OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host their Southwest Washington rival Grays Harbor Gulls on Wednesday in the semifinals of the inaugural Washington State Super Cup. First kick is set for 7:30 PM at Black Hills High School. Tickets are just $5 at the gate and the first 20 paying fans will receive a free Artesians scarf courtesy of Kevin Hayward State Farm. All Well Heads season ticket holders are free along with SPSCC, Saint Martin’s and Evergreen students with ID.

The first year of the Washington State Super Cup was open to all semi-pro soccer clubs across Washington State with nine clubs taking part this season. The Artesians knocked off the ISC Gunners of the Western Washington Premier League 7-0 in the quarterfinals with two goals from Saint Martin’s forward Jason Fairhurst and single goals by Neil Boyal, Angel Trejo-Delgado, Manny Nicasio, Christian Segovia and Geovanny Vazquez. Sawyer Price registered the shutout in goal.

Meanwhile, the Grays Harbor Gulls – another WWPL squad – knocked off the Harbor Force 2-0 to advance to Wednesday’s game and are riding a four-game winning streak between their league games and the Super Cup. They are led by Juan Oropeza’s three goals and three assists this season, but he is not eligible for Wednesday’s game because he received two yellow cards in the previous game. Alex Pugadelarosa and Oropeza scored in their Super Cup win and Alex Arias chipped in two assists.

This is the first competitive match between the Artesians and Gulls. The two teams met in a practice game two weeks ago with Oly Town jumping out to a 3-0 lead before making an almost entire team change at halftime and allowing two early second half goals before regaining control and taking the 3-2 win.

For those not able to attend, the game will be webcast by the Artesians Network on the Oly Town FC Facebook page. The winner of Wednesday’s contest will move on to the Super Cup Final to be played on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup.

After the Super Cup game, the Artesians get a weekend off before travelling to Yakima and Seattle on the June 29th and 30th. The next home Evergreen Premier League game is on Saturday, July 6th when the Tri-Cities Alliance hit the capital city. It’s a 6:00 PM first kick and tickets are available now at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

Sawyer Price | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

BREMERTON, Wash. – Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez scored in the first half and his brother, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez, scored the game winner in the second half to lead the Artesians to a 2-1 victory over the Oly-Pen Force at Gordon Field in Bremerton on Saturday afternoon. The win kept the Artesians in the playoff hunt in the Evergreen Premier League’s Cascade Conference with four games left in the regular season.

Oly Town opened the game dominating possession and produced several early chances. The Artesians chipped away at the Oly-Pen defense until Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez worked his way down to the end line and dribbled a pass into the middle that found Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez, who punched it to the right of Force keeper Cole Weaver for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.

The Force turned the tables on the Artesians to begin the second half and produced many dangerous opportunities until Keeton Heggerness got the final touch on a counterattack right before Oly Town goalkeeper Sawyer Price could get there and tied the game at 1-1 in the 63rd minute.

After the goal, the Artesians tightened up the defense and were able to get more possession going forward, again testing the Force defense. In the 76th minute, Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez received a pass, took two quick touches and fired a laser from 30 yards out, beating Weaver to the right to give them a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

The Force pressed over the final ten minutes to try to get the equalizer, but Price was up to the task making a handful of saves and the Artesians held on for the 2-1 win. They moved to 2-4-0 with six points in the Cascade Conference and are now five points behind the second place Seattle Stars for a playoff spot. The Force dropped to 3-2-1 and remain in second place in the Rainier Conference.

Oly Town FC will next face the Grays Harbor Gulls on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 7:30 PM. The first 20 fans through the gates will receive an Artesians scarf courtesy of Kevin Hayward State Farm.

The next home Evergreen Premier League game is on Saturday, July 6th when the Tri-Cities Alliance hit the capital city. It’s a 6:00 PM first kick and tickets are available now at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

Tino Pantaleon | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – For the second time this season, the Oly Town Artesians and Bellingham United went into second half stoppage time tied 1-1, and for the second time this season, Bellingham scored the game winner in extra time to take a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Black Hills High School.

Just like in their first meeting in Bellingham, the two teams battled to a scoreless score line in the first half with both Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson and Bellingham keeper Hector Gutierrez making a handful of saves over the first 45 minutes.

Shelton High School senior Many Nicasio entered the game at halftime and made an immediate impact taking a pass from Jerome Natt and lifting a shot with his knee over Gutierrez to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.

