OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians forward Eli Boatright has been voted Western Indoor Soccer League Offensive Player Of The Week for his game tying goal with 17 seconds left and an assist in the Artesians’ 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night.

After playing their best quarter of the season in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Snohomish, the Artesians found themselves down 3-2 early in the fourth quarter and on the ropes. But Oly Town kept fighting and Eli Boatright found Collin Tate on a breakaway and Tate scored to tie the game, 3-3 with 2:49 left.

Snohomish retook the lead, 4-3, with 1:31 left, but again, the Artesians didn’t quit and eventually forced the Skyhawks into a turnover. This time, Tate found Boatright with a pass and the 16 year-old Olympia High School student fought off an experienced defender more than twice his age and buried a shot past a goalkeeper more than twice his age to tie the game 4-4 with just 17 seconds left. Despite allowing the goal, Snohomish goalkeeper Trevor Davoren was voted the WISL’s Defensive POTW.

Boatright, the little brother of longtime Oly Town captain Nate Boatright, has provided a spark for the struggling Artesians indoor program in his first season of indoor soccer, scoring three goals and assisting on three more while playing stronger than his 16 years and standing up to experienced defenders across the league. The draw was the first WISL point for the Artesians in over a year and their first point ever at the Snohomish Soccer Dome against the Skyhawks.

Eli and the rejuvenated Artesians will look for more on Saturday night when they travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face fifth place Tacoma Narrows FC at 7:00 PM.

They will finally return home for their final two games of the season when they play host to the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday, January 26th. First kick on 2000’s Night and Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Night is set for 6:30 PM at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. Kids in their youth uniforms get in for just $2 thanks to Wembley Soccer Shop.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians proudly announce the appointment of John Purtteman as Technical Director of the Artesians’ indoor team, effective immediately.

A former two-time Continental Indoor Soccer League All-Star, Purtteman has a long history as a professional indoor player with strong ties to the Olympia community. John recently completed his 13th season leading The Evergreen State College men’s soccer program and is the acting Athletic Director for the Geoducks program.

“I am thrilled to add John to our club as he is bringing years of professional indoor soccer experience and a long history of winning to Matt (Herrera, Oly Town Head Coach) and the club,” said Artesians co-owner Tim Smith.

“One of our main objectives is to improve the development of our players and add value to our coaching staff,” added Leon Grinnell, Artesians Director of Soccer Operations. “ And John’s experience and background makes him uniquely qualified to provide the necessary direction to accomplish that goal.”

“John was the first person who came to mind to fill this valuable role,” Head Coach Matt Herrera added, “His experience is a welcome addition.”

“It is inspiring to see the work the Artesians have done in their short time in existence,” Purtteman shared, “I believe in the group behind this club and in the Olympia soccer community supporting the team. I would like to thank Tim, Leon, Matt, Brandon, and all of the folks working behind the scenes to make this a first-class club. I am happy and honored to help move the club forward in any way I can.”

Welcome to the family, John!

The Artesians wrap up the first half of the WISL season against the Oly-Pen Force in Bremerton on Saturday night. First kick at Oly-Pen Sports is at 7:30 PM.

Esau Vazquez | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Collin Tate scored two goals for the second straight game and Chris Pugh added two more for the Oly Town Artesians, but the Tacoma Stars Reserves exploded in the second half and registered a 17-5 win at The Pavilion on Saturday night.

The Stars Reserves struck first on a goal by Isidro Prado-Huerta at the 6:53 mark of the first quarter. Moments later, the Artesians lost their starting goalkeeper, Bradley Hanson, when he made a save with his face and had to leave the game and went to the hospital. He was checked out and released but will be out for the remainder of the regular season. Luis Magana replaced him between the pipes.

Taking advantage of the cold keeper, the Stars Reserves scored twice before Chris Pugh got the Artesians on the board with 23 seconds left in the first. Tacoma then scored twice and took a 5-1 lead at the 8:22 mark of the second quarter. But Magana caught fire and made some outstanding saves to keep the game close and allowed Oly to get back into it with Pugh’s second goal and another by Esau Vazquez. The half came to a close with just a two goal difference, 5-3.

The two teams traded goals early in the third with Collin Tate scoring his first of the game for the Artesians four minutes into the period to make it 6-4. But the dam broke with 4:09 left in the third and the Stars Reserves outscored the Artesians 11-1 over the final 19 minutes.

Nate Ford scored four times for Tacoma, including a penalty shootout goal in the fourth quarter. Eddie Na posted a hat trick and nine different players scored for the Stars Reserves. They also managed to commit just three fouls all evening and stayed undefeated at 3-0-0 with a visit from Bellingham United looming next weekend.

The Artesians fell to 0-4-0 and will look to rebound next weekend in Bremerton against the Oly-Pen Force. First kick is set for 7:30 PM.

Oly Town Artesians Goals: Chris Pugh (2), Collin Tate (2), Esau Vazquez
Tacoma Stars Reserves Goals: Nate Ford (4), Eddie Na (3), Mark Lee (2), Danny Minniti (2), JJ Schmeck (2), Adrian Correa, Isidro Prado-Huerta, Alex Sotelo, Micah Wenzel