EVERETT, WA — The Oly Artesians wrapped up the 2022-23 arena season with a Western Indoor Soccer League semifinal defeat at the hands of Everett City FC. The loss caps the end of a season that started way back on November 5th at the Pavilion with a victory over Olympic Force 17-7. The March 4th result a much different one with a 5-6 semifinal loss to league newcomer Everett. The loss put Head Coach Nick Boatright at 8 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws on a largely positive first year leading the arena team. Photo gallery, scroll down below.

Match Details:

1st Period | Oly Town 1 Everett 0 (Oly Goal by Sammartino, Oly Assist Schlekewey)

2nd Period | Oly Town 4 Everett 1 (Oly Goals by Vogt, Moncivais and Tafolla, Oly Assist Sidor)

3rd Period | Oly Town 4 Everett 3 (Zero Oly Goals)

4th Period | Oly Town 5 Everett 6 (Oly Goal by Moncivais)

Appearances: Stalnik, Dube, Moncivais, Labranche, Fairhust, Tafolla, Sammartino, Stallworth, Schlekewey, Vogt, Jewett, Flores, Sidor, Nicasio, Jewett

Postseason Awards & Public Celebration

March 18 630PM (Public Oly Town Event)

The club would like to invite everyone to the Lucky Dog Casino for a celebration with the Artesian Arena Team Saturday, March 18, 630PM with drawings, prizes and mingle with the players, coaches and staff.

Fan fun & rewards!

  • 1 weekend waterfront getaway at the Potlatch Resort
  • $100 Lucky Dog Casino Gift Card
  • Drift Restuarant Gift Cards
  • $10 Lucky Bucks!
  • Oly Town Fan Gear & Lucky Dog Retro Jerseys!
  • Sounders Gear & Tickets
  • Local Business Gift Cards and more!

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February 12, 2023

Dancing Goats Night (www.olyphotos.com)

OLYMPIA, WA – The Oly Town Artesians added a crucial win over Bellingham United with a final score of 5-2 in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Saturday night. An important result which kept home field advantage hopes alive for the semifinals on March 4 for the hometown team. The Artesians continue to sit in second place after securing three points and an 8-1-2 record in front of a record crowd at the Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Alex Vogt scored two in the first half while Asa Moncivais added one to get the Artesians on the board early in a historic bitter, long distance rivalry with Bellingham Saturday night. Bellingham played spoiler to Nate Boatright, former arena head coach who decided to return to the field this season. Oly Town in 2021-22 coming out of the pandemic for its first arena season had posted a very positive undefeated streak until Bellingham downed the Artesians in the final match at home. The skid would result in a second match up which saw the Artesians travel to Bellingham for a semifinal in which a one and done loss sent Oly Town back to Olympia wishing for more. Now captain Nate Boatright getting his revenge on the pitch in 2023.

Isaiah Damschen and the defense seemed to anticipate most of Bellingham’s moves and counter attacks all night as Bellingham in a rare occurrence went scoreless for an entire 45 minutes of play in front of 300 people at the pavilion. The crowd, a record, wrapped around the entire arena and into the visiting bench entrance for Bellingham United.

“It was incredible to see the pavilion packed” said Boatright regarding the crowd. “The pavilion holds a special place in my heart because it was where I fell in love with the game. Watching the Evergreen players train as a boy and I am happy that we get to provide that to the community now.”

Post Game Cheer (www.olyphotos.com)

Goals in the third and fourth period by Kasey Sidor and Rainier Schlekewey sealed the deal as Ale Tomassi added a pair of goals for Bellingham. The 5-2 score line would hold true for a three point night for the Artesians. Damschen would end up with only two goals against him in 60 minutes of play, a unique stat for the usually high rate of goals scored in the pavilion.

“Being defensively compact and not allowing Bellingham to isolate one versus one or play off their post” said Head Coach Nick Boatright. “Our counter pressing was extremely good and created several good goal scoring chances.”

The crowd Saturday night did have a few special visitors as USL Men’s Head Coach Liviu Bird addressed the crowd for the first time to hype up the upcoming 2023 summer outdoor season. Coach Bird described the athletes he is recruiting from around the United States and abroad and also reiterated the clubs need for host families to bring top level athletes in to compete in the highest level of path to professional soccer.

