Manny Nicasio | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians their 2019-2020 Western Indoor Soccer League campaign on Saturday night when they welcome the Snohomish Skyhawks to town. With the Artesians just one point behind the Skyhawks for third place, it is a very important game in the race for the playoffs with just four games remaining. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military, and first responders and the Well 80 Beer Garden will be open for fans 21 and up.

The Artesians enter the game at 2-4-0 this season and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Two of those losses during the streak are one goal losses and other than an 8-1 loss in Bellingham, the Artesians have been outscored by just four goals in the other three losses. Oly Town fell to the Skyhawks, 8-6, and Jordan Zimmerman scored twice in a controversial contest that could have gone either way.

Alec Zimmerman still leads the team with six goals but has not played in the last three games. Collin Tate and Nate Boatright have each scored four times while Manny Nicasio has provided a spark three goals in four games including two goals last week against the Oly-Pen Force. JJ Olson has been solid in goal allowing 31 goals in 285 minutes for a 6.52 goals against average this season.

The Skyhawks are coming off of two extremely close games against the two top teams in the WISL. Before the Christmas break, they fell 6-5 to Bellingham United in Bellingham before snapping the Tacoma Stars Reserves 17 game winning streak last weekend with a 5-5 draw. They sit at 2-3-1 this season, just one point ahead of the Artesians and Force. Andrew Escalante leads Snohomish with six goals and Kevin Flavin trails him with five. Trevor Davoren has played every minute in goal for the Skyhawks, who have allowed 36 goals over six games, the third least in the WISL.

The Skyhawks have struggled on the road this season, going 0-3-0 away from their Dome. They fell to the Stars Reserves, 6-3, in week one, lost to the Force in week three, 9-6, and were nudged 6-5 in Bellingham. Meanwhile, the Artesians are just 1-2-0 at home with two one goal losses.

For fans unable to make it to The Pavilion on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The second half of the 2019-2020 Western Indoor Soccer League season kicks off on Saturday night when the Oly Town Artesians welcome the Oly-Pen Force to town. It is a rematch of the opening game of the season that the Artesians took, 9-6. Kick off at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military, and first responders.

The Artesians enter the second half in fourth place in the WISL with a 2-3-0 record and are coming off a narrow 6-5 loss to the first place and defending champion Tacoma Stars Reserves on December 22nd. The Artesians play three of their final five games at home and will only travel as far as the Tacoma Soccer Center for their two road games, facing both Tacoma teams – Narrows and the Stars Reserves – on the road.

Alec Zimmerman leads the way for the Artesians in his first indoor season with six goals and four assists in just three games. He missed the final two games of the first half with an ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday’s game. Veteran Nate Boatright has added five assists and scored twice. Oly has really spread the scoring around this season with 20 different goal scorers and the improved offense is just 10 goals behind the entire total of goals scored last season.

The Oly-Pen Force are 1-4-0 this season, but after a tough start, they come in just a game behind the Artesians with a very different roster than the one that lost to Oly Town in Bremerton on November 16th. Former WISL Golden Boot winner Alex Hernandez leads the Force with seven goals and goalkeeper Cole Weaver was named Defensive Player Of The Week for week three when he held Snohomish to six goals in his season debut, giving the Force their only win of the season.

The road has not treated the Force well this season: they set a record for worst loss in league history falling 26-3 to Bellingham in week two, and they were shutout, 9-0, by the Stars Reserves in week four.

The Well 80 Brewhouse Beer Garden, including the party porch – which has been a very popular addition to The Pavilion this season, will be open and serving beverages for fans 21 and over. There will be delicious concessions, giveaways, games, and more all night long. Doors open at 5:45.

For fans unable to make it to The Pavilion on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians return home to face the defending WISL champion Tacoma Stars Reserves in the last game of 2019 on Saturday night. The Well 80 Beer Garden will be open along with the new Beer Garden porch and there will be giveaways and other Holiday festivities all game long. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 and doors open at 5:45. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years old, military, seniors and first responders.

The Artesians enter the final game of the first half with a 2-2-0 record, tied for third place in the Western Indoor Soccer League but behind the Snohomish Skyhawks on playoff tiebreakers. Alec Zimmerman leads the team with six goals and four assists but missed the game in Bellingham with an injured ankle. Four players trail Zimmerman with two goals each and Oly has spread the scoring around this season with 16 different goal scorers. JJ Olson has been solid in goal making four starts while Hunter Bowman made his Artesians debut last weekend and held Bellingham scoreless for the final eight minutes of the game.

The Stars Reserves come into The Pavilion riding a 16 game winning streak and are coming off a shutout of the Oly-Pen Force last weekend at the Tacoma Soccer Center. They are 4-0-0 this season and feature multiple players that are signed to professional contracts with the Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars including goalkeeper Mike Arguello, Logan Jones and Ismael DeLuna. Jones and DeLuna, along with WISL veteran Nate Ford, lead the Reserves with five goals apiece. The Stars Reserves are the stingiest team in the WISL, allowing just seven goals over four games this season.

The Artesians and Stars Reserves have played some fascinating games over the years at The Pavilion. Last season, the Artesians kept it close, down by just two with 4:09 left in the third quarter before the Reserves took advantage of an injury to starting goalkeeper Bradley Hanson and outscored Oly 11-1 over the final 19 minutes to take a 17-5 victory.

Two seasons ago, the Artesians shocked the Stars Reserves with a 7-5 win. It was one of only two losses for Tacoma in the 2017-2018 regular season and Oly Town’s only win of the season. Three seasons ago, Matt Herrera scored the equalizer with 25 seconds left before Willie Spurr scored the game winner with 10 seconds left for a thrilling 6-5 victory.

For fans unable to attend the game on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.