OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out of an abundance of caution and putting the health and safety of our players, staff and supporters first during this time, the Oly Town Artesians are suspending all on-field operations effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess on March 22nd in the hope that we can continue the Women’s Western Indoor Soccer League season and begin the tryout process for our men’s Evergreen Premier League outdoor season.
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Due to this decision, the Oly Town Artesians women will not play this Saturday against Tacoma Narrows at the Tacoma Soccer Center and we will postpone our home game on Saturday, March 21st. The decision to postpone our women’s games were made after careful and emotional consideration. The team has played just two games but the support and enthusiasm for the team has been breathtaking and we are heartbroken to have to put a hold on this fantastic season.

We are also postponing all trainings and tryouts for the Artesians men’s outdoor season during this time period.

We have benefitted from the community’s support and now we want to return the favor by doing what we can to help keep our community healthy. Thank you for your understanding.

As we move forward, our home game and practice facilities are located at a public high school and a state college, so we will be following their decisions and actions closely and will reassess the situation on March 22nd.

UPDATE (3/23): there have been lots of developments since our first statement about Coronavirus/COVID-19 postponements. Taking all of that into consideration and with both of our facilities (Black Hills HS & Evergreen) closed until at least April 27th, we obviously will not have any on-field activities until at least that time. We will continue to work with the Evergreen Premier League and Western Indoor Soccer League in the hopes of playing a 2020 outdoor season and continuing the women’s indoor season at some point in the future.

Please please please…stay home, stay safe and let’s kick this darn virus. Then we will have a big Olympia soccer party when we can.

JJ Olson | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will face the #1 seeded Tacoma Stars Reserves in the semfinals of the Western Indoor Soccer League on Saturday night, their first appearance in the WISL playoffs since the 2016-2017 season. First kick at the Tacoma Soccer Center is set for 6:30 PM.

The Artesians enter the playoffs after posting a 3-5-2 record during the regular season, a remarkable turnaround over the two previous seasons in which they went a combined 1-16-1. The team has built a competitive roster that upset three-time WISL champion and #2 seed Bellingham United, allowed the least amount of goals during a season in club history, and pushed the defending champion Stars Reserves to the brink in a one goal loss at home and a hard fought two goal loss on the road last weekend.

One of the biggest reasons for the turnaround is a healthy goalkeeper in Saint Martin’s alum, JJ Olson. Olson made nine starts this season after missing most of last season, allowing 47 goals for a 5.37 goals against average. The Lakeview, Minnesota native was named the WISL Defensive Player Of The Week twice this season, including last week for his 27 save performance against the Stars Reserves.

Timberline High School and Evergreen State College product Collin Tate led the team with eight goals while Capital grad Alec Zimmerman added seven. Another local product (Capital and Evergreen), Nate Boatright, anchors the defense and added four goals and seven assists in his sixth season with the Artesians. Newcomers Angel Trejo-Delgado and Manny Nicasio have given Oly Town a boost. Nicasio scored six times, while Trejo-Delgado scored twice including the game tying and game winning goals against Bellingham.

But to get to the championship, the Artesians will have to upset the #1 Stars Reserves, who finished this season 9-0-1, extending their unbeaten streak to 22 games. They have not lost since the 2018 WISL Championship game when they fell to Bellingham. Tacoma is an experience team featuring numerous players that are currently signed to the professional Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars or former professional players. They are led by Nate Ford, who scored 12 goals this season, including one goal and three assists last week in their 4-2 win over the Artesians. Mike Arguello has been fantastic in goal again, leading the Stars Reserves to a league low 3.20 goals against per game average this season.

Tickets for the game are $12 for adults and can be purchased at the Tacoma Soccer Center door. For fans unable to attend 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 built a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off a Tacoma Narrows comeback attempt to take a 9-6 victory on Saturday night. Alec Zimmerman collected a hat trick for the Artesians, who improved to 2-1-0 this season in front of a great home opener crowd at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Oly Town’s player/head coach, PJ Vargas, started the game off right for his squad, scoring his first goal for the Artesians three minutes into the first quarter. Alec Zimmerman scored his first goal of the game three minutes later before goalkeeper JJ Olson got on the board with a long shot that found the back of the net to make it 3-0. Duvan Vaca Trujillo and Collin Tate rounded out the first quarter scoring to make it 5-0 through the first 15 minutes.

Zimmerman notched his second goal of the game at the 9:39 mark of the second quarter to make it 6-0, but the Narrows defense tightened up after that and Tacoma started closing the gap. AJ Nitzel got them on the board with a power play goal and then Nick Mejia scored two of his four goals to close out the first half and get within striking distance, 6-3, at halftime.

Mejia scored two more times to open the second half to get Narrows to within a goal, 6-5, with ten minutes left in the third quarter. Zimmerman answered for Oly Town to make it 7-5 before Jake Dobson added one more for Narrows with a minute left in the third to cut the lead going into the fourth quarter to just one, 7-6.

The Artesians picked up a blue card with 12 seconds left in the third but came up with a clutch power play kill that ended at the 13:12 mark of the fourth. Energized from the penalty kill, Eli Boatright scored a couple minutes later to make it 8-6. Olson and the Artesians defense posted a clean quarter and Tate scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute left to secure the 9-6 victory.

The win moves the Artesians to 2-1-0 on the season, doubling the amount of wins they had over the past two seasons combined. They will travel to Bellingham next Saturday to take on Bellingham United. Kick off is set for 6:35. They will return to Olympia and The Pavilion on Saturday, December 21st for a matchup against the first place Tacoma Stars Reserves at 6:35.

Tacoma Narrows fell to 0-3-0 with the loss. They will face the Snohomish Skyhawks next week.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Alec Zimmerman (3), Collin Tate (2), PJ Vargas, JJ Olson, Duvan Vaca Trujillo, Eli Boatright
Tacoma Narrows goals: Nick Mejia (4), AJ Nitzel, Jake Dobson