after his high school season came to an end.

The Artesians have a little bit of time to get used to their new coach with the Memorial Day weekend coming up. Oly Town will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 PM.

Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252.

Week-Three

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians defender Collin LaBranche was named the Evergreen Premier League Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Olympia High School alum was playing in his first game for the Artesians this season after graduating from Saint Martin’s last week and led the club to a 3-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance in Pasco.

Despite a talented squad, the Artesians got off to a rough start to the season but got a nice boost with the return of LaBranche and a couple of other Saint Martin’s players. They played their most complete game on Sunday at Edgar Brown Stadium and picked up their first win of the season and are very much alive in the EPLWA’S Cascade Conference. LaBranche, who will return for one more season with the Saints this fall, won every challenge that came his way and solidified a backline that had struggled over the first two weeks.

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Collin LaBranche with the Artesians in 2017

This is the sixth time that an Oly Town player has been honored with a Defensive POTW award in their three seasons in the EPLWA. Nate Boatright and Kyle Wiese won the award in 2017 and JJ Olson, Crisantos Chavez and Marcos Borja were all honored during the 2018 season.

The Artesians will give LaBranche and their players a well deserved break for the Memorial Day weekend but will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 PM.

Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252.

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Goalkeeper JJ Olson in preseason action | Photo: Charis Wilson

PASCO, Wash. – Oly Town FC exploded for two goals in the 49th minute and goalkeeper JJ Olson made five saves and kept a clean sheet to lead the Artesians to a 3-0 win over Tri-Cities Alliance in Sunday afternoon Evergreen Premier League action at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

Despite many good chances in the first half for both teams, both Olson and Alliance keeper Jose Herrera avoided any damage for the first 45 minutes and both teams went to the break without a score.

But the Artesians finally put it all together in the 49th minute beginning with Shelton High School senior Manny Nicasio’s first goal in his first game that made it 1-0. Just moments later, following a turnover off of the Tri-Cities restart, Evergreen State product Tino Pantaleon scored his first goal as an Artesian and Oly Town took a commanding 2-0 lead.

After allowing the second goal, Tri-Cities picked up the pressure, but Oly was able to weather the storm and dominated play over the final 30 minutes. Pasco’s Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez, also playing in his first game for Oly Town on his high school’s field, added an insurance goal in the 85th minute to ice the game away.

The Alliance had a couple of decent chances over the final seven minutes of play, but Olson and the backline of Collin Tate, Collin LaBranche and Nate Boatright kept the shutout and Oly Town earned their first victory of the season with a 3-0 win.

The win moves Oly Town to 1-3-0 on the season but more importantly, they are just one point behind Yakima United for second place in the Cascade Conference. Bellingham United, coming off a pair of weekend wins, sits in first place with nine points.

The Artesians and the EPLWA now take a break for Memorial Day. Oly Town will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 PM.

Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some high quality soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252.