OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host a huge Leap Day night of indoor soccer on Saturday night when they play the annual Austin Kelley Tribute Game at 4:30 and then host the very first women’s game in Western Indoor Soccer League history when the Oly-Pen Force come to town at 6:35. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military and first responders and gets you into both games at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The Well 80 Beer Garden will be open for fans 21 and up and Delmonico’s Heritage Butcher will be on site with a wood-fired BBQ providing delicious concessions.

The Artesians will play the first women’s game in club and WISL history beginning at 6:35. The inaugural WISL season consists of six regular season games featuring four teams – the Artesians, Oly-Pen Force, Snohomish Skyhawks, and Tacoma Narrows. The Artesians are coached by Kate Green, a native of Kent that played collegiately at Seattle U and Evergreen State and is a highly experienced coach with Washington Premier FC and Pacific Lutheran.

Green’s squad will feature many local players including Timberline alum Leah Magee – a first team all-conference performer last season at Pacific Lutheran, veteran of the area soccer community Niki Covert, North Thurston and Evergreen alum Emily Sorenson, and current Geoduck Sunny Bieber. Forward Angela Celedon led Washington Premier of the outdoor Northwest Premier League with seven goals last season and she is expected to team with Tacoma’s Aubrey Smith up front.

“Our team talks a lot about how grateful we are for this opportunity,” said Green. “We are putting a lot of pride in the legacy we leave. We want people to see that we are hard-working, humble, good players and most importantly people. We want the next generation to be looking forward to their chance to be a lady Artesian.”

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Before the women kick off their first ever game, the Artesians men will play their last indoor game of the season with their annual friendly against the Oly Legends all-star team in tribute to Austin Kelley. Austin Kelley, a star player for Olympia High School and Saint Martin’s and an Artesian during the 2015-2016 season, passed away in a tragic accident in 2016 that shocked the entire Olympia area soccer community. Since then, the Artesians have played a game in his honor every year and have made a donation to his family in his memory. This season’s game will kick off at 4:30 before the women’s game.

Manny Nicasio | Photo: Andrew Repcik

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will play their last league home game on Saturday night when they welcome Bellingham United to town. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:35 PM. It is Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night with kids in their youth soccer uniform receiving free admission and their parents admitted for $5. Kids will also have the opportunity to walk out with the players during introductions, be entered into a drawing to compete in the Olympia Jeep’s Artesians Rally at halftime, and much more. Tickets are available at the door and the Well 80 Brewhouse Beer Garden and will be serving fans that are 21 and over.

The Artesians are coming off of two straight draws – a 3-3 push against the Snohomish Skyhawks at The Pavilion two weeks ago and a 5-5 draw against Tacoma Narrows last week – and currently sit in fourth place with eight points, good enough for a playoff spot if they season ended today. But Oly Town faces their two toughest tests of the season over the final two weeks of the season including this week’s game against Bellingham United. The Artesians have never beaten the Hammers and fell to them, 8-1, at the Bellingham Sportsplex in December. Last season, Oly pushed United to the brink before Connor Moe scored the game winner with just 17.5 seconds left to give the Hammers a 5-4 win.

Oly Town is still led by Alec Zimmerman’s seven goals, but he is not expected to play. Collin Tate and Manny Nicasio trail him with five goals apiece while Nate Boatright and Christian Segovia each have four goals. All four are expected to play on Saturday. JJ Olson will get the start in goal again this week where he has a solid 5.78 goals against average and a 2-3-2 record this season.

Bellingham comes to town with three of the four leading scorers in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Nick Cashmere leads the league with 18 goals, although he has only scored once in the second half of the season, while Richard Henderson is third in the league with 13 goals and Eleazar Galvan is fourth with 12 goals. United leads the league with 83 goals scored this season and is second with just 29 goals allowed with a league high +54 goal differential. But they are 6-2-0 and in second place because of two losses to the league leading Tacoma Stars Reserves. Former Artesian Nate Salveson has started every game in goal after making the jump north from Tacoma Narrows just days before the season started.

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.

 

 

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.

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Jason Fairhurst | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians play for a trophy on Friday night and then wrap up their 2019 season at home on Saturday in a huge weekend of soccer for Olympia’s soccer club. Additionally, Artesians forward Jason Fairhurst was named the Evergreen Premier League’s Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal effort in week 8.

The weekend gets underway on Friday night when the Artesians travel to the Washington Premier Soccer Complex to face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle in the inaugural championship game of the Washington State Super Cup. First kick is set for 7:00 PM and tickets are $5 at the gate.

In the first season of this new cup for elite men’s amateur soccer teams in Washington, the Artesians knocked off the ISC Gunners 7-0 and Grays Harbor 2-1 to advance to the Final. Nido Aguila beat PacNW in penalty kicks and then beat Kirkland FC 2-1 in the semifinals. They feature former Artesian coach Nate Salveson in goal and are still in a position for the Western Washington Premier League title.

Then on Saturday, the Artesians host PacNW SC in the season finale. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 6:00 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military and seniors.

Oly Town enters the game at 3-6-0 this season and has been eliminated from the playoff chase but can play spoiler with PacNW needing a win to clinch a playoff spot. PacNW features a couple of professional indoor soccer players with the Tacoma Stars in Cory Keitz and Vince McCluskey and are led by the current league leader in goals scored both this season and in a career, Tyler Bjork. Bjork has 62 regular season goals with three different teams: Bellingham United, Seattle Stars and now PacNW SC.

The Artesians are led by Jason Fairhurst, who was voted Evergreen Premier League Offensive Player Of The Week for his two goal performance against Tri-Cities in last Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Alliance. The Snohomish native and Saint Martin’s junior has been outstanding this season tallying three goals in league play and two in Super Cup games while also setting up numerous opportunities for his teammates. Fairhurst is expected to be active for both games this weekend.

If fans cannot make it to the games this weekend, they will be livestreamed on the Artesians’ Facebook page with Brandon Sparks on the call. Visit FB.com/OlyTownFC to watch.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they head into the offseason and prepare for the Western Indoor Soccer League season by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

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.

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.

Stay up to date with the Artesians all season long by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians exciting 2019 season kicks off with a bang on Saturday night when the defending Evergreen Premier League runners-up, the Seattle Stars, visit Black Hills High School. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Night with a costume contest, trivia, games and prizes. There will be an inflatable soccer darts board and the giant soccer ball for the kids and more throughout the game. Gates open at 5:00 PM and first kick is set for 6:00. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military, first responders and seniors.

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