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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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Surafel Wodajo | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Surafel Wodajo scored his second goal of the season in the 15th minute but the Oly Town Artesians couldn’t find another goal and Missael Lopez scored the equalizer and the eventual game winner in the second half to lead Yakima United to a 4-1 victory at Black Hills High School on Saturday night.

The Artesians took the quick lead in the 15th minute when a Geovanny Vazquez shot bounced away from Yakima keeper Luis Birrueta and Wodajo pounced on the rebound and fired a shot that found the lower right corner to make it 1-0. Despite many more Oly chances, the first 45 minutes came to a close with just the one goal.

Oly Town controlled the flow of the game for the first 60+ minutes but Missael Lopez received a beautiful through ball from Williams Pineda and beat JJ Olson to equalize in the 66th minute. 11 minutes later, Lopez waltzed into an open spot in the defense and fired from 30 yards out into the lower left corner to make it 2-1. From there, it was all Yakima. Pineda picked off a pass and scored in the 81st and Johnny Ramirez took advantage of a demoralized Oly defense to score an easy insurance goal in the 83rd that gave the Hoppers the 4-1 victory.

With the win, Yakima remains unbeaten on the season at 1-0-1 and are currently in first place in the Cascade Conference. They return home and will face defending league champion Washington Premier at 5:00 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Artesians fell to a shocking 0-3-0 and will have to figure out what went wrong before their trip to Pasco next Sunday to take on the Tri-Cities Alliance. First kick at Edgar Brown Stadium is at 2:00.

The Artesians return home next on Sunday June 2nd for a Washington Super Cup game before hosting their next EPLWA home game when Bellingham United visits Olympia on Sunday, June 9th. Tickets are available at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.