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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians have teamed up with Integrated Solutions Group and Forma Construction to host “Artesians For Oly Town”, a metaphorical game to raise funds and provide more than 1,000 meals for Interfaith Works. The Artesians are aiming to break their single game attendance record during this “game” with a goal of 500 tickets sold and ISG and Forma will match the money raised from tickets with a donation of up to $5000. Fans can purchase tickets by heading to olytownfc.square.site.

Tickets for the “game” are $10 and purchasers will receive a ticket to a future Artesians game, fans who purchase 10 tickets will receive a scarf, and purchasers of 25 tickets and up will receive an Artesians jersey. Then, on Thursday, June 4th, Oly Town FC will host an all-day celebration of Olympia soccer on their social media pages and website including the rebroadcast of two of the team’s biggest games.

“We want to give something back to the Olympia community that supports us during this Coronavirus crisis and help out one of our favorite non-profits,” said Artesians Co-Founder and Director of Communications Brandon Sparks. “We also want to celebrate 10 seasons of Artesians soccer so what better way to do that than to attempt to break our single game attendance record and host an all-day celebration benefitting Interfaith Works.”

Well 80 Brewhouse in Downtown Olympia has committed to providing reduced cost meals to Interfaith Works that will be purchased with the funds from ticket sales and matching donations from ISG and Forma.

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Interfaith Works is “a non-profit association of faith communities and individuals of diverse faith traditions” that operates the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter that has the mission to “advance the social inclusion and empowerment of the homeless through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health and emergency basic needs coordination.” Learn more about IW and their response to the Covid-19 crisis and their needs during this time by visiting their websites at www.interfaith-works.org and www.iwshelter.org.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they celebrate ten seasons of soccer by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

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.

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 benefited 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

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tim Smith, Owner and President of Oly Town Football Club announced today an Agreement in Principle to expand ownership in the club. Oly Town FC is the parent club for the Oly Town Artesians Men’s indoor and outdoor semi-pro soccer teams, Artesians Reserves Men’s outdoor semi-pro team and the Artesians Women’s indoor semi-pro team that is set to begin play in 2020.

Joining Tim and his wife, Connie, in the ownership group are:
Tom and Anna Boatright and Family
Thomas and Meagan Arndt
Chris and Mindi Knudson and Family
Drew and Kylie Phillips and Family

“This means the Artesians are here to stay,” said Smith. “All four of these families have long, strong ties to the local soccer community and to the community as a whole. Connie and I are so thankful to Olympia for supporting the team over the past 6 years, and we could not be more excited about the future. Community-based soccer at this level doesn’t work everywhere, but it has made it here.”

The Artesians were founded in 2014 by Brandon Sparks along with Tim and Connie Smith, owners of Olympia Indoor Soccer. Today, the club competes in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) and the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) and will join the WISL Women’s League, beginning play in February, 2020.

“I benefited greatly from playing soccer in this area since my youth and I’m excited to be partnering with this group of owners to further promote the sport and provide opportunities for players,” commented Tom Arndt. “We look forward to growing the Oly Town Artesians organization and appreciate the support of local businesses and our strong soccer community.”

In addition, the club announced four new Director positions to guide and support the day-to-day operations of the club:

  • Kyle Wiese, Managing Member of Opportunity Zone Investments and a long-time Artesians player, will serve as Director of Business and Administration.
  • Leon Grinnell brings decades of FC management experience in Germany and the US to the role of Director of Club Development. Leon will also manage Olympia Indoor Soccer.
  • Matt Welling, long-time club coach with Washington Premier FC will serve as Director of Soccer
  • Brandon Sparks continues his role with the club as Director of Communications and Design and providing Play-by-Play for the Artesians Network streaming service.

“This is exactly what I envisioned and hoped for when we founded the club in 2014”, said founder Brandon Sparks. “Tim and I have always wanted to see the community rally around independent, community based soccer and it is exciting to see important people in our community, and people that have been invested in the club in other ways previously, take that next step and make this their club.”

On the field, the Artesians kick off their 2019-2020 slate of home games this Saturday when they take on Tacoma Narrows FC at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. First kick is set for 6:35 PM and tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years-old, seniors, military and first responders and are available at the door.

Oly Town enters the game with a 1-1-0 record this season after a 9-6 win over the Oly-Pen Force in week one and then a hard fought 8-6 loss to the Snohomish Skyhawks in week two. Capital High School alum Alec Zimmerman leads the team with three goals and four assists through the first two games while his brother, Jordan, is right behind him with a pair of goals. Another Capital grad and veteran Artesian, Nate Boatright, has also added two goals.

JJ Olson has been solid in goal making a plethora of saves over the first two games to lead the team defensively and defender Brett Stallworth is expected to make his 42nd consecutive appearance for Oly Town. New Artesians head coach PJ Vargas has had two weeks since the Snohomish loss to prepare and the squad will see a couple new faces on the field for the home opener.

Narrows enters the game at 0-2-0 after dropping their first two games to the two toughest WISL opponents, Bellingham United and the Tacoma Stars Reserves. They fell 13-4 in Bellingham after unexpectedly losing their top goalkeeper to the Hammers just days before the opener and then scored just one goal against the Stars Reserves in week two. But Narrows holds a 2-0-0 record over the Artesians and made the playoffs last season in their first WISL campaign.

BREMERTON, Wash. – Alec Zimmerman and Lucas Alcala each scored twice for the Oly Town Artesians in a 9-6 win over the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday night at the Oly-Pen Sports Center. The win broke a Western Indoor Soccer League winless streak for the Artesians that stretched back to December 16, 2017. Oly Town allowed just two goals after the first quarter and Nate Boatright scored the game winner with 8:51 left in the fourth quarter.

It took a quarter to shake off the rust and chase away the butterflies for a young and inexperienced Oly Town roster with the Force scoring four times in the first 15 minutes. But Lucas Alcala scored the first goal for the Artesians at the 7:39 mark and Nico Cutlip gathered a high rebound off the boards to score with 2:49 left, and the first quarter came to an end with the Force up 4-2.

From that point on, the Force scored just two more times on Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson, once in the second quarter on a goal by Agustin Suarez to make it 5-3 and again in the third quarter when Alex Hernandez, the WISL’s 2016-2017 goals scored leader, completed his hat trick and gave the Force the lead, 6-5.

Joe DiCarlo and Alcala added goals in the second quarter to make it 5-4 at halftime and Alec Zimmerman tied the game at 5-5 with an early third quarter goal.

The Artesians then exploded in the fourth quarter for four goals. Zimmerman tied it again at 6-6 with just 15 seconds into the quarter and Boatright scored the game winner off a pass from Zimmerman with 8:51 left. Andreas Malunat scored an insurance goal with 4:04 left and Sebastian Lyons made it 9-6 with a goal against Oly-Pen’s sixth attacker with 58 seconds to go.

Eight of the Artesians played in their first WISL game including Zimmerman and Alcala. DiCarlo and Alcala just joined the team on Saturday after playing two games in the Cascade Conference men’s soccer playoffs for The Evergreen State College on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Artesians will travel north next Saturday to take on the Snohomish Skyhawks. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is set for 7:00 PM. Oly Town will open their home slate on Saturday, December 7th at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Alec Zimmerman (2), Lucas Alcala (2), Joe DiCarlo, Andreas Malunat, Sebastian Lyons, Nico Cutlip
Oly-Pen Force goals: Alex Hernandez (3), Marco Lopez, Agustin Suarez, Colin Ralston

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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.