Kailey Utley, Oly Legend (www.olyphotos.com)

Oly Town’s Kailey Utley was honored and inducted into the Hall of Legends for Oly Town after setting club records for the women’s side including 25 goals in a single arena season and 5 goals in a single match. Records that shattered both men’s and women’s stat sheets since 2014.

Children filled the entire field at halftime as youth clubs Chinqually Booters and TC United were honored at the match. Youth clubs interested in partnering with the Oly Town Artesians are encouraged to email playnow@olytownfc.com to be a part of future matches.

Oly Town travels to the Tacoma Stars for a final showdown to decide the Artesians fate of hosting their first ever arena playoff game in club history. Kickoff is set for 7PM, Saturday February 25th at the Tacoma Indoor Soccer Center. Oly Town will be making announcements regarding a special travel convoy for Artesian fans to make the 25 minute trek to Tacoma for the match. Make sure to subscribe to Oly Town FC on this page and follow @olytownfc on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Stalnik, Spurr, Hanson (C-Sharp Images)

OLYMPIA, WA – The Artesians this last Saturday took on the Tacoma Stars Reserves, a Major Arena Soccer League second team who coming into the game had won eight straight matches. Oly Town had been bouncing between first and second place all season as the Stars had an undefeated streak coming into the match. The game had a lot of hype and local support as Willie Spurr, pro arena soccer player and newly inducted Oly Town Legend was on hand as well as local youth clubs in attendance.

The first period went exactly as the Western Indoor Soccer League standings would show, a great matchup between the top two teams who went scoreless in the first period. Many great defensive blocks and key saves by the Stars and Artesian goalkeepers. Some fantastic defensive positioning was on hand for fans as Collin Labranche led the defense in many Tacoma opportunities being stifled.

“Collin is such a good defender” said Coach Nick Boatright. “I love his determination whether it’s making a goal saving tackle or defending 1v1 on the boards. I feel like I can always trust him.”

Oly Town not used to being held scoreless at home saw a shutout in front of a packed house. That would all change after coaches game planned in between the first and second periods.

Labranche (C-Sharp Images)

Both Oly Town and the Tacoma Stars exchanged three goals each in an action packed second period. Artesians got on the board in the 10th minute with a Kasey Sidor goal followed by two Jason Fairhurst finishes to close out the first half. The Artesians scoring mostly in response to early goals by the Tacoma Stars and both teams went into half tied 3-3.

Oly Town would duke it out with the Stars across the second half scoring two goals, one by Sidor and Yuta Shimazu getting into the action to have Oly Town leading 5-4 well into the fourth period. The final seconds of the match however saw the Stars tie it up 5-5 and it ended with a crowd out of breath from an exciting battle between #1 and #2 seeded opponents. Oly Town’s keeper Matt Stalnik was busy in goal playing the entire 60 minutes only giving up 5 goals against the Stars. Josh Dube also set the record for most appearances by any player in club history with 56.

“The atmosphere was incredible” said Coach Nick Boatright on the crowd. “It was a big part of getting back into the game. It was partly using the energy of the crowd to gain enough momentum to find our goals.”

Oly Town heads into it’s final home league match of the season this next Saturday, February 11th against Bellingham United. 6PM is the kickoff time for those planning on attending the game. Bellingham handled Snohomish last Saturday 12-2 and the furthest distant club rivalry continues as Oly tied Bellingham 6-6 on the road after the Artesians leading most of the match.

Some fun promotions are occurring as well including Kailey Utley, D-1 All American and current holder of the single season goal record (25) will be inducted into the Oly Legends hall of fame. It will also be a special Dancing Goats Coffee Night as the Artesians have a brand new winter scarf available to fans with special Dancing Goats homage on it. Chinqually and TC United youth soccer clubs will also be on hand so get ready for some fun action with the kid’s from those programs.

Tickets are on-sale now by heading to http://www.olytownfc.com and getting them early. The last games have been packed so you’ll want to get a seat early. Food and beverages available as well and provided by Dancing Goats Coffee, Well 80 and Oly Dog House (brats and hot dogs).

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