But Bellingham answered when Richard Henderson pounced on a rebound and fired it into the top corner making it 1-1 in the 69th minute. Bellingham then took control of the game and produced many chances for the final 20 minutes but the game entered stoppage time still tied 1-1. Finally, after chipping away at the Oly Town defense, Eleazar Galvan – the one-time EPLWA MVP for Wenatchee United – found some space and hooked a shot across his body and past Olson for the game winner in the 92nd minute. The final whistle sounded moments later to give the Hammers a 2-1 win, distancing themselves from the Seattle Stars for first place in the Cascade Conference.

The Artesians will try to regroup when they travel to Bremerton next Saturday to face the Oly-Pen Force at Gordon Field. First kick is set for 3:00 PM

Oly Town FC will return to Black Hills High School for a Washington State Super Cup semifinal match for their next home game. The date and time will be set this week. The next home Evergreen Premier League game is on Saturday, July 6th when the Tri-Cities Alliance hit the capital city. It’s a 6:00 PM first kick and tickets are available now at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

Manny Nicasio and Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonia Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians return to Evergreen Premier League play when they host Cascade Conference rival Bellingham United on Sunday afternoon at Black Hills High School. Coming off of a 7-0 Washington State Super Cup victory and playing their first league game with new head coach Tom Boatright, the Artesians will look to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Hammers in week one and take a step forward in the conference playoff race.

Tickets for the game are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military and first responders, and free for kids under 5. We will have Cinco De Mayo serving concessions, the inflatable soccer dart board, the giant soccer ball for kids at halftime, games and prizes including Well 80 Brewhouse gift cards and more. You can purchase tickets at the gate or online at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.

The Artesians enter Sunday’s game following a 3-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance in Pasco in their last league game on May 19th. They then knocked off the ISC Gunners 7-0 last Sunday in the Washington Super Cup quarterfinals. Oly started EPLWA play 0-3-0 despite outplaying their opponents for a good portion of each game including a stoppage time 2-1 loss to Bellingham in their first road game of the season.

Surafel Wodajo leads Oly Town with two goals but the Artesians have spread out the scoring in EPLWA play with five other goal scorers. Jason Fairhurst scored twice in the Cup game and Manny Nicasio has provided an offensive spark, scoring once in league play, once in an Artesians Reserves game and once against ISC on Sunday. Defensively, Collin LaBranche was named EPLWA Defensive Player Of The Week for his performance against the Alliance and JJ Olson registered the shutout in goal.

Bellingham United leads the EPLWA’s Cascade Conference with 10 points and are undefeated with three wins and one draw so far. They host the second place Seattle Stars on Saturday before making the trip to Olympia. The Hammers added a nice offensive piece this season with former EPLWA Goal King Eleazar Galvan joining them. He has three goals through four games to lead Bellingham. Goalkeeper Hector Rodriguez registered a shutout in last week’s 0-0 draw against Tri-Cities last Sunday.

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The Oly Town Artesians took it to the ISC Gunners on Sunday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the Washington State Super Cup with a 7-0 win. Jason Fairhurst led Oly Town with two goals and Angel Trejo-Delgado, Christian Segovia, Manny Nicasio, Neil Boyal and Geovanny Vazquez all added goals. You can see six of the seven goals by clicking here.

We also played an Artesians Reserves game on Friday night and you can see a bunch of pictures here.

Thanks to Sonia Purtteman for photographing both games!

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Angel Trejo-Delgado | Photo Credit: Molly Walsh

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians kicked off their Washington State Super Cup campaign with a resounding 7-0 win over the ISC Gunners at Black Hills High School on Sunday afternoon. Jason Fairhurst scored twice and Angel Trejo-Delgado and Geovanny Vazquez each scored once and added an assist and the Artesians were firing on all cylinders to move into the semifinals of the inaugural state tournament.

Oly got things rolling right away when Olympia High School grad Neil Boyal scored his first goal in his first game for the club slotting one home in the tenth minute. Nine minutes later Trejo-Delgado made it 2-0 after finishing a pass from Vazquez. The Artesians kept the pressure high and Trejo-Delgado intercepted a pass from ISC goalkeeper Sean Snyder and found a streaking Fairhurst who scored on the empty net to make it 3-0 in the 30th minute.

The Gunners had their best run of play early in the second half with a handful of shots that Artesians goalkeeper Sawyer Price handled easily. Then in the 62nd minute, after just subbing in moments earlier, Shelton’s Manny Nicasio unleashed a bullet from 35 yards out that found the top corner and made it 4-0. Fairhurst scored his second four minutes later, Christian Segovia did a tap dance down the goal line and found the back of the net in the 74th, and Vazquez capped it off, scoring Oly’s seventh goal in the 87th minute finishing off the big win.

The Artesians advanced to the semifinals and will find out their next opponent and their game location this early this week. They will face either Nido Aguila Club America, Kirkland FC or the Grays Harbor Gulls in the next round.

Oly Town 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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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.